April is, like March, a funny month for cinema. But given that the festival circuit is coming to an end, more gritty, challenging and original films are making it to release. That said, there are also still doodoo films. There is True Story, a brilliantly written psychological thriller with a brave performance from Jonah Hill (I’m starting to love this guy) and Simon Pegg in Kill Me Three Times. But, we also have to sit through Furious 7 and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. It’s a give and take kinda month.
So whether you choose to checkout that indie movie you’ve 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.
– Lottie Abrahams
Stars: Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin
Directed by: George Tillman Jr
Synopsis: From the cloyingly sentimental Nicolas Sparks comes literally the same story told with different actors.
Two Cents: *vomits in corner* this movie is a must-see!
The Moon and the Sun
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Kaya Scodelario, William Hurt, Fan Bingbing, Benjamin Walker
Directed by: Sean McNamara
Synopsis: Pierce Brosnan stars as King Louis XIV of France, and his increasing fear of dying. This quest for infinite life makes him capture a live mermaid and drain her life force. This is made more difficult when his daughter discovers the creature and forms an unlikely friendship.
Two Cents: Wait wait wait. King Louis? Mermaids? I’m in! (on opposite day)
Stars: Reece Ritchie, Freida Pinto, Tom Cullen
Directed by: Richard Raymond
Synopsis: Desert Dancer tells the true story of Afshin Ghaffarian, a young ma growing up in Iran during its most repressive regime. Afshin continues his dream to become a dancer despite a nationwide ban of the art, risking his life to fulfil his heart.
Two Cents: I’m not crying you’re crying.
Stars: Domnhall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac
Directed by: Alex Garland
Synopsis: Domnhall Gleeson stars as Caleb, a young computer programmer who wins the chance to spend a week with famous tech CEO Nathan (Oscar Isaac). It is quickly revealed that Nathan is working on an AI droid known as “Ava”, and anticipates that she will soon pass the Turing Test. In his time there, Caleb forms a close attachment with Ava, and upon learning that her memory will soon be wiped pending her upgrade, he seeks to break her out.
Two Cents: This could be really great and really creepy.
Stars: Simon Pegg, Alice Braga, Luke Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer
Directed by: Kriv Stenders
Synopsis: Simon Pegg stars as a professional assassin sent to kill the wife of a client in the Austrailian outback. As he hopes to execute his task, he soon understands that he is not the only one out to get her.
Two Cents: Simon Pegg as a anti-hero – say no more.