Despite a few blockbuster, franchise releases, April has been a quiet month but things are about to slowly ramp up to summer with a mix of blockbuster and indie releases for May, so here’s my top 5 for this month:
Directed By: Sean Foley
Starring: Julian Barratt, Simon Farnaby, Essie Davis, Harriet Walter, Andrea Riseborough, Richard McCabe, Steve Coogan, Russell Tovey, Kenneth Branagh, Simon Callow
Synopsis: A has-been actor best known for playing the title character in the 1980s detective series “Mindhorn” must work with the police when a serial killer says that he will only speak with Detective Mindhorn, whom he believes to be a real person.
Why You Should See It: For one thing, you’ve got the incredible list of home grown British talent that lies slightly above and for another you’ve got the classic parody style comedy, not wasting time with taking itself too seriously. It should be this month’s ideal film for some unsolicited fun, no brain taxing story or sharp edged wit, just plain old fashioned stupidity and getting yourself mixed up in the wrong situation.
Alien: Covenant (12/05)
Directed By: Ridley Scott
Starring: Katherine Waterson, Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Noomi Rapace, Demían Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Carmen Ejogo, Billy Crudup, Callie Hernandez
Synopsis: The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
Why You Should See It: It’s been almost 40 years since the xenomorphs appeared on the big screen and they’re back again with Scott’s prequel sequel, following on from the events of Prometheus. A film that may have received a positive and yet middling reputation but if nothing else, was a loyal addition to the franchise and a satisfying, even if not perfect, watch. This is the chance to take that and ramp it up a few gears, throw back in the fear, the horror, the terror and cement Alien’s place in the 21st century, ironically given that it’s a film set in the future.
Miss Sloane (12/05)
Directed By: John Madden
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark Strong, John Lithgow, Alison Pill, Jake Lacy, Sam Waterson
Synopsis: In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. But when taking on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds winning may come at too high a price.
Why You Should See It: Politics, power, the ultimate chess game, surrounding the hot issue of gun control and lead by the ever shining, Chastain. This is an actress that no matter, the film, genre or role, she stands out, grabs your attention and makes every moment of it worth your time, even if the feature as a whole is not. This is an extremely interesting choice for her and one that she should knock out of the park, not to be underestimated.
Directed By: Nacho Viaglondo
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson, Dan Stevens, Hannah Cheramy
Synopsis: Gloria is an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in NY and move back home. When reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, she gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this phenomenon.
Why You Should See It: Now this is an unusual one, and we’re not just talking about the director’s name, the whole thing screams strange but that’s exactly why you should see it. It’s different, fresh and with a cast that are capable of being entirely hilarious, it’s also lead by a woman which in the sci-fi world is not the norm, unless of course she’s in some very tight outfit with a big spoon of cleavage.
Directed By: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Ike Barinholtz, Joan Cusack, Christopher Meloni, Randall Park, Tom Bateman, Wanda Sykes
Synopsis: When her boyfriend dumps her before their exotic vacation, a young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise, with unexpected results.
Why You Should See It: Amy Schumer is hot property in Hollywood right now, Trainwreck (reviewed here) was a hilarious, new take on the rom-com and staked her place even more firmly as a strong comedic, cinematic storyteller. This time around she may not have written the film (Katie Dippold wrote it, as well as The Heat & Ghostbusters) but the combination of her and Hawn should be one to be thoroughly enjoyed, whether it will be an early summer hit is far from determined but it should be utterly fun.