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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.
Magnolia Pictures "Nymphomaniac"

Nymphomaniac: Volume 2
Synopsis: The further adventures of nymphomaniac Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) as she recounts her sexual exploits from her adulthood onwards.
What You Need to Know: Lars Von Trier’s sexual opus continues in its second volume. Part one of “Nymphomaniac” was released to VOD at the beginning of March before hitting theaters on March 21st. And since then the movie has done well in anticipation of volume two. Much like the first, this follow-up sees VOD release on the 4th and a theatrical release April 18th, so depending on your theater you can see parts one and two from the privacy of your own home, or in the theater around the same time. There are still no details on a full-length release of the five-hour plus cut, though the director's version of part one has already unspooled at the Berlin Film Festival. Anyhow, Playlist scribe Ben Brock found Volume 2 packing less of a punch than part one in his “B-” review. “If you thought ‘Vol. I’ was a brilliant piece of provocation, then ‘Vol. II’ might disappoint you.” Either way, Von Trier continues to push the boundaries of the ratings board with his sexual bildungsroman and audiences seeking sex and absurdity will want to close out the series.
Release Date: April 4th in limited release

Under The Skin
A24 "Under the Skin"

Under the Skin
Synopsis: An alluring alien (Scarlett Johansson) starts to question who she is in the world as she seeks to sate her ravenous sexual desires.
What You Need to Know: There were those who felt Scarlett Johansson found her niche playing a sexy alien, but director Jonathan Glazer took a tale which, on the surface, looked like a derivative of the '90s “Species” franchise and turned it into a provocative and thought-provoking story. Our Chris Willman saw Glazer’s latest at Telluride last year where he gave it a “B+.” He praised Johansson’s acting, declaring her “perfectly cast” in this exploration of life and mortality, and described it as “horror with a heart.” The trippy trailer gives nothing away, but shows the director of “Sexy Beast” on the top of his game. There isn’t a lot in the way of science fiction or horror out this year, let alone with such an A-list leading lady, and few will be anything like this.
Release Date: April 4th in limited release


Synopsis: Joe Ransom (Nicolas Cage) is an ex-con drawn into the drama of a young boy (Tye Sheridan) looking for a way to escape his troubled home life.
What You Need to Know: Actor Nicolas Cage has become a punch line of late with his wild performances, both on-screen and off, it’s almost hard to remember the man has an Oscar under his belt. The same could be said for director David Gordon Green marking his return to serious dramatic work after the success of “Pineapple Express” and the failures of divisive comedies like “The Sitter” and “Your Highness.” The enchanting “Prince Avalanche” was a critical success for Green last year, and he hopes to keep the good karma rolling while returning Cage to Actor status with “Joe.” Oliver Lyttelton saw “Joe” at the Venice Film Festival where it received a “B+” review. The first trailer doesn’t emphasize it, but it’s said the movie “lands closest to being Green’s first western.” If you’re interested in seeing Cage “the most dialed-down he’s been in awhile” while supporting Green’s accomplishments in drama, stop by and visit “Joe.”
Release Date: April 11th in limited release

Only Lovers Left Alive

Only Lovers Left Alive
Synopsis: Adam and Eve (Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton) are married vampires who’ve been living the good life for centuries. Unfortunately, Adam grapples with his immortality and his troubles double with the arrival of Eve’s "sister,” Ava (Mia Wasikowska).
What You Need to Know: Director Jim Jarmusch has carved out a niche in the cinematic firmament with melancholic films like “Dead Man” and “Broken Flowers.” His latest is also his most accessible, according to Jessica Kiang who experienced the film at last year’s Cannes. In her “B+” review praise went out to Jarmusch whose latest is an “offbeat, fun, and frequently very funny film.” Vampires are in right now and what better way to attract an audience than have Loki himself (Hiddleston) play the undead who, thankfully, doesn’t sparkle? The blend of comedy, horror, and a very popular leading man should aid in giving Jarmusch a higher than average box office, and hopefully inspire fans to seek it out who might have avoided the esoteric director.
Release Date: April 11th in limited release

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