More summer flicks

  • by David Lamble
  • Wednesday May 23, 2018
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Summer films are soon upon us. Here's what's coming up in June.

"Action Point" The owner of a rundown amusement park (Johnny Knoxville, famous for the lowbrow comedy "Jackass") sets out to give the joint an "excitement enema."

"Adrift" Shailene Woodley appears as Tami Oldham Ashcraft, who, with her male lover (Sam Claflin), was trapped by a hurricane while boating. Baltasar Kormakur directs.

"American Animals" Director Bart Layton weaves real chats into a dramatized true-crime heist movie, about the robbery of a college library. With Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner and Jared Abrahamson.

"Breath" Early-70s Aussie surfers (Samson Coulter, Ben Spence) learn from a master (Simon Baker, who also directs) who teaches them their limits. Elizabeth Debicki and Richard Roxburgh co-star.

"A Kid Like Jake" Claire Danes and Jim Parsons are parents learning that their 4-year-old may not have a traditional gender identity. Silas Howard, a transgender filmmaker, directs.

"En el Septimo Dia" Undocumented immigrant (Fernando Cardona) faces a choice between his job and playing in the finals with the soccer team he captains. Jim McKay ("Our Song") directs.

"Hearts Beat Loud" Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons are a father and daughter who helm an unlikely musical group. Brett Haley ("The Hero") directs.

"Hereditary" The death of an eccentric grandma kicks off a terrifying time for the family of her daughter (Toni Collette). With Alex Wolff, Ann Dowd, Gabriel Byrne and Milly Shapiro as a creepy kid.

"Hotel Artemis" In writer-director Drew Pearce's sci-fi tale, a hospital treats reprobates in hiding in Los Angeles of the future. Jodie Foster is the proprietor, and Sterling K. Brown and Sofia Boutella are among the guests.

"Ocean's 8" Sandra Bullock, as Debbie Ocean, celebrates her release from prison by assembling an all-star cast (Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, et al.) to steal gems from the annual Metropolitan Opera Gala.

"Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist" Vivienne Westwood, the fashion titan who defined the Sex Pistols' aesthetic and became a global brand, tells her story in a documentary directed by Lorna Tucker.

"Won't You Be My Neighbor?" The documentarian Morgan Neville celebrates Fred Rogers' legacy, values and unlikely status as a pioneer of TV kid shows.

"Eating Animals" Jonathan Safran Foer's book on factory farming is now a documentary narrated by Natalie Portman (who, along with Foer, is one of the producers).

"Superfly" Trevor Jackson steps into Ron O'Neal's suit in this remake of Gordon Parks Jr.'s blaxploitation classic, reimagined for contemporary Atlanta. The filmmaker, known as Director X, who has produced music videos for Drake, Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar, has Jason Mitchell and Michael Kenneth Williams co-star.

"Spiral" Filmmaker Laura Fairrie explores the escalation of anti-Semitic violence across Europe.

"Boundaries" Christopher Plummer is an aging pot dealer who goes on a road trip with his daughter (Vera Farmiga) and her son (Lewis MacDougall). With Bobby Cannavale and Peter Fonda.

"The Catcher Was a Spy" A catcher who hit only six home runs in a 15-year big-league career, Moe Berg (Paul Rudd) worked as an American spy in the years right before and after WWII. Berg helped uncover atomic secrets in Europe. With Jeff Daniels, Mark Strong and Sienna Miller. Ben Lewin directs.

"Damsel" Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska and a miniature horse that got great Sundance buzz appear in this tongue-in-cheek western from the brothers David and Nathan Zellner.

"The King" Docmaker Eugene Jarecki celebrates the Elvis Presley revival by driving across the country in Elvis' Rolls-Royce before the 2016 election, drawing connections between the singer's life and the condition of the country.

"Under the Silver Lake" The LA neighborhood home to baseball's Dodgers is the site for a latter-day film noir where Andrew Garfield plays a man looking for a mysterious blonde (Riley Keough) who disappears shortly after they met. From writer/director David Robert Mitchell.

"Custody" Xavier Legrand's French drama follows the fallout from a custody decision that an abusive hubby exploits to maintain a presence in the life of his ex-spouse.

"Leave No Trace" Debra Granik's tale of a paranoid survivalist (Ben Foster) and his daughter (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie) who live in a park on the outskirts of Portland, Ore.

"Love, Cecil" Lisa Immordino Vreeland looks at the life of British fashion photographer and costume designer Cecil Beaton.

"Three Identical Strangers" Director Tim Wardle's cleverly structured documentary about identical triplets Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland and David Kellman, who were separated shortly after birth for adoption and found one another at college age.

"Uncle Drew" Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving reunites some fellow athletes (former NBA stars Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Webber and Reggie Miller) for a last hurrah on the court. With Tiffany Haddish.

"Woman Walks Ahead" Jessica Chastain is the painter Catherine Weldon, who goes west to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull (Michael Greyeyes) and becomes an advocate for Native American rights. With Sam Rockwell and Bill Camp. Susanna White directs.