Movie Forecast: April 2012
The month of April is shaping up to be quite an interesting month for movies. It features a total of twelve major releases, of which only two will be in 3D.
The month is being headlined by the 3D re-release of Titanic, the fourth theatrical installment of the American Pie series in American Reunion, the horror comedy Cabin in the Woods from Joss Whedon as well as the thriller The Raven which stars John Cusack.
Not exactly a month of huge blockbusters, but what makes this month interesting are all the smaller, limited released films planned for the month of April. You have films like the documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, as well as independent films like Bad Ass starring Danny Trejo, Bernie starring Jack Black, The Lady starring Michelle Yeoh and The Hunter starring Willem Dafoe. Also of note—though not listed below—is that the latest Bobcat Goldthwait movie, God Bless America (trailer can be found here), is being released digitally in April before making a limited run in theaters in May.
Weekend of April 6th-8th
Directed by: John Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg
Stars: Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Chris Kline, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari, John Cho, Eugene Levi, Jennifer Coolidge, Shanon Elizabeth
Plot Summary: The old crew head back to East Great Falls to reunite for their high school reunion.
Directed by: James Cameron
Stars: Leonardo Di Caprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Bill Paxton, Bernard Hill
Plot Summary: A boy and girl from different social standings come together on the ill-fated voyage of the cruise liner, Titanic.
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope
Directed by: Morgan Spurlock
Stars: Kevin Smith, Stan Lee, Eli Roth, Seth Rogen
Plot Summary: A documentary about the behind-the-scenes look at the fans that flock to San Diege, California annually for San Diego Comic-Con.
Directed by: Daniel Nettheim
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Morgana Davies
Plot Summary: A mercenary from Europe is hired by a biotech company and sent to the Tasmanian Wilderness to hunt for the last Tasmanian Tiger.
Weekend of April 13th-15th
The Cabin in the Woods
Directed by: Drew Goddard
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford
Plot Summary: A group of friends decides to take a break at a remote cabin in the woods and soon discover that there is more to meets the eye as they must discover the mystery behind the cabin.
Directed by: James Mather & Stephen St. Leger
Stars: Guy Pierce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare
Plot Summary: The world’s orbital prison is taken over by its inmates leaving the President’s daughter trapped and stranded on board. To rescue her, the President sends in a wrongly convicted man promised his freedom to bring her back.
The Three Stooges
Directed by: Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly
Stars: Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Hudson
Plot Summary: Moe, Larry and Curly find themselves starring in a reality TV show after inadvertently discovering a murder plot while trying to save their orphanage.
Directed by: Craig Moss
Stars: Danny Trejo, Charles S. Dutton, Ron Perlman
Plot Summary: A war veteran becomes a local hero after saving a man on a city bus. After his friend is murdered with little-to-no interest by the police, he turns his local hero status into a full-out vigilante as he seeks out justice for his murdered friend.
Directed by: Luc Besson
Stars: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett
Plot Summary: The story about the rise of Burma’s democratic movement leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her relationship with her husband, Michael Aris.
Weekend of April 20th-22nd
Think Like A Man
Directed by: Tim Stoty
Stars: Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Romany Malco
Plot Summary: Four friends conspire against their women after they discover the women have been using Steve Harvey’s advice book against them.
The Lucky One
Directed by: Scott Hicks
Stars: Zack Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner
Plot Summary: After finishing three tours in Iraq, a U.S. marine heads to North Carolina in search of a woman who he believes to have been his good luck charm.
Directed by: Alastair Fothergill & Mark Linfield
Stars: Tim Allen
Plot Summary: Disney’s annual Nature Documentary Feature focuses on a 3-year-old chimpanzee who was separated from his troop and then adopted by a fully grown male.
Weekend of April 27th-29th
Directed by: James McTeigue
Stars: John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson
Plot Summary: A mad man begins a spree of murders based on the works of the famous Edgar Allen Poe, forcing a Baltimore detective to enlist the aid of the aforementioned Poe to help stop him.
The Five-Year Engagement
Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
Stars: Jason Siegel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt, Rhys Ifans, Kevin Hart, Alison Brie
Plot Summary: Chronicling the ups and downs of a couple who have been engaged for five years.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Directed by: Peter Lord & Jeff Newitt
Stars: Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Piven, Brendan Gleeson, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton
Plot Summary: Pirate Captain and his crew set out to win the Pirate of the Year award while dealing with his rivals Cutlass Liz and Black Bellamy.
Directed by: Boaz Yakin
Stars: Jason Statham, Chris Sarandon, Catherine Chan, James Hong
Plot Summary: An ex-elite agent takes on a two-tiered mission of rescuing a Chinese girl abducted by the triads and using the safe combinations in her head to outwit the Russian Mafia, corrupt cops and the Triads themselves.
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Stars: Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Shirley McClaine
Plot Summary: A small town Texas mortician befriends a despised wealthy widow. But when he kills her he goes to extreme lengths to make it seem like she’s still alive.
Pick of the Month: The Cabin in the Woods
Whenever a horror comedy is put out it’s almost always at the top of my list of anticipated films because it is a sub-genre that probably receives the worst marketing. They’re often misrepresented leaving audiences expecting a straight up horror, then a bit betrayed and angry after watching the movie simply because they were shown the movie in a different light. Please go into this movie expecting a horror comedy and not just a straight up horror film because right now I’m saying that the trailers shown thus far are only scratching the surface of the film.