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Eight films to watch in June

  • Jersey Boys

    Clint Eastwood brings the Broadway hit musical to the big screen, after casting issues put his plans to remake A Star Is Born on hold. Following the rise and fall of the vocal harmony group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, it marks a move away from his hard-hitting dramas – and Eastwood at the helm, along with an appearance by Christopher Walken as a mobster who takes the group under his wing, might ensure it succeeds where fellow ‘jukebox musical’ Rock of Ages failed. Released 18 June in Italy, 20 June in Ireland and 26 June in Brazil

  • Venus in Fur

    With a new film that’s been seen as a case of art imitating life, Roman Polanski directs his wife Emmanuelle Seigner – as an actor auditioning for a role with a director who becomes obsessed with her (Mathieu Amalric). It’s adapted from the Tony award-winning play by David Ives, and follows Polanski’s other adaptations of Carnage and Macbeth. According to The Guardian, it’s an “enjoyably hammy, stagey two-hander”. Released 1 June in Ireland and 20 June in the US

  • Snowpiercer

    Korean master Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Mother) envisions a future in which the world is reduced to a frozen wasteland for his English-language debut. Based on French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, the sci-fi action flick stars Jamie Bell, Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton as humanity’s survivors aboard a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine. The US release date was pushed back when Harvey Weinstein planned to cut 20 minutes from the film; Bong won out after releasing a director’s cut in France. Released 11 June in the US and 14 June in Australia

  • The Case Against 8

    A winner at Sundance and SXSW, this doc chronicles the Supreme Court case that overturned Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage. It features exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the legal team (conservative Ted Olson and liberal David Boies, who previously met as opposing counsel in Bush v. Gore), along with the four plaintiffs in the suit, and, according to Indiewire, “pulls at the heartstrings without ever coming off as propaganda”. Released 9 June in Australia and 23 June in the US

  • Violette

    Written and directed by Martin Provost, French biopic Violette follows his 2008 film Seraphine with another look at an uncompromising woman artist. Emmanuelle Devos stars as trailblazing feminist author Violette Leduc, who made a living as a black marketer during WWII in Paris and in 1942 formed a friendship with Simone de Beauvoir that spanned the rest of her life. According to Variety: “These may be the finest screen hours yet for Devos, who has always excelled at playing private, wounded women … and who here gives Leduc a caged-animal intensity.” Released 14 June in the US and 26 June in Germany

  • Edge of Tomorrow

    Tom Cruise ushers in a new stage of his career with an action film that’s been called “a blockbuster with brains” and “The best action movie of the summer”. Groundhog Day with a body count, the sci-fi thriller follows Cruise as a soldier fighting aliens who finds himself in a time loop in which he dies again and again. Directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr & Mrs Smith) and based on the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill, it co-stars Emily Blunt as a fellow soldier and love interest. Released 4 June in France, 5 June in Russia and 6 June in India

  • A Coffee in Berlin

    This feature debut from writer-director Jan Ole Gerster swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards, and Empire called it “a snappy, quirky German indie that will thrill fans of early Jim Jarmusch”. Transplanting mumblecore to Berlin, the ‘slacker dramedy’ follows twentysomething college dropout Niko as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, and in and out of encounters with his father and girlfriend. Released on 28 May in Denmark and 13 June in the US

  • The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet

    Wide open skies and purple mountains star alongside the cast in this adventure film based on the book by Reif Larsen. After winning a prize for his perpetual-motion machine, a 10-year-old science prodigy sets out on a freight train across the United States from his family’s ranch in Montana to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington (although the film was actually shot for the most part in Canada). Amélie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is praised by Variety for “showcasing his inescapable liveliness with moments of delight”, while its visual flourishes are also admired, with the reviewer saying: “Not since Hugo has three-dimensionality been used so inventively.” Released on 6 June in Australia, 13 June in Ireland and 20 June in Lithuania