April movie releases: What films are hitting the big screen next month?

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31 Mar 2022, 14:47

Pictured: Downton Abbey: A New Era, Channing Tatum and Sandra Bullock in The Lost City and Nicolas Cage in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

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With the Easter holidays on their way, it’s time to plan some cinema trips. 

There’s a real mixture of movies coming out in April, from a fun jungle rom-com, to family-friendly animation and Nicolas Cage undoubtedly chewing the furniture once again. 

With that, here are the movies you should check out this month: 

Sonic The Hedgehog 2  - (1st April)

Two years after the surprise hit of a debut, Sonic is racing back to the box office in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. 

Back in the second instalment is Ben Schwartz as the voice of the famous blue video game hero, while James Marsden and Jim Carrey will also reprise their roles as Tom and Dr Robotnik.

When mad Dr Robotnik returns to Earth with a new villainous ally, Knuckles the Echidna, Sonic, and his new friend Tails, need to stop their dastardly plans to destroy civilisation as they know it. 

Idris Elba will lend his voice as Knuckles, while Colleen O'Shaughnessey will star as Tails. 

The Bad Guys - (1st April)

Onto some fun animation, The Bad Guys stars Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron and Awkwafina as reformed yet misunderstood criminal animals who attempt to change their ways, with some disastrous and hilarious outcomes. 

The fun family movie follows Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula, who try and become model citizens under the guide of Professor Marmalade, ready will help them use their talents for good. 

It’s a smorgasbord of celebs too, with the likes of Craig Robinson and Richard Ayoade, and Hamilton’s Anthony Ramos voicing the former heist gang-turned-good.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore - (8th April)

The third instalment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise sees the return of Jude Law as Professor Albus Dumbledore, as he faces off against dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. 

The Harry Potter prequel series continues with Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander at the helm of a new team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle on a dangerous mission to stop Grindelwald and his growing legion of followers. 

Mads Mikkelsen replaces Johnny Depp as evil Grindelwald, while Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler return as Tina Goldstein, Queenie Goldstein and Jacob Kowalski respectively.

The Lost City - (15th April)

If you’re after a rom-com with a bit more adventure to it, then The Lost City might be for you!

The Lost City centres around romance-adventure novelist Loretta Sage, played by Sandra Bullock, as she heads out on a book tour with the devilishly handsome cover model Alan, expertly played by Channing Tatum. 

Things take a real turn though when Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe pops up as a maniacal billionaire, and kidnaps Loretta in the hopes she can help him uncover the Lost City she writes about. 

During their intrepid journey, Alan and Loretta turn their attention to finding the Lost City themselves, but a rugged Brad Pitt lands to try and save them both from the mess the billionaire made. 

The Northman - (15th April)

Alexander Skarsgard and Nicole Kidman star in this gritty historical epic directed by Robert Eggers. 

Viking warrior prince Amleth, played by Skarsgard, will seek revenge for the murder of his father, so expect epic sword fights in stunning Nordic scenary. 

The Northman is based on the same Norse legend that inspired Hamlet, and the fantasy drama has an incredible cast attached, including Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk, and Willem Dafoe. 

Operation Mincemeat  - (15th April)

Colin Firth teams up with Successions’ Matthew McFayden for new war drama Operation Mincemeat, which focuses on the true story of the deception operation to disguise the Allied invasion of Sicily. 

The official synopsis reads: “It’s 1943. The Allies are determined to break Hitler’s grip on occupied Europe, and plan to launch an all-out assault on Sicily; but they face an impossible challenge - how to protect the invasion force from potential annihilation.  

“It falls to two remarkable intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Colin Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley (Matthew Macfadyen) to dream the most inspired and improbable disinformation strategy of the war - centred on the most unlikely of secret agents: a dead man.”

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - (22nd April)

Nicolas Cage is back with more incredible and outrageous performances as…himself (or close enough).

Nic plays an actor past his prime who decides to retire after failing to reignite his career. When a paid opportunity comes up to appear at a billionaire super-fan's birthday party, he decides to go along with it. Things take a turn for the worse when it turns out that fan is a big drug kingpin, and Nic ends up as an informant for the FBI. Cue hilarity. 

Pedro Pascal, Demi Moore, Neil Patrick Harris and Tiffany Haddish star alongside Nicolas in this high-octane comedy, which has already received a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Downton Abbey: A New Era- (29th April)

Everyone’s favourite period drama is back on the big screen. 

Downton Abbey: A New Era will bring back beloved cast members such as Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery and Joanne Froggatt to name a few. 

The Crawleys are off to the South of France 'to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess’ newly inherited villa'. After the estate is taken over by actors and a film crew, where better to go than a mysterious home that was left to Lady Violet by a previous gentleman who she 'spent a few days with' once upon a time?