New Movie Releases: April 2015
Summer is almost here, guys, and you’ll get your fill of blockbuster action soon enough. But April still has plenty of major theatrical options to enjoy, including the next installment in the Fast and Furious franchise, as well as sci-fi thriller Ex Machina and the new Tom Hardy thriller Child 44. You’ll also find some family-friendly options, some great indies and a few good laughs, too. Read on for our guide to the new movie releases hitting theaters in April.
Woman in Gold (Limited): Directed by Simon Curtis. Starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Brühl. Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.
Furious 7: Directed by James Wan. Starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Paul Walker. Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for the death of his brother.
5 to 7 (Limited): Directed by Victor Levin. Starring Anton Yelchin, Olivia Thirlby and Berenice Marlohe. An aspiring novelist has an extramarital affair with a French diplomat’s wife.
Cut Bank (Limited/VOD): Directed by Matt Shakman. Starring Liam Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer and Billy Bob Thornton. A young man’s life is unraveled after witnessing a murder that he filmed in his rural town of Cut Bank.
Effie Gray (Limited): Directed by Richard Laxton. Starring Dakota Fanning, Emma Thompson and Russell Tovey. A look at the mysterious relationship between Victorian art critic John Ruskin and his teenage bride Effie Gray.
Last Knights (Limited/VOD): Directed by Kazuaki Kiriya. Starring Clive Owen, Morgan Freeman and Aksel Hennie. A fallen warrior rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master.
The Living (Limited): Directed by Jack Bryan. Starring Fran Kranz, Jocelin Donahue and Kenny Wormald. After a night of heavy drinking, Teddy discovers that he beat his wife, Molly, while blacked out. Molly struggles over whether to stay with her husband, while her brother hires an ex-con to take Teddy out.
Ex Machina: Directed by Alex Garland. Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander. A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.
The Longest Ride: Directed by George Tillman Jr. Starring Britt Robertson, Melissa Benoist and Scott Eastwood. The lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man as he reflects back on a lost love while he’s trapped in an automobile crash.
Candlestick (Limited/VOD): Directed by Christopher Presswell. Starring Andrew Fitch, Isla Ure and Nigel Thomas. A social gathering is rocked to its core when Jack accuses his best friend’s wife of infidelity. But as the allegations start flying, it soon emerges that far more sinister intentions may be at play.
Clouds of Sils Maria (Limited): Directed by Olivier Assayas. Starring Kristen Stewart, Juliette Binoche and Chloe Grace Moretz. A veteran actress comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier.
Desert Dancer (Limited): Directed by Richard Raymond. Starring Freida Pinto, Nazanin Boniadi and Tom Cullen. Afshin Ghaffarian risks everything to start a dance company amidst his home country of Iran’s politically volatile climate and the nation’s ban on dancing.
Dior and I (Limited): Directed by Frederic Tcheng. This documentary takes you behind the scenes for an unprecedented look at the iconic fashion house as designer Raf Simons prepares to debut his first haute couture collection.
Dial a Prayer (Limited/VOD): Directed by Maggie Kiley. Starring William H. Macy, Brittany Snow and Glenne Headly. Cora begrudgingly answers phones at a Prayer Call Center under the watchful direction of its religious leader Bill. As she struggles to reconcile her troubled past, she grapples with the faith that others have started to show in her.
The House Across the Street (Limited/VOD): Directed by Arthur Luhn. Starring Ethan Embry, Eric Roberts and Kati Solowsky. Amy moves to a small quiet town to escape her life in Kansas but soon finds that things are not as perfect as they seem, particularly in the house across the street.
Kill Me Three Times (Limited/VOD): Directed by Kriv Stenders. Starring Simon Pegg, Teresa Palmer and Alice Braga. Professional hit-man Charlie Wolfe finds himself in three tales of murder, blackmail and revenge after a botched contract assignment.
Lost River (Limited/VOD): Directed by Ryan Gosling. Starring Christina Hendricks, Matt Smith and Saoirse Ronan. A single mother is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town.
Child 44: Directed by Daniel Espinosa. Starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Joel Kinnaman. A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2: Directed by Andy Fickman. Starring Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez and Neal McDonough. After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart has earned a well-deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers.
Unfriended: Directed by Levan Gabriadze. Starring Cal Barnes, Matthew Bohrer and Courtney Halverson. A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account of their dead friend.
Alex of Venice (Limited/VOD): Directed by Chris Messina. Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Messina and Derek Luke. With the sudden departure of her husband, workaholic mother Alex is confronted with the reality of starting her life all over again.
Beyond the Reach (Limited/VOD): Directed by Jean-Baptiste Leonetti. Starring Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irvine and Hanna Mangan. A high-rolling corporate shark and his impoverished young guide play the most dangerous game during a hunting trip in the Mojave Desert.
The Dead Lands (Limited/VOD): Directed by Toa Fraser. Starring James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare and Te Kohe Tuhaka. After his tribe is betrayed and slaughtered, the teenage son of a Maori chief sets out to avenge the murder of his father.
Felix and Meira (Limited): Directed by Maxime Giroux. Starring Martin Dubreuil, Hadas Yaron and Luzer Twersky. An unusual romance blossoms between two lost souls who inhabit the same neighborhood but vastly different worlds.
Monkey Kingdom (Limited): Directed by Mark Linfield and Alastari Fothergill. A nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia.
True Story (Limited): Directed by Rupert Goold. Starring James Franco, Jonah Hill and Felicity Jones. The relationship between journalist Michael Finkel and Christian Longo, an FBI Most Wanted List murderer who for years lived outside the U.S. under Finkel’s name.
The Road Within (Limited/VOD): Directed by Gren Wells. Starring Dev Patel, Zoe Kravitz and Robert Patrick. A young man with Tourette’s Syndrome embarks on a road trip with his recently-deceased mother’s ashes.
The Age of Adaline: Directed by Lee Toland Krieger. Starring Blake Lively, Harrison Ford and Ellen Burstyn. A young woman, born at the turn of 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man who might be worth losing her immortality.
Adult Beginners (Limited): Directed by Ross Katz. Starring Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale. After his new business venture fails, Jake moves from New York to the suburbs to stay with his pregnant sister, her husband and their three-year-old son.
The Forger (Limited/VOD): Directed by Philip Martin. Starring John Travolta, Tye Sheridan and Christopher Plummer. A thief works with his father and son to forge a painting by Monet and steal the original. Together, they plan the heist of their lives.
Infinitely Polar Bear (Limited): Directed by Maya Forbes. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana and Keir Dullea. A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don’t make the overwhelming task any easier.
Little Boy (Limited): Directed by Alejandro Monteverde. Starring Kevin James, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson. A seven-year old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father.
Misery Loves Comedy (Limited/VOD): Directed by Kevin Pollak. Over 50 very famous American and Canadian funny people (filmmakers, writers, actors and comedians) share life and professional journeys and insights, in an effort to shed light on the thesis: Do you have to be miserable to be funny?
The Water Diviner (Limited): Directed by Russell Crowe. Starring Russell Crowe, Jai Courtney and Olga Kurylenko. An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons.