We have reached the summer. The BIGGEST time of the year for movies has arrived. Below, I share a quick list featuring six June movies to watch and three to skip in the month of June, because if we’re being honest, they are not always worth it.
June is always one of the busiest months of the year for film. When I was going through my list of what movies you should check out and skip, I believe we are looking at close to 25 MAJOR films being released in theaters and streaming platforms. That doesn’t include some of the VOD or digital movies either.
We all don’t have the time to check out every movie, so my goal is to try and tell you which movies are worth your time and ones you can either check out later on down the road or skip all together. So let’s dive into the list.
New June movies to watch
Fire Island: on Hulu June 3
The film follows a group of queer best friends who gather for their annual summer vacation at Fire Island Pines. The entire cast is incredible, highlighted by an outstanding performance by Bowen Yang and Joel Kim Booster. The latter also wrote the film. It’s one of the better rom-coms you will see this year.
The Phantom of the Open: In Theaters June 3
If you are looking for a motivational, heartwarming and sweet film to watch, The Phantom of the Open is a film you need to seek out. I loved everything about this film, including Mark Rylance, continuing to show why he is one of the best working actors.
Jurassic World: Dominion: In Theaters June 10
The sixth installment and final installment of the Jurassic Park movies is here and I know we are all excited to dive into the world of our favorite dinosaurs. I’m intrigued if this will live up to the hype or be like the last trilogy and fall a little short. I am hoping for the former. One thing is for sure, I’m super excited to see this one on the biggest screen.
Good Luck to You Leo Grande: on Hulu June 17
Hands down, one of my favorite films of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival is hitting Hulu and I am excited for all of you to see it.
"Excerpt from my review: One of the more fascinating things about the film is how delicate they treat the idea of an escort. We often see it displayed in films as this horrible thing and no matter how you feel about it, it shows the potential good in what it can bring to the table. It never crosses the prototypical line they do with this type of story."
Elvis: In Theaters June 24
First, Priscilla Presley came out praising Elvis. Next came Lisa Marie Presley came out and praised the film, I AM NOT READY. Although somewhat problematic, Elvis is one of the most recognizable names in entertainment history. I grew up on Elvis and am interested to see what Baz Luhrmann has in store for us.
Black Phone: In Theaters June 24
After being abducted by a child killer, a 13-year-old boy starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer’s previous victims. The Black Phone stars Ethan Hawke as our abductor and that alone has me invested in seeing this film. The movie has been praised across the industry by the people who have seen it.
June movies to skip
Spiderhead: on Netflix June 17
Do I like Miles Teller and Chris Hemsworth? Yes, yes, I do. But Netflix is so hit and miss with their action films and the fact that the weekend of June 17th has so many movies coming out, this seems like an easy skip that maybe I’ll catch later down the road.
Cha Cha Real Smooth: on Apple TV+ June 17
Cha Cha Real Smooth was praised by EVERYONE coming out of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. However, while the movie is good, I don’t believe it is as good as the hype. Dakota Johnson is great in the film, but watch Good Luck To You, Leo Grande instead, it’s the better movie.
Lightyear: In Theaters June 17
Me having this on the list will cause quite a stir and that is okay. Lightyear is a movie I’m excited about but also not excited about. If I sit here and think, “Did we need a Lightyear movie?” I could easily say no. It’s not that I think it won’t be good; I don’t find myself thinking that it’s a MUST SEE either.
From our list of June movies to watch, which are you the most excited to see? Did we miss any?