WEEK-BY-WEEK MOVIE PICKS FOR APRIL 2016
Everybody Wants Some (April 1)
Director Richard Linklater's latest film is about college baseball players and is set in the 1980s.
Hardcore Henry (April 8)
No, this isn't a video game. Inspired by the first-person point-of-view "shooter" genre, this adrenaline-fueled action flick stars Sharlto Copley and Tim Roth.
The Jungle Book (April 15)
If you've read the Rudyard Kipling classic or seen the 1960s Disney animated movie, here's a live-action version about the boy raised by animals. Jon Favreau directs and Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong'o, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito, and Ben Kingsley lend their voices to the various creatures.
The Huntsman: Winter's War (April 22)
The sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman brings back Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, alongside Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt.
Keanu (April 29)
This is not a documentary about actor Keanu Reeves. Sorry to disappoint you Keanu fans. Instead it's a comedy about a cute stolen kitten, starring Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Will Forte, Nia Long, Luis Guzman, and Method Man.
OTHER KEY MOVIES IN APRIL 2016
Barbershop: The Next Cut
Ice Cube returns in the latest chapter of this comedy saga. (I believe this is the third feature film, and there was a short-lived television series on Showtime). The cast also includes Regina Hall, Nicki Minaj, Anthony Anderson, Common, Eve, and Cedric the Entertainer.
A Beautiful Planet
This documentary, narrated by Jennifer Lawrence, explores planet Earth as seen from outer space.
Melissa McCarthy plays an entrepreneur imprisoned for insider trader and trying to rebrand herself. The rest of the funny cast includes Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Kristen Schaal, Kathy Bates, Cecily Strong, and Margo Martindale.
Elvis and Nixon
Michael Shannon plays the King of Rock 'n' Roll and Kevin Spacey plays the President of the United States in this bizarre tale based on a true story.
God's Not Dead 2
Jesse Metcalfe stars in this drama sequel about a controversy sparked by a public high school teacher who answers a student's question about Jesus. Other cast appearances include Robin Givens, Melissa Joan Hart, and Ernie Hudson.
Meet the Blacks
In what looks like a spoof of The Purge, a family moves to Beverly Hills from Chicago just when all crime is legalized for 12 hours. The movie features Mike Epps, Mike Tyson, George Lopez, Perez Hilton, and others.
Don Cheadle plays the lead in this Miles Davis biopic. Ewan McGregor also stars.
Director Gary Marshall this latest "intersecting storylines" comedy, as he did with Valentine's Day and New Year's Day. This one stars Jennifer Anniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Timothy Olyphant, and Jason Sudeikis.
Ratchet and Clank
Based on the popular video game, an animal and a robot team up to save the galaxy in this cartoon feature.
THE REST OF THE MOVIES IN APRIL 2016
Before I Wake
An adopted child's dreams and nightmares manifest themselves in this horror thriller.
Emma Watson plays a young woman searching for her abducted boyfriend.
A Mexican police officer teams up with a teenage hacker to track down the criminals who killed his wife.
An impressive cast stars in this generically named thriller about what happens when the memories and skills of a dead C.I.A. agent are implanted into a dangerous convict. Come see Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds, Alice Eve, Gary Oldman, Kevin Costner, and Tommy Lee Jones in action.
The Dark Horse
A true story is the inspiration for this award-winning drama as a speed-chess champion with a troubled past volunteers to coach a young chess club.
Jake Gyllenhaal is an investment banker struggling after losing his wife in a tragic car accident.
A fanatic becomes obsessed with an Indian celebrity.
The Girl in the Photographs
A young woman tries to figure out what's happening she starts receiving mysterious pictures depicting apparent murders.
A punk rock band witnesses a murder and is forced to fight for survival against a gang of skinheads.
A Hologram for the King
Tom Hanks is a failed American businessman trying to make a buck by traveling to Saudi Arabia to sell an idea to a wealthy monarch.
Kill Your Friends
Set during the height of the Britpop music craze, a man goes to extremes to find the next hit.
Louder Than Bombs
When a famed war photographer dies, her family confronts their different feelings and memories of her. Jesse Eisenberg stars.
The Man Who Knew Infinity
During World War I, a man becomes a pioneer of mathematical theories, co-starring Jeremy Irons.
Susan Sarandon is an aging widow from New York City who hopes to start a new life in Los Angeles with her daughter.
Natural Born Pranksters
They became famous for their pranks on YouTube, now they try to bring their schtick to the big screen.
Our Last Tango
Here's a documentary musical about the two most famous tango dancers in history.
Rio I Love You
This anthology of short films is set in the Brazilian city, Rio de Janeiro.
A boy from Dublin in the 1980s starts a band and moves to London.
Catherine Deneuve stars in this French coming-of-age story.
After living ten years of her life in the guise of a man in the mountains of Albania, in accordance with an old law of her people, a woman travels to Milan to regain her female identity.
Tale of Tales
Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, and John C. Reilly star in three interwoven stories of a street circus family.
In Havana, a make-up artist who dreams of becoming a performer clashes with his father, a former boxer.
In a toilet-paper factory, a young woman falls in love and has to deal with her over-protective mother.
Enjoy the movies!