Our top 5 film picks for June

Tom Browne

We've selected five of the latest films out this month for you to watch. From the touching romance, Me Before You, to the gripping biopic, Elvis and Nixon, here are the films worth hitting the cinema for in June. 

Me Before You

This adaptation of Jojo Moyes’ best-selling novel stars Emilia Clarke as Louisa, a wholesome and unambitious 26-year-old who accepts a job looking after William Traynor (Sam Claflin), a wealthy young man who’s disengaged from the world after being left disabled by a road accident. Can Louisa help him recover his love of life, and discover herself in the process?

It’s easy to be cynical about Me Before You, an old-fashioned and sentimental weepie clearly aimed at a broad audience. But while the flaws are obvious (a clichéd narrative, a horribly intrusive soundtrack), the lead actors lend the film a lot of charm, and the traumatising issues it deals with are sensitively handled.


Independence Day: Resurgence

We’ve had to wait 20 years for a sequel to Independence Day, one of the highest grossing films of all time, and we’ve lost Will Smith along the way.

If you thought the deadly alien force had been defeated in the last film, think again—they’re back with an even more enormous army for this follow-up, which adheres to the principle that any sequel should be bigger, louder and more expensive.


Tale of Tales

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This anthology film is made up of three fables adapted from the writings of Italian fairy-tale writer Giambattista Basile, variously starring Toby Jones as King of Highhills, Salma Hayek as Queen of Longtrellis and Vincent Cassel as King of Strongcliff, along with a very colourful cast of supporting characters.

As often with this kind of movie, the tone is rather uneven, with bizarre interludes alongside moments of real magic. But it’s a sumptuous and beguiling journey. 


Learning to Drive

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Patricia Clarkson plays a buttoned-up literary critic going through a marriage meltdown, who forms an odd friendship with a reserved driving instructor (Sir Ben Kingsley).

The title is a slightly trite metaphor for gaining mastery over your life, and the film, in general, is rather contrived. All the same, there are some resonant scenes and the leads give solid performances.


Elvis and Nixon

Following his successful turn in House of Cards, Kevin Spacey here portrays real-life President Nixon and his infamous 1970 meeting in the White House with Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon), who was keen to be appointed a Federal Agent.

This bizarre fusion of politics and showbiz is vibrant material for a film—the photo of the event is the most requested from US National Archives.


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