9 Movie and TV Picks for June

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 9 months ago

IMDb's editors spotlight the best releases of the month.

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Evan Peters, Jared Abrahamson, Blake Jenner, and Barry Keoghan in American Animals (2018)

American Animals | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, June 1

If heist movies are your jam (or even if they aren't), you should watch Bart Layton's incredibly stylish and clever take on the genre. The movie stars Evan Peters as the ringleader of a group of privileged and ultimately hapless teenagers who dream big but are undone by their own personal and character failings. While Peters, known for his wide-ranging and ambitious body of TV work, is the easy standout here among some solid performers, it's Layton's innovative mode of storytelling that's both fresh and unnerving. Interspersing direct-to-camera footage of the real-life robbers throughout the reenacted heist, Layton destabilizes the viewer, forcing us to question the veracity of a set of events and to grapple with our temporary empathy toward seemingly nice individuals who make really dumb and harmful decisions. — Bret

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Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin in Adrift (2018)

Adrift | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, June 1

Fans of Shailene Woodley are in for a treat and a surprise with this survival drama that tells the harrowing story of Tami Oldham Ashcraft's 41-day struggle for safety in the South Pacific Ocean. Woodley's performance here is eye-opening, as she's able to display a whole rainbow of emotions during various stages of Tami's life in Tahiti, from the giddiness and danger of young love to the paralyzing realization of imminent death. But most impressive is Woodley's ability to exceed the physical and technical challenges of the role: For much of the film, it's just the viewer and Woodley, as her character wrestles with solitude and the elements around her. And it's hard not to develop genuine admiration and wonder by movie's end. — Bret

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Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong in Succession (2018)

"Succession" | Premieres Sunday, June 3, on HBO

HBO rarely misses with its programming choices, so it was tough to see "Six Feet Under"/"True Blood" creator Alan Ball's recent whiff with "Here and Now." The good news: Advanced reviews have been incredibly positive for "Succession," a cutty family drama from In the Loop writer Jesse Armstrong. The show's trailer promises an environment that will appeal to people who follow the Lyons clan on "Empire" and the Murdoch family's real-world drama. Plus few actors can swear as well as Brian Cox. — Arno

Sofia Boutella and Sterling K. Brown in Hotel Artemis (2018)

Hotel Artemis | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, June 8

The premise of this film — a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals — really seems like a spiritual (or direct) extension of the John Wick universe. You easily can imagine Hotel Artemis fitting in alongside the assassin-friendly, rules-laden Continental Hotel. From what I've seen from the trailers, the verbal sparring, snappy one-liners, slick fighting, and larger-than-life characters (Jeff Goldblum as "The Wolf King") feel right at home in the "Wick-Verse" as well. That being said, the comparison is in no way a fault. I'm all for a near-future remix on this kind of world and heavy-hitters like Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Brian Tyree Henry, Sofia Boutella make this definitely one I can't wait to check out. — Vanessa

Gabriel Byrne, Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, and Milly Shapiro in Hereditary (2018)

Hereditary | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, June 8

Be warned: This is not one for the faint of heart. But for those who like a good scare, you're in for a treat. Toni Collette puts in an extraordinary performance as Annie, a mother who begins to unravel secrets about her recently deceased mother. To say any more would take away from the discovery of this slow-burn horror, which takes things pretty steady for the first hour before moving in to full-on frightening throughout the second. Assembling a strong cast, which also includes Gabriel Byrne, Ann Dowd ("The Handmaid’s Tale"), Alex Wolff, and brilliant newcomer Milly Shapiro, the film features a script from first-time feature director Ari Aster. — Michael

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Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, Eli Fucile, and Huck Milner in Incredibles 2 (2018)

Incredibles 2 | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, June 15

Eager and patient fans who have waited 14 long (super)years for the return of the Parr family will be consoled knowing that they haven't missed a thing: The sequel picks up right after the events of the first movie. Just like the original, Incredibles 2 explores the challenges of balancing the very public responsibilities of being superheroes with the titanic challenges of private life like raising teenagers, facing a midlife crisis, and coming to the realization that Jack-Jack is more than just a cuddly ball of baby fat. Some interesting new characters, voiced by familiar talents Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Sophia Bush, and Catherine Keener to name a few, join the Parrs and Frozone for this latest chapter. But really, aren't we all just waiting for Edna Mode? No capes! — Bret

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Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, and Jake Johnson in Tag (2018)

Tag | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, June 15

This is my original, live-action, non-superhero movie of the summer. Tag liberally adapts the true story of a group of guys who have been playing a customized version of the game for 20+ years into an action-comedy that seems bent on creating its own movie genre. If it seems to be too much of a sausage-fest for you, we were informed by Ed Helms and his castmates that the movie does not waste the time and talent of co-stars Isla Fisher, Leslie Bibb, Rashida Jones, and Annabelle Wallis, too. — Arno

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Mike Colter in Luke Cage (2016)

"Luke Cage" | Season 2 premieres Friday, June 22, on Netflix

Luke Cage is back, this time as a hero and celebrity now that is name has finally been cleared. "Iron Fist" characters and lore look to play a big part of Season 2 as the classic "Iron Fist" villain John "Bushmaster" McIver, who underwent the same "Power Man" process that turned Luke Cage invincible, is main baddie of the season. Looking forward to the prickly Danny Rand/Luke Cage back and forth as the two characters cross paths once more. — Vanessa

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Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw in A Very English Scandal (2018)

"A Very English Scandal" | Premieres Friday, June 29, on Prime Video

Hugh Grant has been heaped with critical acclaim for his performance in this mini-series, which aired in the U.K. in May. In this true story of political scandal in the 1970s, Grant plays Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe, who became the first British politician charged with conspiracy to commit murder after he was accused of attempting to kill a man with whom he had an affair, played by Ben Whishaw. Both actors do such a great job that you almost forget that the pair were rivals in Paddington 2, even with Whishaw wearing a coat that wouldn't look out of place on the bear. — Michael