Coming Soon: June 2017 Movie Releases

Are you smelling the sea breeze in your sleep? Hankering for a heavenly hike? Day dreaming of Disney World delights? My friend, it's June and time for a vacation! But wait! Before you phone a friendly travel agent, consider one of these fine films for your itinerary - a perfect compliment to your week of bliss.

Sun shining a bit too brightly? Duck into the hushed dark of the screening room! Happy trails leaving unhappy feet? Kick back, relax, and let the running happen on-screen. Disney lines too long? Skip straight to your seat to see the brand new Disney movie!

You see? No matter your vacation destination, you can't go wrong with a stop by the movies. There are 15 feature films coming to a big screen near you in June. Without further ado, here they are!

In Theaters Friday, June 2

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

At a Glance: Two prankster best friends accidentally hypnotize their overbearing principal into believing he is an idiot superhero named Captain Underpants. The film adapts a series of popular children's books called "The Adventures of Captain Underpants" that were some of those most frequently banned by schools in 2012.

Why I'm Excited: Excited is a bit strong. Accepting, perhaps? This is one of three PG-or-under films this month and seems like a perfectly harmless kids' film with some bathroom humor that'll make you groan but your tykes squeal with delight.

Wonder Woman

At a Glance: Diana, princess of Themiscyra, is fiercest among the Amazon warriors. When the horrors of the first World War arrive on her shores, Diana leaves her beloved home behind to help mankind end the war to end all wars.

Why I'm Excited: DC's last two releases - "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Suicide Squad" - were dismal, in part because they attempted to cram too much into one film without giving any one element room to develop. With "Wonder Woman," DC is returning to basics with an uncomplicated origin affair that lets a single hero shine. With early reviews pouring positivity, I'm hopeful that DC's cinematic universe will finally find its stride.

In Theaters Friday, June 9

It Comes At Night

At a Glance: A man and his family live barricaded inside a tiny house, holed up to keep safe from terrors that lurk outside at night. When strangers arrive in need of shelter, the balance they've struck inside is disrupted.

Why I'm Excited: Since their founding in 2014, A24 has been the single most exciting independent production and distribution company around. Many of the best films in recent years - "Moonlight," "The Lobster," "Room," and "Ex Machina," just to name a few - bear the A24 seal. Even if this wasn't a psychological horror thriller set in close quarters (for which I am a huge sucker) I'd be lining up for a day one ticket.

Megan Leavey

At a Glance: The story of the bond between a marine and the military combat dog with whom she fights abroad and for whom she fights at home.

Why I'm Excited: It's a dog movie so get your tissues ready!

The Mummy

At a Glance: A rogue and his partner unearth the lost tomb of Princess Ahmanet, unwittingly releasing a power-hungry monster into the world. "The Mummy" is the first film in Universal's recently unveiled Dark Universe franchise.

Why I'm Excited: This will probably be terrible but I'll see it anyway because a) I really loved "The Mummy" movies as a kid and b) I'm easily won over by arrangements of "Paint It Black." Hoping for a campy monster flick that doesn't take itself too seriously.

In Theaters Friday, June 16

47 Meters Down

At a Glance: Two women become trapped among sharks when their diving cage sinks to the ocean floor.

Why I'm Not Excited: "47 Meters Down" is being released into theaters nearly a year after it's original release - as a direct-to-DVD film - was scrapped a week before it hit shelves. Perhaps that suggests confidence in the film's theatrical chances, but the trailer does little to wash off that home-video smell.

All Eyez On Me

At a Glance: This biopic explores the life, music and activism of Tupac Shakur.

Why I'm Not Excited: It would be great to see another successful musical-drama biopic after 2015's "Straight Outta Compton," but "All Eyez On Me" has suffered a rocky production history that includes multiple rewrites and a lawsuit that divided the original creative team. It's difficult to weigh that against the talents of the director or writers as their own experience with features is limited. That said, the trailer looks fantastic but to avoid disappointment I'm deploying strategic pessimism.

Cars 3

At a Glance: When Lightning McQueen suffers a terrible accident on the track, his racing days appear to be over. But with the help of some new friends, he trains to get back into the race and prove himself against the newest line of high-speed racers.

Why I'm Excited: Critically speaking, Pixar's record of quality has but one blemish: "Cars 2." I've actually never seen a "Cars" film, but I'm rooting for Pixar to self-correct after the missteps in 2 and redeem their popular franchise in the face of Disney Animation's miserable "Planes" spin-offs.

Rough Night

At a Glance: Amidst a wild night of partying, five friends accidentally kill a male stripper.

Why I'm Excited: It may be "Weekend at Bernie's" with bachelorettes, but don't hold that against it. The cast is solid and though this is their first feature film, writer-director Lucia Aniello and co-writer Paul Downs have worked together on TV hits like "Time Travelling Bong" and "Broad City." I'm pegging this as likely solid, if a little rough around the edges.

In Theaters Wednesday, June 21

Transformers: The Last Knight

At a Glance: As war rages between humans and Transformers, a new threat arrives to destroy the world - aided by a turned Optimus Prime.

Why I'm Ambivalent: I haven't seen Transformers 2-4 (I will before seeing this one) but I didn't hate the first so I'm not sure what to say here other than to state a few facts.Though the studio has plans for sequels throughout the next decade, this is director Michael Bay's last film in the series. The films are more savaged by critics with each release, so I assume that trend will continue. I'm not sure what a critic looks for in a movie based on cars turning into robot men but I'm also not sure why the movies need to be two and a half hours long either.

In Theaters Wednesday, June 28

Baby Driver

At a Glance: Baby is getaway driver to a collection of bank robbers, drowning out the world and achieving laser sharp focus with music. When he finds love and tries to leave the crime behind, he becomes entangled in one last high octane job for a ruthless kingpin who threatens everything.

Why I'm Excited: A new Edgar Wright movie? Sold, day one, Baby! "Baby Driver" has been described as a stylish, musical car-chase heist movie, which is something I didn't realize I needed until recently. Critics have raved about the film since "Baby Driver" premiered at SXSW in March; as of this writing, the film is sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and 81% on Metacritic. And again - this is an Edgar Wright movie. What more needs be said?

In Theaters Friday, June 30

Amityville: The Awakening

At a Glance: A family moves into a new home, seeking to be closer to better medical care for their long-comatose son, unaware that the home was once the site of a grisly murder. When the boy suddenly awakens, strange and terrible things begin to terrorize the family.

Why I'm Not Excited: This is hands-down one of the worst trailers I've seen this year. After watching it, I find myself in near-disbelief that this is a real feature film being released into theaters in the year-of-our-Lord 2017. Thankfully, this is not a 2017 release, but a 2015 release delayed repeatedly over two years by production company woes and reshoots prompted by test screening responses. Bury your expectations lower than sub-basement level if you want to avoid disappointment.

Despicable Me 3

At a Glance: Gru returns to face off with the 80's obsessed villain Balthazar Bratt and contend to with twin brother he never knew he had: Dru.

Why I'm Excited: Trailers lie, but I'll be damned if I wasn't giggling when I saw this one in theaters. It just looks plain fun. Of Illumination Entertainment's previous features, the "Despicable Me" franchise ("Minions" notwithstanding) has enjoyed consistently positive reception. There's no reason to think this one won't continue the trend.

The Beguiled

At a Glance: An injured Union soldier is given shelter at an all-girls boarding school in Confederate Virginia. As the girls care for him in turn, romantic rivalries begin to violently boil. Written and directed by Sofia Coppola, this is a second film adaptation of the 1966 novel, but not a remake of the 1971 film starring Clint Eastwood.

Why I'm Excited: When "The Beguiled" premiered last month at the Cannes Film Festival it not only scored praise from critics but made Sofia Coppola the second woman to ever win the festival's award for Best Director. That's more than enough to make me hopeful that 2017 will finally see a great thriller when the film opens in a few weeks.

The House

At a Glance: A suburban couple loses their daughter's college fund and attempts to replace the money by opening an underground casino in their home.

Why I'm Excited: If you're making a comedy, you could do a lot worse than Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell as your leads, and while this is writer-director Andrew Cohen's first feature film behind the camera, he and co-writer Brendan O'Brien have turned in solid scripts in the two "Neighbors" films.

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