Get a closer look at what's out this June at the cinema, from indies like Frank and The Rover, to the studio offerings of Grace of Monaco and 22 Jump Street.
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27 May 2014 - 4:30 PM  UPDATED 20 Mar 2015 - 12:19 PM

Out June 5

Grace of Monaco

(France/United States/Belgium/Italy, biography/drama)
Director: Olivier Dahan
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, André Penvern
What's it about?
Set in 1962, six years after her celebrated her wedding, Grace of Monaco tells of a year in the life of one of the twentieth century's most iconic women – Grace Kelly – as she strived to reconcile her past and her present, a yearning for a return to the big screen with her newfound role as a mother of two, monarch of a European principality and wife to Prince Ranier III.

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Watch 2014 Cannes Film Festival Press Conference

 

Omar

(Palestine, drama/war)
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Starring:  Samer Bisharat, Leem Lubany, Wafaa Aon
What's it about?
Omar's village is separated from his friends' by the Isolation Wall. He scales the wall and dodges bullets frequently to visit his friends Tarek, Amjad and his girlfriend Nadia. The boys let together and practice shooting rifles, preparing to become fighters. When some Israeli soldiers humiliate Omar, the situation escalates quickly and ends with the boys killing a soldier. The next day Omar is arrested and is pressed by his captors to become a traitor and betray his friends or face 90 years in jail.

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The Fault in our Stars

(United States, drama/romance)
Directors: Josh Boone
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff
What's it about?
Hazel and Gus are two teens in love. Together they share the same sense of humour and a disdain for the conventional. Their relationship is all the more curious given that Hazel is a cancer patient and Gus is an amputee.

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Rising from Ashes

(USA/Rwanda/UK/South Africa, documentary)
Director: T.C. Johnstone
Starring: Forest Whitaker (narrator)
What's it about?
A documentary about the first Rwandan national cycling team as they make a bid for history to represent their country at the 2012 Olympic Games. Normally a privilaged white man's sport, the rag tag group of Rwandans is coached by the first American to ride in the Tour de France.

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Out June 12

The Rover

(Australia, action/thriller)
Director: David Michôd
Starring: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy
What's it about?
In the new film from Animal Kingdom director David Michôd, loner Eric reluctantly join forces with Reynolds find the gang of thieves who stole his car in the Australian outback.

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Feature: Director David Michôd and DOP Natasha Braier explain how they made The Rover

 

Good Vibrations

(UK/Ireland, biography/drama/music)
Directors: Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn
Starring: Liam Cunningham, Jodie Whittaker, Dylan Moran
What's it about?
When the bloody conflict known as the Troubles shuts down Belfast, music lover Terri Hooley (Richard Dorner) opens a record shop and calls it Good Vibrations. Soon he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in Belfast's underground punk scenes and begins drumming the young musicians into action. Terri becomes the unlikely leader of a motley crew of youths and punks who join him in his mission to create a new society, an alternative Ulster, to bring his city back to life.

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The Face of Love

(USA, drama/romance)
Director: Arie Posin
Starring: Annette Bening, Robin Williams, Ed Harris
What’s it about?
A widow falls for a man who bears a striking resemblance to her late husband.

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Out June 19

Ernest & Célestine

(France, animation)
Director: Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Lambert Wilson, Pauline Brunner
What's it about?
In the conventional world of bears, it is not the done thing to become friends with a mouse. Nevertheless, Ernest, a big bear, who happens to also be a clown and musician, takes in Celestine, an orphan who has fled the underground world of rodents. These two solitary creatures help and comfort each other, and in doing so, disrupt the established order.

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Gabrielle

(Canada/France, drama/music/romance)
Director: Louise Archambault
Starring: Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, Alexandre Landry, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin
What's it about?
Gabrielle is a musically-gifted young woman that suffers from an intellectual disability called Williams Syndrome. At her choir group, she meets and falls in love with Martin and they soon become inseparable, but Gabrielle's family are concerned about whether their daughter can handle a sexual relationship.

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Galore

(Australia, drama)
Director:
Rhys Graham
Starring: Natasha Novak, Maya Stange, Daniel Webber
What's it about?
Teenagers Billie and Laura, who live in Canberra's suburban outskirts, are best friends and share everything, including Laura's boyfriend Danny, although Laura isn't aware of this. During the summer of Canberra's bushfires, Billie's mother welcomes the troubled boy into her home and he starts friction in the girl's relationship. Laura finds herself drawn to the gentle but intense newcomer while Billie's unpredictable ways threaten self-destruction.

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Frank

(Ireland/UK, comedy/drama)
Director:
Lenny Abrahamson
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal
What's it about?
Jon is a wannabe musician who joins an eccentric pop group led by the mysterious, musical genius, Frank. Jon quickly realises he has a lot to learn if he wants to fit in to the band's avant garde style.

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Read interview with director Lenny Abrahamson, actors Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy and author Jon Ronson

 

The Two Faces of January

(UK/USA/France, thriller)
Director:
Hossein Amini
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac
What's it about?
Con artist Chester and his glamorous wife try to flee their holiday destination in Greece with a random stranger. One of them has been linked to the murder of a police officer and trying to frame the other for the crime.

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22 Jump Street

(US, action/adventure/comedy)
Director:
Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube
What's it about?
After making their way through high school in 21 Jump Street, officers Schmidt and Jenko go undercover at a local college.

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Out June 26

Yves Saint Laurent

(France, biography/drama)
Director: Jalil Lespert
Starring: Pierre Niney, Guilaume Gallienne, Charlotte Bon
What's it about?
A biopic on the life of French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, from the beginning of his career in 1958 when he met his lover and business partner, Pierre Berge.

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The Last Impresario

(Australia/UK/USA/France, documentary/biography)
Director: Gracie Otto
Starring: Michael White, Gracie Otto, Naomi Watts
What's it about?
Gracie Otto attempts to uncover the story of theatre and film producer Michael White, whom she coins one of the world’s great impresarios, yet whose story has never been told. A formidable presence in British cultural life and society for decades, White's productions include The Rocky Horror Show, Chorus Line, The Monty Python and The Holy Grail.

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Michael White and Jack Nicholson

 

The Volcano

(France, comedy)
Director: Alexandre Coffre
Starring: Valérie Bonneton, Dany Boon, Denis Ménochet
What's it about?
The eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano forces divorced couple Alain and Valérie to travel together to attend their daughter's wedding, despite the hatred they vow towards each other.

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