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9 Most Anticipated Movies of April 2017

Movies of April 2017

What are the movies to keep on your radar this month?

On the movie front, 2017 has already been extremely kind to us. Not only have we been treated to the sublime Logan, but we’ve also enjoyed Lego Batman, Kong: Skull Island, and the surprisingly robust Power Rangers reboot. But April is here and there’s a whole lot more to look forward to. So without further ado, here are the 9 movies we can’t wait to see this month.

The Boss Baby

Release date: 7 April 2017

OK, most animations can be either hit or miss, but this one comes from Tom McGrath, the director behind the Madagascar films (and who also wrote the hilarious spin-off, Penguins of Madagascar). Alex Baldwin, ViviAnn Yee, Steve Buscemi, Patton Oswalt, Jimmy Kimmel, and Lisa Kudrow all lend their voices to this story of how a most unusual new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator — wildly imaginative 7-year-old Tim. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, this is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages.

Gold

Release date: 7 April 2017

Matthew McConaughey looks to be delivering another stellar performance of his career in Gold. The film, which also stars Edgar Ramírez, Toby Kebbell, Bryce Dallas Howard, Corey Stoll, and Toby Kebbell, follows Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, who teams up with a similarly eager geologist to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. Getting the gold was difficult, but keeping it will be even harder, sparking an adventure through the most powerful boardrooms of Wall Street.

The Last Face

Release date: 7 April 2017

Javier Bardem and Charlize Theron team up for this drama directed by Sean Penn. Theron plays the head of an international aid agency in Africa who meets a relief aid doctor (Bardem) amidst a political/social revolution. Together, they face tough choices surrounding humanitarianism and life through civil unrest.

Beauty and the The Beast

Release date: 13 April

Disney’s latest jump from animation to live-action is that of Beauty and the Beast, which is led by Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. If you’ve never seen the original (where have you been?), it follows the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in the beast’s castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realise the kind heart of the true Prince within.

Fast & Furious 8

Release date: 14 April

The Fast & Furious franchise isn’t slowing down anytime soon, and the long-running series sees its eighth release this month. Vin Diesel is back to head up the film, with Tyrese Gibson, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Kurt Russell, and Jason Statham all reprising their respective roles. Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott Eastwood, has also been added to the cast, and Charlize Theron is playing the new villain in the movie. When a mysterious woman (Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime, he can’t seem to escape and into the betrayal of those closest to him, the team will face trials that will test them as never before.

Going in Style

Release date: 26 April

Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin form a trio of lifelong buddies who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

Beyond the River

Release date: 28 April

South African film Beyond the River is looking to be a hit this month. Two men from vastly different walks of life have one goal in common: to win Gold. But, there are a few things in their way. One has a marriage on the verge of collapse, and the other is on the run from the law and his life. Somewhere along the river of their lives, there’s a confluence of events that changes both of them. The film stars Lemogang Tsipa, Grant Swanby, Israel Sipho, Matseke Zulu, Emily Child, Kgosi Mongake, Garth Breytenbach, Nobuhle Zwane, and Paul Du Toit.

Bleed for This

Release date: 28 April

Bleed for This is the incredible true story of one of the most inspiring and unlikely comebacks in sports history. Miles Teller (Whiplash) stars as Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza, a local boxer from Rhode Island who shot to stardom after winning two world title fights. After a near-fatal car accident leaves Vinny with a severed spine, he is told he may never walk again. Against doctor’s orders, renowned trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart, The Dark Knight) agrees to help Vinny return to the ring in just a year after the accident for what could be the last fight of his life.

Sleepless

Release date: 28 April

Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan star in Sleepless, which follows undercover Las Vegas police officer Downs (Foxx), who is caught in a high stakes web of corrupt cops and the mob-controlled casino underground. When a heist goes wrong, a crew of homicidal gangsters kidnaps Downs’ teenage son. In one sleepless night, he will have to rescue his son, evade an Internal Affairs investigation, and bring the kidnappers to justice.

What movie are you most excited for this month? Let us know in the comments below and tweet us @MenStuffZA!

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