April Flix

March is coming to a close as we get ready for the release of all the great films that are scheduled to be released in April. Whassat? There aren’t a lot of great movies being released in April of 2008? Alright then, what are some of my choices rolling out on the big screen in April?

leatherheads_ra.jpgLeatherheads (Apr4) — In 1925, Dodge Connolly is a charming, brash football hero who is determined to guide his team from bar brawls to packed stadiums. But after the players lose their sponsor and the entire league faces certain collapse, Dodge convinces a college football star to join his ragtag ranks. The captain hopes his latest move will help the struggling sport finally capture the country’s attention. Welcome to the team Carter Rutherford, America’s favorite son. A golden-boy war hero who single-handedly forced multiple German soldiers to surrender in WWI, Carter has dashing good looks and unparalleled speed on the field.

I’ve seen enough of this movie already just by viewing the TV spots. The advertising budget for this film must’ve been more than the production budget. I’ve seen so many different commercials for Leatherheads with a wide range of programming that the promoters of this movie are definitely going for the shotgun approach. I’m already tired of the period-piece “North Dallas Forty” that looks too cute to be a football movie. I might catch bits of it here and there when it undoubtedly ends up in heavy rotation on Showtime and HBO.

streetkings_ra.jpgStreet Kings (Apr 11) — Tom Ludlow, a veteran LAPD Vice Detective, sets out on a quest to discover the killers of his former partner, Detective Terrance Washington. Captain Wander’s, Ludlow’s supervisor, duties include keeping him within the confines of the law–and out of the clutches of Internal Affairs Captain Biggs. Ludlow teams up with a young Robbery Homicide Detective to track Washington’s killers through the diverse communities of Los Angeles. Their determination pays off when the two detectives track down Washington’s murderers and confront them in an attempt to bring them to justice.

Two things look like they may be distracting in this movie — Keanu Reeves and Hugh Laurie. I’m not a Keanu-hater but he tends to look uncomfortable in more roles than he looks comfortable in. And even though I don’t watch House, I will think House whenever Laurie is on the screen. Though, Cedric The Entertainer aside, it looks to have an interesting cast with Forest Whitaker, Jay Mohr, and Common. I’ll probably catch this on Showtime/HBO.

forgettingsarahmarshall_ra.jpgForgetting Sarah Marshall (Apr 18) — After a devastating break-up with his girlfriend, TV sitcom star Sarah Marshall, a heartbroken and depressed Peter heads to Hawaii for a little vacation to try his best to forget every detail of his relationship. But love laughs at Peter, because Sarah is vacationing in the same exclusive resort as Peter, along with her new boyfriend.

This movie has Marshal from How I Met Your Mother in it. Regardless that actor Jason Segel plays an entirely different character named Peter, he’ll still come across come as Marshal from How I Met Your Mother. Though, Mila Kunis is in it. If I hear good word-of-mouth it might be worth a DVD purchase — the same route I went with Knocked Up.

haroldandkumar2_ra.jpgHarold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (Apr 25) — The same morning that Harold and Kumar eat at White Castle, Harold learns that Maria, the girl he lusts after, has set off for Amsterdam. The pair decide to pursue her so Harold can proclaim his love. However, an overzealous airline passenger mistakes Kumar for a terrorist, and the plane is diverted as the duo get stuck in a case of mistaken identity.

Why the hell not? But like the first movie, Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, this looks to be a kick back and watch at home movie — over and over again on Showtime/HBO, rather you like it our not.

Next month there are a couple of “little” films that are blipping on my movie radar for May — Iron Man, Speed Racer, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull — and yes, even Sex and the City Movie.

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