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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, June 19; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, June 19; What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 19. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.]


Director: Rick Famuyiwa
Cast: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise, Blake Anderson, Chanel Iman, Keith Stanfield, Zoë Kravitz, A$AP Rocky, Rick Fox, Roger Guenveur Smith, Ashton Moio, Michael Flores, De’aundre Bonds, Amin Joseph, Mimi Michaels
Synopsis: “Malcolm is a high school geek with a high-top fade, carefully navigating life in The Bottoms, one of the toughest neighborhoods in Inglewood, California. He and his fellow outcasts share a voracious appreciation for all things ’90s hip-hop, opting to sport Cross-Colours and Z. Cavariccis at the risk of being clowned at school. He dreams of attending Harvard, but first he has to make it home every day. When a drug dealer takes a shine to Malcolm and invites him to his birthday party, Malcolm’s crew is swirled into a hilarious blender of offbeat characters and bad choices where redemption can only be found in Bitcoin.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (20 reviews)

Inside Out
Director: Pete Docter
Cast: Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Kaitlyn Dias, Paris Van Dyke, Kyle MacLachlan, Lori Alan
Synopsis: “Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A (23 reviews)


Anarchy Parlor
Director: Kenny Gage and Devon Downs
Cast: Robert LaSardo, Jordan James Smith, Sara Fabel
Synopsis: “Six young college hopefuls vacationing and partying in Lithuania get more than they bargained for when they unwittingly get caught up in a maniacal tattoo artist’s fiendish side business.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

The Ark of Mr. Chow
Director: Xiao Yang
Cast: Sun Honglei, Zhou Dongyu, Dong Zijian, Wang Yuexin, Zhao Lixin, Cici Wang, Li Jiaqi, Liu Xilong
Synopsis: “A group of bright teenagers are recruited for a special college program for young geniuses only to find themselves socially awkward among their more normal peers. ‘The Ark of Mr. Chow’ is a satirical take on the Chinese education system and how it emphasizes academic excellence over a student’s overall personal development, especially outside of the academic curriculum. The director, Xiao Yang, was part of the class and draws on his personal experiences with the system to paint a lighthearted but accurate portrayal of what its like to grow up too intelligent for your own good.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver)

Balls Out
Director: Andrew Disney
Cast: Kate McKinnon, Jay Pharoah, Beck Bennett, Nikki Reed, Jake Lacy, Nick Kocher, Brian McElhaney, Gabriel Luna, Sam Eidson, D.C. Pierson, Michael Hogan
Synopsis: “A hilarious sendup of inspirational sports movies replete with epic training montages, over the top motivational speeches and bone crunching tackles, ‘Intramural’ tells an epic tale of a group of 5th year seniors who form an intramural football team in their final year of college before being forced out into the real world.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Sacramento)

Burying the Ex
Director: Joe Dante
Cast: Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, Alexandra Daddario, Oliver Cooper
Synopsis: “It seemed like a great idea when Max, an all-around nice guy, and Evelyn, his beautiful girlfriend, moved in together. When Evelyn turns out to be a controlling, manipulative nightmare, Max knows it’s time to call it quits, but there’s just one problem: he’s terrified of breaking up with her. Fate steps in when Evelyn is involved in a freak accident and dies, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. Just as Max is thinking about moving on with what could be his dream girl, Olivia – Evelyn has returned from the grave and is determined to get her boyfriend back…even if that means transforming him into one of the undead.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Tampa

Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Cast: Félix de Givry, Brady Corbet, Greta Gerwig, Golshifteh Farahani, Laura Smet, Hugo Conzelmann, Pauline Etienne
Synopsis: “An affecting trip into the electronic dance movement in Paris whose rhythms echo its textures and feeling. Based on the experiences of Hansen-Løve’s brother (and co-writer) Sven, the film follows Paul, a teenager in the underground scene of early-nineties Paris. Rave parties dominate that culture, but he’s drawn to the more soulful rhythms of Chicago’s garage house. He forms a DJ collective named Cheers (as, in a parallel storyline, two of his friends form one called Daft Punk, who float throughout the movie), and together he and his friends plunge into the ephemeral nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (21 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

The Face of an Angel
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Daniel Brühl, Valerio Mastandrea, Cara Delevingne, Alistair Petrie, Rosie Fellner, Corrado Invernizzi
Synopsis: “Inspired by the killing of British student Meredith Kercher in Italy, The Face of An Angel looks beyond the salacious headlines to explore both the media and the public’s obsession with violent stories, whether fictional or real.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis and Philadelphia)

Director: Lou Howe
Cast: Rory Culkin, David Call, Deirdre O’Connell, Emily Meade, Louisa Krause, Lynn Cohen, Alexia Rasmussen
Synopsis: “Convinced that reuniting with his old girlfriend will bring his dreams to fruition, Gabriel risks it all in a desperate and increasingly obsessive pursuit. First-time writer-director Lou Howe authentically portrays the heartbreaking reality of a young man battling his inner demons, establishing himself as an extraordinary new filmmaking talent.” [Tribeca Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on June 26th)

Infinitely Polar Bear
Director: Maya Forbes
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide, Beth Dixon, Keir Dullea
Synopsis: “While most fathers spend their days at work, Cam Stuart is more likely to be found mushroom-hunting, cooking elaborate meals or working on one of his many half-completed projects. His family’s wealth keeps his family just barely afloat, while Cam struggles to live with manic depression. When Cam has a manic breakdown that lands him in a mental hospital, his wife Maggie and their two young daughters, Amelia and Faith, are forced to leave their house in the country and move into a cramped apartment in Cambridge, where Maggie tries to find a decent job, with no luck. Broke, stressed, and overwhelmed, Maggie applies to business school and is accepted to Columbia University’s MBA program. Seeing this as her chance to build a better life for their daughters, Maggie asks Cam to become the primary caregiver for the girls while she completes her degree in New York. After all, routine is what the doctor ordered and the girls miss their dad. Cam agrees, hoping to rebuild his family. But the two spirited girls are not interested in making things easy for him. With Maggie away in New York, Cam quickly realizes that he’s in over his head. Over the course of the next 18 months, as Maggie rushes to complete her degree, he learns, through trial and a lot of error, how to take care of his precocious daughters as well as himself. After years of struggling to find his place in the world, Cam may finally have found where he fits in.” [LA Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (14 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Director: David Gordon Green
Cast: Al Pacino, Chris Messina, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine
Synopsis: “AJ Manglehorn is an aging, ordinary guy in a small town. He nurses his sick cat, squeezes out a conversation with the local bank teller every Friday, and eats at the same place every day. But there is more to Manglehorn than meets the eye: he’s an ex-con who, 40 years ago, gave up the woman of his dreams for a big ‘job’. He now obsesses daily over the choices he made. After a dramatic effort to start over, Manglehorn faces a terrifying moment and is unmasked as a guy with a very, very dark past.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (13 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to various markets throughout July)

The New Rijksmuseum
Director: Oeke Hoogendijk
Synopsis: “In 2003, the ambitious renovation of one of the world’s greatest museums began. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, home to a glorious collection including masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer, was supposed to reopen its doors in 2008 after five years of construction. But from the start, the project was opposed by unyielding bureaucrats and public resistance. The museum directors battled politicians, designers, curators and even the Dutch Cyclists Union as they struggled to complete the renovation and put its massive collection back on public display. Five years late, with costs exceeding half a billion dollars, the museum finally reopened.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to various other markets through November)

The Overnight
Director: Patrick Brice
Cast: Adam Scott, Judith Godrèche, Jason Schwartzman, Taylor Schilling
Synopsis: “Alex, Emily, and their son, RJ, have recently moved to Los Angeles’ Eastside from Seattle. Feeling lost in a new city, they are desperate to find their first new friends. After a chance meeting with Kurt at the neighborhood park, they gladly agree to join family pizza night at his home. But as it gets later and the kids go to bed, the family ‘playdate’ becomes increasingly more revealing as the couples begin to open up.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (25 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to eight other states and Toronto on June 26th)

Phantom Halo
Director: Antonia Bogdanovich
Cast: Luke Kleintank, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Sebastian Roché, Jordan Dunn, Tobin Bell, Rebecca Romijn, Gbenga Akinnagbe
Synopsis: “Brothers Samuel and Beckett Emerson are barely scraping by. Their father, Warren, continues to gamble and drink away any money they bring home. With all the havoc that is constantly going on in their lives, the family members each find solace in his own way, through Shakespeare, comic books and impossible love affairs. Beckett seizes the opportunity to make some easy money by counterfeiting in hopes of repaying his father’s debts. When Beckett’s plan goes awry, the family must decide to change their ways or pay the ultimate price.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco

Rubble Kings
Director: Shan Nicholson
Synopsis: “From 1968 to 1975, gangs ruled New York City. Beyond the idealistic hopes of the civil rights movement lay a unfocused rage. Neither law enforcement nor social agency could end the escalating bloodshed. Peace came only through the most unlikely and courageous of events that would change the world for generations to come by giving birth to hip-hop culture. ‘Rubble Kings’ chronicles life during this era of gang rule, tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, and how their actions impacted New York City and the world over.” [DOC NYC]
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles and Chicago

Tentacle 8
Director: John Chi
Cast: Brett Rickaby, Amy Motta, Joshua Morrow, John Henry Whitaker
Synopsis: “A mysterious computer virus wipes out highly classified personnel files at the NSA, prompting a top secret investigation. Raymond Berry, an NSA operative is thrown into a detention center, where he is suspected of crimes against the United States. He fights to stay alive, hoping to reunite with Tabitha, a CIA agent he has recently fallen in love with. Ray discovers that Tabitha is not who she says she is, complicating his plans to escape his former life and start over in anonymity.”
Theatrical Release: New York

The Tribe
Director: Myroslav Slaboshpytsky
Cast: Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy, Alexander Dsiadevich, Yaroslav Biletskiy, Ivan Tishko, Alexander Osadchiy, Alexander Sidelnikov, Alexander Panivan
Synopsis: “Deaf mute Sergey enters a specialized boarding school for deaf-and-dumb. In this new place, he needs to find his way through the hierarchy of the school’s network dealing with crime and prostitution, The Tribe. By taking part of several robberies, he gets propelled higher into the organization. Then he meets one of the Chief’s concubines Anna, and unwillingly breaks all the unwritten rules of the tribe.” [Cannes Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (33 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on June 25th; expands to various markets nationwide through the beginning of October)

The Wanted 18
Director: Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan
Cast: Alison Darcy, Heidi Foss, Holly Uloth O’Brien, Rosann Nerenberg
Synopsis: “The Wanted 18 reveals how 18 cows in the village of Beit Sahour became an inspiration and symbol of resistance during the first Palestinian Intifada. As the Israeli army searches for the illegal bovines, the story veers from comedy to drama to tragedy — with a large dose of the absurd.” [Toronto International Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

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