June Releases

Here are the movies being released in June, as the summer movie season continues.

1.
The Internship (2013)
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Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment. (119 mins.)
Director: Shawn Levy
“ Release date: June 7, 2013

The Buzz: Eight years ago (yikes), Wedding Crashers made R-rated comedy bankable and paved the way for Knocked Up, The Hangover, and other industry-changing hits. Back to push the genre's boundaries is Vince Vaughn, recent co-star in The Watch, and something tells me that sci-fi/comedy's box-office performance will influence the tone of Vaughn's reunion with Owen Wilson. Both are Fox films, and the studio doesn't specialize in the hard-R subgenre (The Sitter flopped and Date Night was PG-13). A final thought: If you're not in the 18-34 demographic, this premise could feel all too real and thoroughly depressing - potentially the workplace version of The Dilemma. ” - IMDb Editors
 
2.
Much Ado About Nothing (2012)
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A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words. (109 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ Release date: June 7, 2013

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The Buzz: Shakespeare in the hands of Joss Whedon - what else is there to say? We love that Whedon's insecurity about directing The Avengers manifested in a such a way (the restless creator shot this project in secret while assembling the Marvel blockbuster), and those of us who reeled from the news that Anthony Head stepped down from playing Leonato were assuaged by the slotting of Clark Gregg in his place. It's clear to some that Gregg's Agent Coulson is made of the same Whedonesque fabric as Head's Rupert Giles from "Buffy", so it is assuring to see him become one of the new Whedon Players. ” - IMDb Editors
 
3.
The Purge (2013)
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In the future, a wealthy family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized. (85 mins.)
Director: James DeMonaco
“ Release date: June 7, 2013

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The Buzz: Producer Jason Blum has set up projects all over Hollywood since Paranormal Activity proved itself as a franchise instead of a mere one-off success, and here he's pushing the kind of horror story that freaks us out the most: the kind that could actually happen in real life. Meanwhile, Ethan Hawke might pull a semi-McConaughey this year with a trio of films that seem to have respective built-in audiences. ” - IMDb Editors
 
4.
This Is the End (2013)
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While attending a party at James Franco's house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse. (107 mins.)
“ Release date: June 12 2013

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The Buzz: Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel look to out-meta pal James Franco with a studio-backed expansion of their short, which was shot right after filming on Knocked Up wrapped. Though Judd Apatow has nothing to do with the production directly, he must be one proud papa; look at what his players have achieved - Ken Miller from "Freaks and Geeks" is now a film director. ” - IMDb Editors
 
5.
Man of Steel (2013)
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A young itinerant worker is forced to confront his secret extrastellar origin when Earth is invaded by members of his own race. (143 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ Release date: June 14, 2013

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The Buzz: It's tough to be a superhero movie the summer after The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, especially when you're a reboot of a franchise that Bryan Singer couldn't quite relaunch. Funny how in movie terms seven years can feel either like an eternity or just moments ago. With Warner Bros. and DC Comics execs hovering about and Christopher Nolan in studio-mandated mentor mode, it's safe to assume that director Zack Snyder has been on a tight leash for the duration of development and production; since he's working with his best cast to date, we're rooting for a serious-minded superhero flick with some of Snyder's fanboy candy - his trademark visual flourishes. There are a number of stalled comic-book properties that are being re-imagined, from The Fantastic Four to Daredevil. At worst, this one could be the best. I mean, Russell Crowe and Michael Shannon in the same movie? I'll take that bet. ” - IMDb Editors
 
6.
The Bling Ring (2013)
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Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes. (90 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
“ Release date: June 14, 2013

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The Buzz: Since Spring Breakers created a neon-bikini pop-culture mini-frenzy, we're interested to see if Sofia Coppola's typically wispy filmmaking approach can add more to the discussion about the adventures and motivations of listless, infamy-seeking youth. ” - IMDb Editors
 
7.
Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013 Documentary)
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Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now. (91 mins.)
Director: Morgan Neville
“ Release date: June 14, 2013

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The Buzz: Seeing the lives and hearing the stories of the back-up singers who have injected life into countless songs we know and love is a rare treat, and one that we hope will capture the imagination of audiences as it rolls out to theaters across the country. ” - IMDb Editors
 
8.
World War Z (2013)
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United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself. (116 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
“ Release date: June 21, 2013

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The Buzz: Marc Foster always seemed like a curious pick to helm an action-heavy adaptation of the novel by Max Brooks, and details on the out-of-focus production emerged over the summer of 2012 as to its myriad problems, from indecision as to what the zombies should look like to major crew members asking to be let go from the production. Never mind the skyrocketing budget. What first appeared to be the best franchise starter since Rise of the Planet of the Apes has a target on its back; I'm sensing this is the Men in Black 3 of summer 2013 - meaning it will under-perform in the U.S. and make its money elsewhere. ” - IMDb Editors
 
9.
Monsters University (2013)
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A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends. (104 mins.)
Director: Dan Scanlon
“ Release date: June 21, 2013

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The Buzz: Initially, we were a bit disheartened to hear that Pixar was using its 2013 slot for a Monsters, Inc. prequel: we already know that Mike and Sulley wind up being best friends, so the story of how they met could feel redundant. We got a look at some Monsters University concept art at Disney's D23 event last summer, though, and now we're definitely interested to see how Pixar goes about "monsterizing" the college experience. Here's hoping that in the pantheon of Pixar sequels/prequels, this is more Toy Story 3 and less Cars 2. ” - IMDb Editors
 
10.
The Heat (2013)
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An uptight FBI Special Agent is paired with a foul-mouthed Boston cop to take down a ruthless drug lord. (117 mins.)
Director: Paul Feig
“ Release date: June 28, 2013

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The Buzz: Gracie Hart fans, listen up: Right before Sandra Bullock unveils her wildly anticipated science-fiction turn in Gravity, she teams up with Melissa McCarthy to keep the female-powered comedy renaissance going. The movie also serves as Paul Feig's follow-up to Bridesmaids, as the director/producer/occasional writer is making industry strides on a Judd Apatow level. ” - IMDb Editors
 
11.
White House Down (2013)
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While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders. (131 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ Release date: June 28, 2013

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The Buzz: Given the subject matter, it's cool and creepy that President Jamie Foxx and First Lady Garcelle Beauvais reflect the current administration, and the advantage this project has over its sound-alike predecessor, Olympus Has Fallen, is the every-gender appeal of its star, Channing Tatum. If anything, 2013 might be remembered as the year that both Roland Emmerich and his equally-VFX-addicted contemporary, Michael Bay, offered up scaled-down projects. ” - IMDb Editors
 
12.
I'm So Excited! (2013)
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When it appears as though the end is in sight, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers of a plane heading to Mexico City look to forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest danger, which we carry within ourselves. (90 mins.)
“ Release date: June 28, 2013

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The Buzz: Pedro Almodovar himself let it be known that he is revisiting the tone of his early comedies with his latest film, which features cameos from Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz, and plenty of fey delights, apparently. We've loved the dark detour he's taken since Volver and look forward to a summery change of tone. It's also worth noting that in a creative climate where money is hard to come by, I'm So Excited was financed entirely by worldwide pre-sales. ” - IMDb Editors
 
13.
Byzantium (2012)
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Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort. (118 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
“ Release date: June 28, 2013

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The Buzz: Few directors handle myth like Neil Jordan. Look up detailed reviews of his questionable films -- In Dreams, Ondine, The Brave One are my nominees -- and you'll sense the architecture of his entire, curious filmography. Fans have breathlessly awaited his return to the world of vampires, hoping he will breathe new eternal life into the genre, which has been victimized by many unworthy entries over the last few years. One dividing factor here could be the lack of gore, because this is a mood piece from beginning to end. ” - IMDb Editors