They Watch Thrillers in April
April is rich with new movie releases. Thirty-three premieres mostly feature action movies and thrillers, with a touch of serious drama and a nice flavor of comedy. They also are starring famous actors and actresses, including Tom Hanks, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Julia Roberts,Jeremy Irons, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston, Susan Sarandon, Chris Hemsworth, Salma Hayek, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood, Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, and many others.
Look through the selection and find the ones, which would make you enter the realms of cinema.
Pandemic Director: John Suits Written by: Dustin T. Benson Starring: Rachel Nichols, Alfie Allen, Missi Pyle, Danielle Rose Russel, Paul Guilfoyle, Pat Healy, Mekhi Phifer Plot Synopsis: The film is set in the near future, where a virus of epic proportions has overtaken the planet. There are more infected than uninfected, and humanity is losing its grip on survival. Its only hope is finding a cure and keeping the infected contained. Lauren (Rachel Nichols) is a doctor, who, after the fall of New York, comes to Los Angeles to lead the charge in the hunt for uninfected civilian survivors. Lauren's objective is simple – lead her team into the field and rescue survivors. Lauren and her team: Gunner (tactical command), Denise (navigation), and Wheeler (driver), put on their anti-contamination suits, complete with cameras so their experiences can be used for research, and leave the compound. But nothing could have prepared them for the mayhem they are about to walk into. The film features non-stop action from a first person shooter perspective (FPS), putting the audience in the middle of every fight whilst feeling in control of every punch thrown and shot fired.
Hardcore Henry Director: Ilya Naishuller Written by: Ilya Naishuller, Will Stewart Starring: Sharlto Copley, Haley Bennet, Danila Kozlovsky Plot Synopsis: A first-person action film from the eyes of Henry, who's resurrected from death with no memory. He must discover his identity and save his wife from a warlord with a plan to bio-engineer soldiers.
Mr Right Director: Paco Cabezas Written by: Max Landis Starring: Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, Tim Roth, RZA, Anson Mount, James Ransone, Michael Eklund Plot Synopsis: Hyperactive at the best of times, Martha (Anna Kendrick) has gone full-on manic since her latest breakup. She babbles, parties like a monster, cooks everything in sight — and is looking to do something terrible when she meets Francis (Sam Rockwell). To anyone else, Francis's approach would come across as creepy, but Martha can't help but be intrigued. They seem a perfect match: she's bananas, he's bananas… except he's a deadly sort of bananas. He's a professional assassin. Francis is a hitman with a cause: he unexpectedly kills the people ordering the hits. Just as Martha begins to realize her new beau wasn't joking when he said he had to step out for a moment to shoot someone, things start heating up for Francis. His services are solicited by a dubious client who's being sought by an equally dubious FBI agent (Tim Roth). As the bodies pile up, Martha needs to decide whether to flee or join in the mayhem.
The Trust Director: Alex Brewer, Benjamin Brewer Written by: Adam Hirsch, Benjamin Brewer Starring: Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood, Jerry Lewis, Kevin Weisman, Steven Williams, Sky Ferreira Plot Synopsis: A crime action thriller about two evil cops (Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood) who discover a strangely hidden safe guarded by a gang, filled with mysterious con- tents. Little do they know that their lust for the contents will thrust them into a deadly well of corruption leaving them fighting for their lives and unsure of who to trust.
Criminal Director: Ariel Vromen Written by: Douglas Cook, David Weisberg Starring: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Jordi Molla, Michael Pitt, Antje Traue Plot Synopsis: The story of the right man in the wrong body. In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate in hopes the he will complete the operative’s mission.
Director: Jeremy Saulnier Written by: Jeremy Saulnier Starring: Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Kai Lennox, Eric Edelstein, Macon Blair Plot Synopsis: In the crime thriller GREEN ROOM, a young punk rock band find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence, fighting for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads intent on eliminating all witnesses. Patrick Stewart plays Darcy Banker, the unflinching and industrial leader of a ferocious white supremacist fiefdom based in the Pacific Northwest.
I Am Wrath Director: Chuck Russell Written by: Yvan Gauthier, Paul Sloan Starring: John Travolta Plot Synopsis: A man is out for justice after a group of corrupt police officers are unable to catch his wife's killer. I Am Wrath is an intense action-thriller featuring one of the biggest movie stars in history at the top of his game.
Bastille Day Director: James Watkins, Jill Gage Written by: Andrew Baldwin Starring: Idris Elba, Richard Madden, Kelly Reilly, Anatol Yusef, Charlotte Le Bon Plot Synopsis: Michael Mason (Richard Madden) is an American pickpocket living in Paris who finds himself in the hands of the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. Sean Briar (Idris Elba), the field agent on the case, soon realizes that Michael is just a pawn in a much bigger game and is also his best asset to uncover a large-scale criminal conspiracy in the heart of the police force. Going against commands, Briar recruits Michael to help quickly track down the source of the corruption. As a 24hr chase ensues, the unlikely duo discover they are both targets and must rely upon each other in order to take down a common enemy.
Precious Cargo Director: Max Adams Written by: Paul V. Seetachitt, Max Adams Starring: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Claire Forlani, Bruce Willis Plot Synopsis: In this action-packed heist-thriller, world class international thief Jack (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and his highly-trained team get a run for their money when Karen (Claire Forlani), Jack's gorgeous femme fatal ex, shows up pregnant with Jack's child and drags him into a dangerous billion dollar heist. Little does Jack know they're stealing from Eddie (Bruce Willis)— Karen's ex-boss-cum-lover. Now Jack must battle lingering, loving feelings for Karen and choose one final time if Karen is worth fighting for.
Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
Written by: David Koepp Starring: Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt Plot Synopsis: Snow White and the Huntsman 2, the movie sequel to the action fantasy movie Snow White and the Huntsman.
Term Life Director: Peter Billingsley Written by: Andy Lieberman, Nick Thornborrow Starring: Vince Vaughn, Hailee Steinfeld, Bill Paxton, Jonathan Banks, Mike Epps, Jon Favreau, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, Jordi Molla, Shea Whigham, William Levy, Annabeth Gish Plot Synopsis: Nick Barrow (Vince Vaughn) plans and sells heists to the highest bidder. But when his latest job goes horribly wrong and the son of a major drug cartel leader (William Levy) is assassinated, he finds himself being hunted by the head of the cartel, Viktor Vasquez (Jordy Molla). To clear his name, Nick must expose the dirty cops who committed the crime (Bill Paxton, Mike Epps, Shea Whigham). With both the Cartel and the cops tracking Nick, he does the only thing he can think of to help his estranged daughter, Cate (Hailee Steinfeld): he takes out a million dollar life insurance policy on himself with her as the beneficiary. But the policy will not take effect for twenty-one days and now his enemies also have their sights on Cate. With the help from his well-connected criminal friend (Jonathan Banks), Nick is forced to take Cate on the run to keep them both alive while trying to be a father for the very first time.
Miles Ahead Director: Don Cheadle Written by: Don Cheadle, Steven Baigelman Starring: Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor Plot Synopsis: Rolling Stone reporter Dave Brill (Ewan McGregor) wants is an exclusive interview with the jazz legend himself, Miles Davis (Don Cheadle). What he gets instead is a wild and dangerous ride-along with a recording artist living at his edge, rife with shootouts, car-chases, and a tale of lost love to the sensual singer Frances.
Demolition Director: Jean-Marc Vallee Written by: Bryan Sipe Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis Plot Synopsis: Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father in law Phil (Chris Cooper) to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis' letters catch the attention of customer service rep Karen (Naomi Watts) and, amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son Chris (Judah Lewis), Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.
High Strung Director: Michael Damian Written by: Michael Damian, Janeen Damian Starring: Keenan Kampa and Nicholas Galitzine, Sonoya Mizuno, Jane Seymour, Richard Southgate, Paul Freeman, Marcus Mitchell, Maia Morgenstern, Ian Eastwood, Comfort Fedoke Plot Synopsis: When a hip hop violinist busking in the New York subway encounters a classical dancer on scholarship at the Manhattan Conservatory of the Arts, sparks fly. With the help of a hip hop dance crew they must find a common ground while preparing for a competition that could change their lives forever.
One More Time Director: Robert Edwards Written by: Robert Edwards Starring: Amber Heard, Christopher Walken Plot Synopsis: Jude (Amber Heard)'s life in New York City is going nowhere. Her career of singer-songwriter is a joke, her love life is in shambles, and she is having an affair with a married man who also happens to be her analyst. With little else to do, June retreats to the Hamptons, where her father Paul Lombard (Christopher Walken), legendary crooner of romantic ballads and timeless icon, is gearing up to make his big comeback. But for Jude, returning home for the first time in ages means facing her workaholic sister, her sister's husband (for whom she still carries a torch), Paul's intolerable fifth wife and worst of all her father.
Colonia Director: Florian Gallenberger Written by: Torsten Wenzel, Florian Gallenberger Starring: Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl, Michael Nyqvist, Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps Plot Synopsis: Lena (Emma Watson) and Daniel Daniel Bruhl), a young couple become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Daniel is abducted by Pinochet (Marcelo Vilaro)'s secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area in the South of the country, called Colonia Dignidad. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schäfer (Michael Nyqvist) but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel. Based on true events.
A Hologram for the King Director: Tom Tykwer Written by: Tom Tykwer, Dave Eggers Starring: Tom Hanks Plot Synopsis: A failed American businessman (Tom Hanks) looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his idea to a wealthy monarch.
The Driftless Area Director: Zachary Sluser Written by: Zachary Sluser, Tom Drury Starring: Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, John Hwakes, Alia Shawkat, Frank Langella, Aubrey Plaza, Ciaran Hinds Plot Synopsis: A bartender (Anton Yelchin) comes back to his hometown after his parents die, and finds himself in a dangerous situation involving a mysterious woman (Zooey Deschanel) and a violent criminal (John Hawkes).
The Family Fang Director: Jason Bateman Written by: David Lindsay-Abaire, Kevin Wilson Starring: Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunket Plot Synopsis: Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman are Annie and Baxter Fang, the offspring and reluctant collaborators of Caleb and Camille Fang (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunket). Celebrated and controversial performance artists, Caleb and Camille's work put innocent bystanders in the midst of elaborate staged scenes that frequently featured their young children. When the elder Fangs go missing under mysterious circumstances, Annie is convinced it's just another elaborate prank-cum-art piece, while Baxter suspects something else might be afoot. In digging into the unraveling mystery, the siblings begin to unpack long dormant and unresolved issues from their unorthodox childhoods.
The Man Who Knew Infinity Director: Matt Brown Written by: Matt Brown Starring: Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Toby Jones, Jeremy Northam, Stephen Fry, Devika Bhise Plot Synopsis: Growing up poor in Madras, India, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G.H. Hardy.
Meet the Blacks Director: Deon Taylor Written by: Nicole DeMasi, Deon Taylor Starring: Mike Epps, Zulay Henao, Bresha Webb, George Lopez, Gary Owen, Lil Duval, Mike Tyson, Tiny Cottle, Perez Hilton, Paul Mooney, Charlie Murphy Plot Synopsis: When the Black family inherits one million dollars, they leave Detroit and all their debts and problems behind for a better life in Beverly Hills. But what they don't know is that it's the annual purge night in Beverly Hills, where all crime is legal for twelve hours.
The Boss Director: Ben Falcone Written by: Melissa McCarthy, Steve Mallory, Ben Falcone Starring: Melissa McCarthy Plot Synopsis: A titan of industry is sent to prison after she's caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.
Barbershop 3 The Next Cut Director: Malcolm D. Lee Written by: Malcolm D. Lee, Kenya Barris Starring: Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Nicki Minaj, Common, Regina Hall, Lamorne Morris, Anthony Anderson, Eve, Sean Patrick Thomas, Troy Garity, Tyga, J.B. Smoove, Deon Cole, Jaszmine Lewis Plot Synopsis: It's been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvin's Barbershop. Calvin (Ice Cube) and his longtime crew, including Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.
Compadres Director: Enrique Begne Written by: Ted Perkins, Gabriel Ripstein Starring: Omar Chaparro, Aislinn Derbez, Joey Morgan, Camila Sodi, Eric Roberts, Kevin Pollack Plot Synopsis: After his release from prison, former Mexican cop, Garza (Omar Chaparro), seeks revenge on a crime boss, Santos (Erick Elias), who kidnapped his girlfriend, Maria (Aislinn Derbez), and framed him for a crime he didn't commit. With the help of his former boss, Coronado (José Sefami), Garza follows a tip on where to find Santos. His search leads him to San Diego to locate an ‘accountant', said to have stolen $10 million dollars from Santos and who may know Santos' whereabouts. Garza is shocked to discover that the infamous accountant is a 17-year-old American computer hacker named Vic (Joey Morgan). Despite their immediate disdain for each other and divided by culture, language and age, the unlikely duo realizes that Garza's low-tech brain and Vic's high-tech hacker skills may be their only chance to find Santos before he finds them.
Elvis and Nixon Director: Liza Johnson Written by: Joey Sagal, Hanala Sagal, Cary Elwes Starring: Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville, Colin Hanks, Evan Peters, Ashley Benson, Sky Ferreira, Tracy Letts, Dylan Penn, Tate Donovan Plot Synopsis: On a December morning in 1970, the King of Rock 'n Roll showed up on the lawn of the White House to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Nixon. Starring Academy Award® nominee Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley and two-time Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon, comes the untold true story behind this revealing, yet humorous moment in the Oval Office forever immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives.
The Meddler Director: Lorene Scafaria Written by: Lorene Scafaria Starring: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J. K. Simmons Plot Synopsis: An aging widow (Susan Sarandon) from New York City follows her daughter (Rose Byrne) to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away.
Keanu Director: Peter Atencio Written by: Jordan Peele, Alex Rubens Starring: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Will Forte, Luis Guzman, Nia Long, Jason Mitchell, Rob Huebel, Method Man, Madison Wolfe Plot Synopsis: In the market for a gangsta pets Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key are back with 'Keanu', their first feature film. Two ‘blerds’ (black nerds) hatch a plot to retrieve a stolen cat named Keanu by posing as drug dealers for a street gang.
Mother's Day 2016 Director: Garry Marshall Written by: Tom Hines, Lily Hollander, Anya Kochoff, Matthew Walker Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis, Britt Robertson, Margo Martindale, Timothy Olyphant Plot Synopsis: Intersecting stories with different moms collide on Mother's Day. Julia Roberts is playing Miranda, a television host; Jennifer Aniston portrays Sandy, a recent divorcée looking for love; and Kate Hudson is Jesse, a mom who seeks to strengthen her relationship with her own mother. The cast also includes Jason Sudeikis as a Mr. Mom-type who connects with Sandy. Motherhood of many forms is celebrated in the film.
Special Correspondents Director: Ricky Gervais Written by: Ricky Gervais Starring: Vera Farmiga, Eric Bana, America Ferrera, Kelly Macdonald, Benjamin Bratt, Ricky Gervais, Kevin Pollak Plot Synopsis: A radio journalist (Eric Bana) and his technician (Ricky Gervais) get in over their heads when they hatch a scheme to fake their own kidnapping during a rebel uprising in South America and hide out in New York instead.
The Jungle Book Director: Jon Favreau Written by: Justin Marks, Rudyard Kipling Starring: Neel Sethi, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johannsson, Christopher Walken Plot Synopsis: An action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who's been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he's ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don't exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johannsson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.
Tale of Tales Director: Matteo Garrone Written by: Edoardo Albinati, Ugo Chiti, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso Starring: Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones, Vincent Cassel, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Bebe Cave, Alba Rohrwacher, Stacy Martin, Jessie Cave, Jonah Lees, Christian Lees Plot Synopsis: Sea monsters, monarchs, ogres, and sorcerers: Salma Hayek and John C. Reilly star in this breathtaking Baroque fantasy from the visionary director of Gomorrah. Based on three spellbinding stories of magic and the macabre by 17th-century folklorist Giambattista Basile, Tale of Tales unleashes a barrage of mind-bogglingly gorgeous and fantastical imagery as it brings to life the (mis)adventures of three kings: in the kingdom of Darkwood, the King (Reilly) and his Queen (Hayek) attempt to conceive a child through very unusual means; meanwhile, in Highhills, the none-too-bright monarch (Toby Jones) marries off his daughter to brutal ogre while developing a strange obsession with breeding a giant flea; and, the sex-obsessed crown of Strongcliff (Vincent Cassel) is in for a shock when the woman he falls in love with is not quite what she seems. Overflowing with surreal, dazzling surprises, this intoxicating cinematic spectacle is a delirious excursion into the dark heart of fairy tales.
The Hoarder Director: Matt Winn Written by: James Handel, Matt Winn, Chris Denne Starring: Mischa Barton, Robert Knepper, Emily Atack Plot Synopsis: Ella (Mischa Barton) sneaks off one night to snoop through her fiancé's storage unit on the seedy outskirts of town. But deep in the lower levels of the warehouse, Ella and a half dozen storage unit customers discover there's more than old furniture and memorabilia being locked away here. A relentless psychopath has started his own ‘collection', and unless Ella and the others can survive the blood-soaked rampage of the Hoarder, and find a way out of the maze-like building, they'll never see the light of another day.
Ratchet and Clank Director: Jericca Cleland Written by: T.J. Fixman Starring: James A. Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward Plot Synopsis: Ratchet and Clank tells the story of two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet is the last of his kind â€“ a foolhardy â€˜lombax' who has grown up alone on a backwater planet with no family of his own. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way they'll learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one's own identity.