With the summer box-office now completely ignited, the sequel to Jurassic World looks to make the competition extinct. Find that blockbuster previewed along with everything else major that is hitting Peterborough’s Showcase Cinema De Lux and Spalding’s South Holland Centre next month . . .
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
Released: June 6
The only blockbuster that has any chance of taking a bite out of Avengers: Infinity War’s summer box office dominance – is this sequel to 2015’s uber-successful Jurassic World franchise refresh.
At least the final trailer has shown that dinosaurs could rule the world again (after the disappointingly drab teaser) with the main protagonists from the first film – Chris Pratt’s dino trainer Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard’s former operations manager/turned dinosaur activist Claire Dearing – headlining the sequel.
After the demise of the Jurassic World theme park on Isla Nublar – where the dinosaurs have roamed freely on the island for three years – an impending volcanic eruption threatens their very existence.
So Claire creates a dinosaur rescue organisation – with the aid of John Hammond’s former partner Benjamin Lockwood (LA Confidential’s James Cromwell) – to try and bring the creatures to a sanctuary in America with the aid of her on-off boyfriend Owen, who is enticed into the mission to save Blue, the last of the velociraptors he trained.
But alas, the duo uncover a conspiracy that could disrupt the natural order of the entire planet – with dinosaurs potentially being auctioned off to the highest bidder – and to make matters worse dangerous hybrid monster, the Indoraptor, escapes and begins terrorising everything (human and prehistoric) on the island.
And Jeff Goldblum’s Dr Ian Malcolm pops in for a cameo to say: ‘Life has found a way’ – for continuity purposes and all that . . .
With acclaimed director JA Bayona – who helmed the well-received A Monster Calls and The Impossible – taking the reigns, expect this to make most cinematic competition extinct by the end of the month.
Released: June 18
This female-centric spin-off of The Ocean’s Trilogy sees Danny Ocean’s estranged sister Debbie (Sandra Bullock) attempt to pull off the ultimate heist at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala – by prizing an invaluable necklace from Anne Hathaway’s elite celebrity. But she must assemble the perfect crew to undertake the near-impossible theft – which includes the likes of Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (Aviator), Helen Bonham Carter (The Harry Potter Series), Mindy Kaling (A Wrinkle in Time) and pop songstress Rihanna (Battleship). The Hunger Games director Gary Ross helms this action-comedy-crime caper, which undoubtedly intends to add two more sequels to take us right up to Ocean’s Eleven, with Nine and Ten . . .
SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO
Released: June 29
My favourite film of 2015 gets a sequel with lead stars Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin returning (minus Emily Blunt) in this high-octane crime-drama. The previous film’s acclaimed writer Taylor Sheridan also returns to scribe, as the drug war on the US-Mexico border escalates with cartels now trafficking terrorists – and the CIA’s top agent Matt Graver (Brolin) and former undercover operative Alejandro Gillick (Del Toro) are sent to eliminate the problem. The mission then goes awry when they kidnap the daughter of a drug lord and her execution is ordered. But Gillick refuses and turns rogue to protect her – and a team is sent to hunt them both . . .
Released: June 1
Four lifelong friends – played by Oscar winners Diane Keaton (Annie Hall) and Jane Fonda (Klute) and Mary Steenburgen (Back to the Future III), and Oscar-nominee Candice Bergen (TV series Murphy Brown) – have their lives changed forever after reading EL James’ 50 Shades of Grey at their monthly book club. Andy Garcia (The Untouchables) and Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws) round off an impressive all-star cast in this feel-good comedy.
Released: June 15
When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter’s family – including The Sixth Sense’s Toni Collette, Alex Wolff (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects) – begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. But the more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited, in this supernatural horror.
Released: June 29
The Divergent Series starlet Shailene Woodley and The Hunger Games’ hunk Sam Claflin headline this based-on-true-events drama. After a chance encounter led them to love, an adventure of a lifetime turns into a battle for survival when a couple’s boat is destroyed after a catastrophic hurricane. Tami (Woodley) awakens to find Richard (Claflin) seriously injured – but they’re left stranded in the middle of the ocean with no hope for rescue.
Released: June 29
A group of former classmates – including Oscar-nominee Jeremy Renner (Avengers Assemble), Ed Helms (The Hangover Series), Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) and Jon Hamm (Baby Driver) – organise an elaborate annual game of ‘tag’ that requires some to travel all over the country to partake. The comedy is based on a real-life group of friends known for playing a month-long version of the game – that was profiled in the Wall Street Journal.
RELEASED AT SPALDING’S SOUTH HOLLAND CENTRE IN JUNE . . .
A WRINKLE IN TIME (PG), FROM JUNE 1
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (12A), FROM JUNE 4
ON CHESIL BEACH (15), FROM JUNE 9
I FEEL PRETTY (12A), FROM JUNE 19
BOOK CLUB (12A), FROM JUNE 24