Top 10 June Movies Ranked By Excitement
The month of June brings us the height of the Summer movie season and some of the most anticipated movies of the year. But, which ones are my absolutely, positively must-see movies this month? Let’s take a look at my Top 10 June Movies Ranked for Excitement!
We’ve got Dinosaurs, Basketball players, and even Astronauts in my June Top 10 list. But, which one’s going to come in at Number 1??!! Let’s take a look at each and every one on my list in this month’s Top 10…
— — #10 — —
In at Number 10 is Father Of The Bride, A Cuban-American adaption of the 1949 film, about a wealthy, overprotective Dad coming to terms with his daughter getting married.
‘I’m engaged! Woooww! You proposed? Yes. You proposed to him? MmmHmm. Can you do that? **Nods** Does anyone do that?’
Andy Garcia stars as ‘Billy’, the fairly traditional Dad who loves his Daughter, but doesn’t exactly love her ideas for her wedding.
Adria Arjona stars as ‘Sofia’ the titular Bride who’s both excited and a bit nervous to start her married life the right way… But, not as nervous as her Pops!
‘Two lawyers out of college, working for a non-profit. Billy! Papi! I’m the father of the bride, and I would be paying for the wedding. And, I’m going to be walking the bride down the aisle.’
Rock Of Ages and Terminator: Dark Ages star Diego Boneta plays the future Son-In-Law, Adan Castillo, who’s from an even wealthier family than Sofia.
Needless to say, Billy has a hard time adjusting to that, too!
‘Oh my God! It goes up to the sky! The hot tub, some champagne, and come aboard! What is this guy, a Bond villain??!!’
Father Of The Bride hits HBO Max June 16.
— — #9 — —
In at Number 9 is Hustle, Adam Sandler’s latest film about a down and out Basketball scout who may have just discovered the NEXT big NBA prospect.
‘Best chance in a million years with you out there! What in the hell am I still chasing this thing for? Been in this league for 30 years, and it’s like I’m nothing.’
Real life Utah Jazz forward Juancho Hernangomez plays Spanish Basketball prospect Bo Cruz, the next big discovery for aging scout Stanley Sugarman, played by Adam Sandler.
We can see the skills, but the ‘Why’ of Bo Cruz leaving home for the bright lights of the big city, remains in doubt.
‘I got to work. My Mom and my daughter mean everything to me. Salary is $900 Thousand Dollars. He will call in sick.’
The talent might be there, but the real question is whether or not Bo Cruz has the drive to make a career in the NBA truly happen.
Like you might expect from any good sports film, it looks like we get a training montage.
‘Let’s get to work. The Draft is in six weeks. If we’re going to do this, we’re doing this by ourselves. No doubt about it. This kid’s got it.’
Hustle streams on Netflix June 8.
— — #8 — —
In at Number 8 is Jennifer Lopez: Halftime, a documentary taking a behind the scenes look at J.Lo’s preparation for the Super Bowl Halftime show.
‘It’s not just about if you’re getting off with the step. It’s about if we’re getting off with the step. Has the camera got me? But, I’m **also** saying, ‘has the camera got me?’
The Documentary crew follows Jennifer Lopez and her team’s rehearsals for the Big Game. We see them not only getting ready physically, but mentally, as well.
We also see how hard it is to succeed in the Entertainment Industry, and the mental and emotional stresses stars face in the glare of the public spotlight.
‘I said to her once, ‘Doesn’t this bother you? And she said, ‘I expected this. **heels clicking** I had to really figure out who I was. And, believe in that, and not anything else.’
I love Behind-The-Scenes Documentaries… If they are done the RIGHT way…
This Doc looks like it gives us a peak at HOW she did it, but also WHY she did it, too.
‘I do this to connect with people, make them feel things; because I want to feel things.’
Jennifer Lopez: Halftime streams on Netflix, June 14.
— — #7 — —
In at Number 7 is Crimes Of The Future, a Sci-Fi Body-Horror film by Director David Cronenberg.
‘The world is a much more dangerous place now that pain has all but disappeared.’
In the future, Viggo Mortensen stars as Saul Tenser, a celebrity performance artist who grows new internal organs for the entertainment of his live audience.
Along for the ride is Saul’s wife, Caprice, played by two time Bond Girl Lea Seydoux. As you might imagine, there are a finite amount of ‘performances’ that Saul can do while using ‘Accelerated Evolution Syndrome’ to ‘perform’ for his audience.
‘I don’t like what’s happening with the body. In particular, what’s happening with my body, which is why I keep cutting it up.’
Apparently, ‘Crimes Of The Future’ is NOT related to David Cronenberg’s OTHER movie titled ‘Crimes Of The Future’, that came out way back in 1970.
Regardless, THIS Crimes Of The Future looks like the typical kind of weird Horror/Sci-Fi we’ve come to expect from the Writer/Director. LIke Scanners, The Fly, and eXistenZ.
‘Let us not be afraid to map the cells inside. Let us create a man.’
Crimes Of The Future hits theaters June 3.
— — #6 — —
In at Number 6 is Hollywood Stargirl, a sequel to the 2020 Teen Romance ‘Stargirl’, with Grace VanderWaal returning as the titular character.
‘Stargirl! I’m new to California, so here’s to trying new things. I’m Evan. I’m Stargirl. Cool name. What’s going on out here, Evan? She’s our new neighbor.’
Grace and her Mom, played by Judy Greer, relocate to Los Angeles for work.
And, Grace quickly starts to make new friends that help her explore and grow her creative side.
‘You want to be in our movie? Alright, let’s do it! That’s Roxanne Martel. She put out one album, and then nothing. Write your own stuff! No, I just really like other peoples’ stuff.’
This feels like a fun coming-of-age movie that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Along for the ride is Elijah Richardson as love interest ‘Evan’, Uma Thurman as reclusive former musician Roxanne Martel, and Taxi star and Comedy Legend Judd Hirsch as Mr. Mitchell.
‘You gave me something I thought only existed in pictures. That was a keeper, let’s take a break.’
Hollywood Stargirl streams on Disney Plus June 3.
— — #5 — —
In at Number 5 is… Cha Cha Real Smooth, a look at the struggle many of us face after College to find our careers and our selves.
‘I can’t believe College is over. So, you either don’t have a job, or you have a bad job. How much does a party starter get paid, I wonder? I have a bad job, yeah.’
Cooper Raiff stars as ‘Andrew’, a Twenty-Something stuck somewhere between kid and adult. Dakota Johnson stars as ‘Domino’ a Thirty-Something Single Mom with a special needs daughter.
Somehow, Andrew forms a connection with the Autistic ‘Lola’, played by Vanessa Burghardt. And, the 22 year old Andrew acts as a bridge between 12 year old Lola and 32 year old Domino.
‘How about I bet you $300 I can get her on the dance floor? She really likes you. I really like her. You and Lola dance your booties off. Wow! I don’t know how to Moonwalk!’
Cha Cha Real Smooth looks like a sweet character study about growing up and and becoming an adult without losing that inner kid inside.
Leslie Mann and Brad Garrett star as Andrew’s Mom and Step Dad, in this Comedy/Drama also Written and Directed by Cooper Raiff.
‘I want to thank you for being so kind to Lola. Do you have a husband? I have a Fiance. I hear your a great Party Starter. I hear you’re a great Professional Lawyer.’
Cha Che Real Smooth streams on Apple TV+ June 17.
— — #4 — —
In at Number 4 is Spiderhead, an Action, Crime, Drama from Top Gun: Maverick Director Joseph Kosinski.
‘In Science, we have to explore the unknown. They’ve been testing me up and down. A lot weirder stuff than normal.’
Spiderhead starts in the near future where criminals can work off prison time, if they participate in medical experiments for Drug Companies.
Chris Hemsworth stars as Steve Abnesti, the scientist running experiments on people, and Miles Teller stars as Jeff, one of the prisoners trying to reduce his time left in jail. Needless to say, the morality of the situation is flimsy, at best.
‘Time to worry about crossing lines was a lot of lines ago. Our work will save lives, many lives. We’re making the world a better place.’
Spiderhead feels like it might be A Clockwork Orange meets The Truman Show. And, it feels like the further into the film we get, the more Kosinski will embrace the absurd.
‘**Breathes sigh** Beautiful people get away with too much, and I say that as someone who’s benefited from time to time. **Sipping**
Spiderhead streams on Netflix June 17.
— — #3 — —
In at Number 3 is Lightyear, the 26th Feature Film from Pixar, and the 5th Film in the Toy Story Franchise.
‘**Clicking sounds** It’s not just protecting your body, it’s protecting the universe. Ready Captain Lighyear? C’mon. Need my help? Negative. Are you sure? I’m Buzz Lightyear.’
Captain America actor Chris Evans steps in as the voice of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. Joining Evans in the cast are Dale Soules, Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi, Peter Sohn, and Josh Brolin.
This is a younger, inexperienced Buzz Lightyear, who feels some guilt over a mission failure he blames on himself.
‘I plan to FINALLY finish the mission. Who are you talking to, Buzz? Uh, no one. Are we going to crash? Well technically, yes. That was utterly terrifying, and I regret joining you.’
This feels like a more mature film than the previous Toy Story movies, with more action than comedy, and a slightly different animation style.
It’s also the first Pixar movie to get a theatrical release, since Onward in March, 2020.
‘Un, I think I need a bag. No, no. Engage your helmet, that’ll catch it. Let’s go finish the mission.’
Lightyear hits theaters June 24.
— — #HM-A — —
‘I don’t really know how to say this without sounding crazy. But, I can travel through time. But, everytime I play a song on the mixtape, it takes me back to the moment we first heard it.’
I am Mother’s Clara Rugaard flips the script on time travel romances, as SHE is the one travelling through time to save her boyfriend — all with the help of a time travelling mixtape.
Top Gun: Maverick’s Lewis Pullman plays ‘Harrison’ the boyfriend, and Danny Glover plays Cooper, the father figure voice of wisdom. Press Play hits theaters June 24.
— — #HM-B — —
‘I need to disable your command center. So, I will be getting into that room. You want this room? Come and get it!’
The Fast And The Furious’ Elsa Pataky stars as Army Captain JJ Collins, defending a naval platform from terrorists in Interceptor.
Point Break’s Luke Bracey stars as Alexander the terrorist trying to steal weapons. JJ Collins is the only one standing between him and weapons capable of killing whole cities. Interceptor hits Netflix June 3.
— — #HM-C — —
‘Do you feel like coming in for a drink? Yeah. Have you noticed anybody watching you in your apartment? No. This guy has been watching since we moved in.’
An American actress moves to Bucharest, and immediately starts feeling creeped out by a voyeuristic neighbor in Watcher.
Maika Moore plays the increasingly paranoid ‘Julia’, afraid the Peeping Tom across the street, might actually be a serial killer on the loose. Watcher hits theaters June 3.
— — #2 — —
In at Number 2 is Marcel The Shell With Shoes On, ‘I Want You Back’s’ star Jenny Slate’s stop motion animated movie about a sentient mollusk who uses footwear.
‘My cousin fell asleep in a pocket. And, that’s why I don’t like the saying ‘everything comes out in the wash’.’
Jenny Slate came up with Marcel The Shell after getting fired from Saturday Night Live.
The animated shorts took off during the early years of YouTube, and she and then-Husband Dean Fleischer-Camp wrote two books to go along with the video shorts.
So in a way, Marcel The Shell has always been about family.
‘Do you think they could be out there? Marchello, forget about being afraid. Just take the adventure.’
Most Summer movies follow the ‘bigger is better’ formula for drawing people to theaters.
I like that Marcel The Shell With Shoes On appears to do the exact opposite. A tiny character… In a low budget film… Telling a simple story about searching for your loved-ones.
‘There’s so many places that they could be! Marcel. The Shell. With Shoes On. Must be so many others like me! C’mon Marcel! **music fades**
Marcel The Shell With Shoes On hits theaters June 24.
— — #1 — —
In at Number 1 is Jurassic World: Dominion, the third and final Jurassic World film, and the 6th overall flick in the Jurassic Park franchise.
‘**Whoosh Screaching** I promise you I will get her back.’
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return as Owen Grady and Claire Dearing to complete the ‘World’ trilogy.
Also back are original Jurassic Park stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum; reprising their roles 29 years after the first film.
‘If our world’s going to survive, what matters is what we’re going to do now. I could use your help. You coming or what?’
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom really made a mess of the franchise last time around, and Dominion appears to pick up in the aftermath of all the clones being released into nature.
The action looks like a big step up from the other Jurassic World films. And, it looks like they’re bringing back some humor to the films that were sorely missing from the last few films.
‘You made a promise… To a dinosaur? Yeah… why? **Roaring**’
Jurassic World: Dominion hits theaters June 10.