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The best new movies to see this month

A wondrous woman, a harrowing post-apocalyptic thriller and the summer’s best rom-com hit theaters in a jam-packed June

Looking for the best new movies to see this month? We’re way ahead of you! Already, we’ve taken a stab at our most anticipated movies for 2017. Additionally, the Sundance Film FestivalCannes Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival will bring their usual riches. (We’ll be at all three.) But the picture changes daily, so here’s a fine-grain image of the best movies this month has to offer.

Best new movies this month

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Wonder Woman

If there’s any hope for the dour, dead-on-arrival DC Comics universe, it’s this much-hyped side project starring Gal Gadot as everyone’s favorite Amazonian princess-warrior who knows her way around ropes and swords. Gadot will never be Lynda Carter—let that one go—but we’ve heard rumors that the humor is being emphasized. That’s a good sign. Opens June 2

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Beatriz at Dinner

From the instant of its Sundance debut, this savage conversation piece was hailed as the first major statement of the Trump Era. Its villain is a boorish real-estate developer, played with delicious obnoxiousness by John Lithgow. Who does he do battle with at a swanky dinner party? A Mexican holistic healer (Salma Hayek), not exactly on the guest list but prepared to speak her mind. Opens June 9

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The Hero

You know Sam Elliott from his baritone drawl (perfectly utilized in The Big Lebowski), his easiness in the saddle, his majestic moustache. But while the actor has often done scene-stealing work, Elliott has never had a major central role in a film until now, with this Wrestler–like portrait of a fictional Hollywood star haunted by roles past and a sense that his sunset might be soon. Opens June 9

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It Comes at Night

A major statement on the subject of civilization in freefall, writer-director Trey Edward Shults’s nerve-shredding domestic thriller joins the rarified company of Cormac McCarthy’s 2006 novel The Road and the small handful of intimate post-apocalyptic scenarios that puncture through to our deepest fears. Riven by mistrust, two families build an uneasy bond in a ruined America. Opens June 9

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Maudie

Sally Hawkins is the kind of effortless actor who just is. Her turn as the exuberant force of nature in Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky should have made her a household name—that or her toe-to-toe sparring with Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine. Hawkins’s latest has her playing a sensitive shut-in who blooms as a painter in the company of another recluse (Ethan Hawke). Opens June 16

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Rough Night

Rough Night

We’ll watch Scarlett Johansson in anything and have the scars from Ghost in the Shell to prove it. This rude ensemble comedy about a bachelorette party gone horribly wrong should set the star back on track. Adding Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon, improv legend Jillian Bell (she’s the name you’ll remember) and Big Little Lies’ Zoë Kravitz to the mix doesn’t hurt one bit. Opens June 16

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The Beguiled

Don’t mess with Sofia Coppola. Even when she takes on a remake of an underrated 1971 Clint Eastwood movie about a houseful of vengeful women, you can expect the psychological warfare to be sharpened to a prickly point. Her cast includes Elle Fanning, frequent Coppola collaborator Kirsten Dunst and the on-fire Nicole Kidman. Opens June 23

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The Big Sick

Adding some much needed cross-cultural tension to Judd Apatow’s rom-com formula, actor-screenwriter Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) breaks out with this autobiographical girlfriend-in-a-coma comedy that signals his arrival to the top. The movie’s two secret weapons are Ray Romano and Holly Hunter, both uncorking magnificently real performances as nervous parents. Opens June 23

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Baby Driver

This zippy tale of an Atlanta getaway-car driver (played by cherubic Fault in Our Stars heartthrob Ansel Elgort) slayed initial audiences at March’s SXSW Festival and for once, the prerelease buzz is underselling the film: Director Edgar Wright reinvents the car-chase movie, infusing it with La La Land’s effervescence and a wallpapered-with-pop-tunes kick that’s all his own. Opens June 28

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Okja

Chameleonic Tilda Swinton slays us every time she pops up onscreen, and the electricity she created with South Korean director Bong Joon-ho on their post-apocalyptic Snowpiercer made that movie unmissable. Star and filmmaker are back at it with another genre film, this one about a genetically bred “superpig” that Tilda wants to sell to the masses. (She’s the villain.) Opens June 28

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Marggie H
Marggie H

Nice list. Now I know what to watch. I also heard that Ghost in the Shell stirs a lot of criticism. I'll ask my friend about the plot of anime.

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Senor Magnifico
Senor Magnifico

Super psyched for this movie! The fact that Ben Stiller and Penelope Cruz are on the cover of Vogue for one of the advertisements, that within itself makes me want to vogue! ;)