June’s Most-Anticipated Flicks — From Big-Screen Blockbusters to Under-the-Radar DVDs
Dil Dhadakne Do (June 5, Eros International)
Writer-director Zoya Akhtar brings us the semi-autobiographical tale of a highly dysfunctional Punjabi family trapped on a cruise ship together. Starring Anil Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma and Zoya’s brother Farhan, the film was shot on-location on a cruise ship that travelled across Europe making port everywhere from Italy to Spain. So this is how people in the film business take a “working vacation.”
Spy (June 5, Fox)
Melissa McCarthy reunites with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig in this espionage spoof. She plays a desk jockey at a covert organization who is suddenly thrust into the field when the agency’s top operatives (Jude Law and Jason Statham) find themselves benched. R-rated hilarity ensues. Earning raves upon its premiere at SXSW it looks like McCarthy and Feig recapture the old magic. Also keep an eye out for Bollywood siren Nargis Fakhri as she makes her Hollywood debut.
Hamari Adhuri Kahani (June 12, Fox Star)
Two lonely hearts forge an unexpected connection in this tender romantic drama. Vidya (Vidya Balan) is a single mother who lives to provide for her young son; Khan (Emraan Hashmi) is a hotel magnate who lives to work. But a chance meeting will offer both the chance at a better path, until the past that Vidya has been running from — her husband (Rajkumar Rao) — reappears intent on putting his family back together and snuffing out Vidya and Khan’s forbidden love.
Jurassic World (June 12, Universal)
Over a decade after this iconic franchise’s last entry, Jurassic Park is reopening. And indeed, it seems like they worked out the kinks (i.e. lots and lots of dinosaur-related fatalities) that kept popping up in the first three films, because, for the first time ever, we’ll get a glimpse at a fully operational park packed with dinosaurs and customers. The only problem? The scientists (led by Bryce Dallas Howard) have created a super-intelligent alpha predator that breaks loose and starts chowing down on all the tourists. Now it’s up to one rugged dino wrangler (Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt) to make it extinct.
Inside Out (June 19, Buena Vista)
Pixar debuts what could be its most conceptually ambitious project yet. It centres on a girl named Riley; more specifically, the inner workings of her mind. You see, Riley’s just moved across country, sending her emotions spiraling out of control — a process we get to see first-hand, as Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling), among others, battle to get her back on track.
Camp X-Ray (June 2, Mongrel Media)
Twilight’s Kristen Stewart continues moving on to projects more worthy of her talent with this politically charged drama. She plays Cole, a young woman who joins the army hoping to serve her country, only to be shipped to Guantanamo Bay. It’s a chamber of horrors where everyone hates her — except for one longtime detainee, a young man named Ali (Peyman Moaadi) who strikes up a life-altering friendship with the new recruit.
Parks and Recreation: Season 7 (June 2, Universal Home Entertainment)
One of the greatest sitcoms of all time said farewell in very novel fashion, jumping three years into the future to find the lovable goofballs of the Pawnee Parks Department scattered across the town. Leslie (Amy Poehler) has a big-time political career; Andy (Chris Pratt) has his own TV show; Tom (Aziz Ansari) has his own restaurant; and Ron (Nick Offerman), well, Ron is still pretty much just Ron. (Never change, Ron!) But no matter how far they’ve wandered, or what petty feuds may have popped up, you can’t keep this gang of misfits apart for long.
Kingsman: The Secret Service (June 9, Fox)
X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughan turns his stylish, irreverent eye on the spy genre with this sleeper hit. It centres on a covert British intelligence agency, known as Kingsman, packed with codenamed badasses named Merlin (Mark Strong), Arthur (Michael Caine), and the 007 of the bunch, Lancelot (Colin Firth). The latter recruits the son (Taron Egerton) of a fallen comrade to join their recruitment program, just in time for the Kingsman to take on their greatest threat: a tech billionaire (Samuel L. Jackson) bent on wiping out most of the world’s population. A goofy, kinetic, good time featuring the year’s most exhilarating (not to mention politically incorrect) fight scene.
Chappie (June 16, Sony)
District 9 director Neill Blomkamp returns with this sci-fi actioner about a robot built for the government (by Dev Patel), before being hijacked by some criminals and taught to think and feel for himself. It’s not long before he draws the ire of a rival developer/ex-soldier (Hugh Jackman) who sets out to destroy Chappie et al. with his own android. Alas, he doesn’t realize who he’s messing with.
Welcome to Me (June 16, Millenium)
SNL alum Kristin Wiig turns in a bravura performance in this independent dramedy about a clinically unstable woman who, upon winning the lottery, decides to launch her own cable-access talk show devoted entirely to her favourite subject — herself. But as wealth fuels her already-pathological self-obsession, she finds herself in danger of pushing away friends, family and any hope at happiness.
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A long-standing entertainment journalist, Currie is a graduate of the Professional Writing program at Toronto’s York University. He has spent the past number of years working as a freelancer for ANOKHI and for diverse publications such as Sharp, TV Week, CAA’s Westworld and BC Business. Currie ...