Reel Reviewer looks at the big April cinema releases

Reel Reviewer movie column for April, by Jason Day.

Life still Ryan Reynolds
Photo courtesy of Sony/Columbia/Skydance

Life (out now) deserves credit for pulling off a great surprise ending, although the film is largely devoid of decent thrills.

A creature from Mars starts picking off a team of scientists, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds (pictured above) starring.

It’s a relatively taut movie, but just needed more oomph.

Full review:

The Boss Baby (April 7): Alec Baldwin provides the voice of a family’s new baby who has a mysterious plan. He ropes in his elder brother to help him achieve his aim.

Going In Style (April 7): Genial comedy with Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin as retirees who become bank robbers when their pension pots are frozen. With actors of this quality, the one-liners hit home.

Table 19 (April 7): Unlucky in love Anna Kendrick is seated at the titular table with other oddballs at a wedding. She accepts this means she is fated to be single… until the man of her dreams appears at another table.

Fast & Furious 8 (April 14): Incredibly into the eighth film of the series, this is also the first major American movie to be given permission to film in Cuba. Charlize Theron is one of the new faces brought in to freshen up the car racing antics.

Rules Don’t Apply (April 21): Director/star Warren Beatty’s recent gaffe at the Oscars might help this light comedy along at the box office, as he plays movie mogul Howard Hughes. Lily Collins is the aspiring actress he is helping to stardom. Alden Ehrenreich is the driver who romances her.

Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 (April 28): The sequel to 2014’s blockbuster hit should please fans of sci-fi and Marvel comic adaptations. Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana return as the extraterrestrial criminals who try to unravel Pratt’s parentage.


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