Edge of Tomorrow

Warner Bros.

May was a rough time for major releases. With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and A Million Ways to Die in the West, the first month of summer blockbusting got off to a messy start and ended with an equally toxic finish. Although I’m not a fan of Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past, they have their supporters, so maybe May wasn’t as bad of a month as I’m pegging it as. Maybe it’s just that when a studio comedy as tedious and frustrating as A Million Ways to Die in the West comes around, it’s always going to poison the whole calendar page.

Thankfully this summer is about to receive a large improvement, because there’s a terrific blockbuster coming out this Friday.

While the Tom Cruise-starring action movie isn’t tracking so hot, let’s hope the tides change and people flock to Edge of Tomorrow. Plus, there’s a solid amount of releases this month you should plan to see. Here are the must see movies of June 2014:

Edge of Tomorrow

Opens in theaters June 6th

Doug Liman‘s (The Bourne Identity) most satisfying blockbuster to date is the kind of summer movie we need more of. It doesn’t take itself too serious, has a great sense of humor, and, believe it or not, is under two hours long.

Liman’s film also has some brains too, going against Tom Cruise’s generally heroic image and having an unbelievably badass, yet human, hero played by Emily Blunt. They’re a terrific pairing in this fast-paced, cool, and exciting alien war movie.

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A Second Viewing of Edge of Tomorrow

Warner Bros.

Warner Bros.

Opens in theaters June 6th

Why wouldn’t you see this movie twice? Don’t you want to see more films like this? Not all blockbusters should be derived from already-successful properties, and if a movie like Edge of Tomorrow is a hit, then studios will take notice. That’s not the sole reason to see Liman’s movie twice, though. After you see it, you’ll probably want to see it again.

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The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

20th Century Fox

Opens in theaters June 6th

So far, everyone who has seen The Fault in Our Stars say it’s a real tearjerker. Fans of the book should be pleased to hear that. People who haven’t read the book should be delighted as well. Unless I’m mistaken, this is one of the few, if only, small-scale major releases that doesn’t feature any guns or explosions. Maybe if this story of a girl with cancer (Shailene Woodley) falling in love is a major hit we’ll see more character-driven films like this in future summers.

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Obvious Child

Obvious Child trailer

A24

Opens in theaters June 6th

Gillian Robespierre‘s film starring Jenny Slate has been earning heaps of praise ever since its Sundance premiere. Kate wrote this from the festival:

Obvious Child is about a lot of the things that films about twentysomething Brooklynites are about – transition, confusion, heartbreak, bad sweaters – but Robespierre and Slate also use zippy humor and crackling one-liners to talk about something serious in a clever and satisfying way.”

If that description hasn’t sold you, then maybe this will: it’s a romantic comedy about abortion. Fun for the whole family.

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How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2

DreamWorks Animation

Opens in theaters June 13th

How to Train Your Dragon was one of the best surprises of 2010. After a not-so-great opening weekend, the animated film slowly caught on, so now we’re getting a sequel. Needless to say, expectations are high. The first film left Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon Toothless on such a good note. While Goss’ review was mixed on the film at Cannes, most reviews indicate writer/director Dan DeBlois has made a worthy followup.

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