June seems to be a pretty quiet month this year. Last year we had the likes of The Mummy, It Comes At Night, Captain Underpants, Transformers: The Last Knight, The Big Sick, Baby Driver and the wonderfully successful Wonder Woman. There seems to be perhaps three movies this year that stand out for this month (or at least will be as well marketed as any of the above mainstream movies mentioned). There’s definitely some other cinema out there worth seeing, particularly a good few documentaries, but when it comes to sure-fire entertainment that usually accompanies the summer’s eponymous blockbuster, this month’s top three are probably your best bets.
After the commercial and financial success of 2015’s Jurassic World (it peaked at number three on the list of highest-grossing films of all time and now sits comfortably at number five, after being overtaken by 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War) it’s not surprised that the dinos and Chris Pratt are back for another go-around. The trailer boasts the same thrilling action and blatant humour that the first movie provided plenty of, but with extra Jeff Goldblum. And who could say no to that. Surely to be one of the biggest blockbusters and successes of the summer.
As if A Quiet Place wasn’t enough in the way of horror this year, along comes another contender for Best Horror 2018. Hereditary has already garnered rave reviews in its previews, though to be honest the trailer isn’t all that enticing. The hope is that it’s saving all its best bits for the actual movie rather than doing what most other movies, particularly horrors, do and give away all the good bits and/or the entire story in the trailer. It seems that families are the most horrific things going, if this year’s most popular horrors are anything to go by. Certainly something most people can relate to, so this movie will likely see a wide audience. Even if the trailer isn’t much, word of mouth says otherwise.
Sicario 2: Soldado (29th)
The sequel to 2015’s Sicario has arguably one of the best posters (see above) ever created for a movie and stars two of the world’s most notable actors over 50, one of whom seems to be ruling the comic book-movie world so far this year. What more could you want? Even if you weren’t a huge fan of the first movie (*ahem*), this one looks like it could be one of those rare better-than-the-first sequels. With perhaps a darker theme than most movies this month, Sicario 2 is something to see when you’re maybe sick of happiness, outright horror and/or fictional creatures.
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