Man of Steel

Last month was all over the map in terms of reactions. Almost every major, and a few of the minor, releases were met with raves and naysayers: Iron Man 3 made up for the second Tony Stark film, but wasn’t without its own issuesThe Great Gatsby, which yours truly ate up, saw some critical venomStar Trek Into Darkness has its feverishly passionate fans, despite a clunky villain and plenty of leaps in character and dramatic logic; Now You See Me was good fun, but didn’t fare well with critics; and some took Noah Baumbach‘s charming Frances Ha to task for following a character who can go to Paris for two days.

There’s a handful of releases this month which are destined for heated discussion, at least during their opening weekend. A few of those movies make up the must-see releases of June 2013.

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What Maisie Knew

Now in limited release 

Admittedly, listing What Maisie Knew is a cheat. It’s an under-the-radar drama — and one that didn’t catch my eye last month — so, to make sure it doesn’t go further unnoticed, here it is featured on this month’s recommendations. Anyone who’s experienced their parents divorce at a young age will find quite a bit to relate to and tear up at this film, which stars Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, Alexander Skarsgård, and newcomer Onata Aprile. The critical support for this movie is high, and since it’s still around in theaters, make sure to check it out.

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Much Ado About Nothing

Opens June 7th

Our own Rob Hunter and Neil Miller never agree on anything, but there they were at SXSW this year, both coming to the conclusion that Shakespeare and Joss Whedon are the peanut butter and jelly of the wordsmith world. I’ve yet to see the film myself, but Rob’s A- review of the film already has me sold, saying, “Whedon has delivered a whimsical, enchanting and laugh aloud adaptation that should find a welcome embrace with fans new and old.” Rob’s opinion is suspect, but according to his peers, he’s not off-base on this one.

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Man of Steel

Opens June 14th

It’s been seven years since Bryan Singer‘s soapy, but all-around solid, Superman reboot. Singer made a movie for fans of Richard Donner’s original film, including himself, and it didn’t quite land with the massive audience Warner Bros. was hoping for, which is why hiring Zack SnyderChristopher Nolan, and David S. Goyer was a smart move to take the glasses-wearing alien in a new direction. Knowing Zack Snyder, we’ll finally see Superman punch someone in all its violent PG-13 glory, but will Man of Steel have the heart to make it rise above the average superhero movie? With that cast and Snyder at the helm, it probably will.

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