The Easter holidays are just around the corner! But don’t worry, there are so many great films due for release this April that there’ll be more than enough to keep everyone entertained. Head down to your local library and stock up on these titles and more!
PG | Action | April 3
Cybertron has fallen. When Optimus Prime sends Bumblebee to defend Earth, his journey to become a hero begins. Charlie Watson, a teenager trying to find her place in the world, discovers and repairs the battle-scarred robot, who’s disguised as a Volkswagen Beetle. As the Decepticons hunt down the surviving Autobots with the help of a secret agency led by Agent Burns, Bumblebee and Charlie team up to protect the world.
Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
PG | Animated | April 10
When the sudden appearance of a female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. In this last chapter, Hiccup and Toothless will finally discover their true destinies and dragon and rider will fight together to protect everything they have grown to treasure.
Cast: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, F. Murray Abraham
Mary Poppins Returns
G | Family | April 10
Now an adult with three children, bank teller Michael Banks learns that his house will be repossessed in five days unless he can pay back a loan. His only hope is to find a missing certificate that shows proof of valuable shares that his father left him years earlier. Just as all seems lost, Michael and his sister receive the surprise of a lifetime when Mary Poppins–the beloved nanny from their childhood–arrives to save the day and take the Banks family on a magical, fun-filled adventure.
Cast: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw
M | Action | April 17
Once home to the most advanced civilization on Earth, the city of Atlantis is now an underwater kingdom ruled by the power-hungry King Orm. With a vast army at his disposal, Orm plans to conquer the remaining oceanic people–and then the surface world. Standing in his way is Aquaman, Orm’s half-human, half-Atlantean brother and true heir to the throne. With help from royal counsellor Vulko, Aquaman must retrieve the legendary Trident of Atlan and embrace his destiny as protector of the deep.
Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
MA15+ | Drama | April 24
Based on the confessional memoir of Lee Isreal, who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend.
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells
M | Drama | April 3
After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them.
Cast: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki
White Boy Rick
MA15+ | Crime | April 10
Rick Wershe is a single father who’s struggling to raise two teenagers during the height of the crack epidemic in 1980’s Detroit. Wershe sells guns illegally to make ends meet but soon attracts attention from the FBI. Federal agents convince his son, Rick Jr, to become an undercover drug informant in exchange for keeping his father out of prison. When young Rick gets in too deep, he finds himself seduced by the lure of easy money and becomes a drug dealer himself.
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley
M | Comedy | April 3
Maya is a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations stemming from her unfulfilled dreams. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree and that it is never too late for a Second Act.
Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, Leah Remini
The Pretend One
M | Drama | April 3
The heart-warming tale of a young female farmer, Charlie and her imaginary friend, Hugo. Hugo’s been by Charlie’s side for twenty years and counting. Now, as he watches her fall for another man–a real man–it dawns on him: he is in love with her. As Hugo sets about trying to win her for himself, it becomes obvious he cannot compete in the real world and he decides that the only way to win Charlie back is to become real himself.
Cast: David Field, Geraldine Hakewill, Elijah Perris
M | Documentary | April 3
Filmed for more than a decade, Heather Lenz’s debut documentary shows how Kusama overcame countless odds to create a legacy of artwork that spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation art, performance art, poetry, and novels, and has endured to become the top-selling female artist in the world.
MA15+ | Documentary | April 3
A group of troubled boys are on a perilous course towards jail until they meet up with the rough talking, free-wheeling jackaroo, Bernie Shakeshaft and hit the road with his legendary dog jumping team. This observational documentary, filmed over two years, follows Zach, Tyrson and Rusty in a youth programme that Bernie runs from a shed on the outskirts of Armidale, a rural Australian town in New South Wales.
Pick of the Litter
G | Documentary | April 17
Following five spirited puppies from the moment they’re born through their quest to become guide dogs for the blind.
Sick of It: Season 1
M | Comedy | April 3
Crotchety cabbie Karl is living with his aunt, trying to get over a break-up, and simply muddling his way through life. His closest mate being his inner self, who is not shy about speaking his mind, often lands Karl in a whole lot of trouble.
New Girl: Season 7
M | Comedy | April 24
The final season of this comedy series starts with a three-year jump after last season’s finale. Now, Jess and Nick are a happy couple and just returning from a European book tour. Schmidt is a stay-at-home dad while Cece took on the role of working mom. Meanwhile, Winston is happily married to Aly and the couple is expecting a child.
M | Drama | April 17
An adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel: an extraordinary cast of characters struggle to survive in war-torn France. A story of love, injustice, redemption and hope.
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