This Week in Movies - 4/13/15

In which our movie guru tells you what he really feels about what’s coming to the silver screen. Check in every Wednesday for the weekend’s releases, or grab a copy of our print edition to see the whole month.

 

CHILD 44

Release date: April 17
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Cast: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman
Website: child44film.com

Based on the 2008 best-selling novel of the same name, this feel-good movie stars Tom Hardy (recycling his ridiculous Bane accent) as a disgraced Soviet spy who joins forces with a military general (Oldman) to hunt down a serial child killer. Set during Stalin’s reign, the novel and movie are based on the crimes of Andrei “Butcher of Rostov” Chikatilo, who murdered more than 50 women and children in the Soviet Union between 1978 and 1990. Produced by Ridley Scott, Child 44 co-stars original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Rapace) as Hardy’s wife and sidekick.

 

MONKEY KINGDOM

Release date: April 17
Director: Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill
Cast: Monkeys; voice of Tina Fey
Website: disney.com/MonkeyKingdom

If you’ve never seen a Disneynature documentary – Earth, Chimpanzee, Bears, etc. – I highly recommend checking one out or, at the very least, show one to your kids as an alternative to the dreck they watch all day on the Disney Channel. Narrated by Tina Fey, Monkey Kingdom chronicles the daily life of a real toque macaque monkey family living in the jungles of Sri Lanka. When a neighboring tribe of monkeys ousts a determined mother and her brood from their home, she must find a way to survive while devising a plan to take back her territory.

 

UNFRIENDED

Release date: April 17
Director: Levan Gabriadze
Cast: Shelley Hennig, Renee Olstead, Courtney Halverson, Heather Sossaman
Website: unfriendedmovie.com

What if the characters from the 1997 horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer had Skype, Facebook, Twitter, FaceTime, Snapchat and Instagram? The story might have gone a little something like this: One year after a high school student name Laura Barns (Sossaman) commits suicide over brutal online bullying, six of her biggest tormenters gather on Skype to discuss weekend plans. When a seventh anonymous chatter joins the call, the person demands to know who posted the video that drove Laura to her death. When the teens refuse to tell the truth, they are forced to pay for their sins live on the Internet.

 

PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2

Release date: April 17
Director: Andy Fickman
Cast: Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Neal McDonough, Daniella Alonso
Website: paulblart-movie.com

Are you sitting in a bar right now? Look to your left. Now, look to your right. One of those people is partially responsible for Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. Despite movie critics’ best efforts, the original Blart – a wet fart set to moving images – grossed more than $180 million worldwide and gave the toddler executives at Sony yet another chance to show just how inept they are at filmmaking. So what is this thing about? Blart (James) and his teenage daughter (Rodriguez) travel to Las Vegas for a security guard expo, but their vacation is cut short when Blart and his Segway shuffle into action to foil an epic mall heist.

 

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David Onda is Fly Magazine's movie guy. He is an entertainment writer for a national outlet. He's attended and covered the Academy Awards on several (well, 3) occasions for a national outlet. He once made Quentin Tarantino laugh. He has shared an elevator with Bruce Willis, sat in John Waters' living room and has flown in the same airplane as Joan Rivers.

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