It’s Friday, April 12. We’re halfway through the month’s weekends, and I have all the trailers you can handle (and then some).
Shazam! a 14-year-old foster boy can conjure a superhero alter ego so long as he shouts Shazam!. If Beetlejuice met Big. Based on the DC comic.
The Wind is a thriller from Emma Tammi in her directorial debut. From the IFC newsletter: “An unseen evil haunts the homestead in this chilling, folkloric tale of madness, paranoia, and otherworldly terror. …Isolated from civilization in a desolate wilderness where the wind never stops howling, [a frontierswoman] begins to sense a sinister presence that seems to be borne of the land itself, an overwhelming dread that her husband (Ashley Zukerman) dismisses as superstition. When a newlywed couple arrives on a nearby homestead, their presence amplifies Lizzy’s fears, setting into motion a shocking chain of events.” I did yell “hell yes!” at my inbox.
Billboard is a film starring Eric Roberts.
Suburban Birds is a TK-language drama. An engineer uncovers a journal “might contain prophecies about his own life”; the reviews are not good, but the NYT calls it a “spectaular debut.”
The Best of Enemies is a drama about Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson), a civil rights activists, who agrees to co-chair weekly meetings with C.P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell), a KKK leader. And then, like, they realize they aren’t so different afterall! Ann Atwater, Henson, and Rockwell deserve better than this lite fare. (Ellis deserves nothing, even if he changed his mind.) Danny Strong is among the film’s (largely white, male) producers. Why does he keep producing this drivel when he’s proven to us he can write and produce better?
Amazing Grace is a concert film about Aretha Franklin’s 1972 performance at the New Temple Baptist Mission church in Los Angeles.
Storm Boy: “Storm Boy lives a lonely life with his reclusive father on a desolate coastline, but when he forms a close bond with a pelican, Mr. Percival, his life takes a new and unexpected turn.”
Teen Spirit stars Elle Fanning as a teenager who enters a singing contest. Looks promising!
Division 19: “Division 19 looks at the loss of personal anonymity in 2039.”
Pet Sematary is the newest adaptation of Stephen King’s darkest novel. Starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow.
The Head Hunter: “A medieval warrior’s gruesome collection of severed heads is missing only one – the monster that killed his daughter years ago.”
Berserk is a “wildly uneven” dark comedy starring Nick Cannon.
Peterloo is a British drama about a peaceful protest of 60,000-80,000 that ended with the deaths of 18 people when British forces initiated a skirmish. The protest is now known as the Peterloo Massacre.
Coming to theaters Wednesday, April 10th, 2019:
Sauvage is a French drama. A depraved drug dealer is looking for love
New to Netflix…:
Kevin Hart: Irresponsible
Suzzanna: Buried Alive
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 2
Spirit Riding Free: Season 8
Box Office Weekend: Friday, April 12th, 2019
William is a “dull what-if story.”
Master Z: Ip Man Legacy stars Michelle Yeoh, Dave Bautista, Tony Jaa, and Max Zhang. It’s a spin-off to 2015’s Ip Man 3; Ip Man was a real person, but the film is mostly about fightings. Lots of it.
Wild Nights with Emily posits that poet Emily Dickinson was a vivacious, irreverent sexpot. She’s played by Molly Shannon, and reviews are good, so I’ll reserve judgment.
Red Joan stars Judi Dench as a woman who is found out as a spy, several decades after the fact.
Girls of the Sun is a drama about a group of Kurdish women fighting extremists. The reviews are not good. Like, “surprised this wasn’t released in January” not good.
Boo! is a horror film.
Long Day’s Journey Into Night is a Cantonese-drama, a “noir-tinged stunner about a lost soul (Jue Huang) on a quest to find a missing woman from his past (Wei Tang, Lust, Caution).” It is “China’s biggest arthouse hit of all time.” I can’t really verify that right now.
High Life stars Juliette Binoche and Robert Pattinson. Pattinson is a death row inmate sent to space to harvest energy from a black hole. Shit gets crazy; it’s a film from Claire Denis.
Dogman: “Marcello, a small and gentle dog groomer, finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugation with Simone, a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighborhood.”
After is a romantic drama with a nauseating plotline.
Her Smell is a drama by Alex Ross Perry. Starring Elisabeth Moss, Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Agyness Deyn, Gayle Rankin, Ashley Benson, Dylan Gelula, Virginia Madsen and Amber Heard. Moss is a washed up rockstar on a long journey of self-destruction.
Hellboy stars David Harbour. I’m not sure why they’re rebooted the franchise, but they did.
Missing Link is an animated film about…bigfoot? With voices from
Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Emma Thompson, and Zach Galifianakis.
Mary Magdalene stars Rooney Mara as the Biblical figure. She causes friction amongst the Apostles, and it’s a real Yoko Ono situation, I guess?
Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
Penguins is a documentary from Disney.
Kalank: “Set in 1945, in Pre-Independence India, Kalank is a tale of eternal love.”
A Land Imagined
Huge in France
Mighty Little Bheem
The Perfect Date
Who Would You Take to a Deserted Island?
Available April 15:
No Good Nick
Available April 16:
Super Monsters Furever Friends
Available April 18:
My First First Love