Summer Movie Magic: What to watch in June

Ah, summer — when reprieve from days of sunshine can be found in the nostalgic movie theater. There are several titles I’m excited to watch this summer, so let’s preview my next few weeks of June viewings.

June 7: “The Watchers”

Mina (Dakota Fanning) is lost and frightened in the woods, but finds safety in a mysterious house. There are others inside, who might not have all the answers, but they do know that every night, something mysterious comes to watch them.

No surprise it has the Shyamalan name on the director’s chair — but no, not that one. M. Night Shyamalan is a producer on the project, but it’s actually his daughter Ishana making her directorial debut, bringing A.M. Shine’s horror novel to the big screen.

June 14: “Inside Out 2”

Pixar’s ultra-successful “Inside Out” followed an 11-year-old Riley through the emotions of early adolescence — Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust. In the sequel, Riley hits puberty, so bring on Anxiety, Envy, Embarrassment, Ennui and Nostalgia.

If it’s anything like the first installment that released in 2015, it’ll be equal parts funny and sweet. I’ll be bringing my kiddos to see this one.

June 21: “Kinds of Kindness”

Director Yorgos Lanthimos is back already, bringing most of his Oscar-dominating “Poor Things” cast (Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons, Willem Dafoe) to this new project that has three distinct chapters, with the cast playing different roles in each.

A man looks for a break from his boss to take control of his life, a missing woman returns home and might not be who she seems, and a cultist seeks someone with the ability to raise the dead.

Like “Poor Things,” this one sounds absurd, entertaining, and memorable.

June 28: “A Quiet Place: Day One”

This third installment of the “A Quiet Place” franchise goes back to the day it all began, taking the story from the small towns of the first two films to follow an all new cast in New York City.

Aliens that are attracted to sound in the city that never sleeps? What could go wrong?

It’s a franchise best watched with others. I can’t wait to cringe when my Skittles rattle in the silence of the tense theater.

Scott McDaniel is an assistant professor of journalism at Franklin College. He lives in Bargersville with his wife and three kids.