Thursday, March 31, 2016

A Reel Preview: The Year in Film 2016, Episode IV


This year, the Summer Movie Season had a soft-opening with one big blockbuster-tailored film in March. With April, things quiet down a bit with some light comedy and excellent-looking character pieces. Here are the notable releases for the month of April.

It all gets special with…

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL – Released in March in a limited capacity, this thriller from Jeff Nichols (TAKE SHELTER, MUD) sees a wide distribution in April. Michael Shannon (TAKE SHELTER, MAN OF STEEL), stars as a father protecting his son (Jaeden Lieberher), who has special abilities. Co-stars Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, and Sam Shepard.

I SAW THE LIGHT – Also moving from limited to wide release in April, Tom Hiddleston (Loki from THE AVENGERS) plays the original Hank Williams in this biopic. Co-stars Elizabeth Olsen.

EVERYBODY WANTS SOME! – Director Richard Linklater (BOYHOOD), who explored the 1970’s with DAZED AND CONFUSED (1993), takes a swing at the 1980’s in this sports-comedy.

MILES AHEAD – Don Cheadle (IRON MAN 3), directs and stars as jazz legend Miles Davis. Co-stars Ewan McGregor, and Michael Stuhlbarg (A SERIOUS MAN).

THE BOSS – Melissa McCarthy plays a CEO who gets sent to prison for insider trading. Co-stars Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, and Kathy Bates.

HARDCORE HENRY – In this first-person, sci-fi action film, the audience sees everything through the eyes of Henry; a cybernetic supersoldier. Stars Sharlto Copley (DISTRICT 9), and Tim Roth.

DEMOLITION – Jake Gyllenhaal (NIGHTCRAWLER) plays a man who sets out to rebuild his life by destroying everything he owns.. Co-stars Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper.

THE JUNGLE BOOK – Jon Favreau (IRON MAN) directs the newest adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s famous work. Neel Sethi plays the lead role of Mowgli, and he is joined by the voice-talents of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, and Christopher Walken.

CRIMINAL – Kevin Costner plays a gruff convict who gets the memories of a CIA agent implanted into his brain. Co-stars Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve, and Gal Gadot (DAWN OF JUSTICE).

GREEN ROOM – A punk rock band witnesses a murder. Stars Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, and Patrick Stewart.

THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR – A prequel/sequel to SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (2012). Chris Hemsworth (THOR) reprises his role as the Huntsman, and Charlize Theron is back as the Evil Queen. Co-stars Emily Blunt, Nick Frost, and Jessica Chastain.

ELVIS & NIXON – The story behind the 1970 meeting at the White House between President Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley. Kevin Spacey stars as Nixon, and Michael Shannon plays Elvis.

A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING – Based on the novel of the same name, Tom Hanks stars as a washed-up businessman who travels to Saudi Arabia to propose a business complex. Co-stars Tom Skerritt, and Ben Whishaw (SPECTRE).

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Next month, Reel Speak previews the massive month of May.
 
 

 

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