Entertainment

April movie releases that you need to know about

The perfect primer month for the summer to come.

words by: Alee Kwong
Apr 2, 2022

The weather is getting better and while you might be tempted to go outside, this month’s film offerings might make you reconsider. Since late last year, the films have been kind of hot and cold. The beginning of this year started off on a shaky leg with very few solid films to choose from. Despite it all, April could be the promising introduction to a massive wave of blockbusters coming this year.

 

Morbius

 

Release date: April 1

Where to watch: In theaters

After many delays and release date pushes, Morbius is finally in theaters. The film follows biochemist Dr. Michael Morbius (played by Jared Leto) as he tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, but when his experiment goes wrong, he inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism instead. This is the debut of the classic comic book anti-hero, popularly framed as the antagonist of Spider-Man and vampire hunter Blade.

 

Sonic The Hedgehog 2

 

Release date: April 8

Where to watch: In theaters (available to stream on Paramount+ 45 days after its theatrical release)

The sequel to the 2020 film drops up in Green Hills, where Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) takes it upon himself to prove that he is a true hero. An opportunity presents itself to Sonic when Dr. Robotnik (played by Jim Carrey) comes back onto the scene with a new partner, Knuckles (voiced by Idris Elba), in search of a mystical emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails, and together they embark on a globe-trotting journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands.

 

Ambulance

 

Release date: April 8

Where to watch: In theaters (available to stream on Peacock 45 days after its theatrical release)

An action-thriller film from Michael Bay (and based on the Danish movie of the same name by Laurits Munch-Petersen and Lars Andreas Pedersen), Ambulance is a story about a decorated veteran who needs money to cover his wife’s medical bills. This urgent situation leads him to team up with his adoptive brother to steal $32 million from a Los Angeles bank. However, when their getaway goes spectacularly wrong, the desperate thieves hijack an ambulance that’s carrying a severely wounded cop and an EMT worker. Caught in a high-speed chase, the two siblings must figure out a way to outrun the law while keeping their hostages alive.

 

Everything Everywhere All At Once

 

Release date: April 8

Where to watch: In theaters

If you’re all about the multiverse storyline but want a break from the superhero framework, this is the film for you. Everything Everywhere All At Once mixes in the sci-fi aspects of the multiverse and mixes it with the family aspects that the Asian American diaspora can heavily relate to. Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Ke Huy Quan (remember Short Round from Indiana Jones?), enough said.

 

Father Stu

 

Release date: April 13

Where to watch: In theaters

When an injury ends his amateur boxing career, Stuart Long moves to Los Angeles to find money and fame. While scraping by as a supermarket clerk, he meets Carmen, a Sunday school teacher who seems immune to his bad-boy charm. Determined to win her over, the longtime agnostic starts going to church to impress her. However, a motorcycle accident leaves him wondering if he can use his second chance to help others, leading to the surprising realization that he’s meant to be a Catholic priest.

 

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

 

Release date: April 15

Where to watch: In theaters (available to stream on HBO Max 45 days after its theatrical release)

In the third installment of the Fantastic Beasts series, Professor Albus Dumbledore knows the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts magizoologist Newt Scamander to lead an intrepid team of wizards and witches. They soon encounter an array of old and new beasts as they clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers.

 

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

 

Release date: April 22

Where to watch: In theaters

Nicolas Cage is back….as Nicolas Cage. Unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, actor Nicolas Cage accepts a $1 million offer to attend a wealthy fan’s birthday party. Things take a wildly unexpected turn when a CIA operative recruits Cage for an unusual mission. Taking on the role of a lifetime, he soon finds himself channeling his most iconic and beloved characters to save himself and his loved ones. Honestly, I can’t think of a better comeback role for the legendary actor. 

 

In case you haven’t heard yet, Deadpool 3 is back on track.

 

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