April Movie and Home Video Release Calendar

JungleBook

April hopes to bring May flowers and quality entertainment choices for all ages. The home video release are a bit on the light side while the bountiful theatrical releases hope to liven up audiences (all release dates are subject to change).

Netlix begins the month with the first season of Kids Baking Championship and the classic fairy tale comedy The Princess Bride starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Fred Savage and Peter Falk.

The seventh installment of the popular sci-fi film series Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box office records and will dominate home video as well. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Adam Driver all-star as Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren who compliment classic characters Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker played by Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill.  Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, and Andy Serkis also star. Also now available on Redbox.

In theaters on Friday, April 8, Melissa McCarthy stars in the comedy The Boss while the action-filled Hardcore Henry showcases amazing stunt work and unique first-person perspective camera views.

Theaters go wild on April 15 with the live-action remake of The Jungle Book, based on Rudyard Kipling’s book of short stories and inspired by the Disney animated classic. Jon Favreau (Iron Man) directs the young star Neel Sethi as Mowgli as the super star voice cast includes Bill Murray (Baloo the bear), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera the panther), Idris Elba (Shere Khan the tiger), and Scarlett Johansson (Kaa the snake).

Kevin Costner is a Criminal who becomes a cerebral vessel for important information from an FBI agent. Tommy Lee Jones, Gal Gadot (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and Ryan Reynolds co-star in this action thriller.

Barbershop: The Next Cut will also release on the 15th and is the fourth installment in the neighborhood comedy series starring Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer.

On April 19, the Oscar-nominated film The Revenant will release on home video. Director/co-screenwriter/co-producer Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) and his crew create an unmistakably masterful film with a stellar cast pushed to their physical limits. Based in part on the novel by Michael Punke, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Hugh Glass, the leading guide on a fur trading expedition accompanied by Captain Andrew Henry from the military, played by Domhnall Gleeson, and John Fitzgerald played by Tom Hardy. DiCaprio and Hardy grip the audiences in their Oscar® nominated roles as their expedition leadership power struggles and growing rivalry anchors the film.

On April 22, Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) and Kevin Spacey (The Negotiator, House of Cards) showcase their masterful impersonation/acting skills as Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon in the historical comedy Elvis & Nixon.

Universal releases The Huntsman: Winter’s War with Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron returning to star as The Huntsman and Ravenna respectively. Emily Blunt joins the cast as Ravenna’s sister Freya (a.k.a. the Ice Queen) while Jessica Chastain (Interstellar, Zero Dark Thirty) plays Sara, The Huntsman’s partner in battle. The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a prequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman.

In the drama A Hologram for the King, Tom Hanks stars as a struggling salesman who travels to Saudi Arabia for a big sale to a wealthy monarch. Sarita Choudhury (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, TV’s Homeland), Ben Whishaw (Spectre), and Tom Skeritt also star.

On April 24 the animated Minions take over Netflix while home video releases on Tuesday April 26 will include the animated comedy Norm of the North and The Lady in the Van starring Maggie Smith (TV’s Downton Abbey) as a transient woman that forms a friendship with the man whose driveway she’s occupying. Alex Jennings and Jim Broadbent co-star.

Theatrical releases on April 29 include director Garry Marshall’s latest comedy Mother’s Day starring Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis, the animated adventure Ratchet and Clank, based on the PlayStation video game series, and Key & Peele’s rated-R comedy Keanu.

Copyright © Michael Siebenaler

 

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