April is here bringing us Easter and Passover, and with any luck, some unswerving warm weather. If consistency in your entertainment is also what you want, then you won’t be disappointed with the great assortment of movies in store. The following are just some of the escapades in store for you during the month of April.
Going In Style (PG-13)
On April 7 comes Going In Style, directed by Zach Braff, who is best known for his role in the television series Scrubs. This is a remake of the 1979 comedy, then starring George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg. This time around, Alan Arkin, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman take their turns as three seniors distraught over losing their pensions due to their prior company reorganizing. Refusing to let this ruin the remainder of their lives and the inheritances they worked so hard to leave their loved ones, they take matters into their own hands. That’s when the hilarity begins, as they plot to rob the very bank that held their money. I personally loved the first one and can’t wait to see Arkin’s, Caine’s and Freeman’s portrayal.
The Case For Christ (PG)
Also on April 7, The Case for Christ comes out, directed by Jon Gunn and starring Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen and Faye Dunaway. This is based on a true story by Lee Strobel’s 1998 book of the same name. He was a self-proclaimed atheist whose wife unexpectedly decides to become a Christian. Being an award-winning fact-finding journalist, he sets out to challenge the existence of God but is met with surprisingly life-altering results. Having read the book, I am excited to see it play out on the big screen. A very thought-provoking movie.
The Fate of the Furious (PG-13)
April 14 sees the debut of The Fate of the Furious, starring Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Dwayne Johnson, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris, just to name a few. Directed by F. Gary Gray, the film is the eighth installment of the franchise and the first film to not star the late Paul Walker. While the squad enjoys retirement and their newfound freedom, a secretive woman lures Dom (Diesel) back into the world of crime and somehow forces him to betray those closest to him, including his wife. Just as adventurous as the others, this movie promises a lot of car chases, explosions and action.
Unforgettable premieres on April 21, with Katherine Heigl, Rosario Dawson, Cheryl Ladd and Geoff Stults. Directed by first timer Denise Di Nori, who also produced the film, it is a psychological thriller following Tessa’s (Heigl) craziness over her ex-husband’s new wife and stepmother to her child. She refuses to let them be happy and makes their joyful life their very worst nightmare. This thriller will have you on the edge of your seat wondering what maniacal thing Heigl will do next.
The Circle (PG-13)
On April 28, The Circle debuts. Directed by James Ponsoldt the film stars Emma Watson, just coming off her record-breaking role as Belle in [Beauty and the Beast], along with Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan and the late Bill Paxton in one of his last movie roles. Watson portrays a young tech worker excited to land a new job at a powerful Internet company. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that the company compromises everyone’s privacy and freedom. She and other workers must stop the company from abolishing the future of civilization. A stimulating science fiction thriller that will keep you guessing throughout.
Grab your popcorn, drink and snacks and head to the theaters to see these films and many more that will be coming your way throughout April. Have fun and see you at the movies.