It’s hard to argue that March 2012 belonged to any movie other than The Hunger Games. March had its share of disappointments and successes but The Hunger Games really won the month, both critically and commercially. Breaking box office records, it could be one of the biggest movies of the year. April 2012 looks a little different: There are fewer blockbusters coming out – unless you count a 3D version of Titanic – but more smaller films that could surprise audiences and critics alike.
As we did in March, we’ve compiled a list of the biggest movies we’re looking forward to this month. There weren’t 10 movies that really stood out to us so we cut it down to “9 Movies We’re Looking Forward to.” As always, let us know what you’re looking forward to seeing in the comments below.
April 4: ‘Titanic 3D’
Sure, we’ve seen Titanic. Who hasn’t? It’s the second-highest grossing movie on the planet, so it would be hard to find a dozen or so people who haven’t seen the epic James Cameron drama. What we haven’t seen, though, is what Cameron – the master of Avatar - has done to enhance his already-enjoyable film with new 3D effects.
Could Cameron redefine his classic film and add another layer to the story? It’s difficult to make a judgment on it now but I’m sure teens and adults will be lining up to see this movie on the big screen once again. I’d be interested to hear what people who were too young when the original came out think of this story? Does it hold up since it was originally released fifteen years ago?
April 6: ‘American Reunion’
There have been numerous sequels to the 1999 comedy, American Pie. There was the first sequel, followed by American Wedding, followed by a slew of direct-to-DVD films. Now, the original cast has reunited for the first time in nearly a decade to make American Reunion.
We’ve come a long way in cinematic raunchiness since Pie left its mark, but Reunion still looks like it has solid potential. The cast was fun to watch a decade ago so perhaps this sequel will offer up the same belly laughs that made the original stand out so many years ago. Decide for yourself by watching the trailer.
April 6: ‘Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope’
I’ve never experienced the world of Comic-Con, but I’ve only heard great things about the annual fan-fest. Starting from a small event years ago, it has grown exponentially in recent years – and this documentary could show the rest of us what we’ve been missing.
Directed by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), this limited release looks like it will showcase many of the fans who attend the event annually. IMDB.com currently lists Stan Lee, Eli Roth and Kevin Smith as three people appearing in the film talking about their experiences at Comic-Con. If you can’t make the annual gathering in San Diego, this might be the next best thing….
April 13: ‘The Cabin in the Woods’
With Joss Whedon as a co-writer of this new thriller, expectations are running high for The Cabin in the Woods. Whedon, of course, was the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the highly-acclaimed cult favorite which continues to have a legion of hardcore fans, and of course – the director of the highly-anticipated Avengers movie opening in May. And Woods shows a lot of great potential.
With a cast that includes Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), this movie looks much better than the typical horror flick that fans are accustomed to. With a great script and a thrilling plot, this could turn out to be a really fun ride at the cineplex. Check out the trailer and see for yourself.
April 13: ‘Lockout’
A prison riot? A president’s daughter held captive? A lone man willing to lead a rescue mission? The plot of Lockout sounds pretty bland until you realize that the prison is in space and the rescue mission is being led by Guy Pearce. Add in a few cool special effects and this looks like a pretty decent escapist thriller.
Maggie Grace (Lost) appears in this as the captive who needs rescuing. This film might not be a contender for the best of the year lists but it sure looks like it could be fun. Will the movie live up to its campy plot?
April 27: ‘The Five-Year Engagement’
Starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, The Five-Year Engagement tells the story of a long-delayed wedding. Segel is the husband in waiting and Blunt plays his long-time fiance whose job prospects keep pushing the date back. The question is: will they ever tie the knot?
Both Segel and Blunt have done great work in smaller films before, so it’s exciting to see them working so closely together in this new offbeat comedy. Nichols Stoller (The Muppets) co-wrote the script with Segel so this film could be much funnier than the typically bland Hollywood comedy.
April 27: ‘The Raven’
Featuring John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven looks like it could be a great time at the theater. Cusack may be better known for his comedic roles, but he’s made a few strong dramas before including Being John Malkovich, Con Air and Identity – so I’m definitely looking forward to his performance here.
Directed by James McTeigue, who brought us the ultra-violent V for Vendetta, The Raven looks like it’s another violent film – but this movie, with an interesting story and a thoughtful lead character, could offer up more depth and intrigue than Vendetta did.
April 27: ‘Safe’
Jason Statham is an action star and Safe seems to be another – pardon the pun – safe choice for him. This genre has brought Statham so much success so far that this could be another hit for him. In this thriller, he plays a former cop who is trying to protect a young girl, who has memorized a series of numbers that a group of thugs are trying to find.
I haven’t been a big fan of Statham in the past but this flick looks like a mild departure from his usual films with its focus on a young innocent girl. Written and directed by Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans), this movie could bring a ton of much-needed action and excitement to the theaters before summer begins.
April 27th: ‘Sound of my Voice’
Opening in limited theaters on April 27th, Sound of My Voice looks like a geniunely creepy thriller. The plot concerns two journalists, who are trying to infiltrate a secret cult. Both reporters want to learn the truth about a cult leader who claims that she’s from the future.
Directed by Zal Batmanglij, this film looks oddly intriguing and the trailer astutely fails to give away any of the main plot points. Like the cult itself, this movie looks like something one needs to see for himself to judge it accordingly.
At first glimpse, only a few April movies are truly exciting and there’s no blockbuster on the list that could compare to something as highly-anticipated as The Hunger Games. That being said, there are a few strong choices this month that could turn out to be much better than expected. And then there’s one – The Three Stooges – that could turn out to be as bad as the previews make it seem. Either way, here are our picks for our nine most anticipated movies of April 2012.
- April 4: Titanic 3D
- April 6: American Reunion, Comic Con-Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope,
- April 13: The Cabin in the Woods , Lockout
- April 27: The Five-Year Engagement, The Raven, Safe, Sound of my Voice
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This article was originally published on ScreenRant.com.