It’s the June holidays, finally. This means catching a break from having to rise at an ungodly time, and whole afternoons at the cinema! Kids will love animated films such as the new musical comedy UglyDolls, the heartwarming (and probably tear-jerking) Disney’s Toy Story 4, as well as Japanese movie Detective Conan: The Fist Of Blue Sapphire, which is set in Singapore.

Action movie fans are probably looking forward to X-Men: Dark Phoenix and a Men In Black spin-off, Men In Black International

Cannes film festival Palme d’Or winner Bong Joon Ho’s film, Parasite, will also be releasing this month.

 

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Release date: June 5, 2019
Cast: Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult
Genre: Action/Adventure

Sophie Turner goes rogue in Dark Phoenix. Photo credit: IMDB

As a sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Dark Phoenix will focus on one of the most formidable and powerful Marvel characters – Jean Grey (Sophie Turner). The X-Men must face the full power of the Phoenix after a mission has gone wrong and Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious force.

Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With the alien shapeshifter constantly manipulating the Phoenix, the X-men must unite and find a way to not only save Jean’s soul but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponise this force and rule the galaxy.

 

Bharat (Hindi)

Release date: June 5, 2019
Cast: Salman Khan, Tabu, Katrina Kaif, Disha Patni, Sunil Grover
Genre: Drama

The ups and downs of life. Photo credit: IMDB

Based on the South Korean drama Ode to My Father, Bharat is a period film that tells a story about the journey of a man and a nation together, spanning over a period of 60 years. At the cusp of India’s birth as an Independent nation, a family makes an arduous journey to freedom. However, this freedom comes at a cost.

An 8-year-old boy, Bharat, makes a promise to his father that he will keep his family together no matter what – a promise that he keeps over the next 60 years of his life, despite each decade throwing a new set of challenges at him. Some of the challenges are hilarious, some thrilling, some romantic while some are life-threatening. It traces India’s post-independence history from the perspective of a common man, and follows his life from the age of 18 to 70.

 

UglyDolls

Release Date: June 6, 2019
Cast: Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Blake Shelton, Janelle Monae, Wanda Sykes, Emma Roberts, Wang Leehom, Pitbull
Genre: Animation

Who would call these plushies “ugly”? Photo credit: IMDB

Musical-animation UglyDolls is based on the collection of plush toys with the same name. The story follows a group of these colourful creatures as they try to find acceptance from the real world despite their flaws. Starring some of the biggest singers such as Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Pitbull, Janelle Monae, the film also features Bebe Rexha and Wang Leehom.

In the adorably different town of Uglyville, weird is celebrated, strange is special and beauty is embraced as more than simply meets the eye. There, Moxy (Clarkson) and her friends live every day in a whirlwind of bliss, letting their freak flags fly. When Moxy’s curiosity leads her and her friends to the other side of the mountain, a different world awaits. They find Perfection – a town where conventional dolls are trained in protocols before they are sent to the “real” world to find the love of a child. The UglyDolls will confront what it means to be different and ultimately discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing.

 

Roh Fasik (Indonesia)

Release date: June 13, 2019
Cast: Irwansyah, Evan Sanders, Zaskia Sungkar, Denira Wiraguna, Nagita Slavina, Messi Gusti
Genre: Horror

What horrors could lurk in an ordinary Muslim household such as this one? Photo credit: theatersatu

The Indonesian horror film, Roh Fasik tells the story of Akbar (Evan Sanders), who loses his belief in religion and God after the death of his wife, Zahra (Zaskia Sungkar). Even as he remarries the beautiful Renata (Denira Wiraguna), he isn’t as happy as he was before.

One day, Hassan (Irwansyah), Akbar’s old friend, comes to visit and invites Akbar back to the right way, at least for Amira, the daughter of Akbar and Zahra’s marriage. He finally obliges, but strange events start happening in their house. Unfortunately, Renata is the one who is often the victim of terror from the devil who resides in his house.

 

Men In Black International

Release date: June 13, 2019
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, Rebecca Ferguson
Genre: Action/Adventure

The coolest pair ever. Photo credit: IMDB

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, these new agents will have to tackle their biggest most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.

The action comedy film is a spin-off from the Men In Black film series and stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in the lead roles. Emma Thompson also reprises her role from Men In Black 3.

 

Detective Conan: The Fist Of Blue Sapphire (Japanese) [GV Exclusive]

Release date: June 13, 2019
Cast: Minami Takayama, Wakana Yamazaki, Rikiya Koyama, Kappei Yamaguchi, Kenichi Ogata
Genre: Animation

Singapore! The Merlion! Photo credit: IMDB

Detective Conan: The Fist Of Blue Sapphire is the 23rd Detective Conan film. In a series first, the movie is set in Singapore, where Conan and Kaitou Kid become embroiled in a conspiracy involving a murder in Marina Bay Sands. Somehow, it’s related to the mysterious Blue Sapphire, the world’s greatest blue sapphire said to have sunk to the bottom of the ocean at the end of the 19th century. The movie also marks a return of the Kaitō Kid to Detective Conan films since his last appearance in 2015.

 

Rocketman

Release date: June 13, 2019
Cast: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Gemma Jones, Bryce Dallas Howard
Genre: Drama/Musical

A tiny dancer in my hand. Photo credit: IMDB

Directed by Dexter Fletcher, Rocketman, the biographical musical film based on the life of musician Sir Elton John, took nearly two decades to develop. The film follows John’s early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music, his breakthrough years, his musical partnership with Bernie Taupin, to his struggles with depression, substance abuse and acceptance of his sexual orientation.

The musical fantasy stars Taron Egerton as Elton John. Egerton actually performs Elton’s famous songs, along with Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard.

 

0.0MHz (Korean)

Release date: June 13, 2019
Cast: Jung Eun-Ji, Lee Sung-Yeol, Choi Yoon-Young, Shin Joo-Hwan, Jung Won-Chang
Genre: Horror

Finding the suitable haunted house. Photo credit: Han Cinema

0.0MHz is based on a popular webtoon of the same name. It stars popular K-pop stars such as Jung Eun-Ji (Apink) who plays So Hee, a young lady who is able to see ghosts from a young age, and Lee Sung-yeol (Infinite), who plays an engineering student who has a crush on So Hee.

It tells the story of a group of members from a supernatural mystery club called 0.0MHz. They decide to visit an abandoned building to prove the existence of frequencies that will attract the ghosts and spirits. There, they experience strange paranormal happenings and realise that the abandoned house is truly as haunted as it seems.

 

Disney’s Toy Story 4

Release date: June 20, 2019
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Patricia Arquette, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Joan Cusack, Keanu Reeves, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele
Genre: Animation

“Guys, Meet Forky!”. Photo credit: IMDB

Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and the gang are back in Disney’s Toy Story 4. The film continues from Toy Story 3 where Woody, Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and their other toy friends have found a new human kid, Bonnie. In this sequel, they are joined by a new friend – Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (Tony Hale), who suffers from an existential crisis about being a toy.

When Bonnie embarks on a road trip, Woody finds himself on an unexpected detour in order to save Forky from escaping. As Buzz and the others try to help find Woody, Woody finds his long friend Bo Peep (Annie Potts) among other toys in the town’s antique shop. After years of being on her own, Bo has developed an adventurous spirit and the street smarts to survive life on the road. He soon comes to realise what being a toy is really about.

 

Anna

Release date: June 20, 2019
Cast: Sasha Luss, Luke Evans, Helen Mirren, Cillian Murphy, Lera Abova
Genre: Action/Thriller

Newcomer Sasha Luss as the fierce assassin. Photo credit: IMDB

Directed and written by award-winning filmmaker Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets), the action-thriller stars newcomer Sasha Lass as the title character with Luke Evans, Oscar winner Helen Mirren and Cillian Murphy.

Beneath Anna Poliatova’s striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins.

 

Annabelle Comes Home

Release date: June 26, 2019
Cast: McKenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife, Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga
Genre: Horror

Not the kind of doll you wished for. Photo credit: IMDB

The Annabelle doll returns to wreak more havoc in the home of demonologists Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga). The supernatural horror film is the sequel to 2017’s hit movie Annabelle: Creation, and is co-written by James Wan and Gary Dauberman, who also makes his directorial debut in this movie.

Being encased in sacred glass being exorcised by a priest does nothing to hold back the possessed doll, Annabelle. An unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target—the Warrens’ ten-year-old daughter, Judy (Mckenna Grace), and her friends.

 

Yesterday

Release date: June 27, 2019
Cast: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon, Ed Sheeran
Genre: Comedy/Romance

Let it be. Let it be, oh let it be. Photo credit: IMDB

Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis’s film Yesterday imagines a world where music icon The Beatles was removed from existence. All but a struggling singer Jack (Himesh Patel) who, after an accident, finds himself in another world where he is the sole person that knows of their songs.

He decides to reboot his career and became famous after taking credit for writing and performing their songs as his own. Soon, he is discovered by celebrity Ed Sheeran (played by himself) and is hailed as one of the greatest singer-songwriters of his generation. Jack prepares to release an album, but he’s increasingly consumed by guilt over his deception.

 

Parasite(Korean)

Release date: June 27, 2019
Cast: Song Kang Ho, Lee Sun Kyun, Cho Yeo Jeong, Choi Woo Shik, Park So Dam, Lee Jung Eun, Chang Hyae Jin
Genre: Drama

The first Korean film to win the prestigious Golden Palm. Photo credit: IMDB

Directed by Bong Joon Ho (Okja, Snowpiercer), Parasite became the first Korean film to win the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Starring Song Kang Ho, Lee Sun Kyun, Choi Woo Shik and Cho Yeo Jeong, the dark comedy film is a tale about two families who are worlds apart, yet somehow alike in nature, portraying a striking reality of the world we live in.

Ki-taek’s (Song) family of four is close, but fully unemployed, with a bleak future ahead of them. Their son Ki-woo (Choi) is recommended by his friend for a well-paid tutoring job. With a quick edit of his resume, he heads to the Park family home for an interview, in hopes of a regular income to support the family. Arriving at the glamorous house of Mr. Park, (Lee) the owner of a global IT firm, Ki-woo meets Yeon-kyo (Cho), the beautiful young lady of the house. But following this first meeting between the two families, an unstoppable string of mishaps lies in wait.

 

Sources: IMDBtheatersatu, Hancinema

 

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