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The best new movie releases in April

Springtime beckons with a new baseball comedy from Richard Linklater and more movies about the games people play

By Joshua Rothkopf
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1. Demolition

Movies Drama

Director Jean-Marc Vallée has done wonders with actors of late—he’s responsible for capping off the McConaissance with Dallas Buyers Club and giving Reese Witherspoon a challenging role in Wild. His latest stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a grieving widower who gives his life a total rethink, post-catastrophe.

Demolition opens on April 8.

Money Monster
Money Monster

2. Money Monster

George Clooney plays a popular TV investment guru whose advice nonetheless brings a family man (Unbroken’s Jack O’Connell) to ruin. The latter shows up to the set furious and armed, resulting in a televised hostage crisis that sounds a little like Ransom and Dog Day Afternoon.

Money Monster opens on April 8.

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72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards - Press Room
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3. Everybody Wants Some!!

Movies Comedy

It’s 1980. Summer comes to a close as a gang of college baseball players assemble at their Texas university to break in the team—and, of course, to break as many rules as possible. A beautiful, hilarious, deeply relaxed film about male bonding, Richard Linklater’s latest is glorious, ranking right up there with his masterpieces Dazed and Confused and Boyhood.

Everybody Wants Some!! opens on April 15.

4. The Jungle Book

Movies Family and kids

There are two adaptations of Rudyard Kipling’s beloved novel on their way, and while the second one (due in 2017) might be a little darker, this one's got the star wattage. Iron Man director Jon Favreau helms a motion-capture cartoon on an epic scale, with voices provided by the likes of Bill Murray (perfectly cast as Baloo), Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken and Scarlett Johansson.

The Jungle Book opens on April 15.

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5. The Huntsman

Movies Fantasy

Were you clamoring for a sequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman? Us neither, and K-Stew fans should stay at home: She doesn’t return. Still, back is the villainous Charlize Theron—compensation enough, frankly—and Emily Blunt joins the cast along with Jessica Chastain. That’s a decent trade-off in our book.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War opens on April 22.

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