Grab your treats from the snack bar, find your seat and mute your phone; Sarah Taviani has the top picks of April’s new-release movies.
Comedy. Sci-fi. Drama. World War II. You ready for more yet? These April movies are action-packed and 100 per cent prepared to make you laugh uproariously or weep for humanity.
CHIPS – APRIL 6
If you don’t love Dax Shepard and Michael Peña’s humour then you probably shouldn’t watch Chips. But if you enjoy light comedy, buddy cop films, explosions and terrible driving, this is right up your alley.
DANCE ACADEMY – APRIL 6
Crocodile Dundee. Mad Max. Muriel’s Wedding. The Castle. They were all just warm-up acts compared to Dance Academy. Will Tara be able to rekindle her passion for dancing after breaking her back? Will all of the actors actually dance on-screen? Is New York ready for such palpable tension? The ABC3 TV series was incredibly addictive after-school drama so get ready to be roped in.
DENIAL – APRIL 13
In this dramatisation of a true story, Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt is sued for libel by Holocaust denier David Irving. Timothy Spall is just so good at playing a morally repulsive character, and Rachel Weisz puts on a fantastic American accent, displaying passion in spades for this role. Fighting against Holocaust deniers must hit close to home – Rachel Weisz’s parents reportedly fled to the UK to avoid Nazi persecution prior to the Second World War.
COLOSSAL – APRIL 13
You lose your job and your boyfriend, and move back to your hometown. It feels like hitting rock-bottom. Then you discover you’re somehow mentally connected to a colossal monster attacking Seoul. Is that a step forward or a step back?
THEIR FINEST – APRIL 20
As a British film crew creates a morale-boosting propaganda film during World War II, an unwitting female screenwriter fights to make female contributions known. It’s a delicate film, in turns charming and charismatic but has been described as “surprisingly moving” and compared favourably to The Imitation Game.
BERLIN SYNDROME – APRIL 20
Australian backpacker Clare begins a passionate holiday romance, only to discover that she should have paid more attention to the morals of Taken because her new beau has no intention of letting her leave. Ever. Seriously, girl. Unless Liam Neeson is your father you’re in no position to live this life.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 – APRIL 20
Are you ready for more awesome music? Space adventures? Baby Groot? Then you’re ready for this movie and you’re going to love it. Also, we’ll be meeting Star Lord’s elusive father for the first time and discovering exactly why he was such a jerk.
Young at Heart Film Festival
From April 20-26, Palace Centro will be hosting a film festival that caters specifically to film buffs aged 60 and up. The festival line-up features new acclaimed films such as Their Finest, This Beautiful Fantastic and Viceroy’s House, alongside remastered classic including The Lion in Winter and The Tales of Hoffmann. Find out more here.
Spanish Film Festival
Celebrate 20 years of the Spanish Film Festival from April 27 to May 14 with Palace Barracks and Palace Centro. Full details of this festival are yet to be released, but it will be launched with Kiki, Love to Love, a “hilarious and complex comedy” from director Paco León that was a hit at the Spanish box office. Find out more here.
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