As movie theaters continue to reopen, independent films are more important than ever to the motion picture landscape. The most notable new releases of June 2021 include favorites from the 2020 and 2021 Sundance film festivals, crowd pleasing documentaries, intriguing horror films and LGBTQ + dramas hitting theaters in time for Pride.

Censor

censor

One of the highlights of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival midnight program, Censor pays tribute to the “nasty videos” censored in England in the 1980s. The Prano Bailey-Bond movie asks if gory horror movies were considered so dangerous as to distort the minds of adult viewers, wouldn’t they be the minds of censors whose job it was to see them more distorted? The premise is brilliant and the trailer makes it look like a real stylistic treat.

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Directed by Prano Bailey-Bond, Censor stars Niamh Algar, Nicholas Burns, Vincent Franklin, Sophia La Porta, Adrian Schiller and Michael Smiley. It will hit theaters on June 11 and On Demand on June 18.

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The Sparks Brothers

The Sparks Brothers

Before Last night in Soho Promising to surprise viewers in October, Edgar Wright has another new movie this year: a two-hour, 20-minute documentary that extensively details the innovative rock duo Sparks’s 50-year career. CBR’s review of the film reads: “Despite all its excesses, The Sparks Brothers it succeeds as a documentary by making audiences love its subjects. Viewers may not love them as much as Wright does, but the passion he brings along with the 80 or so talking heads interviewed is contagious. “

Directed by Edgar Wright, The Sparks Brothers will open in theaters on June 18.

Rita Moreno: just a girl who decided to do it

Rita Moreno, just a girl who decided to go for it

Produced for PBS American Masters documentary series, Rita Moreno: just a girl who decided to do it is a celebration of the 89-year-old EGOT winner. If you know Rita Moreno for her performances in classic musicals like West Side Story Y Singing in the rain, your children’s television works on The Electric Company Y Carmen Sandiego or his leading role in the new One day at a time, there is so much that I love about this entertainment icon. This documentary currently features the coveted 100 percent rotten tomatoes.

Directed by Mariem Pérez Riera, Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to It will be released in theaters on June 18.

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Summer of ’85

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Yes Call me by your name it wasn’t enough to satisfy your craving for European Jewish bisexual first love stories set in the 1980s, Summer of ’85 Looks like it’s in your alley Reviews are a bit more varied than CMBYNI hope Summer of ’85 It also has a unique psychological suspense twist to its story and doesn’t have an awkward age difference, so it’s almost even. This movie could be a great trip to the art house in the middle of the Pride Month festivities.

Written and directed by François Ozon, Summer of 85 Stars Félix Lefebvre, Benjamin Voisin, Philippine Velge, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Melvil Poupaud and Isabelle Nanty and will be released in theaters on June 18.

I take you with me

I take you with me

Another good pick for Pride Month, Heidi Ewing’s immigrant romance I take you with me won awards at Sundance 2020 but has faced continuous delays. A one-week release in December qualified it for the Oscars; the lack of a broader release in the following months likely explains why it didn’t get enough attention for nominations. Now that it finally hits theaters, a wider audience can appreciate this heartwarming story, which takes an interesting genre twist in the middle.

Directed by Heidi Ewing, who co-wrote the script with Alan Page Arriaga, I Carry You With Me stars Armando Espitia, Christian Vázquez, Michelle Rodríguez, Ángeles Cruz, Arcelia Ramírez and Michelle González and will be released in theaters on June 25.

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Werewolves inside

Werewolves inside

The list of great horror comedies is short. The list of great movies based on video games is … nonexistent. Might Werewolves inside, based on the Ubisoft virtual reality game of the same name, will it change things for the better? The cast, including TV comedy favorites like Sam Richardson (Veep) and Harvey Guillén (What we do in the shadows), is impressive and the social dynamics of the game should be easy to translate into a fun movie.

Werewolves Within is directed by Josh Ruben and stars Sam Richardson, Milana Vayntrub, George Basil, Sarah Burns, Michael Chernus, Catherine Curtain, Wayne Duvall, Harvey Guillén, Rebecca Henderson, Cheyenne Jackson, Michaela Watkins, and Glenn Fleshler. The film opens at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 16 and will open in theaters on June 25 and On Demand on July 2.

False positive

False positive

A24’s latest horror movie is a pregnancy story gone wrong described as a modern take Rosemary’s baby. Wide cityIlana Glazer is the film’s co-writer and star; Director John Lee’s resume includes dark comedy cult hits like Wonder showzen Y Xavier: Renegade Angel. False positive it is said to be much more serious than its creators’ previous work, but hopefully just as compelling.

Directed by John Lee, who co-wrote the script with star Ilana Glazer, False Positive also stars Justin Theroux, Sophia Bush, Josh Hamilton, and Pierce Brosnan. It premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 18 and will premiere on Hulu on June 25.

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Zola

Zola

With False positive going to smoke, Zola is A24’s big theatrical boost for the month of June. Based on Aziah “Zola” King’s viral autobiographical Twitter thread about his adventures in the world of pole dance, this weirder-than-fiction dramaturgy garnered positive reviews at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. A year and a half later, it remains to see if the movie will live up to Park City’s expectations.

Directed by Janicza Bravo, who co-wrote the script with Jeremy O. Harris, Zola stars Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun, Ari’el Stachel, Colman Domingo and Ts Madison and opens in theaters on June 30.

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