We’re in the middle of the summer movie season yet again, and May already brought its share of both hotly anticipated crowdpleasers (Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) and underwhelming box office flops (looking at you, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword). The latter was far more indicative of the month as a whole, with high-profile sequels like Alien: Covenant and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales as well as Dwayne Johnson’s Baywatch all failing to meet expectations. So, despite the lackluster Memorial Day box office (the lowest in nearly two decades), this month brings an even more compelling array of promising films, from superhero epics to low-budget critical darlings.
So, as always, here are 10 films to check out in June 2017:
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Release Date: June 2)
Based on the popular children’s books, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie follows a pair of elementary school pranksters (Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch) who wind up hypnotizing their principal (Ed Helms) into thinking he is a underwear-clad superhero that they invented. Of course, said hero is put to the test when their town is invaded by a mad scientist with a sinister plan.
Truth be told, Captain Underpants offers an irreverent addition to superhero cinema, perhaps at a time when the genre needs a fresh spin. With Turbo director David Soren at the helm and a script by Storks filmmaker Nicholas Stoller, this is one superhero epic that sets aside the dark theme and contemplative subtext to focus on good ol’ fashioned adventure and hilarious hijinks.
Check out the latest trailer for Captain Underpants.
Wonder Woman (Release Date: June 2)
You might have heard some controversial chatter about this one lately. All that aside, Wonder Woman is currently riding high on a wave of critical acclaim and impressive box office projections. Last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad both earned big money during their theatrical runs, but the Patty Jenkins-directed origin story could be poised to be the first DC Extended Universe film to please both audiences and critics in equal measure.
Gal Gadot — fresh from her scene-stealing turn as Diana Prince in the aforementioned Batman v Superman — takes center stage in this World War I period adventure that sees the princess of Themyscira venture away from her homeland to defend humanity. All signs point to this being an all-out winner, and if it lands the way it is poised to, Wonder Woman could easily take the DCEU to the next level.
Check out the latest trailer for Wonder Woman.
It Comes at Night (Release Date: June 9)
A24 may be the studio behind films like Ex Machina, The Witch and Moonlight. However, the studio has yet to really find its breakthrough 2017 hit so far. Perhaps the psychological horror film It Comes at Night — the latest film from Trey Edward Shults (Krisha) — has what it takes to win over audiences, just as it has already begun to earn love from critics.
The film’s story is shrouded in mystery, but we know it involves two families and an unknown outside threat. Regardless, we get the sense that It Comes at Night is the kind of film for which its effectiveness depends largely on your foreknowledge before entering the theater. In any case, we’re eager to see what stars Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott and Carmen Ejogo are up against in this one.
Check out the latest trailer for It Comes at Night.