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The best new movie releases in April

A devastating Oscar-winning Holocaust drama, this year's 'Birdman' and a Spielberg-influenced supernatural road movie


1. Captain America: Civil War

Film Action and adventure

Can’t wait until 2018 for the ‘Avengers’ reunion? You don’t have to! Based on a nerd-favourite comic book storyline, this sees our square-jawed hero going up against Iron Man himself for control of the Avengers family. Expect Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr to square off with both quips and fisticuffs – and for at least a couple of the other caped crusaders to pop up in cameos.

2. Victoria

Film Thrillers

This looks like 2016’s ‘Birdman’ – a thrilling heist thriller set in Berlin and shot entirely in one take (all 138 minutes of it). The story follows a young Spanish clubber caught up in a bank robbery. Critics have hailed it ‘terrifying', adrenaline-fuelled’ and ‘dazzling’.


3. Midnight Special

Film Science fiction

Jeff Nichols is fast developing into one of America’s most interesting filmmakers. ‘Take Shelter’ was a gripping apocalyptic drama, while ‘Mud’ made the most of Matthew McConaughey’s easygoing charm. A spectacular cast have turned out for this Spielberg-influenced supernatural road movie: Michael Shannon plays a father on the run with his mystical son, with support from Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver and the great Sam Shepard.

4. Son of Saul

Film Drama

It came as a surprise to no one when 39-year-old Hungarian filmmaker László Nemes won an Oscar for his staggering first film 'Son of Saul'. This devastating Auschwitz-set drama is set over 24 hours in 1944 and follows a Jewish prisoner, a member of the Sonderkommando, forced to assist the Nazis with mass execution. In his five-star review our critic Dave Calhoun described the film as ‘impossible to un-see’. 


5. The Huntsman Winter's War

Film Fantasy

‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ was hardly a modern classic. Imagine a CG-slathered fairytale knockoff of ‘Game of Thrones’ and you get the idea. Can this sequel focusing on Chris Hemsworth’s strapping Huntsman improve matters? Well, the cast is promising: Charlize Theron returns as wicked witch Ravenna, backed by Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt and, um, Rob Brydon, who’s presumably playing some kind of evil Welsh gnome.

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