April seems to be the month where movies go to die or something. Ten movies are coming out on April 4 alone and quite a few of them settled on the date after they were supposed to be released earlier. I guess they all have to come out sometime. I’ve divided the movies as per their declared release date: some of these are limited releases and those that I plan to watch in the theater get a short write up.
Shine a Light – the Rolling Stones documentary helmed by Martin Scorsese.
Flight of the Red Balloon – Inspired by The Red Balloon, stars Juliet Binoche and the world’s cutest kid. Also stars shiny red balloon.
The Ruins – Based on Scott Smith’s New York Times bestseller, movie features usual group of horror movie idiots who get into trouble with hostile Mayans and the local plant life in Cancun.
Leatherheads – Rene Zellweger, George Clooney and John Krasinski star in a Clooney-directed old-school screwball comedy about football’s early days in an America between the First World War and the Great Depression. Early reviews have it infused with a Coen brothers vibe and a throwback to movies like the His Girl Friday – smart, witty romances. It’ll be interesting to see how Clooney manages to pull off a crowd pleaser after helming niche subjects like Good Night and Good Luck and the criminally overlooked Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (I don’t care what anyone says, Sam Rockwell was robbed of a rightful nomination that year). Plus, a little sexiness never hurt and with Clooney and Krasinski in the cast, this is the movie for my money.
Meet Bill – Aaron Eckhart, whom I love, players a loser who’s given a new lease of life by a little kid and a lingerie saleswoman who looks a lot like Jessica Alba. Hasn’t he finished paying his dues, yet? Oh, well. DVD?
My Blueberry Nights – Wong Kar Wai’s tribute to Route 66 stars Norah Jones in her feature film debut alongside Jude Law, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman.
Nim’s Island – Animated feature about little girl’s imaginary island sounds like Pan’s Labyrinth meets The Bridge to Terabithia. Stars Jodie Foster, Abigail Breslin and Gerald Butler.
Sex and Death 101 – Mysterious email with names of sex partners, past and future! Creepy! Simon Baker, Winona Ryder and Julie Bowen.
Young @ Heart – Senior citizens prove you don’t go deaf after crossing that dreaded 50th birthday by singing non-old timey songs. Innovation! Documentary.
College – Chicken Little from American Idol in an Ashton Kutcher-ish frat movie. Ugh.
Dark Matter – Meryl Streep and Aidan Quinn in a movie about that Chinese student who shot and killed six people at the University of Iowa.
The Visitor – Tired professor gets new lease of life by befriending illegal immigrants/ musicians and fighting their deportation.
Prom Night – Is full of horror. And I don’t mean the clothes.
Smart People – Would have tried something different. Dennis Quaid, Ellen Page, Thomas Hayden Church and Sarah Jessica Parker. I guess April is the month of the awakening movies coz this is the umpteenth movie that falls into the Sleeping Beauty category.
Street Kings – Talk about a bizarro group of people: Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans and Jay Mohr in a movie about cops and crime in Los Angeles.
U Me Aur Hum – I can’t believe I’m typing this but I’m gonna see this. I know. I disappoint myself. But it stars Kajol and I’m a sucker. Ajay Devgan’s feature debut sounds incredibly syrupy: psychiatrist with unhappily married friends goes on a cruise and finds the woman of his dreams. Marriage and strife follow. This is why I’m so selective about my fan-hood – you never know what kind of turkey you might be compelled to watch. I really, really hope Devgan pulls a rabbit out of the hat with this one.
88 Minutes – Al Pacino in a movie about an FBI agent with problems including a convicted killer from way back in his career. I think I preferred the look of this when it was an episode on Bones or something.
Forbidden Kingdom – Jet Li and Jackie Chan. Fantasy and fights. I’m so there.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall – Guy loses famous girlfriend and then loses mojo. Attempts to get it back lead to awkwardness. Kristen Bell, Jason Segel, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, Jonah Hill and Paul Rudd star in what’s being billed as the world’s first romantic disaster comedy or something like that.
Kiss the Bride – Tori Spelling. Did I just kill your interest? Gay take on the old “lover returns to throw a spanner in the wedding works” story.
Life Before Her Eyes – Uma Thurman, Evan Rachel Wood and Eva Amurri in a story about a woman dealing with a traumatic past.
Pathology – Alyssa Milano and Milo Ventimiglia vie to commit the perfect crime.
The Rocker – Frustrated rocker Rainn Wilson gets a second chance from his nephew’s high school band. Also stars Christina Applegate. Hmmm. Maybe.
All the Boys Love Mandy – Creepy high school sexual politics.
Baby Mama – Tina Fey wants a baby but the odds are remote. In comes Amy Poehler as the baby mama. Surrogate mother to you and me. Also stars Sigourney Weaver, Maura Tierney and Greg Kinnear.
Deal – Sort of like The Color of Money but with Burt Reynolds and about poker. Meh.
Harold and Kumar 2 – Escape from Guantanamo Bay. All right! Also stars Neil Patrick Harris on an unicorn. What else could you want? Look it’s juvenile and stupid but it’s the best juvenile and stupid you’ve ever seen. Admit it.