It’s only June and we’ve already had billions of dollars worth of blockbuster movies. So this month is a bit of a palate cleanser, with a lot of smaller indie films finally making it to theaters. And there is a LOT of competition. So the very-super SAGindie staff perused the looooong list of June movie releases and picked the ones they’re most excited for. Take a look!


Darrien’s Picks:

I’m a good mix of indie and studio this month – and a couple of docs. So I feel like a very well-rounded person (whether it’s true or not is NOT the point). For docs, I really want to see What Happened, Miss Simone? and The Wolfpack. One, I love Nina Simone, and two, I’m curious (not that I dream of locking my kids in a room or anything).

Indie – I have got to see Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Everyone loved it at Sundance and I didn’t get to see it. I hate playing catch-up.

But for the studios – well, how do you not want to see Jurassic World despite the fact that it has been firmly proven that it is NOT a good idea to make dinosaurs for entertainment purposes. Can we all agree on that? And last, while I’m not dying to see it, I am curious about Entourage. I mean, what’s a world without Turtle?

There are two honorable mentions that aren’t part of my picks because I’ve already seen them:

DOPE. Cuz it’s DO– Yeah, you get the point.

And, as a sleeper: A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence – a subtly sly and comic Swedish film.


Colin’s Picks:

Good God there are a lot of movies coming out this month. First let me say that I am ride-or-die with Melissa McCarthy, so you can count me the hell in for Spy. Every time I drive past one of the posters of her in a perm wig, decked out head-to-toe in gold paint, I can’t help but laugh. I’m into it.

But really, June 2015 is just Sundance 2015: Redux, right?

There’s Dope, which I missed at Sundance but am very excited to see. The trailers have been killing it (unlike the unfortunate poster, with its weird PhotoShopped cut-and-paste heads). Me and Earl and the Dying Girl also got a ton of heat at Sundance, so I’m curious what that dead girl’s fuss is all about.

On the Sundance Documentary side of things, we have The Wolfpack and What Happened, Miss Simone? Wolfpack is such a weird, interesting story – one that you definitely wouldn’t believe if it wasn’t a documentary. And I’m a huge Nina Simone fan, so as long as her doc is chock-full of music, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.

Finally, is there a way for me to watch just the Paul Dano parts of Love & Mercy? I would like that very much. Young genius Brian Wilson sounds way more fun to spend two hours with than sad mental breakdown Brian Wilson.


Amanda’s Picks:

There’s so much I want to see in June, and I’m overwhelmed thinking about it so you’re about to get an intense paragraph of picks. The Sundance darlings I missed at the festival are taking up the majority of my month. Most excited for: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, The Wolfpack, and Dope (round two viewing). I’m fascinated with the subject of sleep paralysis covered in The Nightmare too, but if I’m being honest, I’ll probably be too terrified to watch. Paul Dano is already picking up kudos for his portrayal of Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy, so I won’t be missing that. I also CAN’T WAIT to be back with the boys from Queens and tool (literally) around Los Angeles with the gang and Ari Gold; even if Entourage isn’t any good, Vinny Chase bounces back from everything and so will I. Finally, Spy may look stupid, but the red band trailer made me laugh, and I want Melissa McCarthy to have her day, and I like the idea of Rose Byrne playing a villain — so there.



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