Coming Soon: A Moviegoer’s Guide to June

“Swiss Army Man”

Who: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Timothy Eulich
What: A hopeless man stranded in the wilderness befriends a dead body, and together, they go on a surreal journey to get home.
When: June 17th
Why: Yes, this is the farting corpse movie that wowed audiences at Sundance. First-time feature directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert turned in an excellent short with “Interesting Ball” and the music video for “Turn Down for What.” Now it appears the filmmakers have scored a similarly weird, hard-to-define film with an oddball premise and plenty of heart that features lots of magical realism, unique visuals and, yes, fart jokes. It’ll be interesting to see if audiences embrace the movie as much as others did at Sundance, but it also looks to be probably the most original film debuting this summer.

“Finding Dory”

Who: Ellen Degeneres, Ed O’Neill, Albert Brooks, Idris Elba and Kate McKinnon
What: The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.
When: June 17th
Why: It’s easy to be wary of sequels to family-friendly fare, but then, this is Pixar, which delivered one of the most complete and emotionally compelling trilogies with the “Toy Story” films. The studio is diving under the sea again to explore the hidden origin and continuing adventures of the titular Dory. The trailer promises beautiful underwater vistas, some tugging of heart strings, and a return to the world of which so many people (not just children) fell in love. For those seeking a family film that’s a cut above the rest, Pixar has rarely let us down before; surely this return to these favorite characters will end up ingratiating itself to audiences all over again.

“Independence Day: Resurgence”

Who: Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Bill Pullman and Maika Monroe
What: Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind’s new space defenses be enough?
When: June 24th
Why: The original “Independence Day” was a worldwide phenomenon that blew audiences away with its disaster porn set pieces and rallying cries for unity when fighting off evil alien squid monsters. With many of the cast returning (except Will Smith), including some that seemingly died (holy shit, is that Brent Spiner in the trailer?), the film has also been injected with fresh blood like Liam Hemsworth and new scream queen Maika Monroe (“The Guest,” “It Follows”). Who knows if Roland Emmerich can return to the world and excitement that he created 20 years ago, but it’s more than likely that the film will have plenty of exploding landmarks, aerial dogfights and a few surprises for fans of its predecessor.

“The Shallows”

Who: Blake Lively, Óscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen and Sedona Legge
What: A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills.
When: June 24th
Why: For too long, people have been deprived of good aquatic terror in film. SyFy and The Asylum have flooded the marketplace with terrible “Sharknado” films and other jokey, awful CGI-infused tales of mutant sharks on the rampage, so it’s high time to return to the simple horror that can be found when a person is forced to go up against a great white in the open water. The film looks like a very simple premise, but that may be just the lean effort needed in selling a truly scary film that reminds people why they were afraid to go in the water many years ago.

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