Movies Coming April 2014

Dom Hemingway

Release Date: April 2, 2014
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Richard Shepard
Screenwriter: Richard Shepard
Starring: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bechir, Emilia Clarke
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot Summary: Jude Law plays Dom Hemingway, a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous. After twelve years in prison, he sets off with his partner in crime Dickie (Richard E. Grant) looking to collect what he’s owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demián Bechir). After a near death experience, Dom tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke), but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, looking to settle the ultimate debt.

The Retrieval

Release Date: April 2, 2014
Studio: Variance Films
Director: Chris Eska
Screenwriter: Chris Eska
Starring: Ashton Sanders, Tishuan Scott, Keston John, Bill Oberst Jr.
Genre: Drama, Western
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Plot Summary: Set in 1864 on the edges of the Civil War: a white bounty hunter and his gang coerce a freed black teenager, Will, and his uncle Marcus into entrapping escaped slaves and returning them to the South. The gang sends the duo to retrieve Nate, a former slave. But a bond develops between the fatherless Will and Nate, threatening to derail the plan and risking both of their lives.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Release Date: April 3, 2014 (3D/2D theaters, p.m. screenings)
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Screenwriter: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández
Genre: Action, Adventure
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Plot Summary: After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off assailants sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

Afflicted

Release Date: April 4, 2014 (limited)
Studio: CBS Films
Director: Derek Lee, Clif Prowse
Screenwriter: Derek Lee, Clif Prowse
Starring: Baya Rehaz, Derek Lee, Clif Prowse
Genre: Horror, Thriller
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Plot Summary: This terrifying horror thriller follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world. Their journey, documented every step of the way, soon takes a dark and unexpected turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted.

Alan Partridge

Release Date: April 4, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Declan Lowney
Screenwriter: Peter Baynham, Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci, Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons
Starring: Steve Coogan, Felicity Montagu, Simon Greenall, Colm Meaney, Tim Key
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) has had many ups and downs in his life. National television broadcaster. Responsible for killing a guest on live TV. Local radio broadcaster. A nervous breakdown in Dundee. His self-published book, ‘Bouncing Back,’ subsequently remaindered and pulped.

Alien Abduction

Release Date: April 4, 2014 (limited)
Studio: IFC Midnight
Director: Matty Beckerman
Screenwriter: Robert Lewis
Starring: Katherine Sigismund, Corey Eid, Jillian Clare, Peter Holden, Riley Polanski
Genre: Thriller
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Plot Summary: A vacationing family encounters an alien threat in this pulse-pounding thriller based on the real-life Brown Mountain Lights phenomenon in North Carolina.

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

Release Date: April 4, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Zeitgeist Films
Director: Dayna Goldfine, Dan Geller
Screenwriter: Dayna Goldfine, Dan Geller, Celeste Schaefer Snyder
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Gustaf Skarsgård, Josh Radnor
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. “The Galapagos Affair” is a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing conventional society, a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island. But after the international press sensationalizes the exploits of the Galapagos’ “Adam and Eve,” others flock there — including a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson and a gun-toting Viennese Baroness and her two lovers. Clashing personalities are aggravated by the island community’s lusty free-love ethos, and when some of the islanders disappear, suspicions of murder hang in the air leaving an unsolved mystery which remains the subject of local lore today.

Goodbye World

Release Date: April 4, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Films, Phase 4 Films
Director: Denis Henry Hennelly
Screenwriter: Denis Henry Hennelly, Sarah Adina Smith
Starring: Kerry Bishé, Caroline Dhavernas, Adrian Grenier, Gaby Hoffmann, Ben McKenzie, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Remy Nozik, Mark Webber
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: James and Lily live off the grid, raising their young daughter in a cocoon of comfort and sustainability. When a mysterious mass text ripples its way across the country, triggering a crippling, apocalyptic cyber attack, their home transitions from sheltered modern oasis to a fortress for the estranged old friends that show up at their door for protection and community. The unexpected reunion–abundant with revelry and remembrances, generously enhanced by organic wine and weed–is quickly undermined by the slights of the past, the spark of lingering flirtations and the threat of a locally grown new world order. Balancing tense confrontations with slivers of levity, director Denis Henry Hennelly pinpoints a future where ideology explodes into action in every area.

In the Blood

Release Date: April 4, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Anchor Bay Films
Director: John Stockwell
Screenwriter: Bennett Yellin, James Robert Johnston
Starring: Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Luis Guzman, Amaury Nolasco, Ismael Cruz Cordoba, Treat Williams, Stephen Lang, Danny Trejo
Genre: Action, Thriller
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Plot Summary: Gina Carano stars as Ava, a trained fighter with a dark past. When her new husband (Cam Gigandet) vanishes during their Caribbean honeymoon, Ava uncovers a violent underworld of conspiracy in the middle of an island paradise. Armed with a deadly set of skills, Ava sets out to discover the truth – and to take down the men she thinks are responsible for his abduction, one by one.

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

April 4, 2014 (IMAX 3D)
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: David Douglas
Screenwriter: Drew Fellman
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Patricia Wright
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) narrates the documentary about the incredible true story of nature’s greatest explorers—lemurs. Captured with IMAX 3D cameras, “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. Lemurs arrived there as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species but are now highly endangered. Join trailblazing scientist Patricia Wright on her lifelong mission to help these strange and adorable creatures survive in the modern world.

Jinn

Release Date: April 4, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Freestyle Releasing
Director: Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad
Screenwriter: Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad
Starring: Dominic Rains, Serinda Swan, Ray Park, Faran Tahir, William Atherton
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
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Plot Summary: In the beginning, three were created. Man made of clay. Angels made of light. And a third made of fire. For centuries, stories of angels and men have captured the imagination and been etched into history crossing all boundaries of culture, religion and time. These two races have dominated the landscape of modern mythology, shrouding the evidence that a third was ever created. This third race, born of smokeless fire, was named the jinn. Modern man has all but forgotten this third race ever existed. It is time for him to remember.

Nymphomaniac: Volume II

Release Date: April 4, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Lars von Trier
Screenwriter: Lars von Trier
Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Jean-Marc Barr
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: “Nymphomaniac: Volume II” picks up with the story of Joe’s adulthood, where her journey of self-discovery leads to darker complications.

Under the Skin

Release Date: April 4, 2014 (limited)
Studio: A24
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Screenwriter: Jonathan Glazer, Walter Campbell
Starring: Scarlett Johansson
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
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Plot Summary: Johansson plays an alien on earth, disguised as the perfect aesthetic form of a mesmerizing woman. She scours remote highways and desolate scenery looking to use her greatest weapon to snare human prey — her voracious sexuality. She is deadly efficient, but over time becomes drawn to and changed by the complexity of life on earth. With this new found humanity and weakening alien resolve, she finds herself on a collision course with her own kind. Taking her point of view throughout, the film presents a unique look at our world through alien eyes.

The Unknown Known

Release Date: April 4, 2014 (NY, LA)
Studio: RADiUS-TWC
Director: Errol Morris
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Donald Rumsfeld
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: In “The Unknown Known,” Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris (“The Fog of War”) offers a mesmerizing portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War, and a larger-than-life character who provoked equal levels of fury and adulation from the American public. Rather than conducting a conventional interview, Morris has Rumsfeld perform and expound on his “snowflakes,” tens of thousands of memos (many never previously published) he composed as a congressman and as an advisor to four different presidents, twice as Secretary of Defense. These memos provide a window onto history—not history as it actually happened, but history as Rumsfeld wants us to see it. Morris makes plain that Rumsfeld’s “snowflakes”—whether intended to elucidate, rationalize, obfuscate, or control history—are contradicted by the facts.

Watermark

Release Date: April 4, 2014 (NY; LA release: April 18)
Studio: Entertainment One Films
Director: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: “Watermark” is a feature documentary film that brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. We see massive floating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world – the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka. We witness how humans are drawn to water, from the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where thirty million people gather for a sacred bath in the Ganges at the same time. We speak with scientists who drill ice cores two kilometers deep into the Greenland Ice Sheet, and roam the sublime pristine watersheds of Northern British Columbia. Shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element and the scale of its reach, as well as the magnitude of our need and use. This is balanced by forays into the particular: a haunting memory of a stolen river, a mysterious figure roaming ancient rice terraces, the crucial data hidden in a million.

Cuban Fury

Release Date: April 11, 2014 (limited)
Studio: eOne Films
Director: James Griffiths
Screenwriter: Jon Brown
Starring: Nick Frost, Chris O’Dowd, Rashida Jones, Ian McShane, Olivia Colman, Rory Kinnear, Wendi McLendon-Covey
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: In 1987 a thirteen-year-old natural born dancer with fire in his heels and snakes in his hips is working himself up to explode all over the UK Junior Salsa Championships. But then: a freakish bullying incident on the mean streets of London robs him of his confidence, and our young hero finds his life diverted down a very different path.

Draft Day

Release Date: April 11, 2014
Studio: Summit Entertainment (Lionsgate)
Director: Ivan Reitman
Screenwriter: Rajiv Joseph, Scott Rothman
Starring: Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Ellen Burstyn, Denis Leary, Frank Langella, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Combs
Genre: Comedy, Sports
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Plot Summary: On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL.

Hank and Asha

Release Date: April 11, 2014 (NY)
Studio: FilmRise Release
Director: James E. Duff
Screenwriter: James E. Duff, Julia Morrison
Starring: Mahira Kakkar, Andrew Pastides
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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Plot Summary: An Indian woman studying in Prague and a lonely New Yorker begin an unconventional correspondence through video letters – two strangers searching for human connection in a hyper-connected world. When their relationship deepens, they must decide whether or not to meet face to face. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival, “Hank and Asha” is a film about identity, longing, and the irresistible appeal of entertaining life’s what-ifs.

Hateship Loveship

Release Date: April 11, 2014 (limited)
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Liza Johnson
Screenwriter: Liza Johnson, Mark Porier
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Hailee Steinfeld, Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Plot Summary: Based Alice Munro’s 2002 collection of short stories, “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage,” which is officially described as follow: In the nine breathtaking stories that make up her celebrated tenth collection, Alice Munro achieves new heights, creating narratives that loop and swerve like memory, and conjuring up characters as thorny and contradictory as people we know ourselves.

Joe

Release Date: April 11, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Roadside Attractions
Director: David Gordon Green
Screenwriter: Gary Hawkins
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary South in this adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel, celebrated at once for its grit and its deeply moving core. Directed by David Gordon Green, “Joe” brings Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage back to his indie roots in the title role as the hard-living, hot-tempered, ex-con Joe Ransom, who is just trying to dodge his instincts for trouble – until he meets a hard-luck kid, (“Mud’s” Tye Sheridan) who awakens in him a fierce and tender-hearted protector.

Kochadaiiyaan

Release Date: April 11, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Eros International
Director: Soundarya Rajnikanth Ashwin
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Rajnikant, Deepika Padukone
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation, Fantasy
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Plot Summary: The first Indian film to employ photo-realistic performance capture technology. “Kochadaiiyaan” is an epic dramatization of good versus evil starring Rajinikanth in a double role.

Oculus

Release Date: April 11, 2014
Studio: Relativity Media
Director: Mike Flanagan
Screenwriter: Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard
Starring: Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff, Brenton Thwaites, James Lafferty, Rory Cochrane, Annalise Basso, Garretty Ryan, Kate Siegel, Katie Parker, Miguel Sandoval
Genre: Horror
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Plot Summary: Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force­­ unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations, and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…

Only Lovers Left Alive

Release Date: April 11, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Screenwriter: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, Jeffrey Wright
Genre: Horror, Romance
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Plot Summary: “Only Lovers Left Alive” is set against the desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, depressed by the direction the world is taking, reunites with his lover. Their love story has endured for centuries, but the woman’s uncontrollable sister disrupts their idyll. Can these wise outsiders continue to survive as the world collapses around them?

Perfect Sisters

Release Date: April 11, 2014 (NY, LA)
Studio: Gravitas Ventures
Director: Stan Brooks
Screenwriter: Fabrizio Filippo, Adam Till
Starring: Abigail Breslin, Georgie Henley, Mira Sorvino
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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Plot Summary: A pair of abused and neglected teenage girls almost get away with murder in “Perfect Sisters,” a riveting true-crime thriller based on the notorious “Bathtub Girls” case. Sisters Sandra and Beth learned early in life that they had no one to depend on but each other. But when their addict mother Linda makes plans to move the girls in with her lecherous and abusive lover, the girls’ situation becomes unbearable. Seeing no other way out, Sandra and Beth recruit their classmates to help them plan their mother’s murder. When the girls’ guilt spins out of control and they compulsively confess their involvement to friends, rumors that they are cold-blooded killers reach the ears of the authorities. “Perfect Sisters” is a harrowing and heartbreaking look at the teen subculture that nurtured the girls’ murderous fantasies and covered up for them after they committed an unthinkable crime in an effort to create a normal life for themselves.

The Railway Man

Release Date: April 11, 2014 (limited)
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Screenwriter: Frank Cottrell Boyce, Andy Paterson
Starring: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine, Stellan Skarsgard, Sam Reid, Tanroh Ishida, Hiroyuki Sanada
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Based on a remarkable autobiography, “The Railway Man” tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax discovers that the Japanese interpreter he holds responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him, and his haunting past, in this powerful tale of survival, love and redemption.

Rio 2

Release Date: April 11, 2014
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, will.i.am, Jemaine Clement, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Jamie Foxx, Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth
Genre: Animation, Comedy
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Plot Summary: It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in “Rio 2,” after they’re hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all – his father-in-law. All our favorite “Rio” characters are back, and they’re joined by Oscar® nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy® winner Bruno Mars, Tony® winner Kristin Chenoweth and Oscar/Emmy®/Tony winner Rita Moreno. “Rio 2” also features new Brazilian artists and original music by Janelle Monae and Wondaland.

Frankie & Alice

Release Date: April 14, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Codeblack Films (Lionsgate)
Director: Geoffrey Sax
Screenwriter: Cheryl Edwards, Marko King, Mary King, Jonathan Watters, Joe Shrapnel, Anna Waterhouse
Starring: Halle Berry, Stellan Skarsgard, Phylicia Rashad, Chandra Wilson, Matt Frewer
Genre: Psychological Drama
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Plot Summary: From Lionsgate and Codeblack Films and the executive producers of “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” and “Lackawanna Blues” comes a mind-bending drama starring Academy Award® Winner and Golden Globe® Nominee Halle Berry (“The Call,” “Monster’s Ball”). “Frankie & Alice” is inspired by the remarkable true story of an African American go-go dancer “Frankie” with multiple personalities (dissociative identity disorder or “DID”) who struggles to remain her true self while fighting against two very unique alter egos: a seven-year-old child named Genius and a Southern white racist woman named Alice. In order to stop the multiple voices in her head, Frankie (Halle Berry) works together with a psychotherapist (Stellan Skarsgard) to uncover and overcome the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her.

Heaven is for Real

Release Date: April 16, 2014
Studio: TriStar Pictures (Sony)
Director: Randall Wallace
Screenwriter: Randall Wallace, Christopher Parker
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Connor Corum, Margo Martindale, Thomas Haden Church
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Inspired by the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, “Heaven is for Real” brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience, with the world.

13 Sins

Release Date: April 18, 2014 (limited)
Studio: RADiUS-TWC
Director: Daniel Stamm
Screenwriter: David Birke, Daniel Stamm
Starring: Mark Webber, Ron Perlman, Rutina Wesley
Genre: Horror, Thriller
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Plot Summary: A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises increasing rewards for completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last.

A Haunted House 2

Release Date: April 18, 2014
Studio: Open Road Films
Director: Mike Tiddes
Screenwriter: Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Gabriel Iglesias, Jaime Pressly, Ashley Rickards, Essence Atkins, Affion Crockett, Dave Sheridan
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
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Plot Summary: Crossing new lines and breaking old barriers, “A Haunted House 2” is the sequel to the hilarious box-office hit starring Marlon Wayans as Malcolm who, after exorcising the demons of his ex, is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. With spine-tingling tension and hilarious punch-lines “A Haunted House 2” is inspired by the latest supernatural horror movie franchises and shows that this time… it’s not just the house that’s haunted!

Authors Anonymous

Release Date: April 18, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Screen Media Films, Starz Digital Media
Director: Ellie Kanner
Screenwriter: David Congalton
Starring: Kaley Cuoco, Chris Klein, Dennis Farina, Jonathan Bennett, Dylan Walsh, Teri Polo
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: After a dysfunctional group of unpublished writers with the motto “all for one” accept Hannah Rinaldi (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) into their fold, the last thing they expect is her overnight success — but that’s exactly what they get. While her career takes off, her eccentric and envious colleagues (Chris Klein, Teri Polo, Dylan Walsh, Dennis Farina and Jonathan Bennett) struggle to find their own paths to publishing fame and fortune. Tensions rise, rivalries form, and hearts are broken. Rejection turns to desperation. Good thing they’re only armed with pens…

Bears

Release Date: April 18, 2014
Studio: Disneynature
Director: Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey, Adam Chapman
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Not Available
Genre: True Life Adventure
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Plot Summary: In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of two mother bears as they impart life lessons to their impressionable young cubs. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bear families must work together to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from predators, including an ever-present wolf pack. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—where mothers definitely know best and their cubs’ survival hinges on family togetherness.

Fading Gigolo

Release Date: April 18, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Millennium Entertainment
Director: John Turturro
Screenwriter: John Turturro
Starring: John Turturro, Woody Allen, Liev Schreiber, Sofia Vergara, Sharon Stone, Vanessa Paradis, Max Casella, Bob Balaban, Aida Turturro, Jill Scott
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: Fioravante (Turturro) decides to become a professional Don Juan as a way of making money to help his cash-strapped friend, Murray (Woody Allen). With Murray acting as his “manager,” the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money.

The Final Member

Release Date: April 18, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Drafthouse Films
Director: Jonah Bekhor, Zach Math
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Sigurður Hjartarson
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: Paris has the Louvre, London has the Tate Modern, and New York the Metropolitan Museum. But Husavik, Iceland-a diminutive village on the fringe of the Arctic Circle-boasts the world’s only museum devoted exclusively to painstakingly preserved male genitalia. Founded and curated by Sigurður “Siggi” Hjartarson, the Icelandic Phallological Museum houses four decades worth of mammalian members, from a petite field mouse to the colossal sperm whale, and every “thing” in between. Lamentably, Siggi’s collection lacks the holy grail of phallic phantasmagoria: a human specimen. Siggi’s world changes dramatically when he receives generous offers from an elderly Icelandic Casanova and an eccentric American. However, as the competition for eternal penile preservation heats up between the two men, Siggi soon discovers that this process is more complicated than it initially appeared.

Kid Cannabis

Release Date: April 18, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Well Go USA
Director: John Stockwell
Screenwriter: John Stockwell
Starring: Kenny Wormald, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Ron Perlman, Aaron Yoo, John C. McGinley, Corey Large, Bryce Hodgson, Lochlyn Munro
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
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Plot Summary: An 18-year-old high school drop out and his 27-year-old friend start trafficking marijuana across the border of Canada in order to make money and their lives are changed forever.

Make Your Move

Release Date: April 18, 2014 (limited)
Studio: High Top Releasing
Director: Duane Adler
Screenwriter: Duane Adler
Starring: Derek Hough, BoA, Wesley Jonathan, Will Yun Lee, Izabella Miko
Genre: Musical
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Plot Summary: The music is pumping, the dance floor is moving and Donny (Derek Hough) stops when he sees Aya (BoA) performing with her hip-hop Cobu crew on stage at Static, the hottest underground club in New York. They come from two different worlds, but they speak the same language – dance. Against all odds, they come together and show the world what they’ve got in “Make Your Move.”

Proxy

Release Date: April 18, 2014 (NY)
Studio: IFC Midnight
Director: Zack Parker
Screenwriter: Kevin Donner, Zack Parker
Starring: Alexia Rasmussen, Alexa Havins, Kristina Klebe, Joe Swanberg
Genre: Horror, Thriller
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Plot Summary: Esther (Alexia Rasmussen) feels alone in this world. When she is viciously attacked by a hooded assailant, it almost seems to be a blessing in disguise when Esther finds consolation in a support group, especially from the kindly Melanie (Alexa Havins). The two women strike up a close friendship and Esther’s life of sadness and solitude is opened up to understanding and even acceptance. However, their bond gets increasingly dangerous as they can no longer tell what’s real and what’s in their heads.

Small Time

Release Date: April 18, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Anchor Bay Films
Director: Joel Surnow
Screenwriter: Joel Surnow
Starring: Christopher Meloni, Dean Norris, Devon Bostick, Bridget Moynahan, Kevin Nealon
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Inspired by a true story, Al Klein (Meloni) and his longtime friend, Ash Martini (Norris) own a used car lot. These two know every trick in the book when it comes to selling cars. Martini is a good time charley, who never settled down. Klein, however, still pines for his ex-wife Barbara (Moynahan) who left him years ago for a more successful man. After their son, Freddy (Bostick,) graduates high school, he decides to forego college in favor of selling cars with his old man. Klein is thrilled when Freddy moves in with him—it’s the first time these two have lived under one roof since Freddy was kid. Barbara, on the other hand, is very far from thrilled. But what’s good for Klein might not be the best thing for Freddy, as Freddy quickly transforms from innocent young man into a seasoned car salesman… leaving Al with a tough decision to make.

Tasting Menu

Release Date: April 18, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Roger Gual
Screenwriter: Javier Calvo, Roger Gual
Starring: Stephen Rea, Finnoula Flannagan, Claudia Bassols, Jan Cornet Rodrigo Corte
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Plot Summary: It’s been a year since Marc and Rachel booked a table at the best restaurant in the world, situated in an idyllic cove of Costa Brava. When it turns out that the booking is on the same date as the last night before the restaurant closes forever, their booking becomes even more important. The thing is just that Marc and Rachel are no longer together. They have been separated for a year and not seen each other during that time. Not willing to miss this unique culinary event, however, they both decide to meet at the restaurant – and it becomes a night of nothing you would have expected.

Trailer Park Boys 3: Don’t Legalize It

Release Date: April 18, 2014 (Canada)
Studio: eOne Films
Director: Mike Clattenburg
Screenwriter: Mike Clattenburg
Starring: John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Mike Smith
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
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Plot Summary: Out of jail and broke, Julian concocts an outrageously greasy scheme to get rich and, to make it even greasier, he will have to deliver his product to his arch-enemy, Cyrus, who’s waiting in Montreal to close the dirty deal. Meanwhile, Ricky’s dope growing business is under a major threat when the government announces a plan to legalize marijuana, so he heads to Ottawa to make an impassioned plea – in the way only Ricky can – Say No to Decriminalization.

Transcendence

Release Date: April 18, 2014 (2D theaters and IMAX)
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Wally Pfister
Screenwriter: Jack Paglen
Starring: Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, Cillian Murphy
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
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Plot Summary: Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him.

Bicycling with Moliere

Release Date: April 23, 2014 (NY)
Studio: Strand Releasing
Director: Philippe Le Guay
Screenwriter: Philippe Le Guay
Starring: Lambert Wilson, Fabrice Luchini, Maya Sansa, Laurie Bourdesoules
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: In this warm, funny, literate comedy, two French actors portray two French actors, friends at odds with one another in every possible way, except with regard to their love for performing Molière’s The Misanthrope. Lambert Wilson plays Gauthier: tall, handsome, and the beneficiary of a leading role in a wildly popular, wildly ridiculous soap opera; he is a beloved cosmetic surgeon who “saves lives.” Regarding the random nature of his good fortune, Gauthier is both embarrassed and defensive; he seeks to re-establish his acting bona-fides by starring in and directing Molière on the Paris stage.

Blue Ruin

Release Date: April 25, 2014 (limited)
Studio: RADiUS-TWC
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Screenwriter: Jeremy Saulnier
Starring: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack, Eve Plumb, David W. Thompson, Brent Weizner, Stacy Rock, Sidne Anderson
Genre: Thriller
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Plot Summary: “Blue Ruin” is a classic American revenge story that recently won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival where it screened in the Directors’ Fortnight. The film follows a mysterious outsider whose quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.

Brick Mansions

Release Date: April 25, 2014
Studio: Relativity Media
Director: Camille Delamarre
Screenwriter: Luc Besson
Starring: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA, Gouchy Boy, Catalina Denis, Carlo Rota
Genre: Action
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Plot Summary: In a dystopian Detroit, abandoned brick mansions left from better times now house only the most dangerous criminals. Unable to control the crime, the police constructed a colossal containment wall around this area to protect the rest of the city. Undercover cop Damien Collier (Paul Walker) is determined to bring his father’s killer, Tremaine (RZA) to justice and every day is a battle against corruption. For Lino (David Belle), every day is a fight to live an honest life. Their paths never should have crossed, but when Tremaine kidnaps Lino’s girlfriend, Damien reluctantly accepts the help of the fearless ex-convict, and together they must stop a sinister plot to devastate the entire city. With stylized action featuring thrilling Parkour stunts (David Belle is the co-founder of this physical training discipline), “Brick Mansions” puts an entertaining twist on the action genre.

For No Good Reason

Release Date: April 25, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Charlie Paul
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Ralph Steadman, Johnny Depp
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: Johnny Depp pays a call on his friend and hero Ralph Steadman and we take off on a high-spirited, lyrical, raging and soulful journey discovering the life and works of one of the most important radical British artists of modern times. Steadman rose to prominence in the early ’70s when his impassioned and stirring images gained recognition through popular cultural publications and press both in the UK and US for their bold comment on world politics and human rights infringements.

The German Doctor

Release Date: April 25, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Director: Lucia Puenzo
Screenwriter: Lucia Puenzo
Starring: Alex Brendemühl, Natalia Oreiro, Diego Peretti, Elena Roger, Guillermo Pfening, Alan Daicz, Florencia Bado
Genre: Drama, Thriller
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Plot Summary: Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor (Alex Brendemühl) meets an Argentinean family and follows them on a long desert road to a small town where the family will be starting a new life. Eva (Natalia Oreiro), Enzo (Diego Peretti) and their three children welcome the doctor into their home and entrust their young daughter, Lilith (Florencia Bado), to his care, not knowing that they are harboring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. At the same time, Israeli agents are desperately looking to bring The German Doctor to justice.

The Girl and Death

Release Date: April 25, 2014 (NY, LA release: May 23)
Studio: Shadow Distribution
Director: Jos Stelling
Screenwriter: Jos Stelling, Bert Rijkelijkhuizen
Starring: Sylvia Hoeks, Sergey Makovetsky, Renata Litvinova, Dieter Hallervorden, Svetlana Svetlichnaya
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Plot Summary: In Russia of the post-WWII era, aging doctor Nicolai (Sergey Makovetsky) returns to an old, abandoned hotel outside of Liepzig, Germany, the place where he first met his great love 50 years ago, and relives his romantic tragedy. The hotel still bears the traces of its impressive past. As a young medical student travelling from Moscow en route to Paris, young Nicolai (Leonid Bichevin) meets and falls in love with the beautiful courtesan Elise (Sylvia Hoeks) at the hotel, which is also a brothel. Nicolai prolongs his stay, despite Elise’s friend Nina’s (Renata Litvinova) discouragement.

Last Passenger

Release Date: April 25, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Cohen Media Group
Director: Omid Nooshin
Screenwriter: Omid Nooshin
Starring: Dougray Scott, Kara Tointon, David Schofield, Iddo Goldberg, Lindsay Duncan
Genre: Suspense Thriller
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Plot Summary: “Last Passenger” tells the story of Lewis Shaler (Dougray Scott), an overworked doctor and devoted single dad heading home with his young son on the last train from London. When he strikes up a relationship with a beautiful and flirtatious stranger, Lewis believes life is finally looking up. But events then take a dark turn when he discovers the guard has mysteriously vanished and the brakes have been sabotaged. Unknown to the handful of remaining passengers, a vengeful sociopath has taken control of the train and is hell-bent on crashing it, taking his passengers with him to the grave.

Locke

Release Date: April 25, 2014 (limited)
Studio: A24
Director: Steven Knight
Screenwriter: Steven Knight
Starring: Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, Olivia Colman, Tom Holland, Ben Daniels, Danny Webb, Alice Lowe, Bill Milner, Lee Ross, Silas Carson, Kirsty Dillon
Genre: Action, Drama
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Plot Summary: “Locke” is the story of one man’s life unraveling in a tension-fuelled ninety minute race against time. Ivan Locke has the perfect family, his dream job, and tomorrow should be the crowning moment of his career. But one phone call will force him to make a decision that will put it all on the line.

The Machine

Release Date: April 25, 2014 (limited)
Studio: XLrator Media
Director: Caradog W James
Screenwriter: Caradog W James
Starring: Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, Denis Lawson, Sam Hazeldine, Pooneh Hajimohammadi, John Paul Macleod
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
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Plot Summary: Two computer programmers fall in love as they create the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence, designed to help humanity. But things go terribly wrong when the British Government steals their breakthrough and teaches it to become a robotic weapon.

The Other Woman

Release Date: April 25, 2014
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Screenwriter: Melissa Stack
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kate Upton, Taylor Kinney, Nicki Minaj
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on (Leslie Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB.

The Quiet Ones

Release Date: April 25, 2014
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: John Pogue
Screenwriter: Craig Rosenberg, Oren Moverman, John Pogue, Tom de Ville
Starring: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, Olivia Cooke
Genre: Horror, Supernatural Thriller
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Plot Summary: A university student (Sam Claflin of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”) and some classmates are recruited to carry out a private experiment — to create a poltergeist. Their subject: an alluring, but dangerously disturbed young woman (Olivia Cooke of “Bates Motel”). Their quest: to explore the dark energy that her damaged psyche might manifest. As the experiment unravels along with their sanity, the rogue PHD students are soon confronted with a terrifying reality: they have triggered an unspeakable force with a power beyond all explanation.

Walking with the Enemy

Release Date: April 25, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Liberty Studios
Director: Mark Schmidt
Screenwriter: Kenny Golde
Starring: Jonah Armstrong, Hannah Tointon, Ben Kingsley, Simon Kunz, Simon Dutton, Burn Gorman, Shane Taylor, Charles Hubbell, Simon Hepworth, Andrew Brooke, William Hope
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Inspired by a true story, “Walking with the Enemy” is an unforgettable film of love, courage, and sacrifice. Set in Hungary during the final months of World War ll, a young man sets out to find his displaced family by stealing a Nazi uniform to pose as an officer. Filled with suspense and danger, he undertakes extraordinary measures to reroute his family and other Jews to safety by disrupting the activities of the German occupiers.

Young and Beautiful

Release Date: April 25, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Sundance Selects
Director: Francois Ozon
Screenwriter: Francois Ozon
Starring: Géraldine Pailhas, Marine Vacth
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: “No one’s serious at 17,” wrote Arthur Rimbaud, a sentiment that may justify the choices made by 17-year-old Isabelle (Ms. Vacth), over the course of a pivotal year. Her transgressive and intimately observed coming-of-age journey is divided in four seasonal chapters and four pop songs, from her sexual awakening to her first time, to her foray into prostitution and her search for identity. Francois Ozon observes her journey without judgment, reflecting on the emotions and insecurities that saturate a young person’s entrance into adulthood, and again proves a master at coaxing strong performances from young actors. Nominated for two 2014 César Awards: Marine Vacth (Most Promising Actress) and Géraldine Pailhas (Best Supporting Actress) as Isabelle’s mother.

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