March brought us some awesome films, including the divisive Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and April looks to be shifting gears for movie goers this year. This month looks to be more geared towards the younger audience, but fear not — Texas Lifestyle Magazine has you covered on the best films to check out this month.
Demolition (R) April 8th
Jake Gyllenhaal is back at it, in what looks to be a meaningful film the will resonate with audiences all over. It could be an impactful movie for April. Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) is an investment banker, struggling to rebuild himself after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. When he starts sending complaints to a vending machine company, revealing startling personal admissions, Davis’s letters catch the attention of a customer service rep named Karen (Naomi Watts). Amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two form an unlikely connection and with the help of Karen and her son Chris (Judah Lewis), Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.
Truth be told, this looks like a compelling film, but it will likely fly under the radar for many. If you do go see Demolition, you just just be pleasantly surprised.
The Boss (R) April 8
Melissa McCarthy is practically a sure bet when it comes to comedy, and with her headlining The Boss, it’s safe to say they this film will likely be no exception. Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy) is a titan of industry until she is sent to prison after being arrested for insider trading. When she reenters society ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not every bridge she’s burnt is so quick to forgive and forget. With the help of her former employee Claire (Kristen Bell), Michelle finds a unique opportunity to rebuild an empire. Get ready for some serious laughs with this film, as Michelle seems to have plenty of punchlines for everyone she encounters. Many other Hollywood highlights make appearances throughout the film as well, and there’s a good chance they’ll make your next date night one worth while.
Barbershop: The Next Cut (PG-13) April 15
It’s been more than a decade since we last had an appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop, and from the looks of it, things have changed since our last visit. Calvin (Ice Cube) and his longtime crew, including Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. Women are now in the building, and bring their own sense flavor, drama and gossip to the shop, challenging the men at every turn. It seems as though Gina (Queen Latifah) is absent from this installment, but there’s still plenty of feist to go around with Terri (Eve) still in the picture, keeping Clavin and the team in line.
Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and the crew to come together to not only save the shop, but also their neighborhood. After the last installment — Barbershop 2: Back in Business — brought us a fairly disappointing sequel, we’re hoping that Calvin’s clippers haven’t gotten rusty. But it’s directed by the same guy who brought us Soul Plane, so the hopes aren’t too high.
Jungle Book (PG) April 15
After more than 120 years since the original book entertained readers, and many film adaptations later, The Jungle Book is back on the big screen in the form of a live-action adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But it’s not long before he finds that he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba) promises to eliminate what he believes to be a threat.
Mowgli leaves his home to embark on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-mentor Bagheera (voiced by Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voiced by Bill Murray). Mowgli encounters many different jungle creatures along the way who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voiced by Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire. From what we’ve seen, this isn’t exactly the singalong that the 1967 Disney animation, but it’s not the 1994 live-action adaptation either. With such a strong cast, we’re expecting this rendition to another great chapter in this tale’s great story.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War (PG-13) April 22
In what looks to be an intriguing mash-up of Game of Thrones, Frozen, and Lord of the Rings we get The Huntsman: Winter’s War, a Snow White origin story of sorts. Apparently, long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) was thought to be dead, she watched silently as her sister Freya (Emily Blunt) suffered a betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya’s ability to freeze any enemy — like a certain Elsa we’ve come to know — the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen, including Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain), who have defied her one demand: Forever harden your hearts to love.
When Freya learns of her sister’s demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power — sounds like a three-book quest if I ever heard one. But once she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths (not sure when she died, but we’ll go with it), the wicked sisters threaten the world with twice the darkness it’s ever seen. Now, their army shall prove itself to be unstoppable, unless the banished huntsmen who broke their queen’s cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another.
Keanu (R) April 29
Last but not least, we have the comedic duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, a.k.a. the hugely popular comedy duo Key & Peele bringing forth what is quite possibly the most bizarre plot of the year. Clarence and Rell are two cousins who live in the city but are far from street-smart. When Rell’s beloved kitten, Keanu, is kidnapper — err, catnapped — the straight-laced pair must impersonate hardened killers in order to infiltrate a street gang and retrieve the purloined feline. When the incredibly adorable kitten becomes highly coveted, the fight for him creates a gang war, forcing the two unwitting heroes to take the law into their own hands. We know, it sounds a bit outlandish, but with the comedic duo at the helm, we trust it’s worth an evening out.