There's no overstating the amount of awesome in store for thrill-seeking moviegoers this month, with X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern, Super 8 and Transformers: Dark of the Moon packing enough action & adventure to leave heads spinning. As always, CraveOnline has your guide to all the major June film releases, so you know what you're getting into when you head to the land of $14 popcorn.
X-Men: First Class
Starring: Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, January Jones, Caleb Landry Jones
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn
Opening: June 3
X-Men: First Class, following the classic Marvel mythology, charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men.
CraveOnline's Call: We were a bit hesitant when we first heard of the First Class project in development, but the trailers have definitely sold us (January Jones doesn't hurt either). It looks like they've covered all the bases fans were worried about, and have set this one up for a home run. We're already there.
Starring: Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Amanda Michalka
Directed By: J.J. Abrams
Opening: June 10
n the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.
CraveOnline's Call: It's not a Cloverfield sequel, it's not Godzilla Returns, so what the hell are we about to get attacked by? Whatever it is, Abrams has us locked in. We'll save you a seat.
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Starring: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury
Directed By: Mark Waters
Opening: June 17
Adventure-loving house painter Mr. Popper (Jim Carrey) contends with the problem of having too many penguins in director Mark S. Waters' adaptation of author Richard Atwater's beloved children's book. Shortly after penning a letter to a team of Arctic explorers, Mr. Popper is surprised to receive a penguin in the mail. Later, after making his mischievous new pal a cozy new home in the freezer, the hapless Mr. Popper comes into possession of a playful female penguin as well. Before long Mr. Popper finds himself surrounded by a growing family of the flightless birds, and begins training them to perform in a traveling show dubbed Popper's Performing Penguins. With each new town the show travels to, pandemonium is quick to follow.
CraveOnline's Call: What the hell is happening to Jim Carrey's career? Somebody stop this! Now.
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard
Directed By: Martin Campbell
Opening: June 17
In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds). Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.
CraveOnline's Call: The fans are torn on what could very well be a cheesy adaptation of Hal Jordan's story. The visuals look phenomenal, but can Reynolds do the character justice, or will he ham it up and derail the entire thing? We'll see soon enough…
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel
Directed By: Jake Kasdan
Opening: June 24
Some teachers just don’t give an F. For example, there's Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz). She’s foul-mouthed, ruthless, and inappropriate. She drinks, she gets high, and she can’t wait to marry her meal ticket and get out of her bogus day job. When she’s dumped by her fiancé, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute (Justin Timberlake) – competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy (Lucy Punch). When Elizabeth also finds herself fighting off the advances of a sarcastic, irreverent gym teacher (Jason Segel), the consequences of her wild and outrageous schemes give her students, her coworkers, and even herself an education like no other.
CraveOnline's Call: Because Bad Santa did so well (on DVD, at least), and Cameron Diaz needs a little fire in her image, we're forced to shell out good money and sit through juvenile douche humor so a pretty girl who can't act her way out of a paper bag can keep making movies a while longer. As for Jason Segel, we loved the guy in "Freaks & Geeks," but it was pretty clear even then that the guy didn't exactly have a future as an attention magnet onscreen.
Starring: Owen Wilson, John Ratzenberger, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin
Directed By: John Lasseter
Opening: June 24
Star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in “Cars 2” when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret spy mission, Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. Adding to the fast-paced fun is a colorful new all-car cast that includes secret agents, menacing villains and international racing competitors.
CraveOnline's Call: When Disney and Pixar team up for the return of one of the most popular franchises of our generation, there's little chance of suckage. If the first one revved your engines (sorry, I had to), the total supercharge of Cars 2 is a surefire win.
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
Starring: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Jimmy Vivino
Directed By: Rodman Flender
Opening: June 24
After a much–publicized departure from hosting NBC’s Tonight Show, O’Brien hit the road with a 32-city music-and-comedy show to exercise his performing chops and exorcise a few demons. Filmmaker Rodman Flender’s documentary, Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, is an intimate portrait of an artist trained in improvisation, captured at the most improvisational time of his career. It offers a window into the private writers room and rehearsal halls as O’Brien’s “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour” is almost instantly assembled and mounted to an adoring fan base. At times angry, mostly hilarious, we see a comic who does not stop — performing, singing, pushing his staff and himself. Did Conan O’Brien hit the road to give something back to his loyal fans, or did he travel across the continent, stopping at cities large and remote to fill a void within himself?
CraveOnline's Call: There's no overstating how captivating it is to watch the real-life tribulations of late-night's most beloved ginger unfold onscreen as he copes with the major changes taking his world by storm. This is a must-watch for every Conan fan – and if you're not one already, you're doing it wrong.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Josh Duhamel
Directed By: Michael Bay
Opening: June 29
The Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action, taking on the evil Decepticons, who are determined to avenge their defeat in 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. In this new movie, the Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the U.S. and Russia, and once again human Sam Witwicky has to come to the aid of his robot friends. There's new characters too, including a new villain in the form of Shockwave, a longtime Transformers character who rules Cybertron while the Autobots and Decepticons battle it out on Earth.
CraveOnline's Call: There's no nice way to put it: T3 is a total clusterf*%k of nonsense, unnecessary/confusing side plots and gumball humor. Points for Megan Fox's replacement and Leonard Nimoy playing Optimus Prime's predecessor-gone-bad, but if you're not between 8-10 years old, get the hell away from this.