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Top Film Releases in June: Hello Sunshine, Goodbye May!

5 June 2019 | Daniel Pateman

Summer’s coming and cinema is looking sharp! This month offers a plethora of top-quality films to satisfy every inclination: from awe-inspiring blockbuster, empowering female-led drama, mind-blowing documentary, to hair-raising horror and world-class animation. So, don’t worry about applying that sun lotion. You won’t need it where you’re going.

An earth-shuddering feast for the eyes and ears, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is currently storming cinemas. This awesome sequel to Gareth Edwards 2014 reboot sees humanity threatened when numerous super-species (‘Titans’) emerge from under the earth to assert their supremacy, with Godzilla becoming mankind’s most unlikely ally. A must for fans of the original Japanese series, the film pits old foes Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah against Godzilla and blends stunning devastation with emotional intensity. Starring an international cast including Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe and Charles Dance, it’s the monster movie fans have longed for. Our advice? Watch it on the biggest screen possible. The same applies for director Todd Douglas Miller’s immersive documentary Apollo 11, in cinemas 28 June, which utilises archival material and previously unseen 70mm footage to recreate the story of the 1969 moon landing. Described by Matt Zoller Seitz as “an adrenaline shot of wonder and skill”, the film’s a reminder of a time when America last felt truly united.



If you’re seeking a different Buzz, Toy Story 4 is out on 21 June. The latest in Pixar’s beloved franchise, it begins a few years after Andy donated his childhood toys to Bonnie in Toy Story 3 (2010). This time events revolve around the angst-ridden Forky (voiced by Arrested Development’s Tony Hale) - a spork comprised of googly eyes, PVA glue and pipe cleaner. When Forky suffers an existential crisis and escapes, Woody races to recover him: along the way reuniting with old flame Bo Peep. The top-notch voice cast adds Keanu Reeves to its illustrious roster as Canadian daredevil Duke Caboom, while continuing to blend its predecessors' imaginative depth and tear-jerking sentiment. We shift from cheerily exuberant to viciously black however with Chucky, another reanimated toy saga. Released the same day as Toy Story 4, the film amusingly ran promotional material of Chucky having done bad things to Pixar’s favourite sheriff. The doll with a dark soul gets a hi-tech makeover in this series’ reboot, which looks to deliver lots of inventively-orchestrated mayhem.



Equally exhilarating though very different are two critically-acclaimed dramas. The first is Gloria Bell, Sebastián Lelio’s seventh feature film after Disobedience (2017), and a remake of his Chilean-Spanish production Gloria (2013). Julianne Moore, already much revered, gives a career-best performance in the title role: playing a care-free divorcee who spends her evenings in Los Angeles’ dance clubs. Eschewing narrative contrivances for the intimate rhythm of everyday life, Moore is the film’s beating heart: delivering what Joshua Rothkopf describes as “[the most] complete and full-bodied a performance as you're likely to see all year.” Meanwhile, Regina Hall has received praise for her engaging role in Support the Girls: winning the New York Film Critics Circle Award as Lisa, the beleaguered manager of a ‘breastaurant’ called Double Whammies. Written and directed by the “godfather of mumblecore” Andrew Bujalski, it’s a comic, understated drama being lauded for its focus on “ordinary, unsung lives.” Support the Girls springs into cinemas on the 28 June.
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