New Movie Releases: April 2016Britt Hayes |
With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hitting theaters this month and Captain America: Civil War arriving in May, April offers us a chance to catch our breath a bit between superhero movies and steel ourselves for the blockbuster onslaught of summer. Next month brings exciting films like The Jungle Book and Key & Peele’s Keanu, along with the totally bonkers Huntsman: Winter’s War and a few thrilling indies (Green Room, anyone?). There’s much more in store in our guide to April’s new movie releases.
Everybody Wants Some!!: Directed by Richard Linklater. Starring Blake Jenner, Wyatt Russell and Zoey Deutch. A group of college baseball players navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood.
Collide: Directed by Eran Creevy. Starring Nicholas Hoult, Anthony Hopkins and Felicity Jones. An American backpacker gets involved with a ring of drug smugglers as their driver, though he winds up on the run from his employers across Munich’s high-speed Autobahn.
Miles Ahead (Limited): Directed by Don Cheadle. Starring Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor and Emayatzy Corinealdi. An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis.
The Dark Horse (Limited): Directed by James Napier Robinson. Starring Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston and Kirk Torrance. An emotionally charged and inspiring drama about a man who searches for the courage to lead, despite his own adversities - finding purpose and hope in passing on his gift to the children in his community.
Pandemic (Limited): Directed by Dustin T. Benson. Starring Rachel Nichols, Missi Pyle and Alfie Allen. Set in the near future, a doctor searches for survivors after a virus has taken over Earth.
Meet the Blacks (Limited): Directed by Deon Taylor. Starring Mike Epps, Mike Tyson and George Lopez. Beverly Hills is about to get real dangerous.
Darling (Limited): Directed by Mickey Keating. Starring Lauren Ashley Carter, Sean Young and Larry Fessenden. A lonely girl’s violent descent into madness.
Kill Your Friends (Limited): Directed by Owen Harris. Starring Nicholas Hoult, Ed Skrein and Rosanna Arquette. An A&R man working at the height of the Britpop music craze goes to extremes in order to find his next hit.
Standing Tall (Limited): Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot. Starring Catherine Deneuve, Rod Paradot and Benoit Magimel. The story centers on a young delinquent as he comes of age.
Hardcore Henry: Directed by Ilya Naishuller. Starring Sharlto Copley, Haley Bennett and Tim Roth. 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.
The Boss: Directed by Ben Falcone. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell and Peter Dinklage. 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.
Demolition (Limited): Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Heather Lind. A successful investment banker struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash.
Louder Than Bombs (Limited): Directed by Joachim Trier. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Ryan and Isabelle Huppert. The fractious family of a father and his two sons confront their different feelings and memories of their deceased wife and mother, a famed war photographer.
The Invitation (Limited): Directed by Karyn Kusama. Starring Logan Marshall-Green, Michiel Huisman and Tammy Blanchard. While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests.
Term Life (Limited): Directed by Peter Billingsley. Starring Vince Vaughn, Hailee Steinfeld and Jonathan Banks. A guy wanted around town by various hit men hopes to stay alive long enough for his life insurance policy to kick in and pay out for his estranged daughter.
The Jungle Book: Directed by Jon Favreau. Starring Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson and Ben Kingsley. An orphan boy is raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther.
Barbershop: The Next Cut: Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. Starring Ice Cube, Margot Bingham and Anthony Anderson. 10 years after the last film, the Barbershop and Beauty Shop employees now share a space and must join forces to protect their community
Criminal: Directed by Ariel Vromen. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot and Alice Eve. The memories and skills of a deceased CIA agent are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous convict.
Green Room (Limited): Directed by Jeremy Saulnier. Starring Anton Yelchin, Patrick Stewart and Imogen Poots. After witnessing a murder, a punk rock band is forced into a vicious fight for survival against a group of maniacal skinheads.
Sing Street (Limited): Directed by John Carney. Starring Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen and Jack Reynor. A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band and moving to London.
Colonia (Limited): Directed by Florian Gallenberger. Starring Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl and Michael Nyqvist. A young woman’s desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody ever escaped from.
The Adderall Diaries (Limited): Directed by Pamela Romanowsky. Starring James Franco, Amber Heard and Christian Slater. Based on the bestselling memoir by Stephen Elliott, The Adderall Diaries is the gripping and complex story of how an author’s fascination with a high-profile murder case leads him to come to terms with his troubled past while embarking on a potentially life-changing romance in the present.
Rio, I Love You (Limited): Directed by Various. Starring John Turturro, Emily Mortimer and Rodrigo Santoro. A series of short films set in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War: Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Starring Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. As two evil sisters prepare to conquer the land; two renegades - Eric the Huntsman - who previously aided Snow White in defeating Ravenna, and his forbidden lover, Sara set out to stop them.
Compadres: Directed by Enrique Begne. Starring Eric Roberts, Kevin Pollak and Hector Jimenez. A disgruntled Mexican cop is forced to work with a teenage hacker to hunt down the criminals who killed his wife, and dismantle their operation.
Elvis & Nixon (Limited): Directed by Liza Johnson. Starring Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey and Alex Pettyfer. The untold true story behind the meeting between the King of Rock ‘n Roll and President Nixon, resulting in this revealing, yet humorous moment immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives.
A Hologram for the King (Limited): Directed by Tom Tykwer. Starring Tom Hanks, Ben Whishaw and Tom Skerritt. A failed American businessman looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his idea to a wealthy monarch.
The Meddler (Limited): Directed by Lorene Scafaria. Starring Rose Byrne, Susan Sarandon and Sam Elliott. An aging widow from New York City follows her daughter to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away.
Sworn Virgin (Limited): Directed by Laura Bispuri. Starring Alba Rohrwacher, Emily Ferratello and Lars Eidinger. An Albanian woman escapes a life of oppression by swearing an oath of virginity and moving into the mountains, where she lives out her days as a man until something awakens her need to return to womanhood.
Tale of Tales (Limited): Directed by Matteo Garrone. Starring Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly and Vincent Cassel. A trio of fantastical, interconnected stories.
Keanu: Directed by Peter Atencio. Starring Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Jason Mitchell. Friends hatch a plot to retrieve a stolen kitten by posing as drug dealers for a street gang.
Ratchet and Clank: Directed by Kevin Munroe and Jerrica Cleland. Starring James Arnold Taylor, Sylvester Stallone and Paul Giamatti. Based on the hit video game series, this animated adventure follows a pair of unlikely heroes on a mission to stop an alien threat.
Mother’s Day: Directed by Garry Marshall. Starring Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson. Intersecting stories with different moms collide on Mother’s Day.
A Beautiful Planet: Directed by Toni Myers. Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence. An exploration of Earth and beyond as seen from outer space.
The Man Who Knew Infinity (Limited): Directed by Matt Brown. Starring Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel and Toby Jones. 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.
The Family Fang (Limited): Directed by Jason Bateman. Starring Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken. A brother and sister return to their family home in search of their world famous parents who have disappeared.