Pick of the Litter – April 2018


BLOCKBUSTER OF THE MONTH

Avengers: Infinity War

(Disney/Marvel) Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pratt, Josh Brolin. Summer starts early this year as the traditional first weekend in May Marvel play date has been moved back a year this year as Earth’s mightiest heroes will face their mightiest challenge as the mad Titan Thanos comes a’calling and he has the Infinity Stones firmly in his sights. These gems, which have been making appearances since Phase One of the MCU, are incredibly powerful on their own but when gathered together and placed in the infinity gauntlet they give the wearer virtually unlimited power to re-shape reality in his or her own image. This is the first of a two-part Avengers movie which will bring Phase Three to a close and change the landscape of the MCU permanently and not everyone will survive. April 27

INDEPENDENT PICKS

 

The Endless

(Well Go USA) Callie Hernandez, Emily Montague, James Jordan, Tate Ellington. Two young brothers who escaped a doomsday cult return to the cult’s compound after getting a mysterious message. When they arrive, they discover that there may be something that the cult has discovered that may prove their beliefs not far from the mark. Critics are already comparing it to some of the best horror films of the decade and promising that this one is a game-changer. From the trailer, it appears that the critics could be on to something. April 6

Borg/McEnroe

(Neon) Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård, Tuva Nuvotny. One of the greatest tennis rivalries of all times took place during the 1980s and the two men involved couldn’t have been more different. There’s the passionate, temperamental American John McEnroe and the cool, machine-like Bjorn Borg. Together they dominated men’s tennis in their heyday and their battles with each other were legendary. This will be playing the upcoming Florida Film Festival. April 13

Aardvark

(Great Point) Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Jon Hamm, Sheila Vand. A disturbed man goes to see a psychiatrist about the return of his brother. The two have an abusive relationship but the psychiatrist suspects that the man may be bipolar or have a severe mental illness, especially when she meets the brother who proves to be much different than her patient described him. However, as the tales grow more and more wild she begins to wonder if maybe there is something much stranger happening to her. April 13

The Devil and Father Amorth

(The Orchard) William Friedkin, Gabrielle Amorth. The claim to fame of William Friedkin was that he directed the classic horror movie The Exorcist. However, he hadn’t ever seen an actual exorcism being performed – until now. This is, incredibly, not a narrative film – it’s a documentary.  April 20

Ghost Stories

(IFC Midnight) Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther. The promotional material claims that this is the best British horror film in years and it just might be. A debunker of paranormal phenomenon is presented with three cases that nobody has been able to disprove; the deeper he investigates, the more the cases begin to be connected – to him. April is turning out to be a great month for horror movies this year. April 20

Disobedience

(Bleecker Street) Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola, Anton Lesser. A woman, exiled from the conservative Jewish community that she grew up in after a sexual transgression, returns to mourn her father who had just passed away. The same patterns and passions that ignited the ire of the community smolder in her once again as the past looks ready to be repeated once more. April 27

The Gospel According to André

(Magnolia) André Leon Talley, Whoopie Goldberg, Anna Wintour, Tom Ford. Perhaps the most unlikely fashion icon ever, Talley went from humble beginnings in the segregated American South to the runways of Paris and Milan. One of the more quotable designers, his sense of style has informed not only the Fashionista community but also the African-American community as well. Not bad for a tall, gay African-American man from the South. April 27

The House of Tomorrow

(Shout Factory) Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Nick Offerman, Ellen Burstyn. A high school boy lives a sheltered life with his great-aunt and legal guardian in Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome house, the House of Tomorrow. When he meets another young man with a heart condition and a love for punk rock which he shares with geodesic dome boy, both of their lives will be changed forever. April 27

April 2018


Avengers Infinity War

APRIL 1, 2018

Tattoo Girls – VOD

APRIL 3, 2018

The 30 Day Rule – Limited/VOD
A Talent for Trouble – Limited
Trouble is My Business – VOD

APRIL 6, 2018

A Quiet Place
Blockers
The Miracle Season

King in the Wilderness – Expands to HBO
#Screamers – Limited
6 Balloons – Netflix
Amateur – Netflix
Big Fish and Begonia – Limited
Cold War – Limited/VOD
Chappaquiddick – Limited
The Endless – Limited
The Heart of Nuba – Limited
The Humanity Bureau – Limited
Lowlife – Limited
Lean on Pete – Limited
On the Fritz – Limited
Orbiter 9 – Netflix
Rogers Park – Limited
Seven Years of Night – Limited
Shelter – Limited
Sun Dogs – Netflix
Trek: The Movie – Limited
Where is Kyra? – Limited
You Were Never Really Here – Limited

APRIL 10, 2018

Andre the Giant – HBO
Hot Air – Limited/VOD
Night Pulse – Los Angeles

APRIL 11, 2018

Beirut
Hitler’s Hollywood – Limited

APRIL 13, 2018

Rampage
Truth or Dare

10×10 – Limited
20 Weeks – Limited
Aardvark – Limited
All I Want – Limited
An Ordinary Man – Limited
Baja – Limited
Borg/McEnroe – Limited
Bye Bye Germany – Limited
Cake – Limited
Color Me You – Limited
Come Sunday – Netflix
The Crossbreed – Limited
Flock of Four – Limited
Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum – Limited
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami – Limited
I Am Not an Easy Man – Netflix
Jet Trash – Limited
The Judge – Limited
Krystal – Limited
Marrowbone – Limited
Mercury – Limited
Nana – New York City
October – Limited
Pandas – IMAX
The Rider – Limibed
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero – Limited
Sign Gene – Limited
Submergence – Limited
Wildling – Limited
Zama – Limited

APRIL 19, 2018

Imitation Girl – Limited

APRIL 20, 2018

Dolphins
Duck Duck Goose
I Feel Pretty
Traffik

Keep the Change – Expands to Los Angeles
Beyond the Clouds – Limited
Corbin Nash – Limited
The Devil and Father Amorth – Limited
Dude – Netflix
Ghost Stories – Limited
Kodachrome – Netflix
Mercury 13 – Netflix
Super Troopers 2 – Limited
Zoo Wars – Limited

APRIL 25, 2018

Pyrokinesis – Netflix

APRIL 27, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War
Disobedience

Armed – Limited
Backstabbing for Beginners – Limited
Bad Samaritan – Limited
Candy Jar – Netflix
The Escape of Prisoner 614 – Limited
The Gospel According to Andre – Limited
The House of Tomorrow – Limited
If These Legs Could Talk – Amazon Prime
In the Last Days of the City – Limited
Kings – Limited
Love & Bananas: An Elephant’s Story – Limited
The Rachel Divide – Netflix
Supercon – New York City
The Week Of – Netflix
Tiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie – Hulu