Well hello there!
It’s already April? Anyway, April seems to be a quite month, with the only real “big” release being Furious 7. It’s a bit odd considering it’s the month before the Summer Movie Season, but I’m sure we’ll get some surprise numbers at the box office (hopefully).
Woman in Gold (Limited Release): Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren are bringing a true story to life. A Jewish refugee, played by Mirren, who takes on the government to recover artwork she believes belongs to her family that was painted by a famous artist. Reynolds will play the lawyer helping her. The cast also includes Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany, Charles Dance, Daniel Bruhl, and Jonathan Pryce.
Furious 7: It’s hard to believe that the longer a franchise goes, the better it has gotten. But sure is the case with The Fast & Furious franchise. Arguably, the ultimate “just enjoy yourself” series has really upped their game when the original cast returned. Of course, the big thing in this film is Furious 7 being the last film the late Paul Walker will be in. The film will also reportedly have a tribute to the actor, which is said to be touching. The future of the franchise is still up in the air for the time being, but I’m sure the film will garner more people to see Walker on screen for the final time.
Clouds of Sils Maria: Juliette Binoche stars as an actress who joins a play that made her famous years before. She is also set to play opposite a actress who has a penchant for scandal, played by Chloe Grace Moretz. Kristen Stewart also stars as a Binoche’ character’s assistant who helps her get ready for the role. The film got some great buzz when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and got Stewart a Cesar award becoming the second American (and first female actor) to win the award.
Kill Me Three Times: Simon Pegg plays a hit-man who gets himself involved in a messy situation with different groups after botched assignment. I just like the idea of Pegg playing a hit-man and the film looks like a fun time. Kill Me Three Times also stars Teresa Palmer, Luke Hemsworth, Alice Braga, Sullivan Stapleton and Callan Mulvey.
Ex Machina: Writer Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine, Dredd) makes his directorial debut about a young programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) who is selected to participate in an experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a female A.I. (Alicia Vikander). The film has gathered some pretty impressive praise saying how great it is, so let’s hope the praise lives up to it. The film also stars Oscar Isaac.
The Longest Ride: An adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel that has the lives of a young couple (Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood) intertwined with an older couple as the older man reflects back on a lost love.
Monkey Kingdom: A documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the Temple Troop, a group of monkeys in the ancient ruins in South Asia. It’s part of Disney Nature’s films that come out every year.
Unfriended: A horror film that follows a group of friends in an online chat room who are haunted by a mysterious supernatural force using an account of their dead friend. The whole film is said to take place in a chat room. I don’t know how that is going to work, but some early reviews have been very mixed.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2: Yes, a sequel to Paul Blart happened. This time it has Kevin James reprising his role as the titled character on a vacation in Vegas with his daughter, but ends up getting caught in a heist, and needs to save the day again. I’m not going to lie, the first Paul Blart movie had some really funny moments. Was it perfect? No, but movies are supposed to be fun.
Child 44: Based on a novel, Child 44 stars Tom Hardy as a disgraced member of the military police investigating a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union. The film has a very impressive cast in Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Charles Dance, Jason Clarke, Paddy Considine, and Vincent Cassel. The film looks like a great dark crime drama/thriller.
The Water Diviner: Russell Crowe makes his directorial debut in a War Drama based on a true story of an Australian man traveling to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons. The film has already played in some markets and is getting some descent reviews and has stars like Crowe himself, Jai Courtney, Isabel Lucas and Olga Kurylenko.
Adult Beginners: Comedian Nick Kroll dips his toes in the dramatic role in this film about a young, narcissistic entrepreneur whose life goes into total disarray and moves from Manhattan with his estranged pregnant sister (Rose Byrne), brother-in-law (Bobby Cannavale) and 3-year-old nephew in the suburbs to become their nanny.
The Age of Adaline: The film stars a woman (Blake Lively) who is rendered ageless after an accident and after years of a solitary life, she meets a man who might be worth losing her immortality for. The film stars Harrison Ford, Michiel Huisman, Amanda Crew, Ellen Burstyn, and Kathy Baker.
Little Boy: Religious movies do have a market with audiences. Some even break the Top Ten in the Box Office with a limited release. Little Boy is about the love of a little boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to bring his father home from WWII.