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Ten new movie releases you need to know about this month

April's biggest, best and trending films

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A Quiet Passion

The nineteenth-century poet Emily Dickinson has been called America’s first emo (‘I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain’). Now her life gets the big-screen treatment courtesy of one of Britain’s finest directors, Terence Davies (‘Distant Voices, Still Lives’, ‘Sunset Song’).

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Fast & Furious 8

They’re at it again! And this time there’s a bloody submarine! Yes, Vin Diesel, The Rock and the rest of their petrolhead posse are back, pulling more unlikely heists by driving very fast and cursing a lot. This time they’re joined by Charlize Theron as a platinum blonde villain and – yes! – Dame Helen Mirren herself.

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3

Raw

Have you got what it takes to sit through this French feminist cannibal movie? An ambulance had to be called during one screening at a festival last year after two people in the audience fainted.

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4

Lady Macbeth

Confusingly, this brilliant period drama has nothing to do with Shakespeare. It’s adapted from an 1860 Russian novel by Nikolai Leskov, but relocated to the north of England where a teenage girl (Florence Pugh) is married off, sold by her father along with a piece of land.

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5

The Handmaiden

‘Oldboy’ director Park Chan-Wook has transported British author Sarah Waters’s Victorian-era melodrama ‘Fingersmith’ to pre-war Korea with extraordinary results. This costume drama is lush, sumptuous, heartfelt and gripping.

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6

I Am Not Your Negro

This stunning documentary examines the life of African-American writer James Baldwin, who died in 1987. The film’s starting point is his final and unfinished book about the lives (and deaths) of his three friends, Malcolm X, Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King.

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7

Their Finest

Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy star in this charming WWII comedy-drama directed by Lone Scherfig (‘An Education’). Arterton plays a scriptwriter, hired by the Ministry of Information to write ‘slush’ lines in morale-boosting movies. Nighy plays a rakish, grumbling actor.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

No, not the sequel. We’ll have to wait a couple of years for that. This is a brand new version of the 2015 post-apocalyptic blockbuster, in director George Millers’s preferred black and white.

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The Sense Of An Ending

In this adaptation of Julian Barnes’s Booker Prize-winning novel about the unreliability of memory Jim Broadbent stars as a man who inherits an old friend’s diary in a will, challenging his recollections of a key event from his youth.

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Heal the Living

The plotline of this French drama sounds like a run-of-the-mill episode of ‘Casualty’. It’s anything but, a moving but unsentimental document of a heart transplant from the POVs of the recipient, doctors and the donor, a teenage surfer killed in an accident.

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hd m
hd m

i really liked sultan movie

NWG
NWG

I was lucky enough to catch an advance screening of this movie, and I was extremely glad I did. After watching the previews I felt as though a lot of the movie was given away, but I was blown away by the performances on screen. The movie was centered around a champion prize fighter hitting rock bottom, and slowly climbing his way back into the ring. It was an emotional journey that cannot simply be categorized as a movie about boxing, but rather, an inspiring and riveting tale of parenthood and a father's love for his daughter. The cast was excellent and everyone excelled in their roles. I wouldn't have expected to like Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson in a role as much as I did. Jake Gyllenhaal and Forest Whitaker had Oscar worthy performances. Everyone did a great job with their roles. The cinematography was fantastic, and the fight scenes gave some great first person shots that made you feel as though you were there in the ring fighting along side the actors. Overall, this movie is an experience that is not to be missed

Chris jones
Chris jones

Schoenarts is amazing in 'Rust and Bone' as well, with Marainne Cotillard. By the way he's Belgian, not Dutch, and it not too hard to pronounce if you ignore the spelling - shone (rhymes with bone) arts - shone-arts .