Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973 Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973 Cannes Review: Gaspar Noé's Hardcore And Softhearted 'Love' Cannes Review: Gaspar Noé's Hardcore And Softhearted 'Love' Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Cannes Review: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 'The Assassin' Is An Epic Visual Poem Cannes Review: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 'The Assassin' Is An Epic Visual Poem The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever Roger Deakins To Shoot Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner' Sequel Roger Deakins To Shoot Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner' Sequel More NSFW Posters For Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' Plus The Official Director's Statement More NSFW Posters For Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' Plus The Official Director's Statement Cannes: Watch A Three Way Makeout In The First Clip From Gaspar Noe’s 3D ‘Love’ Plus New NSFW Image Cannes: Watch A Three Way Makeout In The First Clip From Gaspar Noe’s 3D ‘Love’ Plus New NSFW Image Simon Pegg Worries That Adults Obsessed With Comics & Sci-Fi Have Become "Infantilized By Our Own Taste" Simon Pegg Worries That Adults Obsessed With Comics & Sci-Fi Have Become "Infantilized By Our Own Taste" Cannes Review: Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin And Benicio Del Toro Cannes Review: Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin And Benicio Del Toro George Miller Says He Courted Heath Ledger To Lead 'Mad Max' In 2006, Reveals Title For 'Fury Road' Sequel George Miller Says He Courted Heath Ledger To Lead 'Mad Max' In 2006, Reveals Title For 'Fury Road' Sequel Watch: Michael Fassbender Takes The Stage In First Trailer For 'Steve Jobs' Watch: Michael Fassbender Takes The Stage In First Trailer For 'Steve Jobs' George Miller Says 'Interstellar' Came Close To What His Version Of 'Contact' Would've Been Like George Miller Says 'Interstellar' Came Close To What His Version Of 'Contact' Would've Been Like New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

10 Movies To See In April

The Playlist By Kristen Lopez | The Playlist April 1, 2014 at 11:08AM

We’re inching ever close to the 2014 summer blockbuster season, but that’s not to say April is lacking its fair share of spectacle and bombast. This month’s ten movies to see ranges from Marvel’s latest to a mess of independent fare moving away from the festivals and into your local multiplex. It’s time to see what’s worth plunking down your dollars and cents for this month at the movies.
4
10 Movies To See In April

We’re inching ever close to the 2014 summer blockbuster season, but that’s not to say April is lacking its fair share of spectacle and bombast. This month’s ten movies to see ranges from Marvel’s latest to a mess of independent fare moving away from the festivals and into your local multiplex. It’s time to see what’s worth plunking down your dollars and cents for this month at the movies.

Dom Hemingway

Dom Hemingway
Synopsis: Dom Hemingway (Jude Law) is a prominent safecracker recently released from prison after serving a twelve-year stint. Content to get back to his wild ways, a brush with death forces Dom to reconnect with the daughter (Emilia Clarke) he’s never taken time out for.
What You Need to Know: Jude Law goes all-out as the profane and insane, Dom Hemingway. The film blends comedy and danger all wrapped within a family drama about father/daughter estrangement; and it lets the Kahleesi herself, Emilia Clarke, change her hair and sing a song. Director Richard Shepard’s film caught the attention of our own Kevin Jagernauth last year at TIFF where he gave it a “B+,” praising its formula: “two parts Irvine Welsh, one part ‘Bronson’ a few dashes of perversity” all wrapped in “a blanket of excess.” The movie, according to Jagernauth also delivers on the laughs with several “laugh-out-loud” and “impressively, wittily written” moments.
Release Date: April 2nd in limited release

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Synopsis: In light of the Avengers aftermath, all Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans) seeks is a quiet life in Washington, D.C. Instead, he’s drawn back into the antics of S.H.I.E.L.D. and paired up with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to unravel a conspiracy that goes deeper than they expect.
What You Need to Know: In 2011, “Captain America: The First Avenger” was the second-highest grossing superhero film of the year (behind Marvel’s other Avenger character, “Thor”) and outgrossed the midnight showing numbers of other comic book movies released in that frame. The massive acclaim for “The Avengers” all but guarantees the success of Captain America’s latest outing in spite of Oliver Lyttelton noticing the film’s bumps in his “B-” review. He says there’s a lot to like and a “serious, semi-grounded feel while still keeping things relatively light and bouncy,” yet the film fails to achieve the lofty ambitions its set. Regardless of quality the Marvel universe isn’t slowing down and the screenwriters are already planning “a psychotic 1950s Cap” for a third outing. If anything, the stinger at the end credits is easily going to whet appetites for “Guardians of the Galaxy” and/or provide a brief taste of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
Release Date: April 3rd

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

Alan Partridge
Synopsis: Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan), a disgraced television broadcaster, ends up in the middle of a hostage situation when a fellow DJ (Colm Meaney) learns he’s been fired.
What You Need to Know: Steve Coogan’s brought the laughs as Alan Partridge for almost twenty years, yet the character has never quite caught on across the pond. Our own Drew Taylor was less than impressed with the finished product when he saw it back at the New York Film Festival. In his “C”-grade review he was rather surprised how, in spite of five screenwriters, including “Veep” screibe Armando Iannucci they “came up with…this.” The movie certainly looks to have an uphill battle to attract all but the devout Coogan/Alan Partridge fans. However, Coogan’s recent work in "Philomena" will hopefully inspire a new group of fans to seek out a side of the actor they might not be familiar with.
Release Date: April 4th in limited release

This article is related to: Locke, Transcendence, Blue Ruin, Only Lovers Left Alive , Nymphomaniac, Under the Skin, Joe, Captain America: The Winter Soldier , Dom Hemingway, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Features, Feature


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates