FilmEra’s Most Anticipated Watches of June 2019

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I’m filled with cautious optimism for June’s movies. I’m excited for The Dead Don’t Die even after the Cannes reviews as I can’t see how something with both Tom Waits and Iggy Pop in it can be anything less than pleasant. Although I am iffy on all Pixar sequels, I hope that Toy Story 4 is excellent. Otherwise, I’m excited for the restorations of Paris is Burning and The Queen (1968) premiering in New York City this month. – Aaron Linskey

For me, 2019 has always been leading up to one major event: when are we able to watch season 2 of Big Little Lies? June is the month where we are finally going to be gifted this blessing, and I don’t think that there is any better way to start this summer other than spending it with the Monterey Five. I cannot wait to fall in love with this show all over again, and hopefully even deeper in love with it. Film-wise, I am very much looking forward to anticipating the darkness of Peter Strickland’s In Fabric. The poster for the film alone has me sold. – Ben Webster

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Men in Black: International – © Sony Pictures

Surprisingly, one of the films I’m most excited about is Men in Black: International. Regardless of how well it holds up critically, it looks like it’s going to be much fun and I can’t wait to see Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in action. I’m also eager for Brightburn, which will finally be out in the U.K. this month. Horror is my favorite genre, and this looks pretty special, so I’m hoping it doesn’t let me down! – Toni Stanger

I am highly anticipating the return of HBO’s Big Little Lies to our screens. The first season captured me so completely, and I am genuinely excited to see what this second installment will bring. It is such an entirely constructed work, and I cannot wait to have this beguiling, addictive, and genius story back and stronger than ever (I mean… Meryl  Streep?). I will always pick female stories told and produced by women over anything else and cannot wait to sink my teeth into season two of Big Little Lies. – Jenna Kalishman

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Child’s Play – © Orion Pictures

I am most anticipating the modern remake of Child’s Play and how they are planning to revamp Chucky for a more technological age. The idea of Chucky being able to function within the Cloud gives me serious The Veldt vibes, and I think it has the potential to play into that factor of camp that the original masters so well. The 1988 film is one of my favorite horror movies because of its mix of terror and comedy, so with Aubrey Plaza in this new film, I’m hopeful that she will be able to bring that to the table. Another June must-see for me is The Last Black Man in San Francisco. It addresses the often overlooked issue of the displacement of people of color as well as gentrification. I’m excited to see this discourse becoming more prevalent in storylines such as this, as well as last year’s Blindspotting. – Peyton Robinson

June marks the first time in a long time that I have been more excited about television than film. Big Little Lies is returning with an increasingly star-studded cast. Meanwhile, Netflix is releasing the original 26-episode of run of Neon Genesis Evangelion, and the film finale: End of Evangelion. Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most influential anime ever created, and an original show of my childhood, so I can’t wait to rewatch it (and then rewatch it again). Finally, there are a few new films I’m keen on. As a long time X-Men fan I can’t help but be excited for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and on the prestige side of things there’s The Last Black Man in San Francisco. A great month ahead! – Joshua Sorensen

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix – © 21st Century Fox

With a slew of summer blockbusters already hitting theaters, such as Godzilla: King of the Monsters, June promises many more. The one I am most excited for is Dark Phoenix, the next installment in the X-Men franchise. Although the past few films in the series have disappointed some fans and the box office, my childhood heroes never fail to excite me. As a horror fan, I am also interested to see Child’s Play. It will be intriguing to see what the remake will do to pay homage to the original as well as bring the franchise into a new era. As for the small screen, season 2 of Big Little Lies will be premiering. I am sure this season will fill the void that Game of Thrones left in our hearts. – Emily Jacobson

After the NBA finals finish up, I’ll be focusing on catching up on all the films I missed during the season. I still need to see John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum and (don’t hate me) High Life. As for June releases, I’m looking forward to seeing Tessa Thompson in Men in Black: International. I try to see every film Naomi Watts is in which means I’ll be hitting the theater for the new twist on Hamlet, Ophelia, that focuses on the titular character’s perspective, giving this classic Shakespearean tale a touch of the female gaze. – Shea Vassar

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The Dead Don’t Die – © 2019 Image Eleven Productions, Inc.

Despite the mixed reviews it received at Cannes, I’m still very excited to see Jim Jarmusch’s latest film; The Dead Don’t Die. Jarmusch is one of my favorite directors, and a zombie comedy starring Adam Driver and Bill Murray sounds right up my alley. The Last Black Man in San Francisco also looks interesting, mainly because I grew up in the Bay Area and have visited San Francisco many times. I still need to watch the first season of Big Little Lies before the new season premieres, but I’m also looking forward to Netflix releasing Neon Genesis Evangelion on its streaming service, a show that’s been recommended to me countless times. – Ethan Cartwright

Looking through the upcoming releases this June, I’m surprised to find that all of my most anticipated releases will arrive via streaming. I’m usually a cinema-at-the-cinema guy at heart, but the depth of content released through these new mediums is undeniable. I’ll be starting off the month by finally checking out Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Tropical Malady (originally from 2004), coming to The Criterion Channel on June 3rd. Tropical Malady was the film he made before Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives in 2010, (in)famous for its formalist density. Then, on June 11th, Martin Scorcese’s long-gestating documentary covering Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue tour will finally arrive on Netflix. Dylan reinterpreted his music in a new and rollicking fashion during this era, and the film is sure to be an invaluable historical record. A week later, on June 17th, Lee Chang-dong’s Secret Sunshine (originally 2007) will debut on The Criterion Channel to satisfy the Great Hunger of all those introduced to the filmmaker’s work through last year’s fantastic film Burning. –Jackson Bentele

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Meet the Filmmakers: Apichatpong Weerasethakul June 3rd – © Criterion Channel

June is shaping up to be a big month for both theatrical and streaming releases, with Toy Story 4 (June 21st) chief among the most anticipated for me. Squeezing the profits from the franchise is still shady, but I have some hope that the fourth entry will explore different thematic beats that make the film feel fresh. Late Night (out wide on June 14th) is also shaping up to be a potential watch for me, if not merely to support more female-driven comedy after the box office debacle with Booksmart. A24 is also dropping the ball hard with The Last Black Man in San Francisco, so hopefully, I can catch it on June 14th and support the filmmakers behind this tale of gentrification. Lastly, the horror streaming service, Shudder, is releasing a Cannes hopeful from the 2018 festival: Knife+Heart, on June 20th and I’m a sucker for strange and unique horror films, especially those that follow in the footsteps of Argento. I’ll finally be able to top it off with the release of The Exorcist on Shudder as well, to perfectly balance my methods of watching movies in true Thanos fashion. – Wesley Lara

Since I was at Cannes, I missed the release of Booksmart and The Souvenir, so before I begin to view the June releases, I will catch up on both of those. While June is full of big-budget, blockbuster releases, a few festival standouts will finally get their U.S. distribution. I am very much looking forward to The Last Black Man in San Francisco after the film’s great reception at Sundance and Carlos Reygadas’ Nuestro Tiempo, one of the last films to receive a U.S. distribution from last year’s Venice Film Festival. Criterion Channel also has some great features from directors Penelope Spheeris, Nicolas Roeg, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul that I will try and watch throughout the month. Also, at the end of the month, I can’t wait for the Criterion release the newly restored War and Peace. – Cole Fowler

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Neon Genesis Evangelion – © Netflix

The fact that Professional Incredibly Hot People Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth are working together even outside of the MCU fills my heart up with so much joy, so the upcoming Men in Black: International is near the top of my June list. (Thompson is fantastic and deserves the world!) I am also excited to watch The Last Black Man in San Francisco and tentatively curious about Yesterday. For streaming releases, I look forward to watching Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and 20th Century Women on loop as I ward off post-college grad listlessness. (And because of this listlessness, I will pointedly not rewatch the famously sad Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise, but will thoroughly enjoy the late 2010s conversation around it. Congratulations!) – Nisa Khan

Surprising no one I am most excited to watch anime, but specifically to binge watch the entire Neon Genesis Evangelion series. I am hardcore into anime and watch it weekly, so it would be dope to watch a series that defined so much about Americans perception of the genre. The Last Black Man in San Francisco is up there for me this week, but after seeing the premiere at Sundance, I am ready for something different. P.S Zendeya is starring in a new series releasing on HBO entitled Euphoria that has me properly intrigued. – Carl Broughton

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