Summer is for tent rides
“Jurassic World Dominion” finally gives us a Jurassic World, where dinosaurs are rapidly growing across the land. It turns out Tyrannosaurus Rex has no respect for movies. Photo courtesy of Universal.
Summer is really here. This month of June brings blockbuster movies, multiplayer video games, and the most exciting new hero to our screens in years.
Moviegoers are certainly the best fed of us this month, with a reason to hit the movies almost every weekend. There’s the conclusion of Jurassic Park’s story in “Jurassic World Dominion,” Pixar’s latest: “Lightyear,” a return from “The Great Gatsby” director Baz Luhrmann as “Elvis,” and even a thrilling horror film from director Scott Derrickson: “The Black Telephone.”
Of course, horror fans should also be excited about “The Quarry,” the long-awaited successor to video game sensation “Until Dawn.”
Despite all of this, my most anticipated release this month is “Ms. Marvel,” which finally introduces the iconic Pakistani-American superhero/teenager Kamala Khan to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Jurassic World Dominionis the sixth installment in the “Jurassic” franchise and is marketed as the grand finale of a story that began in 1993. Following the events of 2018’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”, the promise of the “Jurassic World” title has been filled, and the entire earth is home to creatures that should have disappeared millions of years ago. The iconic protagonists of the original “Jurassic Park” trilogy join new characters introduced in the franchise’s reboot as “Jurassic World” in 2015 for what is hopefully a thrilling and emotionally resonant finale. Of course, Universal isn’t playing shy about the fact that while this movie brings the current story to an end, it will also set the stage for the next chapter when it hits theaters exclusively on June 10th.
“Light yearis a spinoff of “Toy Story” featuring the sci-fi hero Buzz Lightyear the toy was based on. After Buzz Lightyear, played by Chris Evans, is stuck in space and time, the young astronaut must find their way home and save the universe from a familiar evil mastermind. All of Pixar’s animated magic is on full screen, and like their other films, this should be a great watch. The film is out in theaters exclusively. June 17.
“Elvisis the latest film from director Baz Luhrmann, known for directing films with strong musical elements like “The Great Gatsby”, “Moulin Rouge!” and “Romeo + Juliet”. “Elvis” is primarily a biopic about the legendary singer’s life and career, with a focus on his relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Reviews were positive, especially regarding the interpretation of Elvis Presley by actor Austin Butler. The film hits theaters on June 24.
“The black phoneis a horror film from Scott Derrickson, the director of “Sinister” and “Doctor Strange”. It stars veteran actor Ethan Hawke as a kidnapper who poses as a magician and takes children. His sixth victim finds a disconnected phone through which he can talk to his deceased predecessors and devise a plan to escape. This film looks deeply unsettling, but also downright fascinating. It seems like it’s been a while since horror fans had a hit in theaters, but “The Black Phone” should satisfy when it hits theaters June 24th.
“The careeris the latest from Supermassive Games, which exploded into mainstream recognition in 2015 with “Until Dawn,” a video game described as a playable slasher movie starring Hollywood actors like Hayden Panettiere and Rami Malek. Although they have continued this success since they did not achieve these goals. “The Quarry” positions itself as the true successor to “Until Dawn,” with a stellar cast that includes David Arquette, Brenda Song, and other recognizable faces as camp counselors trying to survive their last night at camp. The game is again a playable slasher movie, with a cinematic presentation and decisions that determine which characters see the sunrise. Supermassive’s horror games are perfect for the holidays, and I’ll definitely have people playing “The Quarry” when it comes out on June 10.
“Mario Strikers: Battle Leagueis a Mario football title with attitude. Nintendo is usually pretty particular about its characters and their family behavior, which is why it’s so shocking that we’re getting another “Mario Strikers”, 15 years after the last one. Mario and his friends spend as much time punching each other as kicking soccer balls in this series, and it has its fans. This should be a solid addition to any multiplayer library when it releases on June 10.
“fall guysis another type of battle royale. While Battle Royale space titans are shooters like “Fortnite” or “Apex Legends”, “Fall Guys” emulates a game show, where players compete in silly events as cute and funny little guys . The last player standing wins the crown. The game was actually originally released in August 2020, but only for PlayStation 4 and PC. On June 21, it will finally arrive on all consoles, and it will also be completely free, with cross-play and cross-progression. Fall Guys is spectacular fun, and it’s a great family choice. Especially now that it’s free.
Sonic the Hedgehog is bigger than ever thanks to two big movies in recent years. Unfortunately, it is not easy to delve into the history and origin of blue blur in video games. “Sound origins” is a step towards solving this problem, remastering and consolidating the excellent first four games of the series into a single title, connecting their narratives with new animated cutscenes and reducing their difficulty by removing the life system. It will also be the first time in many years that the best version of “Sonic the Hedgehog 3”, “Sonic 3 and Knuckles”, will be released and playable. If for “Sonic 3 and Knuckles” alone, I’ll pick it up when it comes out on June 23rd.
Since Disney+ announced its slate of Marvel Cinematic Universe series, one of my most anticipated. “Ms. Marvelfinally brings Kamala Khan into the universe. Kamala Khan is an exciting comic book character, a personal favorite. She was introduced in 2013, relatively new compared to many of her peers who date back to the early 60s. Peter Parker’s approach to dynamics. She quickly became a major character in comics and video games.
The Disney+ series will be an origin story, showing her gaining her powers for the first time, though at this time we have no idea what villain or other adversaries she will face. Early reviews of the show praise Khan’s performance by newcomer Iman Vellani, a 19-year-old Pakistani-Canadian actress and Marvel fan herself. It’s also the first MCU series we know will need to be previewed for an upcoming film, with Vellani having already announced he’ll be reprising the role in the 2023 theatrical release: “The Marvels.” . The series will debut on June 8 and will mark the first time Disney+ has had two of its franchise series running simultaneously, with the series overlapping with the already-running “Obi-Wan Kenobi.”
In addition to “Ms. Marvel,” Disney brings “Baymax!” a spin-off of “Big Hero Six” and the premiere of many series from Disney Animation Studios on June 29. It features the return of the huggable Baymax, as he gets up for shenanigans around San Fransokyo, what’s not to love?
netflix held a National Live Comedy Festival in April and May this year, and several of its performances will be added to the platform this month. These include several comedy specials hosted by comedians like Pete Davidson, Snoop Dogg, Amy Schumer, Bill Burr and others, as well as larger pieces, like “Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration,” which features “comics’ largest gathering of LGBTQ+.” These performances will be broadcast throughout the month, starting June 6, then daily until June 23.
Amazon Prime presents the third season of one of its greatest series, “The boyson June 3. “The Boys” is a bloody parody of superhero movies and entertainment companies that has so far been pretty damn good, if gross at times.