By Jack Rico
It’s April and we’re past the ubiquitous chatter of the divisive #BvS movie. We look towards the great films and documentaries April offers and this week is a good example. 13 movies are released this week and they provide some star power along with very interesting stories.
Take for instance The Invitation, a thriller about a man at dinner with his ex-wife and new husband that turns into a nightmarish experience far beyond what we could normally think. Jake Gyllenhall’s Demolition is another opportunity to see Jake at work. He’s easily one of the best actors we have today. He teams up with director Jean-Marc Vallée who did the Oscar nominated film, Dallas Buyers Club. But the docs are the gems this week. Check out The Dying of the Light, a doc about the movie business, particularly, the lives and stories of the last generation of career projectionists. A must see for anyone who loves film projectors. There’s a lot more to experience this week so read on, pick a film or two and tell us all about it.
INDIE & LIMITED RELEASES
Demolition (R, 100m, Comedy, Drama)
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis
Synopsis: As an investment banker struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash, his increasingly confessional series of letters to a vending machine company catch the attention of a customer service rep with whom he forms an unlikely connection.
The Dying of the Light (R, 1hr 35m, Documentary)
Director: Peter Flynn
Cast: Bernie Anderson, Paul Bader, Jon Berberian, Dorman Bermingham
Synopsis: A documentary that explores the history and craft of motion-picture presentation through the lives and stories of the last generation of career projectionists.
Mr. Right (R, 1hr 33m, Action/Adventure, Comedy)
Directors: Paco Cabezas
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell, Tim Roth, James Ransone
Synopsis: A girl falls for the “perfect” guy, who happens to have a very fatal flaw: he’s a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him.
Louder Than Bombs (R, 1hr 49m, Drama)
Directors: Joachim Trier
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert, Devin Druid
Synopsis: 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.
One More Time (1hr 38m, Comedy, Drama)
Director: Robert Edwards
Cast: Christopher Walken, Amber Heard, Kelli Garner
Synopsis: A New York City crooner plots his comeback.
The Invitation (1hr 40m, Horror, Suspense/Thriller)
Directors: Karyn Kusama
Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michiel Huisman, Tammy Blanchard
Synopsis: 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.
Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (2hr 5m, Documentary)
Directors: Ada Ushpiz
Cast: Alison Darcy
Synopsis: A brand new documentary about one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. The German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt caused an uproar in the 1960s by coining the subversive concept of the “Banality of Evil” when referring to the trial of Adolph Eichmann, which she covered for the New Yorker magazine. Her private life was no less controversial thanks to her early love affair with the renowned German philosopher and Nazi supporter Martin Heidegger. This thought provoking and spirited documentary, with its abundance of archival materials, offers an intimate portrait of the whole of Arendt’s life, traveling to places where she lived, worked, loved, and was betrayed, as she wrote about the open wounds of modern times.
A Space Program (72m, Documentary, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi)
Director: Van Neistat
Cast: Hailey Gates
Synopsis: The artist Tom Sachs and his team of bricoleurs build a handmade space program and send two female astronauts to Mars.
Wedding Doll (82m, Drama)
Director: Nitzan Giladi
Cast: Moran Rosenblatt, Assi Levy, Roy Assaf, Aryeh Cherner
Synopsis: Hagit, a young woman with mild mental deficiency, works in a toilet-paper factory. She lives with her mother Sarah, a divorcée who gave up her life for her daughter. Hagit strives for independence and Sarah is torn between her desire to protect her, and her own will to live. When a relationship develops between her and the son of the factory owner, Hagit hides it from her mother. The announcement of the closing of the factory shakes Hagit and Sarah’s life and jeopardizes Hagit’s love story.
Smothered (1hr 36m, Comedy, Horror)
Director: John Schneider
Cast: Kane Hodder, R.A. Mihailoff, Bill Moseley
Synopsis: Five horror icons ditch an unprofitable autograph signing convention to earn some extra cash haunting an RV park, but find themselves being haunted instead.
The Boss (R, 1hr 39m, Comedy)
Director: Ben Falcone
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Dave Bautista
Synopsis: Academy Award®-nominated star Melissa McCarthy headlines The Boss as a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart.
Before I Wake (PG-13, Horror, Suspense, Thriller)
Directors: Mike Flanagan
Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Thomas Jane, Kate Bosworth
Synopsis: In this intense and heart pounding supernatural thriller, Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane) decide to take in a sweet and loving 8-year-old boy, Cody. Unbeknownst to them, Cody is terrified of falling asleep.
Hardcore Henry (R, 96m, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi)
Directors: Ilya Naishuller
Cast: Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, Haley Bennett, Danila Kozlovsky
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.