April Movie Previews

Having survived the winter reasonably unscathed, spring is here with the promise of warmer, more consistent weather along with the blooming of flowers and other greenery. April brings showers, Easter, Passover and Earth Day. It also brings us a slew of new movies to get excited about. The opening weekend in April alone has three new highly anticipated movies. The following are just a few for you to choose from.

The Best of Enemies (PG-13)

On April 5, The Best of Enemies debuts based on a true story and from the book The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South, written by Osha Gray Davidson. The movie is written and directed by Robin Bissell and stars Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Cessay, Anne Heche and Wes Bentley. Henson portrays Ann Attwater, a civil rights objector in the 1960s and ‘70s based in Durham, NC, who goes to battle with a KKK leader, C. P. Ellis (Academy Award-winner Rockwell). The unlikely duo is forced to cooperate in 1971 after a judge forces them to co-chair a community meeting lasting two weeks to deal with the school desegregation decree, which changes both their lives. Word is the movie is great, however, but the true story is much more complicated than led to believe.

Pet Sematary (R)

April 5 also brings to life Pet Sematary, directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer and based on Steven King’s novel of the same name. With a screenplay by David Kajganich, the film stars John Lithgow, Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz in the roles played by Fred Gwynne, Dale Midkiff and Denise Crosby in the original 1989 film. The film follows the Creed family who move to a rural home hoping to escape the chaos of the city. They are welcomed and educated by one of their older neighbors who tells them about the pet cemetery located just up the hill from their new home. Tragedy soon strikes and Louis Creed resorts to extreme measures to protect his children, which, of course, brings impending terror. Make sure you bring someone with you for this one.

Shazam! (PG-13)

Flying into theaters on April 5 is also Shazam!, directed by David F. Sandberg and stars Zachary Levi, Djimon Hounsou, Mark Strong, Adam Brody and Asher Angel. The film is based on the DC comic of the same name and is the seventh installment from the DC universe. Foster kid Billy Batson gets swept into another realm where he is given the power to become an adult superhero by just saying the word “Shazam!” While he learns of what his powers are, he must team up with his foster brother to stop evil. A lot of fun and sure to be a hit with superhero fans like myself.

Little (PG-13)

The movie Little premieres on April 12, directed by Tina Gordon and stars Regina Hall, Justin Hartley, Marsai Martin, Tone Bell and Issa Rae. A familiar story where a woman is transformed into her younger self at the exact point in her life when she can’t cope with the stresses around her. Very amusing as she navigates her “new” younger self.

The Curse of La Llorona (R)

On April 19, The Curse of La Llorona hits theaters. It is directed by Michael Chaves in his directorial debut and stars Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Marisol Ramirez and Sean Patrick Thomas. This horror movie takes place in the early 1970s where widowed social worker Anna Garcia (Cardellini) uncovers evil while investigating one of her cases. Anna will need help to rid her of “La Llorona,” meaning “the weeping woman,” who has attached herself to Anna and will do whatever it takes to take Anna’s children away from her. The creepy thriller will intrigue you.

Marvel’s Avengers: End Game (PG-13)

Finally, April 26 sees the much anticipated premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: End Game, debuting to the delight of just about everyone. Directed by Anthony Russo, this film stars all our beloved superheroes such as Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), Captain America (Chris Evans) and, of course, Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) just to name a few. A direct sequel from 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, the final installment follows the remaining few heroes and their allies as they pick up the pieces of the aftermath of Thanos’ actions. The wait should be well worth it.

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Cheryl Wadsworth
Cheryl Wadsworth is a writer for Long Island Weekly, specializing in movie previews.

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