Although there are a few noteworthy movies coming out in April, the unequivocal star of the show will be Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War – a blockbuster 10 years in the making and that fans have been looking forward to since its announcement. Will it live up to expectations? Probably, but while we wait for that to release near the end of the month, there’s a lot to tide us over!
Five Fingers for Marseilles
Release date: 4 April 2018
South African films that make waves on the international scene deserve to be paid attention to, and Five Fingers for Marseilles is getting heaps of praise (we even love it). The concept is unconventional, but is executed brilliantly: a Western in terms of its narrative and genre, but that plays out in a fictional South African town. It follows the journey of a boy who tries to rid his town of corrupt cops that take advantage of its people, as well as his how he deals with the consequences of his actions as a man. The cast does a fantastic job bringing this innovative story to life, and anyone that’s a fan of Western’s, dramas, or South African cinema should definitely check this out.
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White house
Release date: 20 April 2018
Considering how prominent political scandals have been all over the world lately, a movie about one of the biggest political scandals in American history is probably quite topical. The film follows the investigative journalists who used an anonymous source to uncover the events that culminated in the ‘Watergate Scandal’, involving former US president Richard Nixon – who would later be impeached for what was revealed in the investigation. Most remarkably, it sees Liam Neeson, who’s been routinely taking action movie roles for the last few years, return to a more dramatic setting as he plays the title character. This won’t be a light movie, but for anyone interested in politic espionage or history, this might be an enjoyable watch.
A Quiet Place
Release date: 6 April 2018
Most moviegoers and series watchers will be familiar with John Krasinski, most well-known for his role as Jim Halpert from The Office. Surprisingly, he’s not only a lead actor in this movie, alongside the talented Emily Blunt, but this is also his directorial debut. A family must see out their daily lives in near silence, because if they don’t, they’ll be hunted down by bizarre creatures that are sensitive to sound. While it may look like it’s a fairly routine horror movie, A Quiet Place introduces some novel storytelling elements (like sparingly using sound to augment the atmosphere) to keep tension high throughout the movie, and likely keep horror fans on the edge of their seats the whole way through.
Release date: 13 April 2018
An adaptation from the 1986 video game of the same name, Rampage sees Dwayne Johnson play a scientist, with an albino gorilla as his buddy, who has to go on a wild adventure to cure said gorilla after he’s affected by a strange experiment that turns him into a massive, rampaging beast. Throw a mutated wolf and alligator into the mix, and you’ve got a sci-fi adventure that’s likely to keep your pulse racing from start to finish. Besides Johnson, there’s a host of star talent on show, including Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan to round out a solid cast.
Avengers: Infinity War
Release date: 26 April 2018
For many Marvel fans, this movie is setting up to be a borderline spiritual experience, as it lines up the greatest showdown its universe has to ofer offer: every hero that can possibly join the fight versus Thanos, a powerful villain that will end up being unstoppable once he assembles the Infinity Stones. It’s up to the Avengers (aided by a lot of allies, including one bionic raccoon) to team up and try to stop this from happening at all costs. The scope and size of Infinity War will rival pretty much any effects-driven film we’ve seen, and for that reason alone, it’s probably worth the price of admission. But, for long-time fans, it’s going to be a fitting crescendo to the Marvel universe’s celebrated film franchise.