At the Movies: June Edition
Pack your snacks and book your tickets; the month of June is jam-packed with some of the biggest films of the year.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Superhero
Ever since the release of 2005’s Batman Begins, it’s fair to say comic-book movies have been going through an unprecedented golden age as the main spearhead of the action genre in the 21st century. But of all the comic-book films to have been released, none have features a female lead. All that is about to come to an abrupt end with the release of Wonder Woman, with the much-loved DC hero finally getting her own movie. Wonder Woman marks the first time DC could find themselves on the front foot against Marvel, (with their first female lead film, Captain Marvel, not scheduled to come out until next year).
The story follows Diane Prince (Gal Gadot), as she meets American military pilot, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) who is washed ashore on Prince’s island homeland, Themyscira. When she learns about the events of World War I and the potential threat that faces her people, Diane decides to break out and fight back to put an end to the war.
In cinemas 1 June 2017
Genre: Adventure, Horror
The Mummy franchise has laid dormant for nearly a decade. The films in this series were a mixed bag to say the least, yet, much like Indiana Jones, the sense of adventure is what keeps audiences coming back.
But The Mummy is a notable departure from that franchise and is the first in a series of films to follow which bring together the Universal Monsters: The Mummy (Sofia Boutella), Dr. Henry Jekyll/Mr. Hyde (Russell Crowe), Frankenstein’s Monster (Javier Bardem) and The Invisible Man (Johnny Depp).
Starring Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis, the film tells the story of an American military group who come across a sarcophagus in the desert. The eponymous mummy (Boutella) begins to wreak havoc, bringing with her a malevolent grudge that has grown over millennia.
In cinemas 8 June 2017
Other notable blockbuster movies coming out this month include Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (22/29 June 2017), Cars 3 (22 June 2017), Despicable Me 3 (15 June 2017) and Transformers: The Last Knight (22 June 2017).
The Surprise Package
All Eyez on Me
Genre: Biography, Drama
Few people made the impact Tupac Shakur did on the American hip-hop and rap music scene. In highlighting issues of substance abuse and gang violence in his music, Shakur created a strong voice for disenfranchised African American youth and made it accessible to a mainstream audience.
The Surprise Package, named after the artists’ fourth and final studio album, documents Tupac’s rise to fame, imprisonment, controversial time at Death Row Records, and the events leading up to the drive-by shooting that led to his death. Shakur is played by newcomer Demetrius Shipp, Jr., with Jamal Woolard taking on the role of legendary hip-hop artist, The Notorious B.I.G. .
In cinemas 15th June 2017
Hounds of Love
Australian filmmakers are no doubt experts when it comes to the thriller and horror genre. The Babadook, Rogue and the Wolf Creek series have received worldwide acclamation for their style of horror and even their brutality. Hounds of Love is the latest Aussie flick to receive such commendation, winning awards at the Brussels Film Festival and Venice Film Festival, as well as being part of the official selection for the SXSW Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival.
Set in suburban Perth during the 1980s, Hounds of Love tells the story of Vicki Maloney (Ashleigh Cummings), who, after an innocent lapse of judgement, is randomly abducted by serial killer couple John and Evelyn White (Stephen Curry and Emma Booth). As Vicki observes the dynamic relationship of her disturbed captors, she quickly realises that if she is to survive, she must try and find a way to drive a wedge between them.
This film is an exciting debut for newcomer writer/director, Ben Young. If you love a good horror film, then this one is bound not to disappoint.
In cinemas 1 June 2017