Action is what’s on the menu at the movies for April, with a wide variety of thrills for all
‘Morbius’ April 1st (Theaters)
Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. While at first it seems to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleashed. Will good override evil or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new urges? This latest entry in Sony’s Spider-Verse looks to connect to the greater MCU in its own strange way. Be sure to stick around after the credits to see just how much.
‘All the Old Knives’ April 8th (Amazon Prime Video)
Based on the novel of the same name by Olen Steinhauer, All the Old Knives is a classic throwback thriller with bite. When the CIA discovers one of its agents leaked information that cost more than 100 people their lives, veteran operative Henry Pelham (Chris Pine) is assigned to root out the mole from among his former officemates at the agency’s Vienna station. His investigation takes him from Austria to England to California, where he is reunited with his one-time colleague and ex-lover Celia Harrison (Thandiwe Newton). The pair are forced to blur the lines between profession and passion in this riveting tale of global espionage, moral ambiguity, and deadly betrayal.
‘Ambulance’ April 8th (Theaters)
A new era of unbridled Bayhem is upon us. In his latest film, Ambulance, Michael Bay delivers the thrills and explosions once again. Over one day across the streets of L.A., three lives will change forever. Decorated veteran Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), desperate for money to cover his wife’s medical bills, asks for help from the one person he knows he shouldn’t – his adoptive brother Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal). A charismatic career criminal, Danny instead offers him a score: the biggest bank heist in Los Angeles history: $32 million. With his wife’s survival on the line, Will can’t say no. But when their getaway goes spectacularly wrong, the desperate brothers hijack an ambulance with a wounded cop clinging to life and ace EMT Cam Thompson (Eiza González) onboard. In a high-speed pursuit that never stops, Will and Danny must evade a massive, city-wide law enforcement response, keep their hostages alive, and somehow try not to kill each other, all while executing the most insane escape L.A. has ever seen.
‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ April 8th (Theaters)
A new adventure awaits in this next level of the surprise video game movie hit of 2022. After settling in Green Hills, Sonic the Hedgehog (Ben Schwartz) is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) returns, this time with a new partner, Knuckles (Idris Elba), in search for an emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey), and together they embark on a globe-trotting journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands.
‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ April 15th (Theaters)
While we’ve now had three separate actors playing the main villain of this prequel series to Harry Potter and it’s unclear what any of this has to do with fantastic magical beasts anymore, that doesn’t stop this train from rolling. Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker (Dan Fogler) on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines?
‘The Bad Guys’ April 22nd (Theaters)
In the new action comedy from DreamWorks Animation, based on the New York Times best-selling book series, a crackerjack criminal crew of animal outlaws are about to attempt their most challenging con yet: becoming model citizens. Never have there been five friends as infamous as The Bad Guys – dashing pickpocket Mr. Wolf (Sam Rockwell), seen-it-all safecracker Mr. Snake (Marc Maron), chill master-of-disguise Mr. Shark (Craig Robinson), short-fused “muscle” Mr. Piranha (Anthony Ramos) and sharp-tongued expert hacker Ms. Tarantula (Awkwafina), aka “Webs.” But when, after years of countless heists and being the world’s most-wanted villains, the gang is finally caught, Mr. Wolf brokers a deal to save them all from prison: The Bad Guys will go good. Under the tutelage of their mentor Professor Marmalade (Richard Ayoade), an arrogant guinea pig, The Bad Guys set out to fool the world that they’ve been transformed.
‘The Northman’ April 22nd (Theaters)
Robert Eggers, the director of acclaimed films The Witch and The Lighthouse returns for his third tale of rage and madness. Alexander Skarsgård stars as Amleth, who is thrown into a quest for revenge when he witnesses the murder of his father (Ethan Hawke) at the hands of his uncle (Claes Bang). Once Amleth’s mother (Nicole Kidman) is taken captive, he’s forced to flee his home but vows to return and seek the justice he feels is deserved. The film also stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Willem Dafoe, and Björk.
‘We’re All Going to the World’s Fair’ April 22nd (Theaters)
A young teenage girl named Casey (Anna Cobb) spends her nights alone in her dimly lit room, scrolling through the internet and becoming intrigued by an online role-playing game called the “World’s Fair Challenge”. Those who take the challenge claim to go through bizarre and inexplicable changes, and once Casey joins in, she believes it’s happening to her too. Taking notes from the Paranormal Activity films, World’s Fair is told predominately through Casey’s webcam, making the scares more intimate and leaving you unable to look away. Inspired by the worlds or creepypastas and internet rabbit holes, the film is an extremely unnerving and effective bit of horror that feeds on the anxieties of modern life, loneliness, and dysphoria.
‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’ April 22nd (Theaters)
Nicolas Cage stars as… Nick Cage in the wild and rowdy action-comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalized version of Cage must accept a $1 million offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal). Things take a wildly unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and forced to live up to his own legend, channeling his most iconic and beloved on-screen characters in order to save himself and his loved ones. With a career built for this very moment, the seminal award-winning actor must take on the role of a lifetime: Nick Cage.
‘Memory’ April 29th (Theaters)
Memory follows Alex Lewis (Liam Neeson), an expert assassin with a reputation for discreet precision. Caught in a moral quagmire, Alex refuses to complete a job that violates his code and must quickly hunt down and kill the people who hired him before they and FBI agent Vincent Serra (Guy Pearce) find him first. Alex is built for revenge but, with a memory that is beginning to falter, he is forced to question his every action, blurring the line between right and wrong.