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Ten new movies to see this month

April’s biggest, best and most unmissable theatrical releases

By Time Out Film |
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Shazam!
Film, Action and adventure

Shazam!

If you think most superhero movies are basically about overgrown kids, ‘Shazam!’ is here to prove you absolutely right. Be prepared, though, for it to win you over with its goofy, Tom-Hanks-in-‘Big’-ness as a foster kid suddenly becomes a superhero with a white cape and a giggly sense of invincibility. 

2
Film, Horror

Pet Sematary

It’ll have you asking yourself: Do I miss my cat that much? In the original words of Stephen King’s 1983 novel (his scariest): ‘Sometimes, dead is better.’ His tale of reanimation has already been turned into a terrible 1989 flick, but it’s time to bury that one. This new attempt, with a rumored plot revision that has superfans pre-terrified, may finally get the job done.

Out April 4

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The Sisters Brothers
Film, Drama

The Sisters Brothers

You don’t need a deep love of westerns to get a kick out of Jacques Audiard’s wry and often plain hilarious frontier story set in 1851 Oregon and California. It promises all the shootouts, smoky saloons and liquor-soaked gunslingers you could ask for, as well as a top-notch cast that boasts John C Reilly, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed and Joaquin Phoenix. 

Out April 5

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4
Film, Animation

Missing Link

Alongside Britain’s Aardman, America’s Laika is the last bastion of old-school stop-motion animation. And hooray for that, frankly. In a world of big popcorn CG animations, lovingly hand-crafted movies like ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ and this sumptuous-looking forest caper are glorious rarities. This time, explorer Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman) encounters a lonely bigfoot (Zach Galifianakis) and an unlikely bromance ensues.

Out April 5

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5
Film, Drama

Wild Rose

Glaswegian cleaner and part-time country singer Rose-Lynn Harlan dreams of  Nashville stardom in a drama that promises plenty of toe-tapping tunes and loads of raw emotion. It’s ‘A Star Is Born’ with a hoover and a showcase for the substantial talent of actress-musician Jessie Buckley.

Out April 12

6
Film, Drama

Mid90s

He’s won Oscar nominations for his acting, but now Jonah Hill shifts seamlessly behind the camera for a directorial debut that promises sweet-natured good vibes and a whole mess of skater slang. As the title implies, it’s set in the 1990s and follows a teenager’s growing pains in a sun-kissed LA. 

Out April 12

 

 

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David Bukach
Film, Thrillers

Dragged Across Concrete

Unless you’re still raging over the permanent absence of Loki from the Marvelverse, this cop thriller from the director of ‘Bone Tomahawk’ is hands-down the most controversial film of the month. Its politics are jarring and Mel Gibson playing a racist cop is a pretty chewy proposition with the actor’s own rap sheet in mind. It’s going to be provocative, at the very least.

Out April 19

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Film, Action and adventure

Avengers: Endgame

Do they promise it's the last one? Of course not. Do you really think they’ll let half the team blow away in a cloud of brown dust? Expect plenty of avenging in years to come from characters you thought were dead. But, as for Josh Brolin’s bling-collecting supervillain Thanos, this instalment will likely be his final outing.

Out April 26

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Eighth Grade
Film, Drama

Eighth Grade

Growing up is hard to do for a social-media-obsessed teen. The good news? Bo Burnham has a lovely new movie to share that pain this month. It broke our hearts at Sundance and stars a real eighth-grader, Elsie Fisher, who portrays that age’s anxiety beautifully.

Out April 26

10
Film, Drama

Ash is the Purest White

A Chinese gangster epic set over eight years at the turn of the millennium, Jia Zhangke’s hard-boiled thriller pitches a woman and her mobster boyfriend into a violent turf war against the backdrop of Datong’s urban sprawl.

Out April 26

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