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“Avengers: Infinity War” and “Disobedience”: Films to see in April

Welcome! Let me officially introduce you to the second quarter of 2018. 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 quickly approaching, while the rougher stretch is finally wrapping up. The last vestiges of the early year dumping ground are hanging about here and there, 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, and arguably of the year so far. In fact, we also have one of the biggest blockbusters of all time opening up, let along 2018. 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. Super Troopers 2 – Folks, it’s small confession time: I’m not really a fan of the first one. Still, it’s a cult classic for a reason, so this is at least a curiosity. If nothing else, it’ll be interesting to see how the now franchise reacts to getting a second bite at the apple.

9. Chappaquiddick – I’ve written about this interesting drama a few times now, mainly due to the ace little supporting turn by Bruce Dern. Jason Clarke is excellent as well, playing Ted Kennedy. I may tackle the flick again later this week, but if I don’t just know that the acting puts this one over the top. It’s out on Friday, so keep an eye out for it.

8. Rampage – The classic video game gets turned into a Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson movie. From the looks of it, this could be the rare film based on a game that isn’t terrible. Going the giant monster/disaster movie route probably helps. It’s a safer sort of blockbuster and a great vehicle for Johnson. Time will tell, but there’s reason to be optimistic here…

7. Lean on Pete – I’ve seen this tearjerker of a drama and the longer I sit with it, the more I like it. Andrew Heigh created what on the surface just seems like depression porn, but it does manage to stay with you. This is another one I might be penning something on soon. Either way, it’s another release this week, so you’ll be able to see it for yourself soon!

6. Blockers – Take it from me, this is the funniest movie of the year so far. Out on Friday, it’s a raunchy comedy that actually has a heart of gold. As silly as watching paranoid parents try and prevent their daughters from losing their virginities on prom night could be, it avoids almost every trap inherent in the premise. Bravo for that, and folks…John Cena is dynamite as a comedian.

5. The Rider – Back at the New York Film Festival last year, I got to check out this character study. Think of it like The Wrestler, only with a cowboy instead of, you know…a wrestler. The festival circuit has been very kind to this one, and it’s certainly a solid flick. Give it a shot if you see it come your way later on during this month.

4. A Quiet Place – Last Thursday, I saw the scariest movie in some time. This is a legit horror flick, one that doesn’t let up in the least, even without an R rating. More on it in a day or two, but John Krasinski has directed a hell of a pulse pounder, paired in the lead roles with his wife Emily Blunt. It might even eventually go down as a modern classic of the genre…

3. Disobedience – A few weeks ago, this soon to play at the Tribeca Film Festival title absolutely wowed me. Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz do some of the best work of their careers in this one. I’ll be raving more about it in the near future, so this won’t be the last you hear about it. Suffice to say, Tribeca has a hell of a movie within their lineup!

2. You Were Never Really Here – About a week and a half ago, I got the chance to experience this unique flick, which blew me away. This is yet another release this coming Friday (it’s a packed week), so I plan to try and write more about it. Suffice to say, it’s a killer role (literally) for Joaquin Phoenix. The second best film of 2018 so far, it’s one to look out for.

1. Avengers: Infinity War – It has all led up to this. The Marvel Cinematic Universe reaches a red letter date with this epic blockbuster. All of their heroes will become part of The Avengers to take on Thanos. It promises to be unlike anything we’ve ever seen before from Marvel. I for one, can not wait…

Honorable Mentions: Borg vs. McEnroe, The Endless, and Kings

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 contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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