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What to look forward to in... APRIL.

The first three months of the 2023 movie calendar have flown by. From action hits like John Wick Chapter 4 to intimate British standouts like Rye Lane, we've been treated to some absolute hits in UK cinemas so far this year and as we arrive in to April there are no signs of slowing down.

There are plenty of films to look forward to this month, with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon reuniting once again for Air, Nicolas Cage donning the infamous Dracula cowl in Renfield and travel to the Mushroom Kingdom with The Super Mario Bros Movie.

Can't decide what to watch? Fear not as to help you pick out the best of the bunch, I've put together a selection of some of the best films you can catch this month, so have a read and let me know how many you'll be catching at the cinema through my socials.

So without further ado, here is what to look forward to in... APRIL.


AIR, 15, 112 mins

Director: Ben Affleck

Starring: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Viola Davis, Jason Bateman


From award-winning director Ben Affleck, AIR sheds light on the unbelievable game-changing partnership between Nike and then NBA rookie Michael Jordan which revolutionised the sports world and contemporary culture with the Air Jordan brand.

Matt Damon reunites once again with long-time friend Ben Affleck alongside Jason Bateman, Chris Tucker and powerhouse Viola Davis in this all star cast that deliver this certified crowd pleaser.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie, PG, 92 mins

Directors: Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic

Starring: Chris Pratt, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Anya Taylor-Joy

Super Mario Bros, Universal

WA-HOO! After Puss In Boots' release earlier this year, we finally have another animated film in cinemas that's perfect for all the family this Easter. The highly anticipated adaptation of the popular video game boasts an all star voice cast with Chris Pratt lending his voice to everyone's favourite Italian plumber.

From Illumination, the studio that made the likes of Despicable Me and Sing, this story follows brothers Mario and Luigi who are struggling plumbers in Brooklyn, New York and are accidentally transported the strange worlds after stumbling across an underground labyrinth. With the threat of the evil Bowser imminent, both Mario and Luigi will have to team up with familiar characters like Princess Peach and Donkey Kong to save the Mushroom Kingdom.

Friday 14th April

Renfield, 15, 93 mins

Director: Chris McKay

Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Nicolas Cage, Awkwafina, Ben Schwartz

Renfield, Universal Pictures

Nicolas Cage stars as Dracula, need I say anymore?

In this new action comedy, from Director Chris McKay (The Lego Movie) the spotlight is on Nicholas Hoult as the Count's right hand man Renfield.

The film follows the titular character realising that after centuries of servitude there may be a life for him without The Prince of Darkness and he soon teams up with cop Rebecca Quincy (Awkwafina) to put a stop to both Dracula and a dangerous local crime syndicate.

If you're looking for some campy, blood-soaked fun then make sure you sink your teeth into Renfield this month.

Friday 21st April

Evil Dead Rise, 18, 93 mins

Director: Lee Cronin

Starring: Lily Sullivan, Alyssa Sutherland, Nell Fisher, Jayden Daniels.

Evil Dead Rise, Warner Bros.

Moving the gore out of the woods and in to the city, this new sequel to Sam Raimi's beloved horror classic tells the twisted tale of two estranged sisters whose reunion is cut short after they find a book that unleashes flesh-possessing demons, leading to all sorts of violent and disturbing consequences.

Evil Dead Rises looks set to be a vicious film oozing with gnarly horror camp violence one in which horror junkies will revel in and will be wanting more from.

Friday 28th April

Polite Society, 12A, 104 mins

Director: Nida Manzoor

Starring: Ritu Arya, Priya Kansara, Nimra Buchra, Shobu Kapoor

Polite Society, Universal, Focus Features

What do you get when you mix sisterly affection, parental disappointment and bold action together? Well there's only one answer, Nida Manzoor's debut film Polite Society.

The film follows a young martial artist in training who decides she and her friends must pull off a wedding heist to stop her older sister from her impending marriage in the name of independence and sisterhood.

This hilarious, action-packed and endearing independent British film is one you will want to go see with all the family and leave wondering whether your siblings would go to these lengths to stop you marrying the man of 'your dreams'.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, 12A, 108 mins

Director: Hettie Macdonald

Starring: Jim Broadbent, Penelope Wilton, Monika Gossmann, Maanuv Thiara

Harold Fry, eOne

National Treasures Jim Broadbent and Penelope Wilton star in this adaptation of the highly-successful 2012 novel of the same name by Rachel Joyce.

It follows a man in his sixties who walks the length of the country in order to deliver a message to a friend he has learned has been placed in a hospice, making friends and the news along the way much to his wife's annoyance.

It's safe to say if you're planning on seeing this heart-warming adaptation on the big screen then you best be bringing a box of tissues with you.

How many films do you think you'll be seeing at the cinema this month? Let me know on all my socials!

If you'd like to know what I think about any of these films, then don't forget you can follow me on Letterboxd below for all my reviews and ratings!

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