Here is every movie scheduled for release for April. Documentaries are not included. I did not include them, since I do not really care for them. I am going to tell you what looks good and bad to me. Remember, art is subjective, so everyone will likely have a different feeling about a movie than I do. I am only judging these movies based on their cast, director, synopsis, and trailer. Every movie will receive a “See”, “Skip”, or “Wait” from me. “Wait” means you should wait until some reviews are out before spending your hard earned money. Here is the link I got the cast, director, synopsis, and trailers from: http://www.imdb.com/movies-coming-soon/?ref_=hm_cs_sm
Furious 7 (SKIP)
If you have seen one Fast and Furious movie, you have seen them all. This looks to be the most over-the-top one yet. This may be the one where the franchise “jumps the shark”. Hell, I would not be surprised if one of the characters literally jumps a shark in this movie. SKIP this and give your money to a better film. You are better than this people. There are musicians and athletes acting in this movie for Christ’s sake.
Woman in Gold (WAIT)
IMDB describes it as, “Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family”. It stars Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Katie Holmes, and Daniel Bruhl. This will either be a really endearing movie or a boring snooze-fest. WAIT and see what critics and movie reviewers say.
5 to 7 (SEE)
This movie is about a married couple who have kids. The kicker is that they have an open marriage. Both the husband and wife have a lover on the side that the other knows about. This film stars Anton Yelchin, Olivia Thirlby, Glenn Close, and Frank Langella. This looks like a super cute romantic comedy. I am sure there will be some awkwardness and drama as well.
Effie Gray (SKIP)
This looks like another boring period piece. It is a drama that stars Dakota Fanning and Emma Thompson. IMDB describes it as, “A look at the mysterious relationship between Victorian art critic John Ruskin and his teenage bride Effie Gray”.
The Longest Ride (SKIP)
I had trouble making it through the 2 minute trailer. It was that boring. This looks like another horrible love story set in the country. This romantic drama does not look like it brings anything new or refreshing to the table. It stars Scott Eastwood, Jack Huston, and Alan Alda.
Ex Machina (SEE)
This movie stars Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson. IMDB describes it as, “A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I”. This looks like it could be a really interesting and creative sci-fi film.
Desert Dancer (WAIT)
Normally I am against dance movies, but this one could be an exception. It stars Freida Pinto and feels like an Iranian Footloose. The political drama and cultural change is what interests me. It could be a refreshing take on the dance genre. Only time will tell.
Clouds of Sils Maria (SEE)
I think this looks really original. IMDB describes it as, “A veteran actress comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier”. This film stars Juliette Binoche as a lesbian actress who is dating Kristen Stewart. She stars in a play opposite Chloe Grace Moretz.
Kill Me Three Times (WAIT)
This movie will either be bad or good. There is no in between. Simon Pegg is a hit-man in this action thriller. It also stars Luke Hemsworth (Yep. There is a third….). It could be a fun movie, but I am not sure how believable Simon Pegg is in this role. I know he will provide humor, but let’s see if he can handle the serious moments as well.
I like the premise of this movie. It looks like it should be a good sci-fi thriller. It stars Matthew Goode, Ben Kingsley, and Ryan Reynolds. IMDB describes it as, “An extremely wealthy man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause”.
This looks like just another low budget horror movie. It looks really bad and really corny. “Oh no! The internet is haunted. It is going to kill me”. I know that is not the plot. That is how it comes across though. The premise is dumb and the acting looks horrible. Stay away from this movie. It will not scare or shock you. It may make you laugh though….
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (SKIP)
Why are there two Paul Blart movies? Who is watching these movies? Hollywood, please stop. We do not need this kind of low brow comedy. Really, how funny is it watching Kevin James get in situations where his fatness is the butt of the joke? I have written more words about this movie than I should have.
Child 44 (WAIT)
Normally this would be a SEE for me. The cast of Tom Hardy, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, and Jason Clarke is great. The premise of a disgraced military police officer investigating child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union is also great. Tom Hardy’s cartoon-ish accent worries me though. I am afraid the movie may be littered with them.
True Story (WAIT)
This is based on a true story. The premise is interesting. IMDB describes it as, “The relationship between journalist Michael Finkel and Christian Longo, an FBI Most Wanted List murderer who for years lived outside the U.S. under Finkel’s name”. The cast includes Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones, and James Franco. I say WAIT, because I am not sure how the performances of Hill and Franco will be. James Franco is very hit or miss.
Alex of Venice (SKIP)
From the look of it, this seems like a typical indie drama about life. The cast of Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Derek Luke, Don Johnson, and Chris Messina is great. I am sure there will be some quality performances. The movie’s plot is unoriginal though. It is just another story about someone going through an emotional period in their life and what they do to get out of the rut.
Beyond the Reach (SEE)
This looks like an inventive thriller. Michael Douglas is basically toying with and hunting Jeremy Irvine after he is witnessed killing an innocent person on accident. At 70 Michael Douglas may not have many movies left before he retires, so if he is in something interesting, you should SEE it.
Felix and Meira (SKIP)
I am all for foreign films, but this trailer and synopsis did nothing for me. It looks like another boring drama about a marriage gone wrong. If you like romance movies, maybe you will enjoy it, but everything the trailer showed seemed really cliché.
Monsters: Dark Continent (SKIP)
This looks like another bad monster movie involving the military. You can probably predict how everything will play out. I do like the director Tom Green from his work on the television show Misfits. Sofia Boutella from Kingsmen is also in this, but I am still uninterested.
The Dead Lands (SKIP)
For an action movie, I sure was laughing a lot during the trailer. Some of the fight scenes may be good, but it looks like everything else will be horrible. The plot leaves a lot to be desired. The movie is about a young warrior who must avenge his Father’s murder.
The Age of Adaline (WAIT)
This movie stars Harrison Ford and Blake Lively (what a random pairing). It is about an ageless woman who falls in love with a man. I have cheap, knock-off Benjamin Button feelings about this movie. The premise is okay I guess, but only because it has not been run into the ground. I would wait for some reviews before spending your money on this film.
Little Boy (SEE)
This movie stars Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, Ted Levine, Kevin James, Michael Rapaport, and Ali Landry. It looks like a super cute family movie. IMDB describes this movie as, “A 7-year old boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home”. He is told that if he believes hard enough anything can happen, so he puts that to the test.
The Water Diviner (SEE)
Russell Crowe directs and stars in this movie. Olga Kurylenko and Jai Courtney are also in it. It is about a Father who travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and find his three missing Sons. This looks like it will be a really good emotional movie. Check it out.
Adult Beginners (SEE)
This looks like it could be a really sweet and funny drama-comedy. The cast is great. It includes Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale, Jane Krakowski, and Bobby Moynihan. The plot is pretty generic, but with so many talented and funny people involved, I imagine something good is going to come out of it.