Movies Not to Miss: June 2016

Movies Not to Miss: June 2016

Which of these are you going to watch?

If June is supposed to be the height of the summer blockbuster release months, 2016 certainly does not disappoint. While there is not a single superhero in sight in June's releases, it won't be giving you any breaks from going to the cinemas. There are still plenty of worlds to destroy and save, crimes to stop for the everyday heroes, wild adventures to where the heart is, and bone-chilling suspense to make our hearts stop.

Even for those who like their moving going experience to be less action-packed, there is also the slower stuff with romance to melt yourself, or horror to keep you cringed throughout.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

As much as some of us may not like the new look of the Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and thank goodness they weren't aliens), the box office numbers for the reboot indicated that we were fine to giving our money to see more of them, and so here it is. Even though it has replaced most of the finer print from the director, to the voices of the turtles, to the composer, it still has the same fun and enjoyable vibe of Bayification.

General Release Date: 2 June

Me Before You

Paralysed from the neck down after a car accident, William Traynor has grown bitter about living and this takes a heavy toll on his caretakers. When Louisa Clark is out of a job, she is presented before Traynor as his newest caretaker. Bubbly meeting bitter, optimism meeting cynicism. Does love come before life, or me before you?

Adapted from the romance novel by Jojo Moyes, "Me Before You" could have been discounted into the tear-jerking romances of any Nicholas Sparks adaptation, but from the first trailers, it's hard not to fall in love for the on screen coupled played by Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin as their chemistry just seem too perfect for each other. Or maybe it's just nice to see the Mother of Dragons put on a nice red dress for once.

General Release Date: 2 June

Money Monster

During the live broadcast of Lee Gates' financial tip show, an about to be bankrupt man takes its host as hostage and demands to know the truth behind the bad tip that lead to his financial ruin. As the police try to defuse the situation, the broadcasters and Lee have other ideas to reveal the truth about a corporate conspiracy.

Aside from starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts which already makes it a compelling watch, this next directorial effort from Jodie Foster since 2011's "The Beaver" tenses with a thrilling premise, which we will see how Foster manages our pulses as the hostage drama unfolds to the truth.

General Release Date: 3 June


Fewer video game wars are as epic in scale and imagination as the war between humans and orcs in "Warcraft". Based on the popular real-time strategy game that has made its developers a household name in the computer gaming world, "Warcraft" returns to the roots of its epic story, telling it from where it all began.

While the messy trailers haven't sell short the 20 months' worth of effects work that were poured into it, but it is also a cause for concern and confidence on how well this epic war story is going to be told. This is not just a movie that have been anticipated by fans for the last 10 years since it was announced, but also fans of director Duncan Jones, who is making his major studio debut, and hopefully will be able to stay for future continuations of the series.

General Release Date: 9 June

The Conjuring 2

Based on the Enfield Poltergeist, taken from another infamous case out of the Warrens' files, this time the paranormal investigators are off to England where a poltergeist phenomenon has taken over a council house in Enfield. Director James Wan returns to terrify with his most efficient use of camera techniques to drive up the suspense, as Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson reprise their roles as Lorraine and Ed Warren respectively.

General Release Date: 9 June

Now You See Me 2

If there's anything more dazzling than a well-timed explosion for a summer blockbuster, it's a flashy magic trick performed on the big screen. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, with Lizzy Caplan as their newest member, are returning as the Four Horsemen to bedazzle you with their magic skills, while director Jon Chu plays his camera tricks to make everything look more than just the surface. Forced to steal a computer chip by a villainous Daniel Radcliffe (who left his wand at Hogwarts), and a cameo appearance by Jay Chou, and you have another caper adventure that will have you blinking and thinking twice.

General Release Date: 16 June


Finding Dory

Set 6 months after "Finding Nemo", but took over a decade to be made, the fast talking and just as quickly forgetful blue tang Dory sets out to find her family after catching a glimpse of her past. Instead of splashing back and forth between open ocean and fish bowl in a dentist's office, Dory will find herself in a marine institute and meet with different school of fishes (and an octopus) to help her. Almost all of the old cast and crew are back, including director Andrew Stanton, who might be able to fish a few tears out of us, but with Ellen DeGeneres sounding off in the lead as Dory, we would probably be laughing them out in between.

General Release Date: 16 June


Independence Day: Resurgence

Speaking of well-timed explosions, there would plenty of those in "Independence Day: Resurgence" when aliens return to conquer the Earth 20 years later. After the climatic defeat of the alien armada in 1996, the Earth Space Defense force is set up to protect the planet from another extraterrestrial invasion. Only managing to bring back several alumni of the 1996 original, this time the defense force will be a new batch of young heroes, led by Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward and China's Angelababy. Directed by Roland Emmerich, you can be sure there will be heavy emphasis on the visuals that are the stuff of summer blockbusters, so try to see it on the biggest screen you can find.

General Release Date: 23 June


The Legend of Tarzan

April brought us back to the jungle with Jon Favreau's live adaptation of "The Jungle Book", but we are not quite out of the woods yet. Returned to civilization after being saved from his native jungle, Tarzan has now become John Clayton and is living with his wife, Jane Porter, in London. When John and Jane are asked to join a trade mission in the jungles of Congo, John is reminded of his old home and his old ways. Directing outside of Hogwarts for once by David Yates (before he goes back to Potter's world for "Fantastic Beasts"), what "The Jungle Book" had in its unseen voice cast, "The Legend of Tarzan" has in its living cast. With Alexander Skarsgård as the titular legend, Margot Robbie as Jane, supported by Samuel L. Jackson, and opposed by Christoph Waltz, it's already more than a real cast to ask for than its computer generated hordes of gorillas.

General Release Date: 30 June



Desperate to not get put into jail, a thug shoots himself as he is about to be arrested by the police, so that he would be sent to a hospital instead. While refusing to receive treatment, he plans to stall for time as his underlings find a way to rescue him from the hospital. Director Johnnie To seems to be on a trend to making his films on a smaller scale, told mainly on a single set. But just like his star powered cast in 2015's "Office", "Three" also has a cast to match with Zhao Wei, Louis Koo and Wallace Chung, but expect a more theatric direction, even in this bloody gangster movie.

General Release Date: 30 June

Related Movies:
Me Before You (02 Jun 2016)
Money Monster (02 Jun 2016)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows (02 Jun 2016)
The Conjuring 2 (09 Jun 2016)
Warcraft: The Beginning (09 Jun 2016)
Finding Dory (16 Jun 2016)
Now You See Me 2 (16 Jun 2016)
Independence Day: Resurgence (23 Jun 2016)
The Legend Of Tarzan (30 Jun 2016)

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