Looking through the lineup of theatrical releases in April, I miss March and can’t wait until May. Of the 28 potential releases, only 4 are worth going out your way for with The Fate of the Furious (likely to be April’s biggest box office earner) coming in at #5. Here’s the list of films coming out in April:
1. The Circle (April 28)
Emma Watson stars in the most anticipated movie of the month for the 2nd consecutive month. Last month, it was an iconic animated Disney movie turned live action. This month, it is an adaptation of a Dave Eggers book featuring Tom Hanks. John Boyega also takes a break from Star Wars to fill a supporting role here, too.
2. Colossal (April 7)
Anne Hathaway stars as a woman who recently broke up with her boyfriend and moves back to upstate New York. Oh and she also discovers she has control over a monster that is reeking havoc on South Korea.
3. Sleight (April 28)
A young street magician (Jacob Latimore) must use his magic to rescue his sister who is kidnapped. The most intriguing fact about this film is it is being distributed by WWE Studios and Blumhouse Tilt.
4. Free Fire (April 21)
Speaking of intriguing distributors, A24 wrestled away U.S. distribution rights for this flick featuring Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and Jack Reynor.
5. The Fate of the Furious (April 14)
It’s likely this will do multiple butt loads of cash as most of the movies from this franchise do. That submarine chase scene in the trailer looks kind of interesting though.
6. Going In Style (April 7)
Remake of a 1979 comedy heist film directed by Zach Braff. The original starred George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg. The update stars Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin.
7. Gifted (April 7)
Chris Evans stars as the uncle of a young prodigy (Mckenna Grace) whose mother committed suicide and left him to care for her. A custody battle ensues when the grandmother comes into the picture and is unhappy with the way she is being raised.
8. The Promise (April 21)
A love triangle and genocide are the central themes of this period piece which takes place during the Ottoman Empire. Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale and Charlotte Le Bon star.
9. Unforgettable (April 21)
If you’re looking to spot April’s guilty pleasure this one starring Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl might be it.
10. Born in China (April 21)
This year’s Disney documentary released in conjunction with Earth Day. John Krasinski narrates this doc about three animal families: the panda, the golden monkey and the snow leopard.
11. The Lost City of Z (April 14)
The story of Percival Fawcett, a British explorer who disappeared while looking for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.
12. Mine (April 7)
A US Marine finds himself trapped on a land mine in the desert. If he moves, the mine will explode. Armie Hammer stars as the Marine.
13. Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (April 14)
My guess is this title won’t fit on the ticket at the theater. Just a guess.
14. Their Finest (April 7)
British romantic comedy which takes place during 1940s England and centers around the addition of a female writer to help write female dialogue to propaganda films to boost morale during the war.
15. Tommy’s Honour (April 14)
A story of social class and golf in 1800s Scotland.
16. Grey Lady (April 28)
A Boston homicide detective is given a clue by the dying words of his partner. Her words lead him to the remote island of Nantucket where he searches for his partner’s killer.
17. 7 Witches (April 14)
The IMDB description is “A horror film set at a wedding.” That tells us a lot, doesn’t it?
18. The Ticket (April 7)
Blind since youth, a miraculous shrinking tumor gives James his sight back and forever changes the lives of him, his wife and his son.
19. A Quiet Passion (April 14)
Cynthia Nixon plays Emily Dickinson in this biopic.
20. The Eyes (April 7)
6 strangers who have all killed are kidnapped and told that one of the 6 may live but the other 5 must die.
21. The Void (April 7)
A horror film that looks plucked from the 80s. A cop rushes a man he finds on the highway to a hospital. The hospital is surrounded by people in cloaks and the patients and staff inside turn crazy.
22. Phoenix Forgotten (April 21)
A found footage horror flick produced by Ridley Scott.
23. Spark (April 14)
Animated tale about a teenage monkey and his friends — a fox and a warthog — as they try to take back Planet Bana from the evil Emperor Zhong.
24. How to Be A Latin Lover (April 28)
A lifetime of seducing rich, older women can’t prepare Maximo for when his 80-year-old wife leaves him for a younger man. Maximo must move in with his sister until he gets back on his feet but learns the value of family during that process.
25. The Case for Christ (April 7)
An atheist journalist decides to disprove the existence of Christ over an argument with his religious wife? That’s what I get from the description of this Pure Flix film which is loosely based on a true story.
26. Smurfs: The Lost Village (April 7)
Didn’t we already see this? Oh wait, that was Trolls. The first two Smurfs films grossed a ton but that doesn’t have me feeling Smurfy about seeing the third installment.