Want to know what’s coming to a cinema near you this June? Look no further…
FRIDAY 1 JUNE
Bhavesh Joshi (Vikramaditya Motwane)
Superhero film pushed back from May 25.
Bobby Robson: More than a Manager (Gabriel Clarke and Torquil Jones)
Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, José Mourinho, Ronaldo and Alex Ferguson are among the stars of the football hall of fame who have turned out for this documentary about the former English player and manager. The film gets a home release on 4 June too.
Book Club (Bill Holderman)
When four senior women read Fifty Shades of Grey in their book club, they are inspired to re-ignight their love-lives. With Diane Keaton and Jane Fonda. Take a closer look here…
Carry on Jatta 2 (Smeep Kang)
The sequel to Kang’s award-winning Punjabi comedy of 2012 (which you can watch here) follows happy go lucky orphan, Jabs (Gippy Grewal) on his quest to visit Canada.
Concealed (Shane T. Hall)
Simon Lyndon plays struggling actor Max, whose new life in South Africa goes awry with the disappearance of his girlfriend Sallie (Nadia Townsend). Can he, along with childhood friend Richard (Paul Tassone), ever find her again?
Ismael’s Ghosts (Arnaud Desplechin)
Les Fantômes d’Ismaël – as it’s called in home country France – premiered as at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival as the opening act. If reviews weren’t spectacular, a performance by Marion Cotillard is always worth a look.
L’Amant Double (Francois Ozon)
In L’Amant Double, Franz director Ozon mixes romance with psychological thriller. Marine Vacth plays a fragile woman who discovers that her psychoanalyst lover has more than one identity.
Lost in Vagueness (Sofia Olins)
Music documentary telling the story of Roy Gurvitz and the ‘naughty corner’ he created to reinvigorate Glastonbury.
McKellen: Playing the Part (Joe Stephenson)
Everyone’s favourite Shakespearean luvvie was interviewed at the BFI by Graham Norton for a special simulcast screening of this documentary. If you missed, this is your chance to catch the McKellen story.
My Friend Dahmer (Mark Myers)
Jeffrey Dahmer gained the name ‘Milwaukee Cannibal’ for his crimes between 1978 and 1991. This drama about the American serial killer and his friendship with writer John Backderf prior to his spree is adapted from the latter’s graphic novel of 2012.
That Summer (Göran Hugo Olson)
Long-lost footage features in this documentary as photographer Peter Beard discusses his attempt to make a documentary in 1972 with friend Lee Radziwill, brother of one Jacqueline Kennedy.
The Bromley Boys (Steve Kelly)
Martine McCutcheon, Jamie Foreman and Alan Davies are among the cast of this thoroughly British comedy about the so-called worst team in the history of English football and their most devoted fan: David Roberts (Brenock O’Connor).
Veere Di Wedding (Shashanka Ghosh)
Four girls on their way to find true love find that a friendship as strong as theirs does have its consequences.
WEDNESDAY 6 JUNE
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (J. A. Bayona)
Three years ago, Colin Trevorrow broke the Jurassic rulebook by making a sequel actually worthy of the Spielberg original. Its sequel, from the Spanish director of A Monster Calls, sees Jeff Goldblum return to the franchise but can lightening strike twice? We certainly hope so!
FRIDAY 8 JUNE
All the Wild Horses (Ivo Marloh)
Stretching through 650 miles of Mongolian steppe, desert and mountain ranges, the Mongol Derby draws riders from across the world for the most fearsome horse race in the world. Marloh’s documentary follows five competitors.
Lek and the Dogs
Award winning artist and filmmaker Andrew Kotting adapts Hattie Naylor’s curriculum, award-winning play, Ivan and the Dogs, for cinema.
McQueen (Ian Bonhote and Peter Ettedgui)
Bonhote and Ettedgui received hard rejections from both Alexander McQueen’s family and brand when they raised the idea of telling the late designer’s story through a new documentary. Distributers, however, were keen and money not all that hard to find.
The Boy Downstairs (Sophie Brooks)
Breakups are tough and can only work with space. Imagine, then, inadvertently moving into the apartment building of your first ex-boyfriend. That’s the premise of Sophie Brooks’ feature directorial debut.
Welcome to Curiosity (Ben Pickering)
This British crime thriller has the honourable title of being the world’s first film to have had its entire budget raised through equity crowdfunding. It stars Game of Thrones’ Amrita Acharia and Call the Midwife’s Jack Ashton and tells four interconnected stories surrounding the escape from prison of a notorious serial killer.
WEDNESDAY 13 JUNE
Yu-Gi-Oh! (Hatsuki Tsuji)
Kazuki Takahshi’s Japanese manga series has spawned trading cards, video games, tv series and films aplenty. This re-release seems a little random to us but happy fourteenth anniversary!
FRIDAY 15 JUNE
Hereditary (Ari Aster)
Hereditary has been spoken of as the horror film of the year ever since its acclaimed debut at Sundance in January. Toni Collette stars as the daughter of a recently deceased matriarch whose family begin to learn terrifying truths about their ancestry.
Stanley a Man of Variety (Stephen Cookson)
Timothy Spall plays a vast array of characters in this 2016 comedy about a prisoner who begins to have hallucinations after a lengthy sentence.
Studio 54 (Matt Tyrnauer)
In the 1970s Studio 54 redefined the nightclub and symbolised a hedonistic era. Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club’s hallowed threshold, a feature documentary tells its real story.
Super Troopers 2 (Jay Chandrasekhar)
It was way back in 2002 that five Vermont state troopers sought to save their jobs by solving a crime. In 2018, they’re back and tasked with establishing a Highway Petrol Station on the US/Canadian border. Hm.
A Ciambra (Jonas Carpignano)
Fourteen-year-old Pio Amato (the actor’s actual name) lives in a small Romani community in Calabria and is desperate to grow up. When his idealised older brother Cosimo (Domino Amato) goes missing, Pio steps up to fill his shoes.
The Happy Prince (Rupert Everett)
This isn’t Everett’s first time playing Oscar Wilde but it is his directorial debut. Co-stars include Colin Firth, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson.
The Piano (Jane Campion)
New Zealand writer, producer and director Jane Campion has achieved much since creating The Piano, her 1994 film about a mute pianist and her daughter in the mid-nineteenth century. Here’s your chance to catch it in cinemas again.
Together (Paul Duddridge)
Sylvia Syms and Peter Bowles play husband and wife of sixty years, Rosemary and Philip, in Together. When Rosemary is taken to hospital for a routine procedure and Philip is admitted to a care home the pair are forced into desperate measures to be together again.
Tranny Fag (Claudia Priscilla and Kiko Goifman)
Black, transgender singer Linn da Quebrada deconstructs how alpha males conceive of themselves in this documentary.
MONDAY 18 JUNE
Ocean’s 8 (Gary Ross)
We’ve already discussed the pros and cons of gender rebooting but Ocean’s 8 has real potential to be one of the better examples. Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna are among the all-star cast.
THURSDAY 21 JUNE
Arcadia (Paul Wright)
Billed as ‘poetic and provocative’, Wright’s archival documentary explores humanity’s contradictory relationship with the land. Produced from 100 years of BFI footage.
FRIDAY 22 JUNE
Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (Sara Driver)
Driver explores the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York City, its people, and its tectonically shifting arts culture of the late 1970s and ’80s shaped his vision.
Freak Show (Trudie Styler)
Alex Lawther is building a niche for himself in playing sultry, troubled young men. Here he plays Billy Bloom, a teen who decides to run for homecoming queen at his ultra-conservative high school. Bette Midler and John McEnroe feature.
In the Fade (Fatih Akin)
German-American actor Diane Kruger won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in Akin’s drama about a woman whose life collapses after the death of her husband and son in a bomb attack. Sadly contemporary.
Kissing Candice (Aoife McArdle)
Seventeen-year-old Candice (Ann Skelly) longs to escape her seaside town and finds solace in her imagination in this new Irish drama. When her disillusionment calcifies into an obsession with a troubled stranger, she becomes entangled with a dangerous local gang.
Overboard (Rob Greenberg)
This gender-swapped remake of Garry Marshall’s so-so 1987 comedy did okay in America but hasn’t high hopes on this side of the Atlantic. The UK release will be very limited.
Sink (Mark Gillis)
Shot mainly in South East London, this directorial debut tells the story of Micky Mason (Martin Herdman), a skilled manual worker stuck, since 2009’s crash, in menial zero hours jobs. You’ll recognise Josh Herdman (Martin’s real-life son) in the cast from his days as Goyle in the Harry Potter films.
WEDNESDAY 27 JUNE
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (Mari Okada)
Gorgeous Japanese film and directorial debut of animator Okada. It is a boy meets – immortal – girl tale spanning years.
FRIDAY 29 JUNE
Adrift (Baltasar Kormakur)
Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin are too hot names in contemporary cinema. Here they play a young couple who go on the adventure of a lifetime but encounter the most catastrophic hurricane in recorded history.
Animal World (Yan Han)
This peculiar offering is a loose adaptation of Nobuyuki Fukumoto’s manga Ultimate Survivor. Clowns, monsters and Michael Douglas feature.
Leave No Trace (Debra Granik)
Based on Peter Rock’s book My Abandonment, Granik’s film is the latest release from Bleecker Street. Ben Foster stars as a father living an ideal existence with his teenage daughter (Thomasin McKenzie) whose life unravels following a tragic mistake.
Patrick (Mandie Fletcher)
A delightful array of British talents – Jennifer Saunders, Gemma Jones, Adrian Scarborough and Bernard Cribbins among them – appear in this charmer about a pug called Patrick, who is bequeathed to trainwreck teacher Sarah Francis (Saunders’ daughter Beattie Edmondson). We want this to be lovely.
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (Stephen Nomura Schible)
South Korean documentary about music composer Ryuichi Sakamoto – known internationally for his work on The Revenant and Call Me By Your Name.
Sanju (Rajkumar Hirani)
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt has appeared in almost 200 films in his career but gained notoriety in 1993 when his was convicted for the illegal possession of weapons. Ranbir Kapoor portrays Dutt in this biopic.
Sicario 2: Soldado (Stefano Sollima)
Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario didn’t exactly demand a sequel when it was released to acclaim in 2015 but here we are. Emily Blunt’s out but Josh Brolin’s back for more, appearing on-screen with no CGI for the first time this year.
Tag (Jeff Tomsic)
Based on a story published originally in The Wall Street Journal, Tag sees a group of ex-classmates meet up and organize a game of tag that finds them traveling across the country. Ed Helms and Jeremy Renner star.
The Bookshop (Isabel Coixet)
Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson and Bill Nighy lead in this Spanish, British and German co-production, which is based on the 1978 novel by Penelope Fitzgerald. Mortimer is Florence Green, a middle-aged widow who decides to open a bookshop in a small coastal town in Suffolk.
The Endless (Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead)
Two brothers return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group’s beliefs may be more sane than they once thought. Note the frequent use of the song House of the Rising Sun in the film – being in the public domain, the song helped keep down the project’s budget.
Time Trial (Finlay Pretsell)
Pretsell has used immersive filming methods to capture the dizzying essence of professional cycling for this documentary. David Millar and Thomas Dekker contribute via interviews.