April brings plenty of choice animated movies for the little ones during the holidays, along with many appealing titles for grown-ups, like, well, Mommy.
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16 Mar 2015 - 2:40 PM  UPDATED 27 Apr 2015 - 1:51 PM

Out April 2

Samba

(France, comedy/drama)

Directors: Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache
Starring: Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim
What's it about?
Samba is a Senegalese migrant who has been living in France for 10 years doing small jobs, and is doing everything he can to obtain working papers. Alice is a senior excutive who is completely burnt out and tries to rebuild herself by doing volunteer work. Each struggles to get out of their dead-end situations, until one day they cross paths.

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Fast and Furious 7

(USA/Japan, action/crime/thriller)

Director: James Wan
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
What's it about?
After defeating Owen Shaw and his crew, Dominic Toretto, Brian O'Conner and the rest of the team are able to return to the United States and live normal lives again. However, Owen's older brother, Deckard Shaw, is seeking revenge for his brother's death, which started in Fast and Furious 6 with the murder of Han. Upon learning Han's death, the crew sets out to find the man who killed one of their own, before he finds them first.

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The DUFF

(USA, comedy)

Director: Ari Sandel
Starring: Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell
What's it about?
Bianca, a high school senior, finds out at a party that that she has been labeled the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), whom people use to access her prettier more popular friends. Initially angry and devastated, she decides to enlist her friend Wes to help her become more popular and less Duff, in exchange for some science tutorial.

Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water

(USA, animation/adventure/comedy)

Director: Paul Tibbitt
Starring: Tom Kenny, Antonio Banderas, Bill Fagerbakke
What's it about?
When Burger Beard, a diabolical pirate above the sea, steals the top-secret Krabby Patty formula, SpongeBob and his nemesis Plankton must team up in order to get it back. 

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The Book of Life

(USA, animation/adventure/comedy)

Director: Jorge R. Gutiérrez 
Starring: Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum
What's it about?
Manolo is a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears.

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Tinker Bell: Legend of the Neverbeast

(USA, animation/adventure/family)

Director: Steve Loter
Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Mae Whitman, Rosario Dawson
What's it about?
Fawn, a spirited little fairy, meets a huge and mysterious creature known as the NeverBeast, and the two become friends. But not everyone at Pixie Hollow welcomes this new addition, and the elite Scout Fairies soon set out to capture the monster before he destroys their home. Fawn must trust her heart and take a leap of faith to save the NeverBeast.

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Humpback Whales 3D

(USA, documentary)

Director: Greg MacGillivray
Starring: Ewan McGregor
What's it about?
A journey into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals, Humpback Whales takes audiences to Alaska, Hawaii and the Kingdom of Tonga for an immersive look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young.

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Out April 9

Mommy

(Canada, drama)

Director: Xavier Dolan
Starring: Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément
What's it about?
A widowed single mother struggles to raise her violent son, who has just got expelled from school and stays at home with her. Relief comes in the shape of her neighbour, who comes to her rescue and provides much needed support. But the boy's unpredictable and violent mood swings threaten the family's newly-found peace.

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Black Sea

(UK/USA/Russia, adventure/thriller)

Director: Kevin Macdonald
Starring: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn
What's it about?
A submarine captain puts together a misfit crew to search for a sunken submarine loaded with gold in the depths of the Black Sea. But greed and desperation soon take hold onboard their claustrophobic vessel and the men start turning on each other, putting them as risk of never making it to the surface alive.

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Coming Home

(China, drama)

Director: Yimou Zhang
Starring: Li Gong, Daoming Chen, Huiwen Zhang
What's it about?
Lu Yanshi, a political prisoner, is set free at the end of the Cultural Revolution. When he comes home, he discovers that his wife suffers from memory loss and doesn't recognise him. Every day, she waits for her husband to return, without realising he's right beside her.

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The Salt of the Earth

(France/Brazil/Italy, documetnary/biography)

Directors: Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Starring: Sebastião Salgado, Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro 
What's it about?
Photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents and witnessed major events of our recent history. He is now embarking on the discovery of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project. Sebastião Salgado’s life and work are revealed by his son, Juliano, who went with him during his last travels, and by Wim Wenders, himself a photographer.

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X + Y

(UK, comedy/drama)

Director: Morgan Matthews
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins
What's it about?
Nathan, an English teenager, is a mathematics prodigy, but he is socially awkward. When he is selected to be part of the British team at the International Mathematics Olympiad in Tapei, China, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery filled with challenges, but where he will also learn about connecting with others.

The Longest Ride

(USA, drama/romance)

Director: George Tillman Jr.
Starring:
 Melissa Benoist, Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson
What's it about?
Spanning several generations, The Longest Ride tells the intertwined love stories of two couples. Luke, a champion bull rider, and Sophia, an art student aspiring for a career in NYC, are in love, but find their relationship tested by their conflicting paths. Their lives will change with a chance encounter with a much older man, Ira, as he reflects back on a lost love while he's trapped in an automobile crash.

Hot Tub Machine 2

(USA, comedy/sci-fi)

Director: Steve Pink
Starring:
 Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke
What's it about?
In the sequel to the hit comedy, Lou, who has become the "father of the Internet", is wounded by an unknown shooter, and Jacob and Nick have to fire up the time machine again to save their friend. However, instead of going back in the past, they accidentally land in the future, where they meet Adam's son.

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Out April 16

The Age of Adaline

(USA, drama/romance)

Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Starring:
 Harrison Ford, Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman
What's it about?
Following a car accident, 29-year-old Adaline Bowman has remained ageless for more than eight decades. Desirous of keeping it a secret, she's made a point of not letting anyone get too close to her. Until one day, she unexpectedly falls in love with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones and makes a decision that will change her life forever.

It Follows

(USA, horror)

Director: David Robert Mitchell
Starring: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi
What's about it?
A teenage girl finds herself cursed after the boy she liked passed "it" onto her during a strange sexual encounter. She is now haunted by nightmarish visions and the sense that she is followed by an unknown, terrifying force.

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The Gunman

(Spain/UK/France, action/crime/drama)

Director: Pierre Morel
Starring: Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba
What's about it?
Martin Terrier, an ageing international operative, wants to retire and reconnect with his long time love Anne, but he is forced to fight his way across Europe in order to clear his name after the shady organisation he used to work for turns on him.

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Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

(USA, action/comedy)

Director: Andy Fickman
Starring: Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Verástegui
What's it about?
After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart decides to take a well-deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas to attend a Security Guard Expo and spend some quality time with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. When he accidentally uncovers a hotel heist, Blart takes charge of a group of fellow security guards to capture the criminals.

While We're Young

(USA, comedy/drama)

Director: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver
What's it about?
Filmmaker Josh lives in New York with his wife Cornelia and works as a lecturer in order to fund his documentary, that's been eight years in the making. The middle-aged couple's life changes when they meet younger hipster couple Jamy and Darby, and they feel reenergised by this new world of possibilities and creativity opening to them.

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Out April 23

Avengers: Age of Ultron

(USA, action/adventure/sci-fi)

Director: Joss Whedon
Starring: 
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo
What's it about?
Tony Stark/Iron Man is experimenting on an artificial intelligence that would help keep peace around the world, but things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron.

Blog: "Avengers: Age of Ultron" primer

Testament of Youth

(UK, biography/drama/history)

Director: James Kent
Starring: Colin Morgan, Georgina Bennett, Emily Bevan
What's it about?
Based on Vera Brittain's classic memoir, Testament of Youth recounts one young woman's struggle through the horrors of the First World War. She gave up on her studies at Oxford to become a nurse and help the wounded, while her brother, her fiance and all their friends are fighting on the frontlines.

 

Out April 30

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Director: David Zellner
Starring: Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Shirley Venard
What's it about?
Upon discovering a hidden copy of Fargo on VHS, Kumiko becomes convinced that the large case of money in the film is in fact real. The VHS contains a treasure map and, with limited preparation, Kumiko decides to travel from Tokyo to Minnesota on a quest to find the fortune.

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Unfriended

(USA, horror/thriller)

Director: Levan Gabriadze
Starring: Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson
What's it about?
A year after a teenage girl killed herself when a video of her passed out drunk at a party was posted on social media, a group of her friends chatting online find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account of their dead friend.

One Eyed Girl

(Australia, drama/thriller)

Director: Nick Matthews
Starring: Steve Le Marquand, Craig Behenna, Tilda Cobham-Hervey
What's it about?
A dark thriller about Travis (Mark Leonard Winter), a young psychiatrist haunted by the death of a patient.  On the brink of a nervous breakdown, he meets a teenage girl named Grace (Tilda Cobham-Hervery) who invites him to a secret church run by charismatic leader, Father Jay (Steve Le Marquand).  In search of answers, Travis is led deeper and deeper into the hidden world of an isolated cult, where he’s given one last chance at redemption. (In select cinemas from April 30.)

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