April had a lot going for it with Julianne Moore’s Oscar winning performance in Still Alice, experimental dance films like Sea Without Shore and Kristen Stewart convincing many that she can act in Clouds of Sils Maria. By comparison April is a quieter month, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t without a few exciting releases…
And what could be more exciting than the new Avengers film? Few films can have such a build up as this latest Marvel installment has; it’s precursor broke records as the fastest ever film to gross $1 billion and wound up becoming the third highest grossing film ever. Then of course there are the endless other Marvel movies which have been building up to this one too, nearly all of which are decent to strong superhero movies in their own right. Now I’m not even a big Marvel fan but I have loved what they have been doing in recent years and can’t wait until the 23rd when this hits UK theatres.
Now here is a film which is receiving a few mixed reviews but which none the less looks pretty interesting. IMDb describes it as being about ‘the bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty, and the futility of violence in the shadows of the US Mexico border gang wars’. It’s apparently a heavily stylised and gritty take on brotherhood and violence, and it has interested me for a while now. Broken Horses opens tomorrow (10th).
I’ve seen Bypass ahead of release and I have to say that it features an excellent lead performance by upcoming star George Mackay. It’s themes of poverty, unemployment and crime take place within a version of England that many of us don’t really know about, but this film argues pretty successfully that we really should open up our eyes a little more. Tying into the run up to the general election, Bypass also arrives in the UK tomorrow (10th).
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a tremendous fan of Tom Hardy, and that ever since I first saw him as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights (2009) I have been trying to watch all of has work as it comes out. Child 44 has more than just Tom Hardy going for it though as his costars include Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace and the story of a disgraced military policemen trying to solve a series of child murders within Stalin-era Russia sounds very interesting indeed. Adapted from the best selling novel Child 44 hits cinemas in the UK on the 17th.
Here’s a film which I’m really curious about. Force Majeure focuses on a family of four who go on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. One lunch time the have a rather close encounter with a terrifying avalanche and the father runs away from the family out of concern for his own life and not theirs. The result is a family dynamic which is shaken to the core and the battle to figure out their future together. The film opens tomorrow on the 10th of April.
Ethan Hawke stars in this drama about the mental and ethical battles a successful drone pilot undergoes in the comfort of his office whilst he carries out executions from afar. I’m hearing mixed things about the film but Hawke has the ability to do a lot with such a role if given the chance and the subject matter is both relevant to our times and extremely interesting to delve into. This is another film which opens tomorrow in UK cinemas.
Viggo Mortensen is another actor like Tom Hardy who I will make a real effort to watch all of his work. He is one of the most talented and exciting actors working today and is the main reason why i will be checking out Jauja this month. The film tells the story of a ‘father and daughter’s journey from Denmark to an unknown desert that exists in a realm beyond the confines of civilization’ to quote IMDb and that’s enough of a intriguing plot description to have peaked my interest. Said to be heavy on images rather than dialogue, Jauja opens in the UK tomorrow.
Now here’s a film which I have heard all sorts of different opinions about. It’s Ryan Gosling’s debut as a director which is said to be a strange and dark fairy tale in which Christina Hendricks journey’s to a mysterious underworld in order to save her childhood home and family. Featuring burning bikes and a shaven Matt Smith yelling ‘look at my muscles’ from a moving car, this is guaranteed to be an interesting (regardless of its quality) look into Gosling’s artistic mind. It’s reaching us in the UK on the 10th of April.
The Salvation is a new western that focuses on a peaceful settler who avenges his family’s murder and sets in motion the violent wrath of a gang leader. Featuring performances by dependable actors such as Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green and Jonathan Pryce I’ve been intrigued by this for several months and will be trying to catch it despite it’s now relatively low score on IMDb of 6.8. The Salvation hits the UK on the 17th.
Now here’s a film which I have been eagerly looking forward to for quite some time now. It’s being billed as Before Sunset meets Lovecraftian horror with its story of a young man who travels from the US to Italy where he meets an intriguing and beautiful woman. Although he quickly falls for her he takes a little longer to realise that perhaps everything isn’t as it seems with his new love interest. This horror film is winning praise from all directions and opens here in the UK on the 17th.
So, what did you think? Are you looking forward to any of these films or do you have other films in mind for April? Whatever your thoughts please let me know about them in the comment box below!