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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, April 8; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, April 8; What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, April 8. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


The Boss

Director: Ben Falcone
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Dave Bautista, Kristen Schaal, Kathy Bates, Cecily Strong, Margo Martindale, Timothy Simons, Annie Mumolo
Synopsis: “A titan of industry is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C (6 reviews)


Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Naomi Watts, Judah Lewis
Synopsis: “Davis, a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father in law Phil to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis’ letters catch the attention of customer service rep Karen and, amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son Chris (Judah Lewis), Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (16 reviews)

Hardcore Henry

Director: Ilya Naishuller
Cast: Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovskiy, Haley Bennett, Andrey Dementiev, Dasha Charusha, Sveta Ustinova
Synopsis: “Strap in. Hardcore Henry is an unflinchingly original wild-ride: You remember nothing because you’ve just been brought back from the dead by your wife. She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who’s got her? His name’s Akan – a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You’re also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious fellow called Jimmy. He may be on your side, but you aren’t sure. If you can survive, and solve the mystery, you might just discover the truth behind your identity.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade AverageB- (9 reviews)


11 Minutes

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski
Cast: Richard Dormer, Agata Buzek, Andrzej Chyra, Dawid Ogrodnik, Beata Tyszkiewicz, David L. Price
Synopsis: “In the span of eleven tense minutes, a whirlwind of interlocking tales of life in the surveillance age unfold in this stylish, propulsive tale. In a city square in Warsaw, a sleazy director ‘auditions’ a married actress in a hotel room; a hot dog vendor goes about his work while concealing a dark secret; a motorcycle-driving drug runner trysts with a client’s wife; and a young man plots an ill-advised robbery.”
Theatrical Release: New York

Be Here Now

Director: Lilibet Foster
Synopsis: “Andy Whitfield had just landed the role of a lifetime as the star of Spartacus: Blood and Sand when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma… and given only a 25% chance of survival. Not knowing his fate, but determined to beat the odds, Andy decides to film his journey in hope of inspiring others facing life-threatening illnesses. Armed with courage, humor and matching tattoos, Andy and his wife Vashti vow to fight the disease while living fearlessly in the present.” [LA Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on April 15th)

The Blue Hour

Director: Anucha Boonyawatana
Cast: Atthaphan Poonsawas, Oabnithi Wiwattanawarang, Duangjai Hirunsri, Panutchai Kittisatima, Nithiroj Simkamtom
Synopsis: “Tam, a timid loner, is bullied regularly by his fellow pupils at school. He is met with similar rejection and suspicion within the narrow confines of his parents’ dingy home, where his father beats him. One day Tam arranges online to meet Phum at a derelict swimming pool. They are both looking for sex, but their encounter leaves them with a feeling of comfort and security. A close bond develops between the two boys and, before long, they are roaming the rubbish heaps and dark corners of the city together, day and night. Phum opens a door for Tam, revealing a fantastical parallel universe full of spirits and dangerous encounters. Although he feels safe and loved for the first time in his life, Tam can no longer differentiate between dream and reality and finds himself increasingly drawn into a spiral of paranoia and violence.”
Theatrical Release: New York


Director: Gerald McCullouch
Cast: Gerald McCullouch, Dan Via
Synopsis: “Colin is a stud. Stew, not so much. They’ve been virtually inseparable since college. But now Colin has fallen for a much younger man.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles


Director: Joseph Wartnerchaney
Cast: Rob Zabrecky, Lisa Howard, Elisha Yaffe, Jackie Hoffman, Denielle Fisher Johnson, Whitney Hayes, Hannah Barron, Shannon K. Dunn, Shannon K. Dunn
Synopsis: “A middle-aged groundskeeper at a local theme park suffers from a debilitating case of OCD. One day, his daily routine is disrupted by a surprise visitor in his basement: a beautiful young woman who, through a jarring turn of events, ends up dead. Jonathan panics and chooses not to report the dead girl. Instead, he invites her to dinner. Jonathan is happy to have a friend, until the police start closing in, and his mind, and the body of the girl, begins to decay.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Havana Motor Club

Director: Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt
Synopsis: “Reforms have offered opportunity in Cuba but the children of the Revolution are unsure of the best route forward. For a half-dozen drag racers, this means last-minute changes to their beloved American muscle cars, as they prepare for the first sanctioned race in Cuba since 1960. Punctuated by a lively Cuban soundtrack, Havana Motor Club offers a fascinating glimpse at the resilience and ingenuity of the competitive spirit.” [Tribeca Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles and Miami

High Strung
Director: Michael Damian
Cast: Keenan Kampa, Nicholas Galitzine, Jane Seymour, Sonoya Mizuno, Comfort Fedoke, Ian Eastwood
Synopsis: “Ruby Adams is a dancer from the Midwest with a scholarship to one of New York’s toughest performing arts schools. Johnnie Blackwell is an aspiring British musician, playing for money on subway platforms. Ruby’s world is classical and disciplined; Johnnie’s is improvisational and street smart. When these two young artists are thrown together, they immediately clash, but neither can deny the sparks that fly between them, or their shared ambition of trying to make it in the most competitive city in the world. When Ruby’s scholarship is threatened, and Johnnie suddenly faces deportation, they join forces and enter a contest where winning—or losing– could change their lives forever. With the help of a dynamic dance crew called The SwitchSteps, they prepare to perform in a competition that unites their disparate worlds, and climaxes in an action-packed boundary-breaking dance extravaganza that thrillingly blends multiple styles ranging from hard hitting hip-hop to classical dance.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including Los Angeles and New York)

The Invitation

Director: Karyn Kusama
Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Michiel Huisman, John Carroll Lynch, Mike Doyle, Tammy Blanchard, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lindsay Burdge, Michelle Krusiec, Karl Yune, Jordi Vilasuso
Synopsis: “Will and Eden were once a loving couple. After a tragedy took their son, Eden disappeared. Two years later, out of the blue, she returns with a new husband… and as a different person, eerily changed and eager to reunite with her ex and those she left behind. Over the course of a dinner party in the house that was once his, the haunted Will is gripped by mounting evidence that Eden and her new friends have a mysterious and terrifying agenda. But can we trust Will’s hold on reality? Or will he be the unwitting catalyst of the doom he senses?” [SXSW Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (14 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Austin, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle)

Look at Us Now, Mother

Director: Gayle Kirschenbaum
Synopsis: “What trauma could make a child certain that she was born into the wrong family? What wounds are inflicted when the home that’s supposed to be a haven isolates her as an outsider; when her mother’s words are rarely nurturing but instead, ruthlessly shaming, demeaning and critical? What will it take for the adult that child becomes to forgive such a past? Is forgiveness even possible?”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles 

Louder than Bombs

Director: Joachim Trier
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Byrne, Amy Ryan, David Strathairn, Devin Druid, Rachel Brosnahan, Ruby Jerins, Megan Ketch
Synopsis: “An upcoming exhibition celebrating photographer Isabelle Reed three years after her untimely death, brings her eldest son Jonah back to the family house – forcing him to spend more time with his father Gene and withdrawn younger brother Conrad than he has in years. With the three of them under the same roof, Gene tries desperately to connect with his two sons, but they struggle to reconcile their feelings about the woman they remember so differently.” [Cannes Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (21 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (opens in various cities nationwide through the end of May)

Mad Tiger

Director: Jonathan Yi & Michael Haertlein
Cast: Kengo Hioki, Kotaro Tsukada, Yumiko Hioki, Akihiko Naruse, Akiteru Ito
Synopsis: “The relationship of two Japanese men, Yellow and Red, who have been best friends, band mates and business partners touring the United States in a performance-art punk band called PEELANDER-Z for the last fifteen years. When Red decides to quit, their relationship is tested by life beyond the band.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles (opens in New York on May 6th)


Directors: Vladimir de Fontenay & Nina Ljeti
Cast: Sam Dillon, Thomas Mann, James Franco, Teo Halm, Cole Alexander, Kristen Bailey, Luna Blaise, Shauna Bloom, Ericka Clevenger, Bella Cohen, Olie Cohen, Lexi DiBenedetto
Synopsis: “Ivan Cohen is a young boy living in Palo Alto, California. Unsatisfied by his slacker group of friends, his love for a girl who doesn’t know he exist and a dysfunctional family life, he is struggling to find his place in the world.”
Theatrical Release: New Orleans (opens in Los Angeles on May 6th; plays in various cities through April)

Mr. Right

Director: Paco Cabezas
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, Tim Roth, James Ransone, RZA, Michael Eklund, Anson Mount
Synopsis: “A girl falls for the ‘perfect’ guy, who happens to have a very fatal flaw: he’s a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York, Chicago and Detroit)

Neon Bull

Director: Gabriel Mascaro
Cast: Juliano Cazarré, Alyne Santana, Carlos Pessoa, Maeve Jinkings, Vinícius de Oliveira, Josinaldo Alves, Samyade Lavor
Synopsis: “Wild, sensual and transporting, Mascaro’s second fiction feature unfolds within the tough, macho world of the vaquejada, a traditional rodeo sport in which cowboys try to pull bulls to the ground by their tails. The film explores the vaquejada through the eyes of Iremar, a handsome cowboy who works the events. Home for Iremar is the truck used to transport the animals from show to show, which he shares with his makeshift family: Galega, an exotic dancer, the truck driver and mother to the young and spirited Cacá, and Zé, his compadre in the bullpen. While he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, Iremar’s real dream is to design exotic outfits for dancers.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (9 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on April 15th)

One More Time

Director: Robert Edwards
Cast: Christopher Walken, Amber Heard, Kelli Garner, Hamish Linklater, Ann Magnuson, Oliver Platt, Henry Kelemen, Sandra Berrios, Gavin McInnes, John Ellison Conlee
Synopsis: “Jude is a would-be singer-songwriter still struggling to make her mark. Cash-strapped and homeless, she begrudgingly returns to the Hamptons home of her father, an over-the-hill crooner desperately charting his musical comeback, in this spunky, soulful dramedy about the personal costs of artistic ambition and the bonds that carry us through.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle)

The Phoenix Incident

Director: Keith Arem
Cast: Troy Baker, Yuri Lowenthal, Travis Willingham, Liam O’Brien
Synopsis: “Based on the largest UFO sighting in North America known as the Phoenix Lights. Blurring the line between fiction and reality, the fact based, sci-fi thriller revolves around a military conspiracy and the controversial missing person’s case surrounding the infamous 1997 event.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Phoenix and Seattle)


Director: Ryan Sage
Cast: Grant Rosenmeyer, Lindsey Shaw, Reid Ewing, Eden Sher, Chris Bauer
Synopsis: “Jefferson is a ski-bum temp worker, whose singular joy comes from an annual excursion to the slopes with fellow slacker Curtis. But when Jefferson falls for Stephanie, an ambitious go-getter, he is forced to re-evaluate his priorities.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Viva Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt

Director: Ada Ushpiz
Synopsis: “Forty years after her death, Hannah Arendt, one of the 20th century’s most brilliant philosophers, remains a figure of fierce controversy. A German Jew who fled Europe for New York in 1941, she was the author of numerous studies of history, violence, anti-Semitism, and power. But none were more provocative than “Eichmann in Jerusalem” in which she coined the phrase “the banality of evil” to describe how a man as seemingly insignificant as Eichmann could be responsible for mass murder. Arendt was pilloried for her criticism of some Jewish leaders and criticized for a love affair with Martin Heidegger, a Nazi supporter. In this no-holds-barred documentary, Arendt’s critics have their say, but the woman herself is also featured, most dramatically in an interview for German television in which she shares fascinating insights into Eichmann. Rarely has an intellectual, even one as public in her pronouncements as Arendt, incited so much anger, praise, devotion, and scorn.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles April 29th)

Where the Road Runs Out

Director: Rudolf Buitendach
Cast: Isaach de Bankolé, Juliet Landau, Stelio Savante, Sizo Motsoko
Synopsis: “A story about a Rotterdam-based respected scientist and lecturer who has grown weary of the world of academia. The sudden death of an old friend who has been running a field research station in Africa gives him the incentive he needs to turn his back on his academia and return to his African roots. Arriving in Equatorial Guinea he finds the field station in a state of disrepair. Through a local boy Jimi, his jaded eyes are opened to the possibilities of life there. Jimi also introduces him to Corina who runs the local orphanage and a tentative but heartfelt romance begins. With the unexpected arrival of George’s old friend Martin, George discovers there are many obstacles on the road to redemption… and many more where the road runs out. “
Theatrical Release: Scottsdale, AZ

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