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“Free Fire” and “The Lost City of Z”: Films to see in April


Welcome to the second quarter of 2017. Now that it’s April, we’re slowly moving out of the early year doldrums, though we’re not quite out of the woods just yet. April is sort of the splitting point. The blockbuster season is approaching, while the rougher stretch is wrapping up. The last vestiges of the early year dumping ground are hanging about, but they’re not the only things of note. As such, below you can see ten of the more solid bets for films this month. Check it out and be sure to look for more on many of the these over the coming weeks. Stay tuned folks…

Here now are the ten very best bets for April cinematic viewing:

10. The Fate of the Furious – Confession: I’m not a fan of this franchise. Still, almost everyone else on the planet is. As such, this will be a massive success, and probably rightly so. It’s not my thing, but if you’re into it, I’m sure it’s one of 2017’s first big event films. Enjoy.

9. The Ticket – A really old school literary concept is given decent cinematic treatment here. Mainly, it’s the cast that sells it, though I’ll admit to being somewhat underwhelmed with the final product. Again, this is a bit of a rough April. Dan Stevens fans will enjoy this starring role for him.

8. Their Finest – An English dramedy that in years past would have been an Oscar player for sure, it instead is just slinking into theaters. Lone Scherfig is a strong director, while any excuse to see Bill Nighy on screen is a good one in my book. Older audience members will probably eat this one up.

7. The Promise – Once a seemingly solid awards contender, this war drama stars Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac. That mixture seemed really promising, but being delayed into 2017 kind of shot this one in the foot. Still, Terry George’s latest flick is at least somewhat of a curiosity. Make of that what you will. A cast like this demands some amount of attention, right?

6. Colossal – I’ve seen this odd little movie and will be writing about it this week, but for now, just a taste. This hybrid tale stars Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis and essentially deals with a struggling woman who might accidentally be controlling a giant monster. Yes, that’s the plot. More on it soon, so sit tight there.

5. The Circle – About to screen at the Tribeca Film Festival, this science fiction thriller comes from James Ponsoldt, a really strong up and coming filmmaker. With Emma Watson in the lead and Tom Hanks in a key supporting role, there’s tons to like here. It’s been an X factor for about a year now, so we’ll know if that was an ominous sign in the coming weeks…

4. Gifted – Taking a break from playing Captain America, Chris Evans teams up with filmmaker Marc Webb for this feel good drama. The cliches likely will come hard and fast in this one, but early reviews are solid, which is always a positive sign to take away. I see it in a few days, so stay tuned for more on it then!

3. Going in Style – Zach Braff remakes this caper comedy with a hell of a good cast. This one features Alan Arkin, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman as older gentlment plotting a bank heist. I love Braff’s direction so that’s a point in this one’s favor. Again, look for more on this one before the week is out…

2. Free Fire – A stripped down and stylish action flick from Ben Wheatley and starring Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, plus more. It’s been impressing folks on the festival circuit for a while, so it probably will be an indie hit. Wheatley has yet to really blow me away, but perhaps this will be the one to do it?

1. The Lost City of Z – I saw this film last year at the New York Film Festival and really enjoyed it. It’s easily filmmaker James Gray’s most ambitious work to date and with the right push could be a fringe awards player. This isn’t the last I’ll be writing about it, but just know that it’s the best that April has to offer, by far.

Honorable Mentions: Graduation, Mine, A Quiet Passion, Sleight, Spark, and Win it All (debuting on Netflix)


Be sure to check out these movies throughout the month of April!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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