Thursday, 31 March 2011

Upcoming Releases - April '11

Here is a selection of films due out in UK cinemas next month.

Sucker Punch - 1st April
Action | Fantasy | Thriller
110 mins
12A certificate
Main cast: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Carla Gugino, Scott Glenn
Director: Zack Snyder

'An epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what's real and what is imaginary.'

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Source Code - 1st April
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
93 mins
12A certificate
Main cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright
Director: Duncan Jones

'When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he's ever known, he learns he's part of a government experiment called the "Source Code," a program that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack.'

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Oranges and Sunshine - 1st April
105 mins
15 certificate
Main cast: Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham
Director: Jim Loach

'Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, uncovered one of the most significant social scandals in recent times: the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom. Almost singlehandedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own well-being, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. She discovered a secret that the British government had kept hidden for years: one hundred and thirty thousand children in care had been sent abroad to commonwealth countries, mainly Australia. They were promised oranges and sunshine, they got hard labour and life in institutions.'

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Your Highness - 13th April
Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
102 mins
15 certificate
Main cast: Danny McBride, Natalie Portman, James Franco, Zooey Deschanel
Director: David Gordon Green

'Thadeous (McBride) has spent his life watching his perfect older brother Fabious (Franco) embark upon valiant journeys and win the hearts of his people. Tired of being passed over for adventure, adoration and the throne, he's settled for a life of wizard's weed, hard booze and easy maidens. But when Fabious' bride-to-be, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), gets kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux), the king gives his deadbeat son an ultimatum: Man up and help rescue her or get cut off. Half-assedly embarking upon his first quest, Thadeous joins Fabious to trek across the perilous outlands and free the princess.'

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Red Riding Hood - 15th April
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
100 mins
12A certificate
Main cast: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Max Irons, Shiloh Fernandez, Julie Christie
Director: Catherine Hardwicke

'Valerie (Seyfried) is in love with brooding outsider Peter (Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie's older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Oldman), to help them kill the wolf.'

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Scream 4 - 15th April
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
103 mins
TBC certificate
Main cast: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin
Director: Wes Craven

'In Scream 4, Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill (played by Emma Roberts) and her Aunt Kate (Mary McDonnell). Unfortunately Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.'

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Meek's Cutoff - 15th April
104 mins
PG certificate
Main cast: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Paul Dano, Will Patton
Director: Kelly Reichardt

'The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon train of three families has hired mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a shortcut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert, only to become lost in the dry rock and sage. Over the coming days, the emigrants face the scourges of hunger, thirst and their own lack of faith in one another's instincts for survival. When a Native American wanderer crosses their path, the emigrants are torn between their trust in a guide who has proven himself unreliable and a man who has always been seen as a natural born enemy.'

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Fast Five - 21st April
Action | Crime | Drama
Running time and certificate: TBA
Main cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson
Director: Justin Lin

'Since Brian and Mia Toretto broke Dom out of custody, they've blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom. As they assemble their elite team of top racers, the unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead. But he's not the only one on their tail.'

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The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec - 22nd April
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
107 mins
12A certificate
Main cast: Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gilles Lellouche
Director: Luc Besson

'An adventure set in the early party of the 20th century and focused on a popular novelist and her dealings with would-be suitors, the cops, monsters, and other distractions.'

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Thor - 27th April
Action | Adventure | Drama
130 mins
TBC certificate
Main cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard
Director: Kenneth Branagh

'The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.'

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Information obtained from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes,, and the films' official websites.

1 comment:

  1. Out of those the one I'm looking forward to most issss....Source Code and Oranges and Sunshine. Can't pass up a bit of Hugo Weaving.


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