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5 Movies Coming in June You Need to See

The Beach Boy movie and Al Pacino's comeback flick highlight the crop of smaller movies to see next month.

Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy. (Roadside Attractions)
Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy. (Roadside Attractions)

The big movies coming in June include Jurassic World, Pixar's Inside Out, and comedies Entourage and Ted 2. It's a pretty solid lineup to start the summer off. But the limited release calendar is much more impressive. If you're lucky enough to live in a city or a metro area that plays smaller movies, get familiar with the following titles. These are the movies to see next month:

Love & Mercy

Directed by Bill Pohlad
Starring: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti

The long-gestating semi-biopic of Beach Boy Brian Wilson focuses on two periods in the musician's life: His rise to success and his subsequent mental health issues years later. Dano plays Wilson early on and Cusack takes over for the later, more turbulent phase of the film. Both work, and Oren Moverman's script tells the story of the man behind the music, not the music itself. Beach Boy fans will love the music, but this is a film about a troubled genius, and few subjects are as compelling.
Release date: June 5

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Directed by Roy Andersson
Starring: Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom

The third part of Andersson's "Living Trilogy" which includes Songs from the Second Floor and You, the Living, his latest features the director's gloriously strange humor and existential themes. I honestly don't know much about A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, but its trailer made me laugh and Andersson has a reputation for envelope-pushing scripts that should only be enhanced with this one. The film won't be for everyone, to be certain. But if you're a movie buff looking for something on the cutting edge next month, this is the one.
Release date: June 5

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 

Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Starring: Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, Ronald Cyler II, Jon Bernthal, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, Molly Shannon

The hit of Sundance this year, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl takes a more lighthearted approach to the life of a terminal teen, unlike last year's The Fault in Our Stars. That's not to say the film is disrespectful at all. It merely paints characters as real people who still must live life despite things crumbling around and inside of them. 
Release date: June 12

Dope

Directed by Rick Famuyiwa
Starring:  Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Blake Anderson, Zoë Kravitz, A$AP Rocky, Tyga, Keith Stanfield, Casey Veggies, Vince Staples, Chanel Iman, Quincy, Rick Fox

Another Sundance hit, Dope is a throwback South Central tale, but set in the present. It focuses on a high schooler with big plans for the future, but a bigger problem in the here and now. With a backpack of a dealer's MDMA at his disposal, Malcolm (Moore) thinks he can sell the dope the smart way and make enough to pay for his college. But problems arise, as they tend to do in these situations. See Dope for its style, great cast, music, and humor. [Warning: Red Band trailer ahead]
Release date: June 19

Manglehorn

Directed by David Gordon Green
Starring: Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Chris Messina, Harmony Korine

Al Pacino hasn't had a hit in a long time. He hasn't even had a good movie since 2004 (The Merchant of Venice), so it's with limited hesitation I recommend Manglehorn. The movie is a character study of a damaged old man who may have just found love again despite not being able to give up the past. It could be a comeback for the veteran actor, but what it definitely is is a David Gordon Green movie. The writer/director rarely makes a film not worth seeing, so it'll be interesting to see how he works with a living legend like Pacino. 
Release date: June 19

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