(Note: All release dates are subject to change; all information correct as of press time.)
Can you feel it already movie fans? April is here and that means we’re just weeks away from the summer blockbuster movie extravaganza.
But before film studios bust out all their big guns for May and all through July, they’re giving us a sneak peek to whet our appetites for all things movies.
Firing up the first salvo is Relativity Media’s whimsical take on Brothers Grimm Snow White, ‘Mirror Mirror’. Action fans can look forward to sci-fi epic ‘Battleship’ starring Rihanna, Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson and Brooklyn Decker.
There are plenty of romance in April as well, with the rerelease of James Cameron’s Titanic in 3D, the surreal sci-fi romance ‘Upside Down’ with Kirsten Dunst, ‘The Vow’ with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, the Nicholas Sparks adaptation, ‘The Lucky One’.
At the tail end of the month, there’s the ‘Avengers’.
And here are our April movie picks.
Week of 5 April
The Stars: Armie Hammer, Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Nathan Lane
The Story: ‘Mirror Mirror’ is a fresh and funny retelling of the Snow White legend which features breakout star Lily Collins as Snow White, and Julia Roberts as the evil Queen who ruthlessly rules her captured kingdom. Seven courageous rebel dwarfs join forces with Snow White as she fights to reclaim her birthright and win her Prince in this magical comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences the world over.
inSing.com says: ‘Mirror Mirror’ is the first of two big screen adaptation of the Snow White tale. The movie will be director Tarsem Singh (‘Immortals’, ‘The Fall’) foray into the ‘family movie’ genre as ‘Mirror Mirror’ blends humour, drama and some dark elements. Tarsem himself has described this film to be more light-hearted than his previous offerings but that doesn’t mean that he also left his very vivid visual palette behind, judging from the trailers.
If you’re not in the loop, there’s any Snow White movie, ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ starring Kristen Stewart coming out in June. Although both movies make use of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, the studios are saying they're different enough and spaced far enough apart to both succeed.
Also opening: Stifler and gang reunite for what is possibly the LAST film in the film franchise. ‘American Pie: Reunion’ sees the gang retuning to East Great Falls for their high school reunion. Also in theatres is British haunted house movie ‘The Awakening’. Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess star in sci-fi drama ‘Upside Down’, a movie about a man who falls in love with a girl an inverted universe separate from his that has its own gravity.
Week of 12 April
The Stars: Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson, Rihanna, Tadanobu Asano, Taylor Kitsch
The Story: A fleet of US Navy and Japanese ships are on a war games exercise when something mysterious lands in the water. Based on the Hasbro board game ‘Battleship’ is an actioner which sees Earth being attacked by aliens. No, seriously, this movie is inspired by that game you played as a kid.
inSing.com says: It's certainly not a new thing for Hollywood to go to great lengths for inspirations--like our childhoods for toys and games--to make movies (anyone remember ‘Transformers’ or ‘Masters of The Universe’?), but a board game? Even filmmaker James Cameron has lashed out at the movie as an example of bad filmmaking. If you’ve watched the trailers, the movie looks (and sounds) too much like Micheal Bay’s ‘Transformers’, with its epic and wanton destruction of cities and military hardware. Let’s just hope that greying action hero Liam Neeson saves the day and kick some alien butt in this Peter Berg (‘Hancock’, ‘The Kingdom’) movie.
Also opening: The Farelly Brothers returns this year with a remake of the classic slapstick trio comedy caper ‘The Three Stooges’. It stars Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos and Will Sasso as Curly, Larry and Moe. This weekend also sees the opening of Alex de la Iglesia's glossy grindhouse flick ‘The Last Circus’. Yes, there are killer clowns here.
Week of 19 April
The Stars: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling and Blythe Danner
The Story: Zac Efron plays a Marine who returns from three tours in Iraq to track down a woman whose photo he believes saved his life.
inSing.com says: This movie is based on a Nicholas Sparks novel so it has all the hallmarks: romance, sex and plenty of cheese.This is one of Efron's more serious big screen turns of late (after 2011’s ‘New Year’s Eve’). With his ‘High School Musical’ trilogy behind him, the 24-year-old has appeared in dramas like ‘Me and Orson Welles’ (2009) and ‘Charlie St. Cloud’ (2010), both of which failed to crack the $50 million mark. Let’s just hope that Efron who bares all (literally) here will be able to add some spark to this slushwagon. Interestingly, ‘The Lucky One’ is also produced by Denise Di Novi, who gave us the less successful Sparks-based movies ‘A Walk to Remember,’ ‘Nights in Rodanthe’ and ‘Message in a Bottle.'
Also opening: On the opposite end of the movie spectrum is another tearjerker, we mean screamfest, ‘The Cabin In The Woods’, about five friends who stumble upon a cabin in the woods. Disneynature, the nature documentary arm of Disney releases ‘Chimpanzee’ this week.
Week of 26 April-1 May
The Stars: Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Lou Ferrigno, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson
The Story: It’s THE epic movie of the year. The highly anticipated climactic coalition of the earth's mightiest superheroes, better known as ‘The Avengers’ releases this week. S.H.I.E.L.D. led by Nick Fury, has managed to bring together a team of superheroes to help save the Earth from annihilation by extra-terrestrial invaders, led by Thor’s step-brother, Loki.
inSing.com says: ‘The Avengers’ is expected to dwarf all Marvel's superhero movies that have come before it. Not only will we get Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Downey Jr.), fans will be treated to an orgasmic ensemble of characters like Captain America (Evans), Thor (Hemsworth), Black Widow (Johansson), Hawkeye (Renner) and the Hulk (Ruffalo). Helming the film will be director Joss Whedon who brings his trademark style that made ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ a cult favourite.
Also opening: ‘The Raven’ follows the story of Edgar Allen Poe (John Cusack), the man behind horror literary classics. Horror fans can look forward to ‘P.O.V’, a very interesting movie about two girls who witness some strange happenings while shooting a show using their mobile phones.