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?

A Case Against Disney Cartoon Remakes

Originally, I was going to write up a review about the upcoming Beauty and the Beast live-action remake, but the more I considered it, the more I realized it was better to take a different direction.

The Beauty and the Beast remake is essentially a frame-for-frame copy of the cartoon. That isn’t to say that changes weren’t made, but overall, the cartoon to live-action transfer is fully complete to ignite millennial nostalgia. It’s a gorgeous CGI-display of Emma Watson’s Beauty prancing in the open fields and Dan Steven’s Beast growling and mostly being angry until he’s not supposed to be anymore. Musical lovers will gush at all the wonderfully choreographed singing and dancing scenes and Disney fanatics will be perfectly happy accepting this newly repackaged gift. In other words, there’s nothing I’m going to tell you that will change your mind about seeing Beauty and the Beast, with one exception.

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Movie Review – ‘Gold’ Fools Everyone with Sloppy Storytelling

If you take a 1000-piece puzzle, put it in front of a small child and watch said child put it together for two hours, that’s what it’s like to watch the movie Gold.

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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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Minnesota Actor Paul Cram Talks Dark Drama ‘Imperfect Sky’


The Twin Cities Film Festival is in full swing. With a myriad of galas, short and feature films, and workshops, the festival has become a popular and growing annual event at the Showplace Icon Theater at the West End in St. Louis Park. Running from October 19th to the 29th, the festival hosts films from all over the country and invites special guests from Hollywood to attend. The festival is a great way to see independent films that you normally couldn’t see elsewhere, Minnesota made films, and up-and-comers with a lot of buzz surrounding them.

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