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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, April 1; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, April 1; What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, April 1. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


God’s Not Dead 2

Director: Harold Cronk
Cast: Melissa Joan Hart, Jesse Metcalfe, David A.R. White, Ray Wise, Hayley Orrantia, Robin Givens, Fred Dalton Thompson, Ernie Hudson, Maria Canals Barrera, Gianna Simone, Pat Boone
Synopsis: “Welcome back to Hope Springs … home not only of Hadleigh University, but also Martin Luther King Jr. High School. That’s where beloved teacher Grace Wesley, a strong Christian, helps her students understand and enjoy history. When Brooke, a hurting student grieving the loss of her brother, reaches out to Grace, their coffee-shop conversation leads to Grace sharing the hope she finds in Christ. However, when Brooke asks an honest question about Jesus in the classroom, Grace’s reasoned response lands her in big trouble—almost before she finishes giving her answer. With the principal and superintendant joining forces with a zealous civil liberties group, Grace faces an epic court case that could cost her the career she loves and expel God from the classroom—and the public square—once and for all!”

Meet the Blacks

Director: Deon Taylor
Cast: Mike Epps, Zulay Henao, Bresha Webb, King Bach, George Lopez, Gary Owen, Lil Duval, Mike Tyson, Tiny Cottle, Perez Hilton, Paul Mooney, Charlie Murphy
Synopsis: “The Black family is getting out of Chicago in hopes of a better life. After Carl Black recently came into some unexpected funds. Carl takes his family and leaves the hustling lifestyle behind for something better. Carl, his wife Lorena, son Carl Jr., daughter Allie Black and cousin Cronut pack up and move to Beverly Hills. Turns out, Carl couldn’t have picked a worse time to move. They arrive right around the time of the annual purge, when all crime is legal for twelve hours.”


Director: Tsai Ming-liang
Synopsis: “This disarmingly candid, insightful and ultimately very touching conversation between Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming-liang and his muse Lee Kang-sheng illuminates one of the great actor-director collaborations in cinema history.” [Toronto International Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York

Catching the Sun

Director: Shalini Kantayya
Synopsis: “While solar power fuels the renewable energy revolution, some experts predict it will become the world’s major power source within the next 20 years, bringing with it millions of jobs and billions of dollars. For beleaguered cities like Richmond, CA, with high crime and unemployment rates, the solar boom provides a desperately needed way to jump-start their economy. Catching the Sun follows workers attending solar training boot camps, newly-minted installers applying their skills, solar entrepreneurs like Wally Jiang vying for a share of the budding global market, and activists like the Bay Area’s Van Jones advocating for green jobs and federal subsidies.” [LA Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on April 8th; screens in various cities nationwide throughout April)

Chongqing Hot Pot

Director: Qing Yang
Cast: Chen Kun, Bai Baihe, Hao Qin, Yu Entai
Synopsis: “When three friends open a hot pot restaurant in a former bomb shelter, they discover it’s linked by a single wall to the bank vault next door. While deciding to take the easy money or go to the police, they find out one of the bank’s employees is a former classmate and look to enlist her in deciding their future.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Washington, DC)

The Dark Horse

Director: James Napier Robertson
Cast: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Sia Trokenheim, Kirk Torrance, Xavier Horan, Miriama McDowell, Baz Te Hira, Wayne Hapi, Andrew Grainger, Roseanne Liang
Synopsis: “An inspiring true story based on the life of a charismatic, brilliant but little-known New Zealand chess champion, Genesis Potini. It’s a provocative, emotionally-charged drama about a man who searches for the courage to lead, despite his own struggles – finding purpose and hope in passing on his gift to the children of his community.” [Toronto International Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles


Director: Mickey Keating
Cast: Lauren Ashley Carter, Sean Young, Brian Morvant, Larry Fessenden, Helen Rogers, John Speredakos
Synopsis: “A lonely young woman moves into an old, mysterious Manhattan mansion. Hired as caretaker, it’s not long before she discovers the estate’s haunted reputation and troubling past – stories that slowly transform into a backdrop for her twisted and violent descent into madness.”
Theatrical Release: New York

Everybody Wants Some!!
Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Will Brittain, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Blake Jenner, J. Quinton Johnson, Glen Powell, Wyatt Russell
Synopsis: “A comedy that follows a group of friends as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (7 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Austin and Seattle (additional cities to come)


Director: Alexander Sokurov
Cast: Louis-D de Lencquesaing, Benjamin Utzerath, Vincent Nemeth, Johanna Korthals
Synopsis: “Set against the backdrop of the Louvre Museum’s history and artworks, master director Alexander Sokurovapplies his uniquely personal vision onto staged re-enactments and archives for ‘Francofonia,’ a fascinating portrait of real-life characters Jacques Jaujard and Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich and their compulsory collaboration at the Louvre Museum under the Nazi Occupation. These two remarkable men – enemies then collaborators – share an alliance which would become the driving force behind the preservation of museum treasures. In its exploration of the Louvre Museum as a living example of civilization, ‘Francofonia’ is a stunning and urgently relevant meditation on the essential relationship between art, culture, and history.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

The Girl in the Photographs

Director: Nick Simon
Cast: Kal Penn, Claudia Lee, Kenny Wormald, Toby Hemingway, Luke Baines, Miranda Rae Mayo, Katherine Isabelle, Mitch Pileggi
Synopsis: “Big-city glamour clashes with small-town values when a celebrity photographer and his entourage descend upon a sleepy community to investigate the bloody doings of a serial killer.” [Toronto International Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix and Salem)


Directors: Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia
Cast: Robin Bartlett, Rebecca Dayan, Will Janowitz, Julian Gamble, Roger Robinson
Synopsis: “In Troy, New York, two women, both named Helen, carry on seemingly complacent existences with their respective partners. Middle-aged Helen lives with husband Roy and finds comfort from a “reborn” baby doll. Meanwhile, successful young artist Helen is expecting a child with her noncommittal partner. Foreboding signs begin to appear: a meteor reportedly crashes nearby; people go missing; and inexplicable, life-altering changes spiral the Helens’ inert realities through a terrifying journey into unknown terrain.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York

I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman

Director: Marianne Lambert
Synopsis: “Explores some of the Belgian filmmaker’s 40 plus films. From Brussels to Tel-Aviv, from Paris to New-York, this documentary charts the sites of her peregrinations. An experimental filmmaker, a nomad, Chantal Akerman shares her cinematic trajectory, one that has never ceased to interrogate the the meaning of her existence. Thanks in great part to the interventions of her editor, Claire Atherton, she delineates the origins of her film language and her aesthetic stance.”
Theatrical Release: New York

Kill Me, Deadly

Director: Darrett Sanders
Cast: Lesley-Anne Down, Kirsten Vangsness, Paul F. Tompkins, Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore
Synopsis: “It’s 1947, and hard-boiled private investigator Charlie Nickels’ client is murdered and her priceless diamond stolen. The investigation forces him to do the one thing he vowed never to do again: trust a dame.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Kill Your Friends

Director: Owen Harris
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Craig Roberts, Georgia King, Tom Riley, Jim Piddock, Edward Hogg, James Corden, Joseph Mawle, Ed Skrein, Ella Smith, Moritz Bleibtreu, Rosanna Arquette
Synopsis: “An A&R man working at the height of the Britpop music craze goes to extremes in order to find his next hit.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, DC)

Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame

Director: Tony Girardin
Synopsis: “Giuseppe Marinoni found his calling when he transitioned from champion cyclist to master bike craftsman. But after years hunched over toxic fumes, his passion almost killed him. Today, at age 75, Marinoni is back in top shape, and decided to attempt the world hour record for his age group, all on a bike he built with his own hands almost 40 years ago.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on April 15th, various other cities through May)

Miles Ahead

Director: Don Cheadle
Cast: Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Keith Stanfield, Austin Lyon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Leticia Martinez, Morgan Wolk, Jeffrey Grover, Philip Krinsky
Synopsis: “An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (11 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (opens nationwide on April 22nd)

Natural Born Pranksters

Cast: Roman Atwood, Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, Dennis Roady
Synopsis: “The world’s three most notorious, ballsy, and outrageous pranksters come together for the first time to unleash the most epic pranks in an outrageous feature-film event. Jam-packed with cameos from some of YouTube’s biggest stars, watch as Roman Atwood, Dennis Roady, and Vitaly Zdorovetskiy take fearlessness and unbelievable social experiments to the next level.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York, Chicago and San Francisco)

Next Time I’ll Aim for the Heart

Director: Cédric Anger
Cast: Guillaume Canet, Ana Girardot, Jean-Yves Berteloot, Patrick Azam
Synopsis: “Disciplined and conscientious, Alain Lamare, a model policeman, appreciated by his superiors, leads an investigation about a series of crimes. However, if the maniac escapes from the traps and roadblocks set by the police, perhaps it is because the killer is this young, timid policeman who leads a quiet, banal life among his brigade. At least until he loses the maps detailing his murderous wanderings…”
Theatrical Release: Chicago

No Home Movie

Director: Chantal Akerman
Synopsis: “A sober, profoundly moving portrait of Akerman’s mother in the months leading up to her death, when she was mostly confined to her Brussels apartment. A Polish Jew who survived Auschwitz, Akerman’s mother suffered from chronic anxiety all her life, an affliction that fuelled much of her daughter’s creative output and helped shape Akerman’s thematic preoccupations with gender, sex, cultural identity, existential ennui, solitude, and mania.” [Toronto International Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (8 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York, Milwaukee and Minneapolis (expands to additional cities through June)


Director: John Suits
Cast: Rachel Nichols, Alfie Allen, Paul Guilfoyle, Pat Healy, Missi Pyle, Mekhi Phifer
Synopsis: “Set in the near future, where a virus of epic proportions has overtaken the planet, there are more infected than uninfected, and humanity is losing its grip on survival. Its only hope is finding a cure and keeping the infected contained. Lauren is a doctor, who, after the fall of New York, comes to Los Angeles to lead a team to hunt for and rescue uninfected survivors.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Sex and Broadcasting: A Film About WFMU

Director: Tim K. Smith
Synopsis: “A feature length documentary about New Jersey’s WFMU, the world’s strangest and most unique radio station, and one man’s attempt to keep it alive in the face of recession, the persistent threat of commercial media, and the challenges that come with keeping a rebellious group of outsiders together.”
Theatrical Release: New York


Director: Jeffrey D. Brown
Cast: Gillian Anderson, David Arquette, Seema Biswas, Tillotama Shome, Parambrata Chatterjee, Priyanka Bose, Ankur Vikal
Synopsis: “A young girl, Lakshmi, leaves her home in a quiet village in the Nepali Himalayas in the expectation of a job in big city India. However, upon her arrival in Kolkata, she soon realizes she has been trafficked into a prison brothel, where she must struggle daily to survive against impossible odds. A US photographer hears her cries for help and works with an NGO, to spearhead a dangerous mission to rescue her. Finally, Lakshmi must risk everything for freedom.”
Theatrical Release: New York and St. Augustine, FL (opens in Los Angeles on April 8th; expands to various cities nationwide through May)

Standing Tall

Director: Emmanuelle Bercot
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Rod Paradot, Benoit Magimel, Sara Forestier, Diane Rouxel, Elizabeth Mazev, Anne Suarez, Christophe Meynet, Martin Loizillon
Synopsis: “Sixteen-year-old Malony is surrounded by adults both callous and supportive. On the latter side is a warm-hearted court judge Florence Blaque and a devoted social worker Yann; on the other side stand most other authority figures. Clearly a victim of circumstances and poor parenting from his basket case of a mother, he’s also a bully, a brute, and a sexually violent offender.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (13 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Stealing Cars

Director: Bradley Kaplan
Cast: Emory Cohen, John Leguizamo, William H. Macy, Paul Sparks, Mike Epps, Felicity Huffman, Heather Lind, Al Calderon
Synopsis: “The moment Billy arrives at juvenile detention camp, his smart-ass attitude guarantees a rough sentence ahead. Initially his bravado wins over his fellow offenders, and his clever wit appeals to the cultivated warden. But his insubordinate and reckless behavior alienates him, while the deep grief that gnaws at him is slowly revealed.” [LA Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles


Director: Alon Kol
Synopsis: “Martine Stonehouse and John Gelmon are middle-aged underdogs, living with Asperger Syndrome. Despite their social challenges, both dream of getting married, but straight-identifying John refuses to tie the knot until transsexual Martine gets gender reassignment surgery. Will Martine and John find the happiness together that they deserve?”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles and San Francisco (opens in New York on April 29th)

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