Usually during summer, the protocol is to expect a seasonal movie preview. But since March 2020, protocols and expectations — especially when it comes to movie release dates — should be disregarded.
The blockbusters you've been promised are coming sooner rather than later. However, more studios are releasing newer films through streaming services with little, if any, notice beforehand. Given the options, navigating it all can be frustrating as well as paralyzing. So what new movies releasing in June should be on your radar? Here are 10 options.
"America: The Motion Picture." An all-star cast including Channing Tatum, Andy Samberg, Killer Mike and Judy Greer lead this not-for-kids animated satire about America's Founding Fathers. Rated R, available June 30 on Netflix.
"Awake." No one can sleep, and only Gina Rodriguez ("Annihilation," TV's "Jane the Virgin") can save the world. Rated R, now available on Netflix.
"Fatherhood." In this comedy-drama based on 2011 book "Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love," Kevin Hart stars as a single dad. Paul Weitz ("About a Boy") directs. Rated PG-13, available June 18 on Netflix.
"Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It." Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return to the horror franchise to investigate another murder involving demons. Rated R, now available on HBO Max.
"False Positive." Lucy (Ilana Glazer, of TV's "Broad City") uncovers the truth about her fertility doctor (a devilish Pierce Brosnan) in this thriller from Glazer and "Wonder Showzen" creator John Lee. Rated R, available June 25 on Hulu.
"Good on Paper." Iliza Shlesinger writes and stars in this comedy about a stand-up comedian who meets her match (Ryan Hansen), and he seems too good to be true. Rated R, available June 23 on Netflix.
"The Ice Road." Liam Neeson has a particular set of skills — in ice road trucking. Laurence Fishburne and Amber Midthunder (of TV's "Legion") co-star. Rated PG-13, available June 25 on Netflix.
"Infinite." Mark Wahlberg discovers he has lived an infinite number of lives in this sci-fi flick from director Antoine Fuqua. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jason Mantzoukas co-star. Rated PG-13, available now on Paramount+.
"In the Heights." A New York City bodega owner saves his money in hopes of a better life in this musical based on the Tony Award-winner by Quiara Alegria Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Rated PG-13, available Friday on HBO Max.
"Luca." In Disney/Pixar's latest coming-of-age animated movie, a young sea monster has an unforgettable summer on the Italian Riviera. Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer and Maya Rudolph provide voices. Rated PG, available June 18 on Disney+ for no additional charge.
ALSO STREAMING IN JUNE
On Amazon Prime: "Adaptation," "Ali," "Burn After Reading," "Dodgeball," "Fight Club," "The House Bunny," "Pinocchio" (2021), "Step Brothers," available now.
On Disney+: "Raya and the Last Dragon," available now.
On HBO Max: "Doctor Sleep" (Director's Cut), "Dr. Strangelove," "Harry Potter" series, "Kajillionaire," "Killerman," "Shazam!," "The Wedding Singer," "Young Hearts," available now; "The Little Things," available June 17.
On Hulu: "Changing the Game," "The Big Chill," "The Blair Witch Project," "Come True," "The Croods: A New Age," "The Dark Knight," "Face/Off," "A Glitch in the Matrix," "The Hustler," "Jennifer's Body," "Rams" (2021), "The Upside," available now; "Her Name is Chef," available June 15; "Jack Reacher," available June 30.
On Netflix: "Cradle 2 the Grave," "Love Jones," "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal," available now; "Killing Them Softly," available June 28.