April Movie Preview: To ‘Infinity’ and Beyond
It’s finally here! Avengers: Infinity War is the cherry on top of the industry defining treat that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Eighteen movies, all of which were both box office and (mostly) critical successes, lead to this showdown between our heroes and Thanos. But before we get to that we have 11 other wide release April movies that will attempt to appeal to the masses before Avengers earns Disney enough money to put Tony Stark and Wakanda to shame. Here’s our April movie preview.
April 6th– Blockers, Chappaquiddick, The Miracle Season, A Quiet Place
The month begins with an over the top, R rated comedy. When three high school girls are determined to… experience… prom night, their parents attempt to stop them at all costs. Blockers stars Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz as those parents. You can even tell from the trailers that this one earns its R rating. Another thing you can tell is that this is going to be a funny one.
Much less funny is Chappaquiddick. That mouthful of a title is for the film depicting the true events surrounding a 1969 car accident on Chappaquiddick Island involving Ted Kennedy and the death of a campaign worker, Mary Jo Kopechne. Kate Mara plays Kopechne and Jason Clarke suits up as Kennedy. Now the synopsis does, to an extent, contain a significant spoiler. But as this is a true story, it’s an interesting note that many people aren’t aware of this sad event.
The Miracle Season is another movie based on a true story. After their star player dies tragically, an Iowa high school volleyball team goes on an impressive run in an attempt to win a state championship and pay their respects to their friend.
The new horror film, A Quiet Place has been getting a lot of buzz leading up to its release. Directed by John Krasinski and starring him and his real-life wife, Emily Blunt, the film has a family forced to live in silence because of mysterious monsters that track their victims through sound. I can’t even roll over in bed without waking up the whole house. So I would die very quickly in this movie.
April 13th– Borg vs. McEnroe, Rampage, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, Truth or Dare
Doesn’t it seem like the role of a divisive public figure with anger issues is perfect for Shia LaBeouf? He plays tennis legend John McEnroe in Borg vs. McEnroe. Sverrir Gudnason plays the other half of that heated rivalry, Bjorn Borg, as the two go head to head for domination of the sport in the 1980s.
It’s been a few minutes since we had a movie starring The Rock, so naturally we have one to fill that void. Rampage has Dwayne Johnson playing a primatologist, whose gorilla friend is transformed into a giant mutant gorilla after an experiment goes wrong. There’s also a giant evil lizard and giant evil wolf that this primatologist has to stop. Which is harder to believe, the presence of giant mutant monsters or The Rock as a monkey scientist?
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero is an animated feature about the real-life dog adopted by a soldier during World War I. He proved to be a valuable asset by helping the wounded and (literally) sniffing out threats. The film claims he is the most decorated war dog in history.
The new horror film, Truth or Dare, takes a fun children’s game and turns it into something scary. Isn’t that what horror does, ruin everything fun and innocent in the world? Just ask the clown industry. This film has a group of friends victimized during a game of truth or dare when they lie or refuse to participate. Is it a person doing the killing or something supernatural? We don’t know! Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey star.
April 20th– I Feel Pretty, Super Troopers 2, Traffik
Amy Schumer stars in I Feel Pretty, a comedy about a woman insecure with her appearance. When she falls and hits her head, she wakes up seeing herself as undeniably beautiful. Even though everyone sees her as she’s always been, her new-found confidence changes things. This movie is one part comedy and one part commentary on feeling comfortable in your own skin.
Believe it or not, the first Super Troopers came out in 2002. 16 years later, we will finally get to see the long talked about sequel. After it’s revealed that a Canadian border town is actually on American soil, our favorite highway patrolmen are brought in to replace a team of Canadian Mounties. The trailers have a number of call backs to the original, so be sure to rewatch that one to brush up on your references.
Omar Epps and Paula Patton star as a couple on a romantic getaway in Traffik. But everything doesn’t quite go as planned. After encountering a motorcycle gang at a gas station, the couple gets unwittingly involved in the gang’s criminal enterprises. A fight for their survival ensues.
April 27th– Avengers: Infinity War
Directors Anthony and Joe Russo released a message earlier this week asking fans to preserve the mystery surrounding Avengers: Infinity War by avoiding spoilers. With the promise of serious stakes and even character deaths, you can see why they would want fans to experience the film without knowing any twists beforehand. But what we do know is the basic gist of the plot. Thanos has set his sights on Earth as he collects the powerful Infinity Stones with the intention of seriously messing up the universe in the process. Almost all of the featured heroes we’ve seen from Marvel’s collection of films will be appearing. The jury is still out on Hawkeye and Ant Man though. Neither of them have been featured in the promotional materials.
It’s no surprise my pick for the month is Avengers: Infinity War. I’m all about big event movies tying together a franchise and none are bigger than this one. I’m also curious to see how Super Troopers 2 turns out since it’s such a long time coming. Hopefully it lives up to the original’s level of… shenanigans.