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There are films for all ages and tastes premiering in Australian theatres this month. From dramatic dogs to OTT superheroes, comedic concussions and deadpan parties, start with these top 5 movies in April.
Avengers: Infinity War – April 25
After the box office hit of 2016, Captain America: Civil War, the Marvel Universe juggernaut continues with an Infinity War. The first trailer has over 140 million Youtube views and continues the momentum from the surprise hit, Black Panther.
In the latest adventure, Josh Brolin morphs into a giant green monster after leading CIA black ops in Sicario. The film's promotional poster is packed with a record-breaking number of comic book characters, hinting at an epic set-piece battle where they'll all be fighting for screen time using superpowers, outlandish weapons, giant props and gratuitous one-liners.
If the film does reach infinity at the box office, it sets up a universe-distorting sequel, ideally name Avengers: Infinity 1, as the MCU heroes explore the 5th dimension.
Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Pratt.
Pretty Woman, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, was the rom-com hit of 1990 and opened with the unlikely premise of Julia Roberts as a call-girl. I Feel Pretty twists this idea for the 21st century with an equally unlikely event - an accident in America that doesn't lead to litigation.
As Renee (Amy Schumer) fights the flab in a serious spin class, she's feeling the burn until she tumbles and hits her head. Lying concussed, she's dazed but has a new intensity in her eyes. As we wonder if she's been gifted with an intellectual gift, like the musical savant Derek Amato, she wakes with a new optimism. With her negativity banished, the inner self-critic which would doubt her looks, abilities and self-worth is suddenly silenced.
Now this this awakening of unfiltered positivity, she is now free to pursue life's biggest goals in America - career success, riches, fame and love. While the world still sees the same outer-Renee, her new personality could make all her dreams come true.
I Feel Pretty also stars Michelle Williams, Lauren Hutton and Naomi Campbell.
The Party – April 12
Australian parties were parodied in Don Williamson's play, Don's Party, in 1971. We watched as the party descended into despair on an election night where the hosts watched their political dreams fade.
Britain, home of black comedies, has produced their own take on the premise with The Party. Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas), a politician with Everest-scale ambitions, is eager to celebrate her latest career success with her closest friends, a few hangers-on and the obligatory political deal-makers.
As the drinks flow and the night unfolds, their revelations cause a series of shocks to long-term friendships, plunging the party into a disaster. It's a night they'll long to forget but that we can revel in, using a dose of schadenfreude to laugh at their self-inflicted struggles, hoping we'll never be caught in the same social quandary.
The Party also stars Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Emily Mortimer, Cherry Jones, Cillian Murphy, and Timothy Spall.
Isle of Dogs (by Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Isle of Dogs – April 12
It sounds like a cruel joke to say that dogs can look like their owners, but it's an adage that's been 'proven' by science. While the phenomenon is immortalised in thousands of websites and videos, it took a flash of Wes Anderson's skewed creativity to direct a dog-themed film, Isle of Dogs.
The cartoon adventure, starring the voice talents of over a dozen Hollywood stars, begins with Atari Kobayashi, orphaned and under the care of a corrupt mayor. When the city's leader orders all dogs to be exiled to an island filled with garbage, Atari takes flight using a drone-inspired turbo-prop to find his pet dog.
After discovering the island has gone to the dogs, he encounters a pack of captive canines and the quest to rescue them begins. The dogs each have a unique look and personality, given life through the voice talents of an eclectic cast.
Isle of Dogs stars the voices of Bill Murray, Bryan Cranston, Harvey Keitel, Jeff Goldblum, to Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Greta Gerwig.
Unsane – April 25
The cruel experiences of mental illness can be the darkest periods in a person's life. When a sufferer is unaware of their plight, with a sense of reality distorted into a mental prison, the efforts to free them become a tense drama.
In Unsane, Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy) is dragged from her life and locked in a padded cell in a mental institution. Told she is disturbed, she is unable to distinguish the truth of her predicament. Forced to confront her notions of reality, her resolve is tested as she searches for freedom while pursued by a stalker, but is he real or imagined?
The claustrophobic effect is heightened by the camera choice, with the director, Steven Soderbergh, filming with an iPhone.
Unsane also stars Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project).
Which movie tops your list for April? Please let us know with a comment.