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10 Movies To See In April

by Kristen Lopez
April 1, 2014 11:08 AM
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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
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

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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  • rotch | April 3, 2014 3:02 PMReply

    Does anyone know if there's a wide release rollout calendar for Under the Skin somewhere?

    Much appreciated!

  • James M. | April 1, 2014 4:00 PMReply

    Bildungsroman? Couldn't find another word for 'coming-of-age,' Pretensia?

  • Frances | April 1, 2014 9:08 PM

    Coming-of-age does not evoke (bring to mind, lest ya think i'm being pretentious) the same as bildungsroman. They're not necessarily synonyms, a bildungsroman is a coming-of-age story but a coming-of-age story not necessarily a bildungsroman. Also, what other word for coming-of-age can you come up with 'cause i can't think of one!
    Why the worry about someone using an appropriate 'big' word? I think it's cool.

  • NewYorker | April 1, 2014 3:15 PMReply

    gonna be busy this month. films im seeing in April are
    Captain America: Winter Soldier
    Under The Skin
    In The Blood
    Rob The Mob
    10 Rules For Sleeping Around
    Rio 2
    Dom Hemingway
    Draft Day
    A Haunted House 2
    Authors Anonymous
    Make Your Move
    Heaven Is For Real
    The Other Woman
    From The Rough(with the late Michael Clarke Duncan)
    Gladiator(yes, the Russell Crowe flick)
    Fading Gigolo(with Woody Allen)
    Brick Mansions
    The Quiet Ones

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