Regardless of movie theaters still being closed here in Canada, the notion of new films being released is a warm welcome after what feels like an eternity in lockdown. This summer marks the return of the theatrical releases with some major blockbusters coming our way this year like Matrix 4 and the Dune remake. Here’s a look at some upcoming movies next month. 

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. Courtesy of Metacritic.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It – June 4th

Bringing us our dose of based-on-true-events horror this summer is the third installment in the Conjuring series written by James Wan. Set in the sleepy town of Brookfield, Connecticut, the film is based on a 1981 court case where a defendant claimed not guilty for murder using the defense that he was possessed by the devil; marking the first time this defense was ever used. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles as the paranormal investigating couple Ed & Lorraine Warren.

12 Mighty Orphans.Courtesy of Sony Pictures.

12 Mighty Orphans – June 18th 

A feel-good story about a group of misfits coming together to overcome great obstacles all in the name of sport. The new teacher at a school for orphans, Rusty Russell, (played by Luke Wilson) sees the potential in this school’s football team composed of a ragtag group of teenagers. What they lack in size they make up for in grit, and they go on to compete in the highest levels of Texas high school football. This film based on a nonfiction book by Jim Dent is guaranteed to leave you with a warm feeling inside. 

Luca. Courtesy of Disney.

Luca – June 18th 

It wouldn’t be a movie list without an animated entry from Pixar and Disney. A coming-of-age story set in Italy during the 1950s, a sea monster by the name of Luca helps a young boy Alberto break out of his comfort zone with the help of a summer full of hijinks and adventure. Featuring Enrico Casarosa in his directorial debut, the story is inspired by his childhood growing up in the Italian countryside. 

Courtesy of Universal.

F9 – June 25th 

Get ready for 2 and a half hours full of fast cars and heavy-duty explosions in the ninth installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise. While the main character Dom is living a peaceful life with his wife and child in the countryside, notorious villain Cipher recruits Dom’s younger brother to enact revenge on Dom and his team. Behind the trademark blend of over-the-top action is the veteran cast of Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and many more. 

Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival.

Zola – June 30th 

Originally premiering at the 2020 Sundance film festival, a series of now-iconic tweets featured in a Rolling Stone article called the “Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted” is brought to life in this A24 film. A Detroit waitress by the name of Zola bonds with a female customer who convinces her to accompany her to Floride. What ensues is 48-hours of untamed adventure circumventing strip clubs and violent pimps.