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After the blockbuster releases for the Easter holiday, the new films for April are a broad mix of genres, offering entertainment for all ages. These 5 films cover the bases of feel-good comedies, superhero adventures and thrilling stories of survival. Read on to find your 2-hour escape on an Autumn weekend in April.
Superman vs. Batman had to battle the inevitable comparisons with Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight and early critic's reviews are grim. However, Captain America's Civil War is more eagerly anticipated after the ensemble superheroes from The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron return to the Marvel Universe. Watch Iron Man, Spiderman, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye join the Captain for city-smashing excitement.
The Jungle Book – April 7 Rudyard Kipling's imaginative story about Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves in the jungle is returning to the big screen, 50 years after the original. The vocal talent of Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson and Idris Elba will inject life into the pack of wolves surrounding Mowgli, each with their own schemes, allies and enemies.
Everyone loves an underdog. Eric "the Eel" Moussambani, the slowest swimmer at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, was cheered to the finish line by locals. Stephen Bradbury has become part of Aussie vernacular after skating to gold as his competitors tumbled at the final turn in the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Michael "Eddie" Edwards, a ski-jumper at the 1968 Calgary Olympics, is the British sporting underdog, now celebrated and admired by all British Olympic hopefuls. His inspiring story is now a biopic starring Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) and Christopher Walken (The Dead Zone).
Sherpa: Trouble on Everest (image by Felix Media)
Sherpa: Trouble on Everest – Mar 31 The history of mountaineering is dominated by Everest. The story of Kiwi Edmund Hilary and the Tibetian Sherpa Tenzing Norgay's successful ascent in 1953 inspired new generations of explorers and adventurers. The mountain has now become the site of adventure tourism, climbed by semi-professionals and amateurs aided by professional guides and the courageous stamina of under-appreciated local sherpas. This compelling documentary captures their stories, highlighting the dangers and sacrifices to help foreign tourists achieve a goal that regularly claims the ultimate cost.
Mother's Day – April 28 Jennifer Aniston (Friends), Kate Hudson (Almost Famous) and Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman) team with Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses) Timothy Olyphant (Justified) and Hector Elizondo (Pretty Woman). Mothers and daughters are forced together on that special day once a year to try to find happiness amidst the chaos of family life. A comedy taking those awkward encounters to the hilarious extremes.
I see they have changed Kaa from male to female for the Jungle Book. I have been really looking forward to this, but after seeing the trailer I feel a bit disappointed. It looks like it is focussing far too much on action and not enough on character. Trailers can be deceptive though.