Summer 2018 has arrived, ladies and gentlemen. With that proclamation, the movies will once again be changing. A deluge of blockbusters are ahead (not that they haven’t already been here for months now), but also some very strong independent counter programming. In fact, a few of the very best films of the year so far are hitting screens this month. My current top ten so far is sprinkled with these titles Mixed in will hopefully be some high quality big budget flicks, though that remains to be seen. We’ve been off to a mostly good start in the previous months, so fingers crossed that becomes a streak. We shall see what happens, but this month, there’s definitely something for everyone…
Here now are June’s very best cinematic bets:
10. American Animals – I’ve already spoken about this film earlier in the week, but it bears repeating. This is a great directorial showcase from Bart Layton, with some nice performances to boot. You may have to look for this one, but it should be in theaters now, so the search is worth it.
9. Sicario: Day of the Soldado – A sequel to the Academy Award nominated Sicario, this looks a lot more generic and action oriented. That being said, something attracted a solid portion of the cast back, including the fact that Taylor Sheridan penned the script. The scribe has been on an incredible run to start his career, so in him I trust, for now at least…
8. Ocean’s 8 – I see this one next week, and in all likelihood it’ll be solidly entertaining. There’s so much talent on hand, it really can’t out and out fail. Look for more on it in a few days, but in terms of girl power, this is going to be one of June’s strongest doses!
7. Leave No Trace – Last month, I got to see this indie character study, and it’s really good stuff. Ben Foster is wonderful, and hopefully will be remembered come awards season. Essentially, a more serious take on similar material that Captain Fantastic trafficked in, there’s a ton to like here. I’ll be raving about Foster more in the very near future.
6. Under the Silver Lake – Audiences at the Cannes Film Festival were decidedly split on this latest outing from David Robert Mitchell, especially after he blew everyone away a few years ago with It Follows. This is a twisty mystery, with supposedly a compelling Andrew Garfield performance at the center. More to come once I see it, hopefully pretty soon…
5. Hereditary – On Monday I’ll be seeing this fright flick, with the buzz just deafening right now. In particular, it seems like Toni Collette could be a dark horse Oscar contender. Between this and the still to be mentioned Hearts Beat Loud, next week is going to be a hell of a release week for her. Sit tight for more on both of her flicks then.
4. The Incredibles 2 – The Pixar sequel that fans have actually been long asking for. Hopefully, this is closer to a Toy Story installment than a Cars one. The trailers so far have been promising, if not out and out spectacular. The company has treated this property with care though, so there’s reason to be optimistic. If nothing else, we’ll likely have a solid Best Animated Feature contender on our hands.
3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – By far, the biggest movie of the month, and one of the year’s biggest sequels in general. Chris Pratt’s other franchise, there promises to be plenty more running and screaming this time around. Time will tell, but the series has always been a lot of fun, so fingers crossed that’s again the case here, right?
2. Hearts Beat Loud – Prepare for me to rave about this magical film shortly. It opens next week and is among the very best of 2018 to date. Brett Haley is a master of making adult crowd pleasers, and this musical dramedy is yet another one. Nick Offerman, the aforementioned Collette, and Kiersey Clemons are among the cast here, with Offerman getting a rare leading role. Best Original Song voters should pay close attention to this one…
1. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – One of the best movies of the year so far is a documentary about Fred Rogers. Yes, Mr. Rogers is the subject of a tearjerker of a doc. It’s nearly flawless in its look at why Rogers is so important, both then, and now after his life haas ended. There were so many tears during this screening a few weeks ago. I’ll explain why later on in June, but it’s a must see, for sure.
Honorable Mentions: Adrift, The Catcher Was a Spy, Eating Animals, Hotel Artemis, Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town, The King, Nancy, Tag, Upgrade, Woman Walks Ahead, The Year of Spectacular Men, and The Yellow Birds
Be sure to check out all of these movies throughout the month of June!