We’re officially in the thick of the summer movie season, and we’ve already seen a few giant hits at the cineplex this year, including one early blockbuster that will likely end up the summer’s biggest winner. But June brings with it a few more notable titles for audiences of differing tastes, from a long-awaited sequel to a beloved animated film (Incredibles 2) to another critically acclaimed horror film from A24 (Hereditary) to the latest chapter in one of the most popular movie franchises in history (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom). So what are our fans looking forward to the most? We looked at Want-to-See votes on RT and polled our social media channels to find out what the most anticipated June movies were, and the results were, shall we say, not all that surprising.
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16,239 Want-to-See Votes
#1 pick by our Instagram fans, #2 pick by our Twitter fans, #3 pick by our Facebook fans
Opens Friday, June 22
2015’s Jurassic World benefited from over a decade and a half of fan anticipation, and it went on to become the fifth highest-grossing domestic release of all time. Accordingly, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was voted into the top 3 Most Anticipated movies on all of RT’s social platforms, and it currently has more than triple the number of Want-to-See votes of the next highest movie. J.A. Bayona is on board as director this time around, and all three of his previous films (The Orphanage, The Impossible, and A Monster Calls) have been Certified Fresh, which is a promising sign. Plus, the new entry not only includes returning stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, but fan favorite Jeff Goldblum is coming back to tell us all how life, uh, finds a way.
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4,818 Want-to-See Votes
#1 pick by our Twitter and Facebook fans, #2 pick by our Instagram fans
Opens Friday, June 15
Speaking of long-awaited sequels, Pixar’s heroic Parr family anchored one of the studio’s most beloved films, 2004’s The Incredibles, which lovingly skewered the superhero genre while delivering a fun, spandex-centric story of its own. Almost 15 years later, we’re finally getting a follow-up, which continues right where the first movie left off and delves into Elastigirl’s (Holly Hunter) crimefighting career as Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) attempts to keep the family in order at home. Brad Bird is back to direct (and voice the anti-cape costume designer Edna Mode), while the supporting voice cast is rounded out by Samuel L. Jackson, Catherine Keener, and both Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks from Better Call Saul.
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1,276 Want-to-See Votes
#2 pick by our Facebook fans, #4 pick by our Instagram fans
Opens Friday, June 8
If you’re looking for a good scare this month, your best bet is going to be this intense horror flick from A24. This debut feature from director Ari Aster centers on a woman (Toni Collette) and her family, who begin to experience disturbing phenomena after her mother — an odd, private, reclusive woman — passes away. It’s a master class in building tension, and it’s already registered a 98% on the Tomatometer based on rave reviews following its Sundance premiere. Collette in particular has been earning heaps of praise for her performance, so this one may even find itself vying for an award or two at the end of the year.
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1,218 Want-to-See Votes
#3 pick by our Twitter fans, #5 pick by our Instagram fans
Opens Friday, June 8
Of course, maybe you’re not particularly fond of scary movies, and you’d rather be swept up in a crime caper. Spinning off of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s franchise, writer-director Gary Ross assembles a team of women to pull off a similarly daring and quip-filled heist at the Met Gala. Ross (Pleasantville, The Hunger Games) has a pretty solid record as director, and his star-studded cast includes Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, and, as Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie, Sandra Bullock, so this should be fun chance to see a lot of talented actresses play off each other.
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694 Want-to-See Votes
#3 pick by our Instagram fans, #4 pick by our Twitter and Facebook fans
Opens Friday, June 29
Admittedly, it’s going to be difficult to top 2015’s Sicario, a gritty thriller that benefited from the immense talents of star Emily Blunt and director Denis Villeneuve. That said, Sicario: Day of the Soldado brings back Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, and writer Taylor Sheridan to follow up with federal agent Matt Graver’s efforts to battle drug cartel activity along the US’s southern border. New director Stefano Sollima got his start as a war zone camera operator, and he’s helmed crime thrillers on film and TV, so he also seems well-suited for the job. But judging from the trailers, Soldado looks to be more focused on the action than the drama, so be prepared for some intense shootouts.
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389 Want-to-See Votes
#5 pick by our Facebook fans
Opens Friday, June 8 (Limited)
Eking its way into the fifth spot in our Facebook poll, this documentary about Fred Rogers, host of the influential children’s show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and famously super-nice guy, is certainly a nostalgia play to some extent. But even if it is, the fact that the trailer alone has reduced people to tears should be a testament to what the man meant to generations of kids, and its current 97% Tomatometer score indicates that it’s not a mere puff piece. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is only opening in limited release, so it may be difficult to catch it in theaters, but if you grew up a fan, this is likely essential viewing.