Most Anticipated Films Of April 2022!

March was a long but incredibly strong month for film, giving the likes of Batman, X, Fresh, After Yang, Topside, Turning Red and many others. So now we move on to April a month that also looks like it could be really strong.

As usual I’m leaving out films I have already seen however there are two films that are quite fantastic that I do highly recommend checking out this month which are.

Tony Hawk: Until The Wheels Fall Off – April 5th (HBO and HBO Max)

We’re All Going To The World’s Fair – April 15th (Theater) and April 22nd (VOD)

With that said here’s my most anticipated for April 2022!

14. Ambulance – April 8th (Theater)

13. The Bubble – April 1st (Netflix)

12. Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Childhood – April 1st (Netflix)

11. Charlotte – April 22nd (Theater)

10. The Bad Guys – April 22nd (Theaters)

9. Bubble – April 28th (Netflix)

8. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 – April 8th (Theaters)

7. Cow – April 8th (VOD)

6. The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent – April 22nd (Theaters)

5. Memoria -April 1st (Theater) yes I will be counting this is a 2022 film, giving a very limited release when there was four days left last year is very unfair to the film.

4. Petite Maman – April 22nd (Theaters)

3. Everything Everywhere All At Once – April 8th (Theaters)

2. Vortex – April 29th (Theaters)

1. The Northman – April 22nd (Theaters)

And that wraps it up here!!! What is your most anticipated film of April 2022? What movies do you plan on seeing?

Things Heard & Seen (2021)

An artist relocates to the Hudson Valley and begins to suspect that her marriage has a sinister darkness, one that rivals her new home’s history.

Finding an actual really good Netflix Original Horror Movie is very hard to come by, there’s been a handful in the last few years that have been really good such as Cam, Cargo, Hush, The Ritual, The Babysitter movies, Veronica, Gerald’s Game and a few others. Most of the time though they end up being very forgettable movies that get used for clickbait such as “Netflix just released the scariest movie ever made” Things Heard & Seen is the definition of a forgettable horror movie. The only reason this got the attention it did was because Amanda Seyfried is the leading role, which to be fair she’s actually not half bad in it. In fact I would even say she’s pretty decent as well as the setting, filming and some of the atmosphere works as well. What destroys this movie is the trainwreck writing, pacing and the running time. First off the writing does little to nothing to bring any interest the movie might have, it truly feels like the writers had no idea what the plot was going to be so they wrote a first draft and used that for the movie. Things Heard & Seen also tries to use a lot of elements from Amityville (a movie I’m not even a huge fan of) but none of it sticks, it really ends up being a very cliched horror movie with no scares at all. The writing prevents the movie from trying to do anything remotely interesting and gives the audience very vague plot lines. The pacing combined with the running time is very hard to sit through, at one point the movie begins to feel like a chore to sit through. Which is one of the worst things that can happen to a movie, speaking of the running time can someone explain to me how and why this movie is 2 hours long? This could have easily fit to be a 80 minute movie and nothing would have changed. It attempts to be a slow burn but fails in a lot of areas, it doesn’t help that none of the characters are remotely interesting. It’s a shame because I do think Things Heard & Seen could have worked if it wasn’t trying to take elements from better movies and if the writing was changed quite a bit. It might not be the absolute worst horror movie in Netflix’s catalog but I will say this was definitely a huge missed opportunity.

4/10 D+

The Marksman (2021) Movie Review!

A rancher on the Arizona border becomes the unlikely defender of a young Mexican boy desperately fleeing the cartel assassins who’ve pursued him into the U.S.

Yep The Marksman is definitely a January movie, It’s one of those action movies a studio puts out in January because it doesn’t have much going for it and this is definitely the definition of it. The Marksman is definitely not bad as Liam Neeson is pretty solid and the movie itself is well filmed and for the most part well acted. What stops it from being at least passable is the very formulaic story that has been done to death numerous times, plus it’s definitely not as good as some of the other Liam Neeson action movies from the past such as The Commuter or Non-Stop. This one just feels like it does the bare minimum and then calls it a day, the writing attempts to try and throw in some character study type moments into the mix. While that’s a good idea on paper I’m not entirely sure if it works well here, granted there’s a few decent moments but there really isn’t anything that you the viewer is going to be really invested in. It tries to do way too much for a movie that really should have just been a fun Liam Neeson action movie. It’s definitely not bad as there is some fun to be had but it’s easily one of the most forgettable movies I’ve seen so far this year.

5/10 C

Justice Society: World War II (2021) Movie Review.

The Justice Society of America , a group of heroes aiding the allies in World War 2, acquire an ally from the future who sends them on an adventure that changes history.

Not a whole lot to say here, Justice Society: World War II is the newest DC Animated movie and not a bad one either. The characters are quite solid Wonder Woman being the standout, the animation is going to definitely be a hit or miss for some people although I thought it wasn’t too bad. It was different and for what it was it wasn’t too bad looking, what does drag this movie down is the plot and the main villain. The plot is sort of a mess and does have that “Saturday morning cartoon” feel to it and not in a very good way, the main villain is just sort of there and really isn’t anything special. With that said the movie itself is at least fun and interesting for the most part, it’s a very serviceable movie that does a lot right!

7/10 B

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier (2021) Series Review!

Following the events of ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ Sam Wilson/Falcon and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities and their patience.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is the second MCU Disney Plus series releasing almost right after WandaVision. TFATWS wasn’t one of the series I was incredibly excited for, but the end result I have to say isn’t too bad at all. First a bit about the characters, easily the two show stealers are Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) both have incredible chemistry between one another, both Mackie and Stan have a bunch of incredible moments and show how talented they both are as actors. The series does a fantastic job of exploring both their characters and giving them a lot of development, by the end of the series you feel Anthony Mackie’s journey is complete when it comes to taking the mantle as Captain America! As for the everyone else there’s a few noteworthy performances such as Daniel Brühl as Zemo who is easily one of the best parts in a few of the episodes (I’ll get more into each episode in a bit), Wyatt Russell as John Walker who absolutely delivers in episode 4 In particular, Carl Lumbly as Isaiah Bradley and Erin Kellyman as Karli Morgenthau who I don’t think is exactly the best MCU villain but due to Kellyman’s performance she really makes it work and she certainly isn’t bad. She gets more development as the series progress, now let’s talk a little about each episode and how they are and then I’ll wrap this up with a conclusion. The first episode is what you would expect a nice introduction that opens with a pretty neat action scene and gives a basic introduction of what to expect, Sam Wilson’s journey and much more. It’s not anything too crazy but that’s to be expected. Unfortunately episodes 2 and 3 are what puts the series to a complete halt, while there are some positives about the episodes (Zemmo being the best part of episode 3), some action scenes and of course Mackie and Stan’s performances. The rest of episodes 2 and 3 just really do not do much and are just not that interesting, both episodes have nowhere near as many character moments as the rest of the series which is very unfortunate. However that all changes with episode four which is hands down my absolute favorite of the series, it opens up with a very powerful character moment for Bucky and really shows how incredible Sebastian Stan is as an actor. it’s some of the darkest material the MCU has ever done and it was done really well, the atmosphere is thrilling, the writing is incredibly well done and Wyatt Russell as I said before does such a fantastic job in this episode. You really start to see a lot of his character and how he’s a ticking time bomb, which is probably what I would describe this episode as a ticking time bomb! Episode 5 is a wonderful lead up to the final episode, it heavily focuses on a ton of character moments especially for Sam Wilson and his journey to become Captain America. It’s a long episode but an incredibly well written and directed episode that’s a huge highlight of the series. Finally there’s episode 6 which is pretty solid, I don’t think it’s as strong as episode 4 or 5 but it does deliver when it comes to action, finally seeing Sam Wilson as Captain America, tackling a few themes and much more. It heavily sets up for Captain America 4 (which was just announced) and what I can assume a season 2 of the show. Episode 6 did everything it was sent out to do I just wish it could have been a tad longer. Overall the series is solid, it has it’s rough spots that some MCU movies suffer from but when the series gets good it gets really good. There’s so much to love about it and it’s mainly due to Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan plus the growth of their characters that make this series worth it!

7/10 B

Mortal Kombat (2021) Movie Review!

MMA fighter Cole Young seeks out Earth’s greatest champions in order to stand against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe.

Mortal Kombat (2021) is one of the few video game adaption movies to actually be a great movie, the characters are pretty well done although some were very underdeveloped such as Mileena, Raiden and a few others. The character who were developed or had a lot of screentime really made up for it, Sub-Zero played by Joe Taslim was badass and just an overall perfect. He really perfected Sub-Zero’s character from his abilities to his actions and so on. Jax played by Mehcad Brooks was a favorite of mine, while Jax doesn’t get a ton of development Brook’s performance makes it work, Josh Lawson as Kano is easily one of the highlights of the film, he’s hilarious, does something very interesting with the character and is a ton of fun throughout the film. Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion is also pretty badass he’s not in the movie very long but when he does show up it’s one of the best moments of the film. Finally there’s Ludi Lin as Liu Kang who’s easily one of my favorites, every scene he’s in is just great and like some of the other actors I mentioned gives a very strong portrayal of one of the most iconic characters from the series! The writing is definitely not always perfect, there are some very cheesy lines but at least the movie embraces that it’s cheesy and has a ton of fun which leads to the gore. The fatality scenes are absolute perfection, if you go into this movie wanting a ton of gore this movie will deliver. It’s truly everything a Mortal Kombat fan would want from a fatality, combine that with some really satisfying action scenes and you have yourself an incredibly entertaining movie. In terms of story like the writing it doesn’t always work, there’s some very familiar elements that the main character Cole Young (Lewis Tan) goes through, but it’s ultimately nothing terrible just something we have seen a bunch of times before that I do feel is a bit out of place. Overall Mortal Kombat is some of the most fun I’ve had with a movie so far this year, it’s truly a satisfying adaption that I highly recommend giving a watch especially if your a Mortal Kombat fan!!

8/10 B+

Stowaway and Boys From County Hell (2021) Movie Reviews!

A stowaway on a mission to Mars sets off a series of unintended consequences.

Stowaway is a very serviceable Netflix Original movie and really not much else. The cast does a decent job Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette being the standouts, Daniel Dae Kim and Shamier Anderson both do a solid job as well. The visuals are great combined with a solid atmosphere that does give the movie some beautiful scenes. What ultimately stops Stowaway from being anything other then decent is the running time and the pacing, it has a 116 minute running time that could have easily been trimmed down. Take out 15-20 minutes of the movie and it wouldn’t change a thing, the pacing is very slow and the movie itself does become a chore to sit through once you reach the final act. Not much else to say here, a decent first time watch for a movie I don’t think I’ll ever revisit again.

6/10 C+

A crew of hardy road workers, led by a bickering Father and Son, must survive the night when they accidentally awaken an ancient Irish vampire.

Chris Baugh (director of Bad Day For The Cut) is back with Boys From County Hell and I have to say this wasn’t too bad. It’s another decent modern Vampire movie that manages to combine the humor with the atmosphere and actually do it quite well. It does take awhile to get going which ultimately does hurt the movie, there’s a ton of scenes that really did not need to be there. However once the movie gets going it’s well worth it, it’s a lot of fun with some pretty great scenes and vampires! Sure it might not be super original, it does use a lot of elements from other better films. But at least Boys From County Hell has fun while doing it which can’t be said for some other movies, in terms of acting and writing it’s nothing crazy. It’s better then expected but nothing really noteworthy which is perfectly fine in this case. Overall it’s a decent vampire movie, I still prefer Jakob’s Wife by a lot (when it comes to Vampire movies that came out this year). But I still recommend giving this one a try if your a fan of the genre.

6/10 C+

Nobody (2021) Movie Review!

A bystander who intervenes to help a woman being harassed by a group of men becomes the target of a vengeful drug lord.

Nobody is definitely one of the biggest surprises so far of 2021, before going into the movie I heard that it was great but I didn’t know if I would like it or not! But this really impressed me I have to say, Nobody is from IIya Naishuller the director of Hardcore Henry which is a fantastic action movie, once again Naishuller does a fantastic job with doing something different with the action genre. Nobody is this hybrid of dark comedy with some very heavy action combined with brutal kills, which definitely makes the film itself standout among a lot of other movies in the genre. Bob Odenkirk does a fantastic job in the leading role and truly delivers throughout the film, the action scenes are really well shot and quite beautiful to watch as well. There is no shaky camera or tons of terrible editing it feels very raw which you quickly start to notice. The writing is quite great it combines a lot of dark humor with a lot of traditional action movie type plots but manages to make it it’s own, so it doesn’t feel like you are watching just another action movie. It keeps things fresh and interesting throughout the film, it’s also a very fun movie as well. Nobody truly knows how to entertain the audience and knows when to get serious or be comedic, Nobody is truly one of the strongest action films to come out recently! I highly recommend giving this one a go especially if your a action movie fan.

9/10 A

The Courier (2021) Movie Review!

Cold War spy Greville Wynne and his Russian source try to put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The Courier is based on a very interesting true story that I highly recommend reading about! The film itself is quite great, it’s a very strong and suspenseful thriller packed with tons of great performances and a lot of emotional moments. Benedict Cumberbatch gives one of the strongest performances of his career, he steals the show and completely dives into his role. The atmosphere of the film is seriously well done and completely matches for what the film is trying to go for, the dialogue is very well written and compelling as well! Jessie Buckley is also fantastic in her role, like Cumberbatch she dives into her role and goes all out. The score gives the right mood and atmosphere that the film is going for, The Courier is a really well put together film that I highly recommend checking out!

8/10 B+

Monday and Into The Beat (2021) Movie Reviews!

A spark on a Friday can lead to a sizzling weekend fling, but what happens when you get to the inevitable Monday?

I really don’t have much to say about Monday, it’s a just passable movie which is mainly due to Sebastian Stan’s and Denise Gough’s performances. Both of them really give it there all and truly deliver some great performances. The filming is also quite nice especially when combined with the setting. The major problem is how drawn out the movie feels which ultimately leads into more very noticeable problems such as the writing. Which while does have it’s meaningful moments a lot of the time it doesn’t feel nowhere near as powerful as the movie wants it to be, as I said earlier the movie really draws out and becomes sort of a chore to sit through. Luckily the two main characters Mickey and Chloe are both at least interesting and are given character development throughout the film which helps. This is definitely a movie I’m not going to ever watch again but it’s an okay watch if you are looking for good performances and don’t care much for pacing.

6/10 C+

A ballerina discovers hip-hop by chance and is faced with an impossible choice: Does she pursue her family’s legacy or her newfound love.

This is another instance where I had no idea this movie existed until the day it came out. Into The Beat is your typical dance movie, if you have seen any given dance movie from the past congratulations you have already seen this movie. It plays beat by beat (no pun intended) in terms of story and each act of the movie. The soundtrack is at least very good which is typical for these dance movies and the acting is honestly not the worst. It just mostly suffers from being way too familiar and does absolutely nothing to standout among the several other dance movies. Especially when it’s on a platform in this case being Netflix where they already have two better dance original movies (Work It and Feel The Beat). The writing is very bare minimum and gives the cliched story and the rest of the movie is forgettable, unless your a dance movie fanatic I don’t recommend this one.

4/10 D+