Reel Reviewer Column: Mortal Kombat is no fatality

Jason Day previews the cinema releases for April and May ahead of step two of the roadmap.

Cinemas are on step two of the Government’s roadmap back to the old normal. But, along with the neverending series of updates and U-turns, the possibility of more change hangs in the air.

The more realistic date to pin in your diaries is probably going to be 17th May. The question is, what state will multiplexes be in when they welcome us?

Bagsy the first popcorn at Cineworld!

Nomadland (April 9)

Now garlanded with Golden Globes, this must be a shoo-in for some Oscars.

France McDormand plays a woman journeying through the American West after losing everything, living as a van-dwelling nomad.

Mortal Kombat (April 16)

A decidedly star-less cast in this new movie version of the old video game. A fighter called Cole Young seeks out Earth’s greatest champions in a high stakes battle for the universe.

Nobody (April 23)

“Don’t call 911”. Bob Odenkirk stars as the most unassuming of men who takes the law into his own hands when his family are threatened during a burglary.

Turns out he’s more like Liam Neeson in the Taken films and can more than adequately handle himself. Connie Nielsen is his wife; Christopher Lloyd plays his dad.

Justice Society: World War II (April 27)

From the DC comics stable, JS characters are dropped into World War II thanks to a timeslip. The Flash meets Wonder Woman and her top secret team (the Justice Society of America).

The Artist’s Wife (April 30)

Bruce Dern stars as an arrogant, successful artist who examines his life with long suffering wife Lena Olin. Olin is also a talented artist but has neglected her art to support her husband’s career
and raise a family.

Sounds a bit like The Wife with Glenn Close; no bad thing, as that film was engrossing.

Those Who Wish Me Dead (May 7)

Angelina Jolie stars in this action thriller as a survival expert who helps a teenage murder witness who is being pursued by assassins during a forest fire.

Rare Beasts (May 21)

Honey to the Bee? More like busy bee as Billie Piper writes, stars in and directs this frank, almost brutal drama about a woman on the edge, just about losing it as she tries to find a good relationship with a decent fella. Lily James co-stars.

Cruella (May 28)

Emma Stone stars in this 101 Dalmations prequel, giving the back story of one of Disney’s most memorable villains.

From the trailer it looks lavish and, in Stone, lip-smackingly wicked.

You can read more in-depth reviews from Jason by following him on Twitter: @Reelreviewer

This feature was published in the April and May 2021 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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