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As the heaters switch on for the first month of June, escape into the warmth of the cinema to see the vibrant colours of animation, thrilling adventures in the heat of Egypt, an Amazonian oasis, partying in Miami and a stern word from a British icon.
There are films for all ages and tastes premiering in Australian theatres this month. From drama and comedy to epic legends and comic book blockbusters, start with these top 5 movies in June.
Wonder Woman June 1
Rated M for mature themes and violence
Wonder Woman, the fourth reboot in the new DC Extended Universe series of comic book superheroes and villains, delves further into the backstory of the Amazonian princess (Gal Gadot). Set during WWI, it begins with a rogueish (is there any other kind?) American fighter pilot (Chris Pine), stumbling on her isolated island kingdom.
Horrified by the devastation, she's compelled to join the Allies in London and end the war, battling the Greek god Ares (David Thewlis), a mad scientist (Elena Anaya) and a vicious German general (Danny Huston).
Rated M for supernatural themes, violence and sustained threat
The Mummy, an ancient Egyptian priest resurrected and plunging the earth into darkness, was inspired by the global fascination with Pharaohs during the golden age of Egyptian archaeology, as Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamun's spectacular tomb despite the curses depicted in mysterious hieroglyphs.
The tale has been featured in 14 films, beginning in 1932 with Boris Karloff as the plodding Mummy, an Abbott and Costello comedy special, a trilogy with Brendan Fraser and now in a reboot with Tom Cruise battling Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), the first female in the Mummy role.
The Mummy features in the Dark Universe, a Universal Pictures project with upcoming reboots featuring the Wolfman, Invisible Man and Bride of Frankenstein. Dr. Jekyll (Russell Crowe) also stars, hinting at a spinoff with Mr. Hyde.
The Mummy also stars Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson and Courtney B. Vance.
Hangover was a box office hit, packed with the hilarious thrills of bucks parties at their best/worst and Weekend at Bernies was a comedy with a scene stealing corpse but both films starred males in the lead roles. The ladies lead the hi-jinx in Rough Night, with Scarlett Johansson hosting a 10-year reunion party set to top the craziness of these comedy parties.
Unfolding in chaos central, Miami, the wild weekend starts well but takes a dark turn when the ladies 'accidentally' kill a male stripper. Regaining their senses, they scramble for a cover-up but soon bond as true friends while learning life's lessons while hiding a corpse.
Rough Night also stars Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell and Demi Moore.
View the trailer on YouTube (warning for strong coarse language and graphic scenes).
Beginning with Toy Story back in 1998, Pixar's range of animated films, including Finding Nemo, A Bug's Life and Monsters Inc. have been loved by kids and given the 'thumbs up' by critics.
Pixar's speediest tale, Cars, returns for a third outing, with Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) returning. He's now a motorsport legend but after an explosive crash, a suped-up new rival (Armie Hammer) beats him to the finish line. As Lightning doubts himself, he finds new inspiration from his mentor, voiced by real-life racer, Paul Newman, in a high stakes race for the championship.
While the Cars films are light on story, they feature big thrills, dazzling graphics and witty jibes from the garage of racers to entertain younger viewers. Cars 3 also stars Tony Shalhoub, Cristela Alonzo, Lewis Hamilton and Chris Cooper.
Winston Churchill, the larger-than-life statesman, led the Allies during World War II, rousing the British public with stirring wartime radio speeches. He led a complex life, winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, being named the greatest Briton of all time, but also enduring adversity as one of the planners of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign in WWI. He also suffered depression throughout his life, and surprisingly lost the prime ministership soon after Hitler's defeat.
He's been depicted in dozens of films, with dramatic actors ranging from Richard Burton, Michael Gambon and Gary Oldman, but also comically by Mel Smith and Christian Slater.
Churchill, the latest biopic, is set during the final preparations for the D-Day Campaign. Racked with doubt as the Normandy invasion neared, his uncertainty is portrayed by Brian Cox, with Miranda Richardson as his wife.
Aussie director, Jonathan Teplitzky, directs the film, also starring John Slattery and James Purefoy.
Which movie tops your list for June? Please let us know with a comment.