By Jack Rico
We begin the first week of April with 16 movie releases, which is a huge amount of films for one single week, not including all those arriving on VOD. Big names are headlining mainstream and indie films this week as almost everything on slate is interesting, intriguing or flat out just rises curiosity on their premises. Halle Berry returns to the big screen, Jude Law tries to be a gangsta, Scarlett Johansson goes indie/sci-fi and blockbuster in the same week on us and a French movie flat-out copies Beverly Hills Cop and 48Hrs. But perhaps the biggest revelation of the week is the horror film ‘Afflicted‘ that has been very well received from of all who have seen it. April seems to be shaping up to be a good month for movies!
Below is the list of ALL the movies coming out this weekend and I rank them in descending order of my personal interest…
16. 10 Rules for Sleeping Around (R, 1hr 34 min, Comedy)
Director: Leslie Greif
Cast: Tammin Sursok, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Virginia Williams, Jesse Bradford, Chris Marquette, Bill Bellamy,
Synopsis: A screw ball sex comedy following two couples and their ten rules to a happy healthy and open relationship.
15. Alien Abduction (85 min, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller)
Director: Matty Beckerman
Cast: Katherine Sigismund, Corey Eid, Riley Polanski
Synopsis: A vacationing family encounters an alien threat in this thriller based on the real-life Brown Mountain Lights phenomenon in North Carolina.
14. Jinn (PG-13, Thriller)
Director: Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad
Cast: Serinda Swan, Ray Park, Faran Tahir
Synopsis: In the beginning, three were created. Man made of clay. Angels made of light. And a third made of fire. For centuries, stories of angels and men have captured the imagination and been etched into history crossing all boundaries of culture, religion and time. These two races have dominated the landscape of modern mythology, shrouding the evidence that a third was ever created. This third race, born of smokeless fire, was named the jinn. Modern man has all but forgotten this third race ever existed. It is time for him to remember.
13. On the Other Side of the Tracks (R, 96 min, Action, Comedy, Crime)
Director: David Charhon
Cast: Omar Sy, Laurent Lafitte, Sabrina Ouazani
Synopsis: Two mismatched cops team up to investigate the murder of a business mogul’s wife.
12. The Players (Les Infidèles) (R, 109 min, Comedy)
Directors: Jean Dujardin, Michel Hazanavicius, Emmanuelle Bercot, Fred Cavayé, Alexandre Courtès, Jan Kounen, Eric Lartigau, Gilles Lellouche
Cast: Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Géraldine Nakache
Synopsis: A series of short films set around the theme of infidelity.
11. The Unknown Known (PG-13, 103 min, Documentary)
Director: Errol Morris
Cast: Kenn Medeiros, Errol Morris, Donald Rumsfeld
Synopsis: Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
10. Flex Is Kings (80 min, Documentary)
Director: Michael Beach Nichols, Deidre Schoo
Cast: Flizzo, Jay Donn, Reem
Synopsis: “Flexing” is a dance style forged in far east Brooklyn, at the dead-end of a handful of subway lines. Flex dancers channel the grittiness and crime of East New York into choreographed violence with gun movements, simulated bone-breaking, and the mimicked ripping of hearts from opponent’s chests. Through battles dancers gain respect, craft an artistic identity, and sometimes find a sanctuary from the poverty and violence that saturates their neighborhood. No other style of street-dance is this violent, scary, or beautifully theatrical. In this purely do-it-yourself scene, creativity and ambition bring a community together around frequent dance-battle showcases that have begun to attract an international audience and may catapult the best dancers into careers in theater or film. Following a group of dancers for over two years, Flex is Kings explores the hopes and realities of this under-acknowledged and totally unfunded group of urban artists.
9. Frankie & Alice (R, 101 min, Biography, Drama)
Director: Geoffrey Sax
Cast: Halle Berry, Stellan Skarsgård, Phylicia Rashad
Synopsis: A drama centered on a go-go dancer with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and begins working with a psychotherapist to uncover the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her.
8. In the Blood (R, 1hr 48 min, Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller)
Director: John Stockwell
Cast: Gina Carano, Danny Trejo, Amaury Nolasco, Luis Guzman, Treat Williams, Cam Gigandet
Synopsis: Gina Carano stars as Ava, a trained fighter with a dark past. When her new husband (Cam Gigandet) vanishes during their Caribbean honeymoon, Ava uncovers a violent underworld of conspiracy in the middle of an island paradise. Armed with a deadly set of skills, Ava sets out to discover the truth – and to take down the men she thinks are responsible for his abduction, one by one.
7. Nymphomaniac: Volume II (NR, 123 min, Drama, Mystery)
Director: Lars von Trier
Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Willem Dafoe, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell
Synopsis: The continuation of Joe’s sexually dictated life delves into the darker aspects of her adult life and what led to her being in Seligman’s care.
6. Island of Lemurs: Madagascar IMAX 3D (G, 39 min, Documentary, Adventure, Biography)
Director: David Douglas
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Patricia Wright
Synopsis: Captured with IMAX® 3D cameras, “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. Lemurs arrived in Madagascar as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species but are now highly endangered.
5. Dom Hemingway (R, 1hr 33 min, Black Comedy, Caper, Crime)
Director: Richard Shepard
Cast: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demián Bichir, Emilia Clarke
Synopsis: Jude Law plays DOM HEMINGWAY, a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous. After twelve years in prison, he sets off with his partner in crime Dickie (Richard E. Grant) looking to collect what he’s owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir). After a near death experience, Dom tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke), but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, looking to settle the ultimate debt.
4. Alan Partridge (R, 1hr 29 min, Comedy)
Director: Declan Lowney
Cast: Steve Coogan, Felicity Montagu, Simon Greenall, Colm Meaney, Tim Key
Synopsis: Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) has had many ups and downs in his life. National television broadcaster. Responsible for killing a guest on live TV. Local radio broadcaster. A nervous breakdown in Dundee. His self-published book, ‘Bouncing Back’, subsequently remaindered and pulped.
3. Afflicted (R, 1hr 25 min, Horror, Suspense/Thriller)
Director: Derek Lee, Clif Prowse
Cast: Derek Lee, Clif Prowse
Synopsis: This terrifying horror thriller follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world. Their journey, documented every step of the way, soon takes a dark and unexpected turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted.
2. Under the Skin (R, 108 min, Drama, Sci-Fi)
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan, Lynsey Taylor Mackay
Synopsis: From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (SEXY BEAST, BIRTH) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial — or something in between. A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring this succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again. Based on the novel by Michel Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White), UNDER THE SKIN examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results.
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG-13, 136 min, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi)
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Cast: Chris Evans, Frank Grillo, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Maximiliano Hernández, Toby Jones
Synopsis: In this sequel, Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.