Screen time – June 2023 –

While many of you are probably looking to get out and enjoy the summer sun, production companies and streamers around the world are doing everything they can to keep you in. To that end, there are a slew of exciting movies and TV series making their debut in cinemas and on streaming services around the world this month.

But before we get into the latest installment of Screen Time here, let’s do a quick housekeeping: we based our picks on a UK release calendar, so be sure to check for accurate local listings before heading to your local cinema.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse – 2 June

June begins incredibly strong with the follow-up to the immensely popular, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse sees Shameik Moore’s Miles Morales return and is now tasked with teaching an entire army of Spider-People what it means to be a hero. With Hailee Steinfeld’s Gwen and Jake Johnson’s Peter also returning, this animated film will be one of the best of the year.

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts – June 9

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is set years after Bumblebee arrived on Earth and is the next installment in the rebooted franchise, where it aims to introduce the Maximals, Predacons and the Terrorcons to the battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons. Based in the 1990s, this action-packed film will see Anthony Ramos as a man wrapped up in a war of mechanical aliens, voiced by Peter Cullen, Ron Perlman, Pete Davidson, Michelle Yeoh, Peter Dinklage, John DiMaggio, Liza Koshy and more.

Flamin’ Hot [Disney+] – June 9

We’ve all eaten them, but do we all know how they came to be? Flamin’ Hot is a dramatized biography about Richard Montañez, a janitor at Frito Lay who looked to his Mexican heritage to vastly change the food industry and eventually give birth to the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos flavor.

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The Crowded Room [Apple TV+] – June 9

Apple TV+’s big offering for the month of June sees Tom Holland back in the lead role, and this time starring as a troubled young man who is framed for a murder he seemingly did not commit. The Crowded Room is a story told through interrogation, with Amanda Seyfried taking on the role of Detective Rya, a woman trying to solve the case before the real killer strikes again.

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The Flash – June 16

No one can deny that DC has been on the back foot in the movie world for a long time, but judging from first impressions, The Flash is about to change that. Starring Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, this film plays with dimensions and multiple timelines, seeing not only Ben Affleck back as Bruce Wayne / Batman, but also Michael Keaton, in addition to seeing some changes in the form of the Krytopians appearing alongside the leading heroes.

No Hard Feelings – June 16

It has become quite rare to see comedy films on the big screen, but director Gene Stupnitsky teams up with Jennifer Lawrence in an effort to prove why this shouldn’t be the case. No Hard Feelings sees Lawrence take on the role of a young woman tasked with breaking an introverted young man out of his shy tendencies, all before he goes off to college, and as you might expect, this opens the door for a series of crazy outings and hijinks.

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Extraction 2 [Netflix] – June 16

Chris Hemsworth has become known for his action roles and this June he continues this effort in the sequel to Netflix’s Extraction. Simply known as Extraction 2, this film sees Hemsworth return as Tyler Rake as he adapts to protect and extract a family at the mercy of a Georgia mobster and trapped in an incredibly deadly prison. When things derail, Rake and his team are hunted down and confronted by a vengeful gangster.

Secret Invasion [Disney+] – June 21

It has become a bit of a rare commodity to see a new Marvel Studios TV series, but fortunately in June we will get just that. Secret Invasion will see Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn’s Talos team up and try to stop the Skrulls who have invaded and infiltrated the highest governments and organizations in the Marvel Universe. With Don Cheadle and Cobie Smulders back as Rhodie and Maria Hill, this series also welcomes Olivia Colman and Emilia Clarke to the MCU.

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Asteroid City – June 23

With The French Dispatch behind him, Wes Anderson is all set to debut his next feature work, with comic drama Asteroid City. Starring an absurdly stacked cast, including Scarlett Johansson, Jason Schwartzman, Tom Hanks, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Margot Robbie, Adrien Brody, Bryan Cranston, Willem Dafoe, Steve Carell, Jeffrey Wright and more, this bizarre film will explore how a junior stargazing convention is disrupted by world-changing events.

The Witcher – Season 3 Volume 1 [Netflix] – June 29

It’s had its critics and backlash, but that hasn’t stopped Netflix’s The Witcher from being one of its biggest streamers. In June, the series will be back for the first part of its third series, with this one looking to adapt the Time of Contempt book. It will also be the last time Henry Cavill donned and donned Geralt of Rivia’s wolf medallion and Witcher knife, this series will arrive in two parts, with the second part in late July.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny – June 30

The month concludes with Harrison Ford’s last appearance on movie screens as the iconic Indiana Jones. In the fifth and final adventure with Ford carrying the whip and wearing the fedora, Indy teams up with Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Helena Shaw as they race to find a mythical artifact said to change the course of history, all before Mads Mikkelson’s Jürgen Voller gets his hands on it first.

Whether you’re a fan of action, comedy, drama or biography, this June has something for you. To see if July will follow suit, be sure to return in a month for the next installment of Screen Time.

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