1. Avengers: Age of Ultron – UK release date 23rd April 2015 (US- 1st May 2015)
Director: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Hayley Atwell, Elizabeth Olsen, Idris Elba, James Spader, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L Jackson, Stellan Skarsgard
If you spend your money on only one film this month, make sure it is Avengers: Age of Ultron. The highly anticipated sequel to the 2012 installment from Marvel brings The Avengers back together once again, this time to help defeat the villain Ultron. Joss Whedon is back in the director’s chair for the second and last time within the Avengers universe, so he is sure to do all he can to try and prove just how good he is. This is a film for everyone to enjoy, unless you are one of the few who can not stand Marvel films, in which case I can not help you here. Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to be one of the biggest films of 2015, and with a trailer that gives me goosebumps every time I watch it, I can only recommend that you go see this for yourself, I am sure we will not be disappointed.
2. Fast & Furious 7 – UK release date 3rd April 2015 (US – 3rd April 2015)
Director: James Wan
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson
The team is back together once again for the seventh installment of the Fast & Furious series. I feel like there is not much I need to say about this; the franchise has such a huge fan base that if you are a lover of the films it is a no-brainer about what to see in the cinema this month. It’s guaranteed to an emotional experience given that it’s Paul Walker’s final performance, meaning that the fans get to pay their respects in the best way possible. Fast & Furious 7 will no doubt smash the box office and it is a definite must-see for April.
3. Child 44 – UK release date 17th April 2015 (US 17th April 2015)
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Starring: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Noomi Rapace, Charles Dance, Vincent Cassel
If nothing else this is a cast to die for. Just the mention of Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace sparks an interest even before knowing anything about the film. Child 44 is based on the first book in a trilogy by Tom Rob Smith and is set in the Stalin era of the Soviet Union. The story follows a security officer who decides to investigate a series of child murders, despite what it may cost him. The film is laced with intrigue and as I mentioned before, with an all star cast like this, Child 44 seems to be worth your money at the cinema.
4. The Last Five Years – UK release date 17th April (US 13th February 2015)
Director: Richard LaGravenese
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan
The Last Five Years is based on the stage musical of the same name. The story is of a struggling actress (played by Anna Kendrick) and a young up and coming novelist (played by Jeremy Jordan), and their relationship. If you’re thinking this is going to be a mushy love story musical, you’ll be surprised to find that it is quite the opposite; this is a musical deconstruction of a their relationship set over five years. What is interesting about this film is the intersecting time-lines. Almost the entire story is told through song with all of Kendrick’s songs telling the story from the end of the relationship back over and all of Jordan’s from the start going forward. I think this is such an interesting take on a musical and I, personally, can not wait to see it.
5. The Duff – UK release date 6th April 2015 (US 20th February 2015)
Director: Ari Sandel
Starring: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Ken Jeong, Allison Janney
If you are looking for a light and witty teen comedy trying to make a social statement, along the lines of Mean Girls, then The Duff may be the film for you. It is the typical high school struggle story of what happens when Mae Whitman’s character finds out she has been labelled the Duff (designated ugly fat friend) by her much more popular friends. It is a story of self discovery like many teen movies, but if the trailer is anything to go by, it looks well written with some very relatable characters, so it is definitely one to look out for.