No fooling, cinema-goers, April is the first month of 2014 that is absolutely stocked to the gills with (hopefully) quality movies in every genre imaginable. I mean, we know some of these movies are going to stink, but the ratio of success to failure will likely be in our favor. And April showers bring May flowers, which to me means the good movies raining down this month are making way for Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla to deflower us next month. Speaking of, a restored print of Ishirô Honda’s original 1954 Godzilla is going on a brief theatrical run in select cities throughout April and May, following its celebrated premiere at South by Southwest.
April’s smaller releases match up well with what the month is generally known for. For instance, Steve Coogan’s big-screen take on his small screen legend, Alan Partridge: The Movie, will give you the comedy that April Fool’s Day inspires. Project X’s Jonathan Daniel Brown stars as a drop-out who traffics marijuana across the Canadian border in John Stockwell’s Kid Cannabis, which comes out two days before marijuana’s unofficial holiday, 4/20. And to cope with the stress-induced horror of Tax Day, there’s CBS Films’ found footage thriller Afflicted, which injects monsters and international travel into the Chronicle plot outline. And if the IRS totally screws you over and over, you have the second volume of Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac. And now: superheroes, brainy sci-fi, Parkour and Nicolas Cage.
Dom HemingwayStart the month off right with the palate-dirtying crime comedy Dom Hemingway, from The Matador and The Hunting Party director Richard Shepard, in which Jude Law’s language is as blue as the triangles on the Flag of England. While there’s nothing wrong with Law’s dramatic skills, this is the kind of role he should play more often, as he looks so natural griming up every scene with monumental levels of confident smarm. And it’s a welcome return to features for Shepard, who has been busy directing episodes of HBO’s Girls.
In Dom Hemingway, Law plays a safe-cracker who spends 12 years in prison without giving up the names of his accomplices. Soon following his release, he is joined by best friend Dickie (Richard E. Grant) in paying a visit to crime boss Mr. Fontaine (Demián Bichir) in order to collect the money owed to Dom for his silence. Of course, this newfound fortune is short-lived, and Dom combats his ever-growing problems by reconnecting with his estranged daughter Evelyn (Emilia Clarke). While this will be getting a limited release, expect a growing fanbase once word of mouth – and a filthy mouth at that – gains traction.
Director: Richard Shepard
Stars: Jude Law, Emilia Clarke, Demian Bichir
Release Date: April 2