New Movies   21st April 2017

New Movies – 21st April 2017

Some unique films coming out this week. More than half based on real-life events so you’ll be able to learn something at the same time as being entertained! Great excuse to get down to the movies this weekend.

Christian Bale, Rosario Dawson, and Katherine Heigl are the biggest names you’ll find on the list below. Check these out:

MovieDirectorBudget (USD)Genre
UnforgettableDenise Di NoviN/AThriller
Born in ChinaChuan LuN/ADocumentary
The PromiseTerry George$100 millionDrama, History
Free FireBen Wheatley$10 millionAction, Comedy, Crime
Leap!Eric Summer & Éric Warin$30 millionAnimation, Adventure, Comedy
Phoenix ForgottenJustin BarberN/AHorror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Citizen Jane: Battle for the CityMatt TyrnauerN/ADocumentary

Unforgettable

Unforgettable Poster

Katherine Heigl plays the evil ex-wife, Tessa, who’s recently divorced from her husband, David (Geoff Stults). David makes the grave mistake of thinking he can move on and engages with Julia (Rosario Dawson) to become married. Tessa takes a turn for the worse and does everything she can to prevent the two new lovebirds from achieving happiness.

Filming took place at a variety of locations around California including Los Angeles, Encino, South Pasadena, and Beverly Hills. USA, Ireland, Cambodia, and the United Kingdom are the first to receive the film on April 21st, 2017.

The rest of the world are having to wait a little bit longer, with Unforgettable’s release in Australia set more than two months later on June 22, 2017. Sorry you folks from down under!

Director

Denise Di Novi

Budget

Not released

Rating

R

Cast

Rosario Dawson

Katherine Heigl

Geoff Stults

Whitney Cummings

Cheryl Ladd

Simon Kassianides

IMDB

Not rated

Rotten Tomatoes

Not rated

Metacritic

Not rated

Trailer

(1.4 million views – 86.1% likes)

Born in China

Born in China Poster

The Office’s Jim Halpert has come a long way since his paper selling days at Dunder Mifflin! John Krasinski, along with Xun Zhou, narrate the documentary which dives deep into the wilderness of rural China.

Born in China follows the individual stories of a number of animals including a panda with her young cub, a golden monkey facing disrupting family issues, and a snow leopard struggling to keep up with the pressures of the modern wilderness whilst raising her two children.

As we hope you were able to guess, filming for the documentary has taken place solely in China. It was first released to the Chinese public back in 2016 on August 5th. Now, the US public will be able to catch the fuzzy panda’s on the big screen this year on April 21st, 2017. France will have to wait a bit longer, though, as it only releases there on September 27th, 2017.

Director

Chuan Lu

Budget

Not released

Rating

G

Cast

John Krasinski

Xun Zhou

Phil Chapman (producer)

Roy Conli (producer)

Brien Leith (producer)

Barnaby Taylor (music)

IMDB

7.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes

93%

Metacritic

Not rated

Trailer

(231,000 views – 98.1% likes)

The Promise

The Promise Poster

We were quite surprised when we saw Christian Bale was an actor in this movie, barely recognized him from the poster! The Promise, along with a few others on the list, first screened at the Toronto International Film Festival followed by another show at the Virginia Film Festival – both during 2016. Open Road Films was quick to acquire the US distribution rights and set April 21st, 2017 as its release date.

The Promise follows the last days of the once great Ottoman Empire. Specifically, it depicts the love triangle between a budding doctor, Michael, the exquisite yet complicated Ana, and a Paris-based American journalist, Chris.

The historical drama filled film is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat all while you can learn a bit about history! Of course, no movie is ever 100% historically accurate so take it all with a grain of salt.

Director

Terry George

Budget

$100 million

Rating

PG-13

Cast

Christian Bale

Oscar Isaac

Shohreh Aghdashloo

Angela Sarafyan

Charlotte Le Bon

James Cromwell

IMDB

4.2/10

Rotten Tomatoes

31%

Metacritic

38%

Trailer

(2.0 million views – Not available)

Free Fire

Free Fire Poster

Set in 1978, Free Fire is a British action-comedy where two rival gangs (one being the IRA) set a meeting in a deserted warehouse to sell each other a few guns. The deal goes south quick, and shots are sprayed back and forth. Complete and utter chaos follows, and the whole movie turns into a game of survival of the fittest.

The film was first released to the public on March 31st, 2017, in the United Kingdom. As you know, the USA is getting it soon after on April 21st, 2017. Of course, the lucky people who managed to score a ticket to the Toronto International Film Festival were the first to catch a glimpse of the flick. It was screened there on September 8th, 2016.

Filming has taken place at a single location in the world – Brighton, Sussex, England. It’s quite highly rated across the platforms as you’ll see below, so it may be worth giving this one a shot!

Director

Ben Wheatley

Budget

$10 million

Rating

R

Cast

Enzo Cilenti

Sam Riley

Michael Smiley

Brie Larson

Cillian Murphy

Armie Hammer

IMDB

7.3/10

Rotten Tomatoes

80%

Metacritic

66%

Trailer

(884,000 views – 94.7% likes)

Leap!

Leap! Poster

Nothing like a relaxing, light-hearted animation to take the kids to this weekend! Good news – there’s a new one hitting the screens – Leap! Also known by its title of Ballerina, Leap! is a Canadian-French animation directed by Éric Summer and Éric Warin.

Its story follows the dreams of a young girl from country France, who leaves her rural location and heads to Paris to become a ballerina. She pretends to be someone else which allows her access to the Grand Opera house. Eventually, she rises to the top and becomes one of the greatest the city has seen.

Leap’s release date has been spread out over nearly a full year. A number of European countries such as France and Belgium received the film in December 2016, whilst Portugal is having to wait until April 27th, 2017.

Director

Eric Summer & Éric Warin

Budget

$30 million

Rating

G

Cast

Elle Fanning

Carly Rae Jepsen

Maddie Ziegler

Terrence Scammell

Tamir Kapelian

Julie Khaner

IMDB

6.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes

91%

Metacritic

Not rated

Trailer

(1.4 million views – 86.2% likes)

Phoenix Forgotten

Pheonix Forgotten

If you’re into the ‘handheld camera‘ style thriller/horror movies – this one may be for you. We’re talking about films such as REC (2007), Cloverfield (2008), Chronicle (2012) – movies which solely use the POV of a camera held by one of the characters in the actual movie.

The story of Pheonix Forgotten relays the tale of a tragic night in which three teenagers disappear. 20 years ago, mysterious lights began to appear in the skies of Pheonix, Arizona, and unseen footage taken by the teenagers has just been discovered. Follow their final hours of their fateful journey through the eyes of a handheld camera.

Before you get carried away, no, it’s not based on a true story! Sorry to burst your bubble.

Comments on the trailer echoed the same style throughout:

So this is pretty much Blair witch but with aliens right

Hey look Blair witch project.

Shaky ass cameras… i’m out

Director

Justin Barber

Budget

Not released

Rating

PG-13

Cast

Matt Biedel

Hector Luis Bustamante

Ana Dela Cruz

Mackenzie Firgens

Florence Hartigan

Jeanine Jackson

IMDB

Not rated

Rotten Tomatoes

Not rated

Metacritic

Not rated

Trailer

(114,000 views – 94.8% likes)

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Citizen Jane Battle for the City Poster

This documentary style film depicts the showdown which occurred half a century ago in the bustling New York City. Activist, Jane Jacobs, takes the fight directly to an urban city planner, Robert Moses, both fighting for their version of a future New York.

Jane Jacobs was an activist and an author, writing the book – The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961). As you can imagine, she wasn’t going to roll over to Moses’ plan of developing New York into a full-fledged concrete jungle. Moses had plans to demolish Washington Square Park and rid the city of the historical buildings located in Greenwich Village.

As you may or may not know – Jane, of course, takes the victory as both the iconic landmarks above are still in their place. Filming for the documentary took place in New York, China, and the capital of India – Mumbai.

It first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9th, 2016. And is now set for release in the USA on April 21st, 2017.

Director

Matt Tyrnauer

Budget

Not released

Rating

Not rated

Cast

Thomas Campanella

Mindy Fullilove

Alexander Garvin

Paul Goldberger

Steven Johnson

Max Page

IMDB

7.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes

99%

Metacritic

Not rated

Trailer

(7,000 views – 90.2% likes)

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