Best Movies to Watch in June 2022
Even if theatres are reopening and studios are starting to feel more confident in their major tentpoles, it is clear that the release calendar is not nearly as… robust as we may have thought as we reach the thick of the summer movie season. That may be attributable to a halt in production as a result of the pandemic’s spread, but many of the major titles coming now have had their original release dates pushed back.
Top Gun: Maverick appears to be the summer blockbuster to beat, and while June may not have the same type of headline power as May, it will still provide at least one huge franchise title. Here are the June 2022 movies that everyone is talking about.
No Time to Die
This month sees the streaming debut of Daniel Craig’s final Bond film.”No Time to Die” was the perfect send-off for Daniel Craig as Bond and the greatest 007 picture since 2006’s “Casino Royale.” It is a typical Bond picture, but it is created with such polish and heart and suspense that you will not be able to look away. “No Time to Die” is the longest Bond film ever, clocking in at 2 hours and 43 minutes, yet it flies by with its quick pace and heady atmosphere and keen wit. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga skillfully juggles all the moving parts. The assassin with the wandering mechanical eyeball, the persnickety droll amusement of Ben Whishaw’s performance as Q, and other minute aspects are all handled with precision thanks to his attention to detail.
THE BLACK PHONE
Since “creative differences” are seldom defined, director Scott Derrickson left Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to work on a new horror picture starring Sinister actor Ethan Hawke. Kidnapped and locked in a cellar with no way out, a young man learns that he can listen to the voices of his captor’s past victims through a mysterious black phone and must follow their warnings or face the same fate as them. In addition to Ethan Hawke’s status as a fan-favorite actor, Derrickson’s return to familiar territory bodes well for the film’s ability to attract viewers.
Stargirl Caraway, a little girl, and her family relocate from the made-up town of Mica, Arizona to Los Angeles after her mother obtains a job as a costume designer on a film.
Seeing “The Departed,” a criminal thriller directed by Martin Scorsese, on Netflix this month is a boon despite the fact that you have undoubtedly seen it by now. The movie is based on the 2002 Hong Kong thriller “Infernal Affairs,” and Leonardo DiCaprio plays a Massachusetts State Police trooper who infiltrates a Boston gang led by Jack Nicholson’s vicious mafia leader. To portray the role of the gang member who infiltrates the Massachusetts State Police, Matt Damon is a good choice. Let the backstabbing and deception begin! Scorsese finally got his best director Oscar for “The Departed,” and the film also won best picture. An excerpt from the review of “The Departed” by Variety reads as follows: “Scorsese prepares a juicy and bloody steak of a film.” This reimagining of a famous Hong Kong picture brims with energy, tart banter, and crackling performances from a strong ensemble, and is distinct from the director’s past crime dramas in its shared focus on cops rather than on simply the goodfellas.
CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH
The 2020 film S…house, which Cooper Raiff directed, wrote, produced, and acted in, received widespread critical acclaim. The next song, Cha Cha Real Smooth, is just as appealing. Starring Raiff, the film follows a recent college graduate (played by the actor) as he finds purpose via his friendship with a mother (played by Dakota Johnson) and her autistic daughter (played by the actress). Having premiered at Sundance earlier this year, this adorable feelgood picture has already delighted critics, which is rare for a tiny drama.
In “Interceptor,” portrayed by Elsa Pataky and Luke Bracey, a military captain must use all her training and experience to thwart an attack on the missile interceptor from which she is operating remotely.
Jennifer Lopez: Halftime
Netflix’s “Halftime,” a documentary on Jennifer Lopez, will be available on the service on June 14 for those who missed the festival’s opening night but still want to view the film. The plot of “Halftime” revolves around the 2020 Super Bowl Halftime event, in which Lopez and Shakira performed as the headliners. There is a documentary out there that shows Lopez’s preparation for her Emmy-winning halftime show, which she performed during the Super Bowl. New video of Lopez performing during President Joe Biden’s inauguration, as well as behind-the-scenes footage of Lopez’s 2019 film “Hustlers,” are also included in the documentary. The film, which received rave reviews, was overlooked for an Academy Award consideration.