Coming Soon – April Movies that Aren’t ‘The Fate and the Furious’

Much like January, April is mostly a dead month in the film world with one big blockbuster film that’ll overshadow the rest. In this case, The Fate and the Furious takes the top spot. It’s highly likely it’ll dwarf the box office like an all-consuming black hole. If you’re like me, and you’d rather do your taxes than watch one more “last ride” where lots of expensive cars explode through a glass window, then you’ll want to read ahead. Here are the movies I think deserve a chance over The Fate and the Furious in April.

Going in Style (April 7)

Alan Arkin, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine knocking off a bank in a quest for sweet revenge? Sign me up. While the plot feels painfully similar to Hell or High Water, it looks like this will be a much more light-hearted take on a heist film. Plus, if you’re a Zack Braff fan, then you’ll be happy to know he directed this one.

Gifted (April 7)

Directed by Marc Webb, it follows a single father who gets entangled in a custody battle with the mother of their child prodigy daughter. If you liked 500 Days of Summer or those awful The Amazing Spiderman movies (why?), then you may be interested in GiftedWhile the trailers look a little melodramatic for my taste, it stars Chris Evans (Captain America: Winter Soldier) and could be a solid drama. Heavy emphasis on could be. 

The Lost City of Z (April 14)

Frankly, this movie totally deserves more of your attention than The Fate and the Furious (they come out at the same time), and you’ll probably grow a few more brain cells for watching it. Starring Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim), it follows the true story of Col. Percival Fawcett who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon.

The Promise (April 21)

I have no idea if this will be good or not, but it’s about the Ottoman Empire (when has that ever happened?) and stars Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, two tremendously talented actors. I have a weird feeling it’s likely to be one of those movies that ends up in your nearest Redbox, though.

Free Fire (April 21)

Starring Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, and Cillian Murphy, among others, Free Fire is about rival gangs in 1978 that try to survive a shoot-out in a warehouse. Honestly, this movie looks like it could give The Fate and the Furious a run for its money in the totally dumb category. But, hey, if you really like action movies about people shooting guns a lot for a 90 minutes, then you’re in for quite a ride.

The Circle (April 28)

This actually made it on my Most Anticipated Movies list. Why? Because I love the story idea of technology giving humanity too much power, and it stars Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, and John Boyega, three wonderful actors that could have potential chemistry together. It’s one of those movies that could either be totally ignored or become a sleeper hit. I’m hoping for the latter.


That’s it. I told you April is a dead month. What movie are you most looking forward to in April?

89th Academy Awards Ends with Awkward Mix Up

The 89th Academy Awards made history last night and not in the way you might expect. Of course, there were plenty of political jokes, commentary, and hijinks, including a moment when Jimmy Kimmel tweeted President Trump. The whole night, Kimmel made sure to make things uncomfortable and weird, too, like bringing in a real Hollywood tourist group to take pictures of all the celebrities and dropping food from the ceiling attached to parachutes. However, in one epic, awkward, and gut-wrenching twist that Kimmel couldn’t have dreamed up, the Academy Award for Best Picture was given to the wrong movie.

Here’s how everything went down. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, looking like two drunk wedding crashers, presented the nominees for Best Picture. When Warren Beatty opened the envelope and read the winner, he looked puzzled, smiled, and didn’t say anything, keeping the audience in suspense. He looked over at Faye Dunaway and handed her the envelope. She read the name and immediately said, “La La Land.” Everyone cheered and all the winners of La La Land came up to the stage.

Just as they were making their speeches, Justin Horowitz, the producer of La La Land, gets word that they read the wrong card and he immediately interjects. “Sorry, guys, hold on. There’s a mistake. Moonlight. You won Best Picture. This is not a joke,” he said, holding the Oscar over to them. Ouch.

It was one of those sickening, bitter-sweet moments that I’m sure everyone on stage wasn’t sure how to handle in the moment, but Jimmy Kimmel and the cast of La La Land handled it with class, charm, and a lot of grace.

The mix-up occurred when Warren Beatty was given the wrong envelope from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, a prestigious accounting firm out of London that handles the security of the envelopes. As a precaution, they make duplicates of the envelopes. Warren Beatty took the Best Actress in a Leading Role envelope instead of Best Picture. PriceWaterhouseCoopers deeply apologized for the flub and is investigating.

After the ruckus died down, Kimmel ended up the show with this. “Well, I don’t know what happened; I blame myself for this,” he said. “Let’s remember, it’s just an awards show. I mean, we hate to see people disappointed, but the good news is, we got to see some extra speeches. We had some great movies. I knew I would screw this show up, I really did. Thank you for watching. I’m back to work tomorrow night at my regular show. I promise I’ll never come back. Good night.”



The Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

The new year has arrived which means plenty of movies to look forward to in the coming weeks and months ahead.

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