2010 Winter Movie Preview: April
Repo Men (April 2)
Futuristic thrillers are rarely in short supply, but how many of them pit Jude Law against Forest Whitaker in the saga of a burned-out organ repo man (Law) being chased by his former partner (Whitaker) after he falls behind on payments for his replacement heart?
Date Night (April 9)
All you really need to know is that Steve Carell and Tina Fey star, but the even better news is that "Date Night" has a story and a supporting cast worthy of its leads. Carell and Fey play a pair of bored marrieds whose routine alone time takes an unexpected turn when they're mistaken for a hunted con man (James Franco) and his girlfriend (Mila Kunis). With action, comedy, and everyone from Mark Wahlberg to Olivia Munn making appearances, this looks like a "Date" worth keeping.
The Losers (April 9)
The Eisner Award-nominated DC title about a double-crossed U.S. Special Forces unit gets its film due in "The Losers," starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Jason Patric, and Zoe Saldana. We've learned to be suspicious of any screenplay with Peter Berg's name on it, but "The Losers" boasts a pretty outstanding cast, and how many action flicks take you to the Bolivian jungle anymore?
Death at a Funeral (April 16)
Proving someone other than Tyler Perry can put together a vehicle worthy of Hollywood's best black actors, Neil LaBute's "Death at a Funeral" remake unites Chris Rock, Danny Glover, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, and Zoe Saldana -- and they're just a few members of a very large cast. Funeral-themed comedies tend to fall flat at the box office, but few directors do dark humor as well as LaBute, and isn't it time Rock, Lawrence, and Morgan starred in something worth their talents?
Kick-Ass (April 16)
The comic adaptation craze has reached the ranks of the indie books, and we couldn't be happier, if for no other reason than the chance to see Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.'s groundbreaking book brought to the screen. In fact, we're so stoked to see "Kick-Ass" that we're willing to look past the troublesome words "Nicolas Cage" in the credits -- and you will be too, once you take a look at the trailer for Matthew Vaughn's adaptation and see the sword-wielding Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) in action.
Piranha 3D (April 16)
They just don't make exploitation horror flicks like they used to, but Alexandre Aja's reboot of the sadly dormant "Piranha" franchise aims to change all that. Starring Elisabeth Shue as the only woman who can save civilization from a plague of prehistoric man-eating fish, "Piranha 3D" promises foamy red buckets of good old-fashioned fun -- and it's also the only movie whose cast will ever include Richard Dreyfuss and Jerry O'Connell.
MacGruber (April 29)
Yep, the "MacGyver"-spoofing sketch from "SNL" really is getting its own feature film. But don't stick your head in the oven just yet: "MacGruber" is said to be aiming for a "hard R" rating, thanks to an unapologetically filthy script from director Jorma Taccone (The Lonely Island) and star Will Forte, and the storyline pits the intrepid/idiotic MacGruber against Val Kilmer as the villainous Dieter Von Cunth. And did we mention Ryan Phillippe rounds out the supporting cast alongside Kristen Wiig? You might see better movies this year, but it's hard to imagine a stranger collection of talents.
Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps (April 29)
Oliver Stone's "Wall Street" was a dark prophecy that was unfortunately interpreted as an invitation to steal by a generation of greedy bankers; now, in the wake of the latest global financial meltdown, Stone revisits the iconic Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), now an ex-con hungry for redemption. Done wrong, "Wall Street 2" could be direct-to-video-level fare, but Stone has assembled a crackerjack cast, including Josh Brolin, Susan Sarandon, and Shia LaBeouf -- not to mention Charlie Sheen, who'll reprise his role in a cameo. Odds are, the sequel won't define its era as successfully as the original did...but that might not be such a bad thing.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (April 30)
New Line continues plundering its horror-filled vaults with this reboot of the Wes Craven classic about a peaceful suburban town whose dark secrets include the vengeful execution of Freddy Krueger -- as well as the fact that being burned alive only made him stronger. "Nightmare" was one of the better horror movies of the '80s, so remaking it was risky at best -- but then director Samuel Bayer went and got Jackie Earle Haley to strap on the iconic fedora and razor-tipped glove. Suddenly, the familiar chant of "One, two, Freddy's coming for you" sounds more promising than it has in years.