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June movies to start summer

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost June. Most would agree that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 officially started the summer movie season, and since that time box-office juggernauts like Fast X and The Little Mermaid have arrived to really get things off and running. So, it’s time to delve even deeper and look at what other big features are headed to theaters in the upcoming month. As expected, sequels are being thrown with abandon at moviegoers, but some may work and there are some intriguing originals arriving too.

Next week, The Boogeyman from 20th Century Studios appears at cinemas. This is an adaptation of the creepy Stephen King short story. It deals with a family being tormented by a mythical figure that begins picking them off one by one. The director’s previous work was the 2021 UK/U.S. creeper Dashcam, which split critics. Let’s hope that this effort hits the mark.

Columbia is delivering the animated sequel Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, which continues the story of a youthful Spider-Man who travels to alternate universes and meets different versions of the famous superhero. When a new threat emerges and threatens all parallel worlds, the protagonist must help all the Spider-Mans overcome their personal differences and work together. The 2018 original won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, so hopefully this tale will be able to live up to its predecessor.

June 16 sees a new title from Pixar, whose animated films almost always earn raves and awards. Elemental is set in a city with a population made up of the four elements – Fire, Water, Earth and Air. One youth from the Fire area and another from the Water zone unexpectedly befriend each other and together attempt to expand their horizons.

Warner Bros. is delivering superhero action on June 16 with their new adaptation of The Flash, a popular DC character possessing super speed. After trying to use his gift to turn back time and save his parents from meeting a tragic end, he accidentally causes issues, unleashing a powerful villain in the process. The lead also meets a few familiar faces as he tries to set things right.

No Hard Feelings from Sony Pictures arrives on June 23. It’s an R-rated comedy with Jennifer Lawrence playing a woman hired to act as a date for an extremely introverted teen and help bring him out of his shell before he heads off to college.

The month ends with a major title from Paramount Pictures. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is the fifth film in the Indiana Jones series, coming some 15 years after the previous entry and featuring a new director (Steven Spielberg did not return for this effort). When the aging hero is contacted by his goddaughter, he joins her on an adventure to find a special dial that can change history. They must locate the artifact before it falls into the wrong hands. The movie recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and reactions were mixed. Let’s hope it plays better in this part of the world.