Coming Up in April (2017)

April is the month of rain, and we’re already getting plenty of it so you may as well figure out what movies you want to watch while you can’t go outside! There aren’t quite as many blockbusters, but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy the options! Plus that means it’s almost time for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and that’s always a happy thought.


April 4

Gorenos

Miles (Derek Simmons) discovers on his eighteenth birthday that he has been haunted by a supernatural entity all his life, and now it is closing in on him in ways he wasn’t prepared for. Horror. Not Yet Rated. 1 hour and 21 minutes. My First Opinion: This kind of looks like a trailer that a couple of teenagers made for fun in their own neighborhood. Seriously I think I’ve seen high school projects like this.


April 7

Colossal

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) has recently broken up with her boyfriend and lost her job. In the midst of her mental breakdown, she discovers that the enormous monster that is plaguing the world is somehow connected to her psyche. Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi. Rated R for language. 1 hour and 50 minutes. My First Opinion: This looks both ridiculous and hilarious. I also think Godzilla (2014) could’ve learned a lesson from this instead of suing.

The Assignment (also known as Tomboy)

The ace assassin Frank Kitchen (Michelle Rodriguez) is double-crossed by gangsters and falls into the hands of a surgeon known as The Doctor (Sigourney Weaver) who exercises her vendetta against Kitchen by giving him gender reassignment surgery. Action, Crime, Thriller. Rated R for graphic nudity, violence, sexuality, language and drug use. 1 hour and 35 minutes. My First Opinion: I don’t know if this is supposed to be a statement, or if it’s just supposed to be funny, or if there’s a point at all. I’m just really confused.

Smurfs: The Lost Village

Smurfette (Demi Lovato) discovers a mysterious map that may lead to another surviving colony of Smurfs. She sneaks away from Papa Smurf (Mandy Patinkin) with Brainy (Danny Pudi), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer), and Hefty (Joe Manganiello) to race through the Forbidden Forest, trying to discover the magical village before the evil wizard Gargamel (Rainn Wilson) does. Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy. Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor. 1 hour and 29 minutes. My First Opinion: I…can’t believe they’re still making these. But then again, they’re making a Trolls 2, so…

Going In Style

Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine) and Albert (Alan Arkin) are living social security check to social security check are soon screwed over by the bank who holds their lives in its hands. Deciding they’ve had enough, the three friends embark on a daring quest to rob the bank, even though they have never held a gun in their lives. Comedy, Crime. Rated PG-13 for drug content, language and some suggestive material. 1 hour and 36 minutes. My First Opinion: This actually looks really funny, and it also looks like it is funny without needing to resort to crude sex jokes. That’s always fun to have.

The Void

When police officer Carter (Aaron Poole) discovers a blood-soaked man limping down the highway on a routine patrol and takes him into a local hospital, a group of cloaked, cult-like figures surround the area and the hospital staff begins to go insane. Carter leads the survivors into the depths of the hospital to escape, only to stumble up on the gateway to an immense evil. Horror. Not Yet Rated. 1 hour and 30 minutes. My First Opinion: This is coming from the guys who brought us The Witch (2015), and this looks just as artsy as that did. Which might mean just as disappointing.

Your Name

Mitsuha (Mone Kamishiraishi) is the daughter of a mayor in a small town who is happy to let everyone know that she is uninterested in small-town life and dreams of escaping to Tokyo. Taki (Ryûnosuke Kamiki) is a high school boy in Tokyo who works part-time while aspiring to be an architect. At night, these two teens switch lives with each other in their dreams, and they become obsessed with finding each other. Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance. Rated PG for thematic elements, suggestive content, brief language, and smoking. My First Opinion: This looks kinda cute. It’s been out in Japan for a year already but I’m not sure what kind of theaters it gets into here.

Gifted

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man living in Florida who is raising his niece, Mary (McKenna Grace) after her mother’s death. Mary is a child prodigy, and while Frank’s plan is to raise her in a normal life, her grandmother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) threatens to take Mary into her custody to put her mathematical talents to good use. Drama. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language, and some suggestive material. 1 hour and 41 minutes. My First Opinion: This looks delightfully sweet and sappy, and any movie with Chris Evans is worth a look to me.

Mine

In the middle of the desert, Marine sniper Sargent Mike Stevens (Armie Hammer) fails an assassination attempt, stranding himself in hostile territory, and he steps on a land mine in his attempt to escape. Stevens must survive the harsh elements without food or water while staying glued to the spot until a convoy arrives in 52 hours. Thriller, War. Unrated. 1 hour and 46 minutes. My First Opinion: This looks like it’s going to make me sad, most definitely, but still plenty action-packed. Might be worth a shot.

The Ticket

A blind man who regains his vision finds himself being blinded metaphorically by his obsession for everything superficial. Drama. Not Yet Rated. 1 hour and 37 minutes. My First Opinion: Dan Stevens sounds so different when he’s not growling like a beast. The story itself sounds a little…judgey.

 Aftermath

After an air traffic controller’s (Scoot McNairy) error causes the death of a construction foreman’s (Arnold Schwarzenegger) wife and daughter, their two lives become bound together in a story of guilt and revenge. Based on the real-life crash on July 1, 2002 in Überlingen, Germany. Drama, Thriller. Rated R for a scene of violence. 1 hour and 34 minutes. My First Opinion: This does not look like the kind of movie that would be “based on a true story”, but at the same time it looks awesome!

 Their Finest

A British film crew attempts to boost the morale of the country during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg. Comedy, Drama, Romance. Rated R for some language and a scene of sexuality. 1 hour and 57 minutes. My First Opinion: I did not think it was possible to make Sam Claflin unattractive, but that mustache is really testing me. Other than that it looks like a very inspirational sort of movie that will probably win at least one Oscar because it’s about making movies.

The Case for Christ

Based on a true story: An investigative journalist and open atheist sets out to disprove the existence of God after his wife becomes a Christian. Drama. Rated PG for thematic elements, including medical descriptions of crucifixion, and incidental smoking. 1 hour and 52 minutes. My First Opinion: To no one’s surprise, this is by the people who brought us God’s Not Dead (2014). It looks a lot more intense, but somehow less intriguing.

Salt and Fire

A scientist blames the head of a large company for an ecological disaster in South America after being deliberately stranded with two blind boys in the salt flats. But when a volcano begins to show sings of erupting, they must band together to avoid a life-or-death disaster. Thriller. Not Yet Rated. 1 hour and 38 minutes. My First Opinion: I know less about this movie after watching the trailer than I did before I watched it. But I think I know where I could find it…


April 14

The Fate of the Furious

A mysterious woman seduces Dom (Vin Diesel) into the world of crime that he can’t seem to escape, betraying the rest of the team just as they seem to have found some semblance of a normal life. They are forced to team up with Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) to face an evil they couldn’t have imaged without the man who made them into a family. Action, Crime, Thriller. Rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of violence and destruction, suggestive content, and language. My First Opinion: I don’t know much about the Fast and Furious series, but it looks like all the others – badass fights, lots of car explosions, maybe a few sexy ladies sprinkled in.

The Lost City of Z

Based on a true story: A British explorer named Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century to discover evidence of an unknown and advanced civilization that may have once thrived in the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific community, Fawcett is determined to prove the city existed. Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History. Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, brief strong language, and some nudity. My Fist Opinion: I’m having a flashback to the King Kong ride at Universal…

Sandy Wexler

Sandy Wexler (Adam Sandler) is a talent manager working in L.A. in the 1990s, representing a group of clients on the fringe of show business. His devotion to his work is tested when he falls in love with Courtney Clarke, his newest client who is a talented singer, and their love story is tested over the course of a decade. Comedy. TV-14, Netflix Release. 2 hours and 10 minutes. My First Opinion: Seems like Sandler is only making Netflix movies now…maybe for the best. He’s even got most of his usual cronies in on this. Though it would look like a much cooler movie if anyone else was starring.

Altitude

FBI Agent Gretchen Blair (Denise Richards) is on a flight to Washington D.C. when the man next to her offers to pay her seventy-five million dollars if she can get him safely back to the ground when the plane they are on is highjacked by a gang of professional thieves. She finds herself entangled in a midair heist, trying to save the passengers while the thieves search the plane for stolen loot hidden somewhere onboard. Action, Thriller. Rated R for language and some violence. 1 hour and 28 minutes. My First Opinion: I don’t see anything about this that looks good…or compelling.

Norman

Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere) is a small-time operator who befriends a young politician facing the low point of his life. Three years later, the politician becomes an influential world leader, and Norman finds his life changing for better and for worse. Drama, Thriller. Rated R for some language. 1 hour and 57 minutes. My First Opinion: I am…very confused. I think this the movie I read the summary for?

Spark: A Space Tail

Thirteen years ago, the power-hungry General Zhong (A.C. Peterson) seized control of the planet Bana, wiping out families in the process. Spark (Jace Norman), a teen who lost his family in the takeover, is in hiding with his friends Chunk (Rob deLeeuw) and Vix (Jessica Biel) until they learn of Zhong’s plan to wipe out the entire universe using the deadly space Kraken, a monster with the power to create black holes. Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi. Rated PG for some action and rude humor. 1 hour and 30 minutes. My First Opinion: Of all the…weird things to think about in this trailer, my first thought is why is there a pig and a fox when everyone else is a monkey?


April 21

Free Fire

A meeting between two gang in a deserted Boston warehouse turns into a shootout and a game for survival. Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama. Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, sexual references, and drug use. 1 hour and 30 minutes. My First Opinion: Is there such a thing as a funny gun fight? Based on this trailer, I’m going to say…no. It’s like they’re playing laser tag with real guns and bad facial hair.

The Promise

During the last days of the Ottoman empire, a love triangle develops between Mikael (Oscar Isaac), a brilliant medical student, the sophisticated Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), and the renowned American journalist Chris (Christian Bale) who is stationed in Paris. Drama, History. Rated PG-13 for thematic material including war atrocities, violence and disturbing images, and for some sexuality. My First Opinion: That’s two movies about the Ottoman Empire in two months. That’s more interest in that time period than I’ve seen in…ever.

Unforgettable

Tessa Connover (Katherine Heigl) sets out to make life hell for her ex-husband’s (Goegg Stults) new wife Julia (Rosario Dawson), who has survived her fair amount of trauma already. Thriller. Rated R for sexual content, violence, some language, and brief partial nudity. My First Opinion: It seems like every couple of months they put out a movie like this – this psycho thriller with lots of sex, usually surrounding someone who went off the deep end because of “love.” I feel like I’ve seen it already.

Sand Castle

During the occupation of Iraq, a small squad of U.S. soldiers attempt to protect a little village where they are stationed. Netflix original film. Drama, War. Not Yet Rated. My First Opinion: This looks very melancholy and sad…so if you’re ra ra America, this may be disheartening.

Phoenix Forgotten

Never-before-seen footage is discovered of three teenagers who disappeared from Phoenix, Arizona after mysterious lights appeared in the sky. Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi. Not Yet Rated. 1 hour and 20 minutes. My First Opinion: They’re trying to do a sci-fi Blair Witch Project (1999) now guys. Can they do better? I can almost guarantee they can’t.

Ozzy

A peaceful and friendly beagle named Ozzy (Guillermo Romero) has his life turned upside down when his family leaves on a long trip with only one rule – no dogs! They decide to leave him at a canine spa called Blue Creek, and Ozzy soon realizes that it’s not a spa but a prison, and he must join with new friends to escape and make it home. Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family. Rated G. 1 hour and 30 minutes. My First Opinion: This looks a lot like Secret Life of Pets (2016), which is already troubling, but the animation also looks like it’ll give me nightmares. That little girl is creepy!


April 28

Below Her Mouth

A roofer named Dallas (Erika Linder) and a fashion editor named Jasmine (Natalie Krill) share a powerful and passionate connection that escalates into an unexpected reality that will change their lives forever. Drama. Not Yet Rated. 1 hour and 34 minutes. My First Opinion: It looks as artsy as the title makes it sound.

The Circle

When Mae (Emma Watson) lands her dream job at a powerful tech and social media company called The Circle, she sees it as the opportunity of a lifetime. She rises through the ranks and is encouraged by the founder, Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks), to engage in an experiment that pushes the boundaries of ethics, privacy and personal freedom. She soon discovers that by participating in the experiment, every decision she makes will affect her life and the future of her friends, family and humanity. Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller. Not Yet Rated. 1 hour and 50 minutes. My First Opinion: I am very happy to see Tom Hanks and Emma Watson and John Boyega in the same movie. Otherwise, I’m a little iffy.

Voice From the Stone

In 1950s Tuscany, a solemn nurse named Verena (Emilia Clarke) is hired to aid a young boy who has fallen silent in the wake of his mother’s death. As she spends more time in the house, she begins to worry that there is something darker lurking in the home than the memories of a child. Drama, Mystery, Thriller. Rated R for some sexuality/nudity. 1 hour and 34 minutes. My First Opinion: I was under the impression that this was a horror movie, but I guess not…? It doesn’t help that Amy Lee’s song for the movie is her usual blend of beautiful and a little creepy.

 Rupture

A single mother attempts to break free from a mysterious organization that has abducted her and return home to her child. Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller. Expected R rating for profanity, frightening/intense scenes. 1 hour and 42 minutes. My First Opinion: I am sufficiently weirded out.

How to Be a Latin Lover

Finding himself single after 25 years of marriage to an older woman, Maximo (Eugenio Derbez), who has made a career out of seduction, must move in with his estranged sister (Salma Hayek) and her son, where he begins to learn the value of family. Comedy. Rated PG-13 for crude humor, sexual references and gestures, and for brief nudity. My First Opinion: Ew. That’s my first opinion.

Sleight

A young street magician named Bo (Jacob Latimore) is in charge of his younger sister after their parents pass away. In order to make ends meet, he turns to illegal activities, and when he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped and he must use his magic and mind to save her life. Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller. Rated R for language throughout, drug content, and some violence. 1 hour and 30 minutes. My First Opinion: This movie actually looks really cool, and I can’t believe I’m only just now starting to hear about it. I feel like this should have been promoted ages ago.

Nise: The Heart of Madness

Based on a true story: In the 1950s, modern art museums in Brazil began to open their doors to artists that no one had ever heard of, leading many to believe that the renaissance had come to Rio de Janeiro. The explosion of art traces back to Dr. Nise da Silveira, a psychiatrist mocked by her colleagues for refusing to employ the violent electroshock therapy treatment of schizophrenics, and instead started a revolution through Occupational Therapy. Biography, Drama, History. Not Yet Rated. 1 hour and 46 minutes. My First Opinion: This looks really cool, I really hope that I actually do get to see this one.


It bodes very well that most of the movies this month are only an hour and a half long. I hope that makes you all excited, and I hope you find something on this list you are excited about! Let ReelTalk know what you are excited about, and what you are on the fence about!

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