Looking for a movie option other than your fiftieth double feature of Love, Simon and Greatest Showman? We gotchu.
Here are seven April movies that may temporarily restore your faith in Hollywood.
A Quiet Place (April 6) – We’ve hearted Emily Blunt ever since The Devil Wears Prada, but have been less than impressed with many of her film choices since. The Huntsman: Winter’s War, The Five-Year Engagement, remember them? Didn’t think so. This creepy thriller directed and co-written by hubs John Krasinski looks like a sleeper smash and critics are raving about the intense, mostly wordless performance from Blunt.
Blockers (April 6) – Short for Cockblockers, this gross-out comedy is still somehow family-friendly: It’s about parents learning to appreciate and understand their teenage girls. Directed by Kay Cannon, who wrote the screenplays for Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, and (less impressively) Pitch Perfect 3, the movie has a conspicuous sympathy for its female teenage protagonists on their quest to lose their virginity. There’s even a queer subplot, making Blockers something of a queer female Superbad. Look for our Flagrant review next week.
You Were Never Really Here (April 6) – Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor at Cannes for this film — and the film wasn’t even finished yet. Writer/director Lynne Ramsay, best known for the unsettling mass shooting drama We Need to Talk About Kevin, is bringing her visual flair and knack for compelling characters to this new film about a PTSD-addled veteran who tracks down missing girls for a living. (And you thought your job was a sacrifice.)
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (April 13, limited) – Described as an “unconventional” biodoc that is “compelling” for fans but “confusing” for Grace Jones noobs, Bloodlight and Bami promises to pay homage to the legendary Jones’ style and, er, grace. Directed by Sophie Fiennes, the only Fiennes sibling who doesn’t awaken deep carnal urges within you, the doc relies on an experimental balance of musical sequences and intimate personal footage to capture Jones’ essence. Basically, it’s like if I’m Not There were a documentary.
I Feel Pretty (April 20) – A lot of people have given Amy Schumer shit for this movie about a “fat” chick who hits her head and imagines she’s skinny, but those people are either sexists or hyper-woke trolls. Like any mainstream comedy, this film’s message is simple — but that doesn’t mean it isn’t effective. Schumer’s character will obviously realize at some point in the movie that she’s not actually “skinny” by Cosmo standards, but by that point she’ll have developed the same confidence that a “skinny” person would have. Thus, she will learn that true confidence comes from within, or something.
Avengers: Infinity War (April 27) – Explosions! Mysterious crystals! Chris Evans’ sexy beard! Chris Hemsworth’s sexy chest! Robert Downey Jr.’s sexy … intellect? This is the beginning of the end of Marvel Phase I, i.e., the wave of superhero films that began with Iron Man and led to the Superhero Renaissance that has reshaped Hollywood. There have been several hints that more than one favorite character will perish, so get those tissues out. (J/k. No one ever dies for longer than thirty minutes in Marvel movies.)
Disobedience (April 27) – If you’ve ever wanted to see Regina George and Evy from The Mummy get it on in secret alcoves while also being Orthodox Jews, then do we have the movie for you. (No, that’s not the beginning of a Stefan recommendation.) Fun fact: This is helmed by Sebastian Lelio, the very talented director of A Fantastic Woman.