Now that the excellent Captain America: The Winter Soldier has kicked off this years blockbuster season, and completed a pretty good month for films in March, we can turn our attention to the month of April. While we are still a few months away from things getting really crowded, there is already a glut of films being released and even the most die-hard cinephile will struggle to fit them all in. Luckily, I’ve done the hard work for you and picked the four films I think will be worth going to see at the cinema this month.
Take a look inside at my picks for April.
Noah, April 4th
Director: Darren Aronofsky Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly & Ray Winstone
Darren Aronofsky’s biblical themed epic will likely split opinion when it is released in the UK on April 4th, but then again Aronofsky’s films usually do to some degree. With some great star power on this one though, Noah could well be Aronofsky’s biggest financially rewarded film to date, if it beats Black Swan at the box office anyway. Bringing the story of Noah’s Ark to the big screen will not have been easy I’m sure, but with Russell Crowe in the lead role and Ray Winstone on bad guy duty, this could well be better than some have anticipated.
The Quiet Ones, April 10th
Director: John Pogue Starring: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin & Olivia Cooke
The latest film in the Hammer horror revival centres around a group of University students and their Professor as they attempt to create a poltergeist. Jared Harris’ Professor Coupland takes several of his students away to perform the experiment, but none of them are prepared for what lies ahead. I was a big fan of Hammer’s last cinematic outing, The Woman In Black, so I have somewhat high hopes for The Quiet Ones. Whether any horror film this year can reach the heights of last years The Conjuring or You’re Next remains to be seen, but this looks like a good place to start.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, April 18th
Director: Marc Webb Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone & Jamie Foxx
Admittedly, I have still yet to see The Amazing Spider-Man. This is largely because I feel the film has no need to exist, as we already saw Spidey’s origin story a mere ten years before the new films release, and I find it hard to believe that no one knows how Peter Parker got his powers. Plus I also believe The Amazing Spider-Man was made because Sony no longer had a need for Sam Raimi, so instead pursued new creative talent who wouldn’t cost as much, who would work on a smaller budget and ultimately be a yes man to Sony execs. So, why is The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on my picks for April when I haven’t seen the first one yet? Maybe because it is doing something different, maybe because it features villains not yet seen in a Spidey film, maybe because I’m a sucker for Spider-Man stories? Maybe because Emma Stone is in it?
Transcendence, April 25th
Director: Wally Pfister Starring: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall & Morgan Freeman
Johnny Depp stars as scientist Dr. Will Caster, who transfers his mind into that of a computer, but his desire for knowledge soon turns into a lust for power (they should put that on the back of the DVD). Transcendence looks like the type of film we could have seen released in the 90’s, when technology was becoming more widespread but people were still largely unsure of how to use it and if they could trust it. In this day and age though, where we use technology all the time and have become more dependant on it for our daily needs, Transcendence really couldn’t have picked a better time to be released. I’ve already seen this film at the top of some people’s most anticipated films of the year, and while it may not be at the top of mine, it still looks like a superior blockbuster that may well entertain us and make us think at the same time.