Want to know what’s coming to a cinema near you this April? Look no further…
THURSDAY 5 APRIL
A Quiet Place (John Krasinski)
Ahead of her turn as Mary Poppins later this year, Emily Blunt must stay silent in this horror about a family hiding from terrible creatures.
FRIDAY 6 APRIL
120 Beats Per Minute (Robin Campillo)
This French docu-drama tells the story of how Parisian activists: Act Up fought for action to be taken to combat the AIDS crisis in the early 1990s.
Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco (James Crump)
In the 1970s Antonio Lopez was perhaps the most influential fashion illustrator in the world. This documentary, featuring interviews with Jerry Hall and Grace Jones, sheds light on his colourful and outrageous work.
Blackmail (Abhinay Deo)
Irrfan Khan plays a rut-weary middle aged man whose unexciting life gets shaken by the discovery that his wife is having an affair.
Death Wish (Eli Roth)
This reboot of the 1970s Death Wish franchise, based on Brian Garfield’s novel, has been panned by critics in America. Bruce Willis takes on Charles Bronson’s role or Paul Kersey, a Chicago doctor who sets out for revenge on the men who attacked his family.
Ghost Stories (Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman)
The nights might be getting lighter but the cinema remains a home for the dark in Ghost Stories, the horror story of a skeptic who uncovers a file containing details of three cases of inexplicable ‘hauntings’. Martin Freeman co-stars.
I Kill Giants (Anders Walter)
Adapted from Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura’s graphic novel of the same name, I Kill Giants marks the feature debut of Danish director Walter. Rising star Madison Wolfe plays Barbara Thorson, a girl who goes to a fantasy life of magic and monsters to escape real-life struggles.
Love, Simon (Greg Berlanti)
Struggling to come out to his family and friends, Simon Spier finds solace in an email correspondence with a similarly closeted pupil at his school. Read our review here.
Maya the Bee: The Honey Games (Noel Cleary, Sergio Delfino, Alexs Stadermann)
Maya was first created by German writer Waldemar Bonsels in 1912. In this sequel to the 2014 big screen adaptation, Maya must unite with a team of misfit bugs to save her hive.
Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran (Abhishek Sharma)
A look at India’s first confidential nuclear test series at Pokhran lead by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, during the time of PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure.
Sheep and Wolves (Andrey Galat and Maxim Volkov)
This animation was first released in its homeland of Russia back in April 2016. It features a magical lang, goofy wold and gypsy rabbits.
The Hurricane Heist (Rob Cohen)
It does what it says on the tin. There’s a heist and a hurricane.
Thoroughbreds (Cory Finley)
Debutant director Finley has written this one to. Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and the psychopathic Amanda (Olivia Cooke) rekindle their friendship and scheme to kill the former’s stepfather (Paul Sparks).
Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes)
We loved Hugo so the idea of a new adaptation of a Brian Selznick book is very exciting. Selznick has written the time-paralleling script this time too.
FRIDAY 13 APRIL
A Gentle Creature (Sergei Loznitsa)
When a woman is returned the parcel she sent to her imprisoned husband, she becomes determined to find out why.
Alan Hinkes: The First Briton to Climb the World’s Highest Mountains (Terry Abraham)
Alan Hinkes is the only Briton to have ever climbed all fourteen of the world’s over-8000m mountains, making this one high-altitude documentary.
Custody (Xavier Legrand)
A French film about a broken marriage and bitter custody battle.
Even When I Fall (Sky Neal, Kate McLarnon)
The incredible true story of how a group of child-trafficking survivors set up a circus.
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Mouly Surya)
Marlina lives quietly in Sumba until one day a man named Markus and his gang tries to rob her house and she kills him. Eventually, she is haunted by Markus, and her life turns in 180 degrees.
October (Shoojit Sirkar)
Varun Dhawan, went a week without sleeping in preparation a sequence in this Hindi film about the ups and downs of a carefree 21 year-old.
Rampage (Brad Peyton)
A less subtle Planet of the Apes, Rampage sees Dwayne Johnson bond with an extraordinarily intelligent gorilla.
The Titan (Lennart Ruff)
Best known for her leading role in Netflix series Orange is the New Black, Taylor Schilling fills a bigger screen here as a woman whose husband (Sam Worthington) is transformed into a super-human by a new military experiment.
Truth or Dare (Jeff Wadlow)
From the producer of Happy Death Day and Get Out, Truth or Dare sees friends get a rougher ride than they bargained for when a harmless game turns spookily nasty.
TUESDAY 17 APRIL
You, Me and Him (Daisey Aitkens)
Lucy Punch and Faye Marsay star as a couple who are firmly in love in spite of their age difference. When neighbour John (David Tennant) befriends them, they make a series of disastrous decisions.
FRIDAY 20 APRIL
Beyond the Clouds (Majid Majidi)
Things seem rough for Amir and Tara but then an unexpected light shines on them from ‘beyond the clouds’.
Every Day (Michael Sucsy)
The sophomore directorial outing for The Vow‘s Michael Sucsy tells the story of a shy teenager who falls for someone who transforms into another person every day.
Funny Cow (Adrian Shergold)
It’s a busy couple of months for Paddy Considine who segues from Journeyman (out now) to this comedy-drama about a woman who has a funny bone for a spine. The show, however, belongs to Maxine Peake.
Let the Sunshine In (Claire Denis)
Juliette Binoche is looking for love. Or, rather, her character in this new French romance is.
Never Steady, Never Still (Kathleen Hepburn)
Every hour, 2 people in the UK are told they have Parkinson’s. In Never Steady, Never Still, Shirley Henderson plays a mother who struggles to control the onset of the disease as her son tackles his sexual identity.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mike Newell)
Based on the novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, Mike Newell directs Lily James and Michael Huisman in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It is the star of a writer who bonds with the residence of Guernsey after the Second World War.
The Leisure Seeker (Paolo Virzi)
A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker. Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland star.
Wildling (Fritz Böhm)
The brilliant Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) plays another adolescent here, one who discovers the dark secret behind her traumatic childhood.
THURSDAY 26 APRIL
Another News Story (Orban Wallace)
Asking: what happens when the news cameras turn off? Another News Story goes behind the scenes on reportage.
Avengers: Infinity War (Anthony Russo and Joe Russo)
Ten years on from Iron Man, the MCU comes to a blockbusting climax. Surely not everyone will survive?
FRIDAY 27 APRIL
Beast (Michael Pearce)
Once a contestant in the BBC’s series I’d Do Anything, Jessie Buckley has gone from strength to strength in her career. Now she plays a woman torn between her family and an attraction to a murder suspect.
Mohamed Fahmy: Half Free (David Paperny)
Painting an intimate portrait of Mohamed Fahmy’s journey from covering one of the biggest stories in the world to becoming the story, David Paperny’s one-hour documentary was shown on US television last October but will show in some UK cinemas.
The Deminer (Hogir Hirori, Shinwar Kamal)
A portrait of a Kurdish colonel, who disarmed thousands of roadside bombs and mines armed only with his courage and a pair of wire cutters.
The Wound (John Trengove)
Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood.