|Only Lovers Left Alive
April has been often considered a low-key month before the on slaught of summer movies. April was the one last chance studios had to slip in their smaller releases before the beginning of blockbuster season. Now April releases feel like a teaser for the summer movies to come, with quite a few larger and anticipated films on its roster. And this year it all begins with a little something from Marvel.
So, whether you choose to check out that indie you heard so much about or the latest big studio release, don’t forget to click on the movie title below to view the trailer. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater.
– Myrna E. Duarte
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (3D)
Chris Evans returns as Steve Rogers, encountering his foe Bucky as the Winter Soldier, played by Sebastian Stan, teaming up with Anthony Mackie as The Falcon. The cast also includes Robert Redford, Hayley Atwell, Emily VanCamp and Scarlett Johansson. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is directed by Anthony & Joe Russo (Community and Arrested Development) with a script from Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor: The Dark World). This does look better than I expected.
Afflicted is written and directed by Derek Lee and Cliff Prowse, who also star in the found footage horror film which follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world. Their journey, documented every step of the way, soon takes a dark and unexpected turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted. Fantastic Fest gave the film Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Director.
Alan Partridge (Limited)
Alan Partridge is directed by TV helmer Declan Lowney, who has worked with Steve Coogan many times before. Written by Peter Baynham, Armando Iannucci (In the Loop), Neil and Rob Gibbons, the plot details haven’t been revealed other than the story involving Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan, who also helped write the film) being an unwilling participant at a large event in a small town somewhere.
Dom Hemingway (Limited)
Dom Hemingway is written and directed by Richard Shepard (The Matador), following the larger-than-life safecracker (Jude Law) with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous. After 12 years in prison, looking to collect what he’s owed for keeping his mouth shut for protecting his rich mobster boss, he finds himself drawn back to the perils and pleasures of his criminal lifestyle while trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter. Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir and Emilia Clarke also star
Under the Skin (Limited)
In search of loners, Laura (Scarlett Johansson) drives around the exquisitely moody landscapes of the Scottish highlands. She’s an alien, sent from afar and equipped with enough human language and awesome seductive power to capture, destroy and presumably send home human males.Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) directs the film and co-wrote the script with Walter Campbell, based on Michael Faber’s novel.
The Unknown Known (Limited)
The Fog of War documentary director Errol Morris is back with The Unknown Known, which focuses on Donald Rumsfeld, and his viewpoint of certain periods during his political career, including his highly criticized time spent as the Secretary of Defense when the US decided to invade Iraq. Rumsfeld almost seems creepily jolly.
Draft Day brings Kevin Costner back to the world of sports, but this time it’s in the pigskin tossing sport of football. The original story focused on the general manager of the Buffalo Bills trading to get the #1 draft pick. What makes this truly interesting is the cooperation of the NFL, so we won’t see a bunch of fake sports teams in this flick. Draft Day is directed by Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, Stripes) and written by newcomer Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph (Nurse Jackie).
Rio 2 (3D)
Rio 2 finds Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon. There they encounter a menagerie of characters who are born to be wild with voices provided by Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Bruno Mars and Kristin Chenoweth. The animated sequel is directed by Carlos Saldanha (Rio).
David Gordon Green’s new film Joe looks like it might contain a Nicolas Cage performance worthy of praise. The film follows a man with a dark past named Joe Ransom (Cage), who is hesitant to unleash his anger when he witnesses an alcoholic father making hell for a teenage boy (Tye Sheridan) and his struggling family. This looks like a return to proper indie roots for Green (along with last year’s Prince Avalanche) and a fantastic role for Cage to shake off some of the box office schlock he’s turned in, though I have to admit I am a fan.
Oculus premiered at TIFF last year in the Midnight Madness category. The concept involves a cursed mirror of some sort, and a plot involving a brother and sister trying to figure out how their parents were killed. Oculus is directed by Mike Flanagan, of the films Makebelieve, Still Life, Ghosts of Hamilton Street and Absentia previously. The screenplay is by Mike Flanagan & Jeff Howard, based on the short film of the same name. Whovians, the cast includes Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) the companion from Dr.Who Season 7. Only Lovers Left Alive (Limited) MoviefiedNYC most anticipated
In Only Lovers Left Alive, Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton star as a two blood-crossed vampires who have been in love for centuries. But it’s not the conventional take on vampires; it’s the director’s (Jarmusch) very indie, minimal take with depressing German rock music and sunglasses. Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt and Anton Yelchin all co-star.Review by Sinann Fetherston:
The Railway Man (Limited)
The Railway Manstars Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. The film follows Colin Firth as a man looking for revenge years after being tortured by a Japanese military officer during World War II. Jonathan Teplitzky directs from a script by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions) and first-time writer Andy Paterson, based on a memoir by Eric Lomax.
April 16 (Wednesday)
Heaven is for Real (3D)
Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, the film brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. The film stars Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience.
Disneynature’s newest documentary Bears cozies up to the brown bears who call Alaska’s coastal mountains and shores their home, revealing through tender moments and entertaining imagery how these animals are far from grizzly creatures. This shooting location provides some of the most spectacular visuals ever for the film co-directed by Keith Scholey (African Cats) and Alastair Fothergill (Earth, African Cats and Chimpanzee).
Transcendence is directed by Wally Pfister (cinematographer on Inception and The Dark Knight trilogy) and written by Jack Paglen. Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. When anti-technology extremists threaten his life, they inadvertently trigger a quick move towards his transcendence, and Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown.
Brick Mansions is directed by Camille Delamarre and written by Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri as a remake of their original film District B13. The film follows an undercover detective (Paul Walker) chasing a weapon of mass destruction that was stolen by a drug dealer in the ghetto known as Brick Mansions.
The Other Woman
The Other Woman is directed by Nick Cassavetes (My Sister’s Keeper, The Notebook) and written by Melissa Stack in her feature screenwriting debut. After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife (Leslie Mann) he’s been cheating on, she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB.
The Quiet Ones
The Quiet Ones is directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2: Terminal) from a script he wrote with Craig Rosenberg (The Uninvited) and Oren Moverman (Rampart, The Messenger). Inspired by true events, and based on the theory that paranormal activity is caused by human negative energy, the story follows a professor who uses some of his students to perform a series of tests on a young patient, pushing her to the edge of sanity.
Blue Ruin (Limited)
Blue Ruin is written and directed by the cinematographer-turned-filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier, of the film Murder Party. A peaceful vagrant (Macon Blair) finds his quiet life upended by dreadful news and sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Since he is only an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
Can Tom Hardy make driving in a car for an hour and a half compelling? Locke is written and directed by Steven Knight (director of Hummingbird and writer of Eastern Promises). Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) is an obsessive perfectionist, respected by his coworkers and loved by his bosses. He cherishes the bond he shares with his two sons and the unshakeable partnership he has developed with his wife; it’s an ideal existence built with painstaking care. But hours before the biggest day of his career, Locke receives a phone call that threatens to destroy the life he has worked so meticulously to create.
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