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“Avengers: Endgame” and “Shazam!”: Films to see in April

Welcome one and all! Let me officially introduce you to the second quarter of 2018. Now that we’ve gotten to April, the cinematic world is slowly moving out of the early year doldrums. That being said, we’re not quite out of the woods just yet. April is sort of the splitting point that transitions us to a new type of period. 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 alone 2019, along with my favorite title of the year so far. 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. Mary Magdalene – Long delayed due to The Weinstein Company shuttering, this biblical tale starring Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix finally hits theaters this month. I’ve recently seen it and will have a full write up the week of release. Stay tuned for that!

9. Stockholm – I saw this one back last year at the Tribeca Film Festival and found it to be really good. Ethan Hawke is terrific and Noomi Rapace is strong as well. It’s an interesting movie, one that gives a surprisingly entertaining look at the origins of Stockholm Syndrome. It’s one to definitely look out for.

8. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote – It does exist! A few weeks ago I saw this cursed film from Terry Gilliam, confirming its existence. Luckily, it’s a fun flick too. The years of seeing this project fall apart and feel doomed really fueled Gilliam. More on it soon, but just know that it’s actually well worth the wait…

7. Hellboy – This franchise reboot could really go either way. Hellboy is a fun character worthy of a new story, but not having Guillermo del Toro on board will really knock the filmmaking down a peg. If nothing else, it’s an intriguing curiosity, right?

6. Fast Color – I got a chance to watch this film about a month or so ago and found it to be a really unique mashup of a few different genres. Moreover, Gugu Mbatha-Raw is phenomenal in the lead role. She’ll blow you away here. It’s potentially a breakout indie title too, so keep it in mind for your April under the radar viewing choices…

5. Under the Silver Lake – Another delayed title, this follow up to It Follows from David Robert Mitchell finally comes out this month. Reviews have been mixed at its various festival stops, but I remain very interested. Sit tight for more on it once I get to see it!

4. Pet Semetary – I see this horror remake in a few days and am honestly surprised how strong the buzz has been. A debut at SXSW really did help make this seem like something more than just a shameless money grab. Can it take the wind out of the sails of Us? We shall see.

3. Shazam! – I’ll be seeing this one tomorrow and can’t wait. DC has had a rough go of it with their Extended Universe, but this fun superhero flick appears to be a joy. Expect my take to hit the site sometime on Wednesday. Until then, just hang on a bit…

2. The Public – My favorite movie of 2019 so far, I’ll be giving a full rave review to Emilio Estevez’s latest tomorrow. Hold on for that writeup, but just know that the actor/filmmaker has crafted his biggest crowdpleaser yet. It’s an issue film, but one that has heart and humor in equal measure. I loved it!

1. Avengers: Endgame – One of the biggest films of all time comes at the end of the month. What really needs to be said? Everyone will be seeing it. I’ll have seen it a few days before release, so expect a review before you all flock to cinemas. That being said, you’re all going, so does it really matter what I have to say about it?

Honorable Mentions: Amazing Grace, The Best of Enemies, The Curse of La Llorona, Hail Satan?, Her Smell, High Life, Missing Link, Penguins, Peterloo, Teen Spirit, Unicorn Store, and Wild Nights with Emily

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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