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Ten new movies to see this month

June’s biggest, best and most unmissable theatrical releases

By Time Out Film |
 X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Film, Action and adventure

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

You’d be forgiven for being a bit confused by the complex goings-on in the X-Men-iverse at the moment, but don’t lose hope: this latest instalment is a more streamlined tale focusing on Jean Grey (Sophie Turner from ‘Game of Thrones’). Like ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’, it’s based on Chris Claremont’s ‘The Dark Phoenix Saga’ comic-book run; unlike ‘The Last Stand’, it could actually be good. Out Jun 5

Film, Drama

Dirty God

Newcomer Vicky Knight parlays her own real-life experiences as a burns survivor into a London-set drama about a young mum piecing her life back together after an acid attack by her ex. Unsurprisingly, it feels deeply authentic – an emotionally involving mix of shame, guilt and liberation – and Knight’s performance calls to mind another dazzling debut turn, Katie Jarvis in ‘Fish Tank’. Out Jun 7

Siyah Giyen Adamlar: Global Tehdit
Film, Science fiction

Men In Black: International

Out go Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, in come Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, as the MiB crew head to London to protect the earth from its more malign intergalactic visitors (can they do anything about our politicians while they’re here?). This time, ‘Straight Outta Compton’ director F Gary Gray is running the show as the galaxy defenders track down a villain in their own ranks. Out Jun 14


Diego Maradona

The final part in a trilogy of Asif Kapadia docs about iconic – and much mythologised – figures tackles the Argentinian football superstar and tabloid villain who turned Serie A into his personal playground in the ’80s. It’s a toxic love story between Maradona and the city of Naples, a broiling mass of footballing passions and civic pride, and Kapadia tells it with all his usual dexterity. Out Jun 14

Film, Drama

Sometimes Always Never

June’s hidden gem offers a whimsical mix of domestic vignette and board-game-based caper as Bill Nighy goes all ‘The Hustler’ as a tailor, nonchalant Scrabble genius and mostly rubbish dad to his son (Sam Riley). It’s penned by ‘24 Hour Party People’ screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce, whose keen ear for English idiosyncrasies lit up Danny Boyle’s charming ‘Millions’. Expect something similarly winning here. Out Jun 14

Brightburn - O Filho do Mal de David Yarovesky
©Sony Pictures
Film, Horror


An adorable infant from outer space crash-lands on earth, easing a rural couple’s childless ache. He grows up handsome and strong. So far, so Superman. But what if that’s where the similarities end? And he’s actually not so super, but… evil? ‘Brightburn’ has sold itself as something of an offbeat comic book, but it’s closer to horror, with some nerve-shredding violence that may or may not be your thing. Out Jun 19

Film, Animation

Toy Story 4

Sure, we thought we’d said our sad goodbyes when Andy handed over Buzz, Woody and co to Bonnie at the end of ‘Toy Story 3’, but we’re totally okay with the gang being back for another outing – and you should be too. Far from resting on its considerable laurels, Pixar has juiced up the franchise with a road-trip movie that introduces new characters (look out for the Keanu Reeves-voiced stuntman Duke Caboom and Tony Hale’s confused cutlery-based character Forky) and brings back an old favourite in the newly empowered Bo Peep (Annie Potts). Out Jun 21

Photo: Courtesy of A24
Film, Horror

In Fabric

Director Peter Strickland’s stylish supernatural comedy (we laughed, promise) is set in a department store run by witches who lull women into buying a cursed dress. Strickland, a longtime devotee of trashy European thrills à la original ‘Suspiria’, makes the sick stuff that we love. This one stars a terrific British cast, including the star of ‘Secrets & Lies’, Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Out Jun 28

Photo: Jonathan Prime/Universal
Film, Comedy


Imagine a film in which Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis meshed their distinctive filmmaking voices and the result didn’t turn out like a John Lewis Christmas ad with added heroin abuse. Well, ‘Yesterday’ is that film: a musical fairytale set in a world in which only Himesh Patel’s struggling troubadour knows The Beatles and their songs. But will fame and superstardom make him happy? Out Jun 28

Time Out says
Film, Documentaries

Apollo 11

Todd Douglas Miller’s documentary – free of interviews and completely composed of archival footage – feels like the definitive account of the 1969 moon landing. For its elegance and surprising emotional wallop, it will never be matched. Out Jun 28

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