At The Movies – April Edition
Here is what you need to see at the cinema next month.
We’ve got the low-down on all the flicks you need to feast your eyes on this April. With four films, we have you covered for date night every week of the month. Covering action, drama, comedy and horror, take your pick.
The Fate of the Furious
Few franchises have undergone such radical changes as the Fast and Furious franchise. From a car racing film series, the franchise has carved out a solid niche for itself as an action-heist series since the release of 2011’s Fast Five. With its new lease on life, the franchise has been praised by both critics and the audiences (judging by the $1.5 billion smash, Furious 7, the last to star the late Paul Walker).
The Fate of the Furious continues to show how far the franchise has come, with Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren joining the cast. This time, Dom (Vin Diesel) has retired from the world of crime to settle down with his wife Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). However, when a mysterious woman known as Cipher (Theron), seduces Dom back into the life of crime it creates repercussions that will hurt those closest to him.
While many have questioned how many times the Fast and Furious franchise can rinse-and-repeat the heist storyline, the fact it has worked so well for the last three films bodes hope for the eighth. If action is your cup of tea, and you’ve enjoyed at least one of the Fast and Furious films, this one is bound not to disappoint.
In cinemas 12th April 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Genre: Action, Comedy
It’s never been a better time to be a fan of comic-book movies. Many fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe enjoyed the likes of Thor, Iron Man and Captain America battling on our screens. Though, when Marvel announced they were doing Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014, about a bunch of misfits doubted it could work. All that disbelief was quickly silenced when the film was released. The universal acclaim of the unusual characters and goofball humour hoisted it to become the highest grossing comic-book movie of that year.
This sequel sees the Guardians set out to discover the true parentage of their leader, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), while engaging in many more ridiculous shenanigans and side plots along the way.
With the Marvel Cinematic Universe picking up steam, its sequel is the first of three films that Marvel will be serving this year. Spiderman: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok are other films awaiting release.
In cinemas 25th April 2017
The Surprise Package
Genre: Court Drama
One of the more controversial films coming out in April is Denial, a British-American co-production about the controversial Irving v Penguin Books Ltd court case in 2000. The film, starring an impressive ensemble cast of Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott and Jack Lowden, tells the story of Deborah Lipstadt (Weisz), a Holocaust scholar who is sued by David Irving, a Nazi Germany scholar (Spall) for libel. While Holocaust films can often be a lightning rod for controversy, Denial takes the daring path of examining the case and mindset of a holocaust denier which has divided the audiences.
The film, however, has been praised for its drama and the performances of Spall and Weisz, and was nominated for Outstanding British film of the Year at the 2017 BAFTA Awards (losing to I, Daniel Blake). If you’re captivated by exciting courtroom drama and compelling performances, this is the film for you.
In cinemas 13th April 2017
Out of the Shadows
One of several Australian pictures coming out this month, the new independent horror flick Out of the Shadows is directed by Dee McLachlan and stars Kendal Rae, Jake Ryan and Goran D. Kleut. The film tells the story of a newly married detective and his pregnant wife who move into their dream home, unaware of its sinister past. When the wife claims their baby is being tormented by supernatural forces, they seek the help of a renegade demonologist, and begin the investigate the house’s dark past. While the plot seems like a tried-and-true horror film (think The Conjuring), Aussie directors have been producing solid horror flicks over the last couple of years, like 2014’s universally acclaimed film The Babadook.
If you’re thrilled by a good old fashioned demonic horror film, here is the film for you.
Other Australian releases this month include Dance Academy: The Movie, drama film Berlin Syndrome and family film My Pet Dinosaur.
In cinemas 29th April 2017