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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.
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Transcendence

Transcendence
Synopsis: Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is one of the leading researchers in the field of Artificial Intelligence. When he’s shot by anti-AI extremists and is prepared for death, his wife (Rebecca Hall) decides to upload his consciousness, turning him into an even larger threat dead than alive.
What You Need to Know: You may not know “Transcendence” director Wally Pfister by name or face, but he’s a leading cinematographer with an Oscar under his belt for lensing Christopher Nolan’s Inception." In fact, Pfister has been Nolan’s go-to director of photography since “Memento.” The prestige associated with Nolan proves Pfister is a master of his craft, but will that translate into the ability to direct a motion picture? Pfister is untested in that department with “Transcendence” being his debut film, but the Nolan factor has led to him gathering a strong crop of actors including Depp, Hall, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, and Kate Mara. Depp’s name could either harm or help the picture if audiences are interested in watching the actor play a character not slathered in greasepaint, and, if anything, the movie should be framed beautifully. The trailer is a bit confusing, and possibly gives too much away but the intrigue of the sci-fi premise looks promising.
Release Date: April 18th

Blue Ruin

Blue Ruin
Synopsis: Dwight (Macon Blair) is a troubled man who sets out for revenge on the recently released man who murdered his parents.
What You Need to Know: “Blue Ruin” is a “no-frills pressure cooker of a film” that doesn’t let up till the final frame. That’s according to Gabe Toro who caught director Jeremy Saulnier’s film at TIFF in 2013 and bestowed the film with an “A-” review. The director of the little seen “Murder Party” returns to tell a terrifying story many are considering “the most suspenseful American film of the year;” as if the ravenous praise for this vaguely plotted thriller isn’t enough to whet your appetite, “Blue Ruin” also made an appearance on the Playlist Staff’s Best Movies of 2013. With horror dwindling as the months go on, it’s always nice to get that jolt of terror at the movie theater.
Release Date: April 25th in limited release

Locke Tom Hardy

Locke
Synopsis: Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) is embarking on a new chapter in his life, but as he drives to a meeting, he makes a series of phone calls which have life-altering consequences.
What You Need to Know: Single location movies come with a special host of complications because the gimmick requires leaps of plotting to keep said character in that one location (“Buried” being a prime example). Steven Knight’s “Locke” looks to subvert those notions following one character, in one car, talking on the phone for 90-minutes. It helps that the director is Steven Knight, screenwriter of “Eastern Promises” and “Dirty Pretty Things” and the actor is Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”). The trailer and reviews are incredibly vague on plot details “because a major part of the pleasures of ‘Locke’ is the way that Knight…parcels out little pieces of information to reveal why the title character is on his journey.” Oliver Lyttelton’s quotes indicate his appreciation for the film as he gave it a “B+” during its screening at the Venice Film Festival.
Release Date: April 25th in limited release

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