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Flickreel’s Top 5 Films to see in April 2016

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5. Eye in the Sky

Sadly, there is only a mere handful of projects left for us to admire that star the venerable actor Alan Rickman. One of which is the tense thriller Eye in the Sky, where he plays Lieutenant General Frank Benson, starring opposite Helen Mirren and the likes of Aaron Paul and Barkhad Abdi, in a pertinent, intense picture that scrutinises over the ethics and decision making process in modern warfare.

4. The Jungle Book

Why anybody would feel the need to adapt Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book – yet again – is difficult to comprehend. Though any such doubts or apprehensions about Disney’s forthcoming production have been eased knowing that Jon Favreau is at the helm, and the cast consists of the likes of Bill Murray as Baloo, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, and Chrisopher Walker as King Louie. We couldn’t have cast it better ourselves, and for that reason, we’re in.

3. Eddie the Eagle

Ah, the story of the underdog – is there anything better to indulge in? In the case of Eddie the Eagle, the renowned British ski-jumper, to call him an underdog would be an understatement. This glorious biopic comes from Dexter Fletcher, and stars Taron Egerton in the titular role. While Hugh Jackman takes on the supporting lead as Eddie’s trainer, Bronson Peary, in what could well be the feel-good movie of the spring, and the summer, too.

2. Captain America: Civil War

After Deadpool ridiculed the narrative structure and familiar formula of the superhero movie, it will be interesting to see their first outing since, as we have to try to take it all seriously, again. But that shouldn’t be too hard a task, as the Captain America franchise breeds triumphant results, and we look forward to welcoming back Chris Evans as the eponymous protagonist. Though similarly to Batman V Superman – and as the title Civil War suggests – it’s not all rosy in Cap’s life, for he locks horns with former ally Iron Man.

1. Midnight Special

Jeff Nichols’ preceding endeavour, the staggeringly impressive Mud, was enough to ensure that our attentions are piqued, as the talented filmmaker steps back into the director’s chair with the eagerly anticipated Midnight Special. While his work is generally focusing in on harsh, realistic elements of life, he now takes something of a fantastical turn, in the story of a young boy with special powers who is on the run from the law enforcement. The one consistent, is that regular collaborator Michael Shannon features, which is always a good sign.


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