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June Movies: Finding Dory, Me Before You, Independence Day: Resurgence

By on May 31, 2016

New movies in June include several fun sequels, including “Finding Dory,” “Independence Day: Resurgence” and a new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie. Here’s a sneak peek at all the new movies in theaters in June.


MOVIE_Me-Before-You-PosterRated PG-13 for thematic elements and some suggestive material

Ok for Kids 13+

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

Based on the bestselling novel by Jojo Moyes, this movie stars Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) and Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games”), under the direction of Thea Sharrock, making her feature film directorial debut. Louisa “Lou” Clark (Clarke) lives in a quaint town in the English countryside. With no clear direction in her life, the quirky and creative 26-year-old goes from one job to the next in order to help her tight-knit family make ends meet. Her normally cheery outlook is put to the test, however, when she faces her newest career challenge. Taking a job at the local “castle,” she becomes caregiver and companion to Will Traynor (Claflin), a wealthy young banker who became wheelchair bound in an accident two years prior. No longer the adventurous soul he once was, the now cynical Will has all but given up – until Lou shows him that life is worth living.


MOVIE_TMNT-2016-PosterNot yet rated; likely PG or PG-13

Ok for Kids 10+ | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels

Cowabunga! This sequel to the 2014 film is based on the pizza-loving Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. Directed by David Green (“Earth to Echo”) and produced by Michael Bay (“Transformers”), the story finds the Turtles in conflict with T.C.R.I. scientist Dr. Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry), the Foot Clan and The Shredder (Brian Tee), who’s hired Stockman to create mutants of his own. Meanwhile, an invasion above New York City is led by the Dimension X inhabitant known as Krang. The Turtles are joined in the fight by Splinter (Tony Shalhoub) and their human friends April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) and the vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell).


MOVIE-Warcraft-PosterRated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy violence

Ok for Kids 13+ | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

“Warcraft” is a 3D epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based on Blizzard Entertainment’s gamer universe. Directed by Duncan Jones (“Moon,” “Source Code”) and written by Charles Leavitt and Duncan Jones, the film stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper and Toby Kebbell. The world of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization, led by the humans, face a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying world of Draenor to find their place in another. As a gateway known as the Dark Portal opens to connect the two worlds, the humans face destruction while the orcs face extinction. The leaders of both groups are sent on a collision course that will decide the fate of their families, their people and their home


MOVIE_Finding-DoryNot yet rated; Likely G or PG | Ok for Kids 6+ |

Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels

This sweet Disney Pixar movie centers on Dory, the loveable memory-challenged Blue Tang fish, as she searches for answers about her past. The story takes place six months after “Finding Nemo,” as Dory suddenly recalls her childhood memories, including something about “the jewel of Monterey, California.” Thus, she sets off to find her family, accompanied by friends Nemo and Marlin. When Dory arrives at the Monterey Marine Life Institute, she meets Bailey, a white beluga whale; Destiny, a whale shark; and Hank, an octopus, who becomes her guide. Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane, this movie features the voice cast of Ellen DeGeneres, Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell, Albert Brooks and Kaitlin Olson.


MOVIE_Independence-DayNot yet rated; likely PG-13

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

After 1996’s “Independence Day” redefined the event movie genre, this next epic chapter continues the sci-fi thrills. Taking place 20 years after the events of the first film, the international community has recovered and the United Nations has created the Earth Space Defense (ESD), a united global defense program that serves as Earth’s early warning system. It’s also our main defense force, using technology salvaged from remains of the alien forces. However, the aliens were able to send a distress signal to their other battalions before their final defeat, while others went into hiding elsewhere around the world. The aliens in deep space received the signal and sent a larger battle fleet, threatening the human race yet again. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction. Directed by the king of the blockbusters Roland Emmerich, this movie stars Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch and Vivica A. Fox.


One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.

Jane Boursaw is the film critic and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Contact her at Images used with permission of the studios and distributors.

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