Here’s a list of info and release dates for notable films released this April.
Titanic 3D (April 4, 2012)
With last year’s success bringing The Lion King back to theaters in 3D. Director James Cameron is doing the same with his classic 1997 film Titanic. To commemorate the 100 years since the Titanic disaster on April 15, 2012, Cameron is rereleasing the film in 3D beginning April 4, 2012. Audiences can relive the filmic masterpiece that won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director. Perhaps, the bigger draw is the epic love story between Jack and Rose, a romance that was as big as the sinking itself. Expeirence Titanic like never before.
- Leonardo DiCaprio: Jack Dawson
- Kate Winslet: Rose DeWitt Bukater
- Billy Zane: Caledon Nathan Hockley
- Kathy Bates: Molly Brown
See Titanic at midnight at the Arclight Pasadena or Sherman Oaks.
American Reunion (April 6, 2012)
The gang is back, and it is hard to believe it has been 13 years since American Pie set new standards for outlandish teenage sex movies. The premise is simple: the original American Pie cast from the class of 1999 returns to East Great Falls for their high school reunion.
A funny scene from the trailer has Stifler expressing his love for Twilight: New Moon to win over a group of teenage girls.
- Jason Biggs: Jim Levenstein
- Alyson Hannigan: Michelle Flaherty-Levenstein
- Thomas Ian Nicholas: Kevin Myers
- Chris Klein: Chris “Oz” Ostreicher
- Seann William Scott: Steve Stifler
- Eddie Kaye Thomas: Paul Finch
- Tara Reid: Victoria “Vicky” Lathum
- Shannon Elizabeth: Nadia
- Natasha Lyonne: Jessica
- Mena Suvari: Heather
- Eugene Levy: Noah Levenstein, Jim’s Dad
Damsels in Distress (April 6, 2012 in NY and LA)
Damsels in Distress, by director Whit Stillman, is a dark comedy about young women attempting to find the perfect boyfriends at an east coast university, unfortunately they get tangled up with the wrong men. The film also has a few well-placed dance sequences.
- Director: Whit Stillman
- Greta Gerwig: Violet
- Analeigh Tipton: Lily
- Megalyn Echikunwoke: Rose
- Carrie MacLemore: Heather
- Adam Brody: Charlie
We Have a Pope (April 6, 2012 limited release)
Michel Piccoli plays Cardinal Melville, the newly elected pope, who in surprise at being elected has a panic attack and fails to appear at the balcony at St. Peter’s Square. In the interim before Cardinal Melville officially accepts the Papal office, the College of Cardinals decide to hire a renowned psychoanalyst, played by director Nanni Moretti, to help Cardinal Melville through his troubles.
- Director: Nanni Moretti
- Michel Piccoli: Cardinal Melville
- Psychoanalyst: Nanni Morretti
Lockout (April 13, 2012)
This science fiction action film starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace has a great concept that drives the plot. Lockout is the ultimate prison-break film where the stakes are so high, they are in outer space. In the future, prisons are located in outer space. Guy Pearce, plays Snow, a falsely accused ex-government agent who must infiltrate the prison and save the president’s daughter (Maggie Grace) to ensure his own freedom. Some of the trailer may come off cheesy with lines like, “He’s a loose cannon,” but the concept and dangers of a prison revolt are worth the disavowal of reality. The maximum security prison has been taken over by the rioting convicts who plan to use the prison as a weapon by crashing it into Earth. (So now added to the list of people Snow must save–is all of planet Earth). Prolific action writer Luc Besson writes the screenplay for Lockout, which has a similar vibe to his 1997 film The Fifth Element.
Lockout is the film to see for action junkies and science fiction fans.
- Guy Pierce: Snow
- Maggie Grace: Emilie Warnock
- Peter Stormare: Scott Langrel
The Three Stooges (April 13, 2012)
Slapstick comedy film based on comedy shorts of the same name. Attempting to recreate the humor and hijinks of the original Three Stooges seems impossible. But the Farrelly brothers are the team to do it. Moe, Larry, and Curly try to save their childhood orphanage and unknowingly get involved with a murder plot and reality television. With a lot of comedic stars to choose from, the Farrelly brothers finally settled on Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe Howard, Sean Hayes as Larry Fine, and Will Sasso as Curly Howard. Audiences will recognize Sean Hayes from Will & Grace and Will Sasso from Mad TV, and this is Chris Diamantopoulos’ first big film.
- Chris Diamantopoulos: Moe Howard
- Sean Hayes: Larry Fine
- Will Sasso: Curly Howard
- Jane Lynch: Mother Superior
- Larry David: Sister Mary-Mengele
- Sofía Vergara: Lydia
- Jennifer Hudson: Sister Rosemary
The Lucky One (April 20, 2012)
Zac Efron in another weepy romantic film like Charlie St. Cloud. The Lucky One is adapted from the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name. Efron plays U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault, who is alive because of a lucky photograph. After he safely returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, Sgt. Logan Thibault searches for the woman in the picture, Beth. Once he finds Beth their bond begins to build.
- Zac Efron: Sergeant Logan Thibault
- Taylor Schilling: Beth Clayton
- Blythe Danner: Nana
Think Like a Man (April 20, 2012)
“Let the mind games begin.”
Think Like a Man is based on Steve Harvey’s book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. The film follows the interconnected love lives of four men and their attempts to pursue beautiful women. The women of film, tired of the ungentlemanly behavior of the men they date, decide to take advice from Steve Harvey’s best selling book. However, once the men discover that the women are challenging the dating order, the men decide to conspire against the women and turn the tables. The wonderful ensemble cast is reason enough to see this film.
- Arielle Kebbel
- Taraji P. Henson
- Meagan Good
- Gabrielle Union
- Michael Ealy
- Kevin Hart
- Morris Chestnut
- Gary Owen
- Romany Malco
- Chris Brown
- Regina Hall
- Jerry Ferrara
- Terrence J
- Nicole Anderson
- Keri Hilson
- Wendy Williams
The Raven (April 27, 2012)
Writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe is know for his dark tales and gruesome murder plots. And just as mysterious as his literature was his death. Poe was found delirious on the streets of Baltimore, Maryland, wearing clothes that were not his own. He died four days later at the hospital were he was never coherent enough to explain his condition. He was 40-years-old.
This is a pretty good starting point for a movie according to director James McTeigue and writers Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare.
John Cusack plays Edgar Allan Poe in this fictionalized account of Poe’s last days. Poe pursues a serial killer whose murders mirror Poe’s stories that are published in the local newspaper. Seemingly, the murderer is inspired to commit the murders described in Poe’s writing. Inspector Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) recruits Poe to help stop the attacks. But will Poe be able to solve the murder mystery before he winds up with the same fate?
- John Cusack: Edgar Allan Poe
- Alice Eve: Emily Hamilton
- Luke Evans: Inspector Emmet Fields
- Brendan Gleeson: Colonel Hamilton
- Kevin McNally: Reynolds
Sound of My Voice (April 27, 2012)
Brit Marling made her mark at Sundance in 2011 with her stunning performance in Another Earth (which she co-wrote). Sound of My Voice (which Marling also co-wrote) is her other film that premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
The trailer for Sound of My Voice is very informative in that much of the plot and conflict are shown. Two documentary filmmakers, Peter and Lorna, attempt to infiltrate a cult to understand the workings of the leader, Maggie, played by Brit Marling. Marling is dynamic and haunting as Maggie, the enigmatic figure who claims to be from the future. Slowly the documentary filmmakers get immersed in the lifestyle and Maggie.
Sound of My Voice is just as intriguing as Another Earth. The final part of the trailer where Peter cries as Maggie says calmly, “What are you hiding from me, Peter?” is extremely creepy because it is already obvious the power Maggie holds over Peter.
- Director: Zal Batmanglij
- Peter: Christopher Denham
- Lorna: Nicole Vicius
- Maggie: Brit Marling