We’re well into the summer now, and though you’d hope to lounge about in sun and nature, British weather is such that it’s still pretty likely there’ll be grey and rainy days where a trip to the cinema becomes a great escape. Summer also means blockbuster releases, and there’s a few out this month that you’ll want to catch. In the midst of big name franchises, there’s also a few smaller films that debuted at the recent Cannes Film Festival, so you’ll almost certainly find something to your tastes.


Director Baz Luhrmann returns for his first film since 2013’s The Great Gatsby with Elvis, a musical-biopic about the iconic King of Rock and Roll, and his complicated relationship with his manager Col. Tom Parker. Starring as Elvis is Austin Butler, who’s received acclaim in the role since the film’s debut at the Cannes Film Festival, with Tom Hanks as Parker. The film has also gained the seal of approval of the Presley family and the Graceland estate, with his ex wife Priscilla and his daughter Lisa Marie praising Butler and the direction. Given the film’s by Luhrmann, you can expect an almost fever dreamlike musical extravaganza, and a lot of rock and roll fun.



Sure to be one of the biggest releases of the month, Lightyear returns us to the world of Toy Story– but in a different way to what we’re used to. A film within a film, Lightyear tells the origin story of the famed space hero we know and love. Rather than Tim Allen, Buzz is played by Chris Evans (the Captain America one) to give us a younger and somewhat more serious version. Buzz is marooned on a hostile planet with his commander and crew, and must find a way back home safely, while also saving the universe. Keke Palmer, James Brolin, Taika Watiti, Isiah Whitlock Jr and astronaut Tim Peak also feature in the voice cast. This will definitely one to take the kids to (and yourself if you grew up with Toy Story!)


Jurassic World: Dominion

The other big blockbuster for June, Jurassic World: Dominion is the sixth entry into the Jurassic franchise, and brings together the stars of the 1993 original with those of the Jurassic World trilogy. Billed as “the conclusion to the story started in the original”, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return from the last two Jurassic World films, while Laura Dern, Sam Neil and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles as Dr Sattler, Alan Grant and Dr Malcom from the first film. It’s set four years after Fallen Kingdom, and sees dinosaurs now living alongside humans globally.


The Black Phone

If you’d prefer a darker film to see at the cinema, The Black Phone certainly has a grim premise: a 13 year old boy, Finney, is kept in a basement by the serial killer The Grabber, played by Ethan Hawke, after being kidnapped following five others. Things take a supernatural turn when he finds he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims through a phone on the wall. Meanwhile, his sister discovers she is having psychic dreams that could help her recover her brother.


Crimes of the Future

Another horror film coming out this month, Crimes of the Future is firmly in the body horror genre, from the original master of the genre David Cronenberg. It premiered at Cannes and was in the running for the coveted Palme d’Or, and stars Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart. The plot centres around a sci-fi horror premise concerning bio-technology and evolution, with Mortensen’s character Saul Tenser showcasing the evolution of his organs in a piece of performance art. It’s certainly weird and disturbing, but if you’re looking for something like that, then Crimes of the Future is for you.


Marcel The Shell With The Shoes On

If you thought Crimes of the Future had a weird sounding premise, Marcel The Shell With The Shoes On might be even weirder, but in a very different kind of way. Based on several YouTube shorts of the same name uploaded in 2010, the film is a strange but charming story involving a sentient shell who has been separated from a wider community of shells following a mysterious disaster. However, Marcel is discovered by a documentary filmmaker, and the videos of him garner huge amount of fans on the internet. The film stars a pretty interesting cast, with Jenny Slate (who also co-wrote it), Isabella Rossellini, Rosa Salazar, Nathan Fiedler and Conan O’Brien. It’s certainly set to be one of June’s lighter and more heartwarming releases.


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