In the middle of autumn, there are films for all ages and interests premiering in Australian cinemas. From drama and comedy to science fiction and comic book blockbusters, start with these top 5 movies in April.
The sequel to the surprise hit of 2014 sees the misfits of the Marvel comic book universe return for Vol 2 to the tunes of Peter Quill's (Chris Pratt) new "Awesome Mixtape #2". Poking fun at The Empire Strikes Back, this edition sees the Star Lord battling alongside his crew of intergalactic adventurers, including former assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), the slightly less angry Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Baby Groot (Vin Diesel), the offshoot of the walking tree and Rocket (Bradley Cooper), the raccoon bounty hunter still learning to trust his companions as they try to make sense of Peter's new father - a living planet named Ego (Kurt Russell).
Rated MA15 for strong violence and coarse language
Remaking the TV hits of the yesteryear can be tricky. Reboots of Miami Vice and Knight Rider flopped but Charlie's Angels and 21 Jump Street became a box office hits with ludicrous mayhem. CHiPs continues the comedy, bringing Officers Frank Poncherello (Michael Peña - Ant-Man, American Hustle) and Jon A. Baker (Dax Shepard - Idiocracy) to the silver screen after the motorcycle cops featured in 6 seasons of the series in the 70s and 80s and a telemovie in 1999. The film continues the antics of the California Highway Patrol officers with chaotic chases, freeway pileups and criminal conspiracies where traffic enforcement is never routine. Can the film top the storyline of one episode where a girl is targeted by UFOs and a police robot is sabotaged to explode? The film also stars Vincent D'Onofrio (Jurassic World) as a bad cop turned gang leader and Kirsten Bell (Frozen, Veronica Mars).
Dance Academy: The Movie (image by Werner Film Productions)
Dance Academy: The Movie – April 6
Rated PG for mild themes Dance Academy, the Australian teen drama which ran for and earned 2 Emmy nominations, continues in the cinema, set eighteen months after the series end. Tara, an aspiring ballerina, makes new friends at the academy while mastering the techniques of modern dance. As the seasons progressed, she was destined for stardom after winning a place as a principal performer in Romeo and Juliet. Now sidelined with injury, her resolve is tested as she attempts a comeback to achieve her dream.
Colossal (image by NEON)
Colossal – April 13
Classification Pending After starring in blockbusters and winning an Oscar, you can take a few risks with scripts from left field. Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables) stars as Gloria in Colossal, a sci-fi thriller comedy by Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes). Suddenly unemployed and single, she returns to her hometown after losing her New York apartment. Once home, she receives unbelievable reports of a strange beast like King Kong or Godzilla from the Kaiju genre of movie monsters terrorising Seoul, South Korea. She soon realises the strange events are more than a coincindence - she's the cause. Gloria now faces a colossal challenge to restore order. The film also stars Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses) and Simon Pegg (Star Trek).
Classification Pending Based on a true story, Denial stars Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener) as Deborah Lipstadt, an American academic and author of Denying the Holocaust. The book rejected the claims of one of the most vocal World War 2 Holocaust deniers, David Irving (Timothy Spall - The King's Speech). In response, he sued Lipstadt for libel. In English law, the onus in typically placed on the prosecution to prove the guilt of the defendant but in libel law, the burden is reversed. The courtroom becomes a dramatic stage where Lipstadt must defend her claims and prove the Holocaust did occur. The film also stars Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton, In the Bedroom, John Adams) and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock).
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