Top Ten April 2017 Releases

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Check out our most anticipated releases this month! 

1) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue-OneGenre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Rating: M
Audience: Adult
Release Date: April 5, 2017
Description: From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, an all-new epic adventure.

In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Did you know?

  • The film has grossed over $1 billion worldwide, making it the second highest-grossing film of 2016 and 20th overall unadjusted for inflation.
  • It received two Academy Awards nominations for Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects.

2) Moonlight

MoonlightGenre: Drama
Rating: M
Audience: Adult
Release Date: April 26, 2017
Description: A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, MOONLIGHT chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love, MOONLIGHT is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truth. Anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous ensemble cast, Jenkins’s staggering, singular vision is profoundly moving in its portrayal of the moments, people, and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.

Did you know?

  • At the 74th Golden Globe Awards it won Best Motion Picture – Drama and was nominated in five other categories.
  • It also won the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali and Best Adapted Screenplay for Jenkins and McCraney, from a total of eight nominations.

3) Sing

Sing-AnimatedGenre: Animated, Comedy, Family
Rating: G
Audience: Junior
Release Date: April 5, 2017
Description: SING stars Buster Moon, (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey) a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theatre that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist – okay, myabe a bit of a scoundrel – who loves his theatre above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.

Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, a timid teenage elephant (Tori Kelly) with an enormous case of stage fright, an overtaxed mother (Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon) run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets, a young gangster gorilla (Taron Egerton) looking to break free of his family’s felonies, and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo. Each animal arrives at Buster’s theatre believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.

Did you know?

  • The film’s cast includes three Oscar winners: Jennifer Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, and Reese Witherspoon; and two Oscar nominees: John C. Reilly and Seth MacFarlane.
  • It was nominated for Favorite Animated Movie at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.

4) Allied

AlliedGenre: Action, Drama, Romance
Rating: M
Audience: Adult
Release Date: April 26, 2017
Description: In ALLIED, Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) and Marianne Beauséjour (Marion Cotillard) are World War II operatives who never reveal their true identities. After falling in love during a risky mission, they hope to leave all that double-dealing behind them and start new lives. Instead, suspicion and danger envelop their marriage as both husband and wife become pitted against each other in an escalating, potentially lethal test that has global consequences.

Did you know?

  • The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design.
  • The inspirations for the film’s costumes were Casablanca (1942) and Now, Voyager (1942).

5) The Edge of Seventeen

The-Edge-of-SeventeenGenre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: M
Audience: Young Adult
Release Date: April 5, 2017
Description: THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is a new coming-of-age movie in the vein of Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club – an honest, candid and often hilarious look at what it’s like to grow up as a young woman in today’s modern world. Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson).

All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all.

Did you know?

  • Director and screenwriter Kelly Fremon Craig won Best First Film at the New York Film Critics Circle.
  • Hailee Steinfeld was nominated as Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical at the Golden Globes.

6) Monster Trucks

Monster-TrucksGenre: Animated, Action, Adventure
Rating: PG
Audience: Junior
Release Date: April 12, 2017
Description: Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars in MONSTER TRUCKS. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange, subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town with a most unlikely friend.

Did you know?

  • This is Chris Wedge’s first live-action film.
  • Filmed in Kamloops, British Columbia. According to the license plates seen in the trailers, the film is set in North Dakota.

7) Notes on Blindness

Notes-on-BlindnessGenre: Documentary
Rating: E
Audience: Adult
Release Date: April 19, 2017
Description: In the summer of 1983, just days before the birth of his first son, writer and theologian John Hull went blind. In order to make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audiocassette. Upon their publication in 1990, Oliver Sacks described the work as ‘the most extraordinary, precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read. It is to my mind a masterpiece.’

With exclusive access to these original recordings, NOTES ON BLINDNESS encompasses dreams, memory and imaginative life, excavating the interior world of blindness.

Did you know?

  • The film won the British Independent Film Award for Best Documentary and received nominations for Best Director, Breakthrough Producer, Best Achievement in Craft (Joakim Sundström for sound) and the Douglas Hickox Award.
  • At the 70th British Academy Film Awards, the film was nominated for Best British Film, Best Documentary and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.

8) Veep Season 5

Veep-Season-5Genre: Comedy
Rating: MA15+
Audience: Adult
Release Date: April 12, 2017
Description: Picking up where Season 4 left off, VEEP SEASON 5 finds Selina in the midst of a virtually unprecedented Electoral College tie – with her future as President coming down to only a few hundred votes. With Amy and Dan on the ground in Nevada working on a recount, Selina finds herself spinning her wheels in D.C., as her staff continues their mission to make her seem presidential (even though she is the President) while fending off the ambitions of her charismatic Vice Presidential running mate Tom James, who in a twist of obscure constitutional procedure could end up becoming President.

Over the course of this season’s 10 episodes, with the stakes for Selina higher than ever before, Veep continues to prove that in Washington, even the most banal decisions can have ripple effects – with unexpected and often hilarious consequences.

Did you know?

  • Veep has been nominated five years in a row for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, winning the award for its fourth and fifth seasons. Its second and fourth seasons won the Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Comedy Series, with the third season winning the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy.
  • Louis-Dreyfus has won five consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Award, two Critics’ Choice Television Awards and one Television Critics Association Award for her performance.

9) Rosalie Blum

Rosalie-BlumGenre: Comedy, World
Rating: M
Audience: Adult
Release Date: April 26, 2017
Description: Thirty-something Vincent Machot is a hairdresser whose life rotates around work, his overbearing mother and a womanising cousin constantly trying to set him up. But one morning Vincent experiences a powerful moment of déjà vu when he meets the gaze of a grocery store clerk, Rosalie Blum. Intrigued by this mysterious woman, he begins a search to uncover the truth behind their connection…

With its themes of fraternity, love and the need for human connection, ROSALIE BLUM delivers a timely reminder of the best that French cinema has to offer.

Did you know?

  • The film is based on a graphic novel series by Camille Jourdy.
  • It was nominated for a Best First Feature Film award at César Awards.

10) Jackie

JackieGenre: Biography, Drama, History
Rating: M
Audience: Adult
Release Date: April 19, 2017
Description: JACKIE is a portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman).

JACKIE places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a portrait of the First Lady as she fights to establish her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that she created and loved so well.

Did you know?

  • It was nominated for three Oscars at the 89th Academy Awards: Best Actress (Portman), Best Original Score and Best Costume Design.
  • It premiered at the 2016 Venice Film Festival where Noah Oppenheim won Best Screenplay.

Have you seen any of these films yet? Which are you most looking forward to watching?