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What’s on at the cinema in April

From a host full of horrors and the origins of Air Jordans to the highly anticipated Super Mario Bros: The Movie, we’ve rounded up the hottest cinema releases this month.

Written by Chris Kingston
Published 03.04.2023


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Charting the origins of the Air Jordan shoe line, Air stars Matt Damon as Sonny Vaccaro: a Nike. Inc. employee seeking to strike a business deal with a rookie basketball player known as Michael Jordan…

The film sees Damon reunite onscreen with best pal Ben Affleck, who stars as Phil Knight (billionaire businessman and co-founder of Nike. Inc.), as well as directing the flick.

If you enjoyed movies like The Social Network, this is probably right up your street.

Super Mario Bros: The Movie 

7th April 

Hands up: who can remember the classic Super Mario movie from 1993, with the much-missed Bob Hoskins in the lead role?!

The original was considered to be one of the worst video game adaptations ever… So here’s hoping this new version sticks closer to the original Nintendo games and gives fans young and old something to cheer for.

It has to be said, films and TV series based on video games have much improved in the last few years – cult hit The Last of Us being the most recent example. And this new animated adventure has everything need to succeed, including an A-list voice cast, with Chris Pratt voicing Mario, Jack Black as Bowser, Anya Tayler Joy as Princess Peach and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong.

The Pope’s Exorcist

7th April 

Russell Crowe stars in this supernatural horror as Father Gabriele Amorth: Chief Exorcist of the Vatican.

Inspired by the real Amorth’s memoirs, The Pope’s Exorcist follows his investigation into a young boy’s terrifying possession and follows his mission to fight this evil. Amorth soon ends up uncovering a centuries-old conspiracy that the Vatican has been desperate to keep hidden.

If you love spine-tingling suspense, this one should be right at the top of your to-watch list this April.


14th April

Nicholas Cage as Count Dracula? Count us in. The most iconic vampire of all time is a role the cult hero was just born to play…

Alongside him stars Nicholas Hoult as The Count’s henchman, who is just trying his best to live a normal life in modern day New Orleans, all while serving his master.

This horror-action-comedy hybrid is set to be a great watch once it’s released

Assassin Club

14th April

Henry Golding and Sam Neill combine in this new thriller to give us our monthly dose of action goodness.

In Assassin Club, we follow an elite assassin who is given his final contract: to kill seven people around the world. For a killer with this kind of skillset and experience, it seems straightforward enough – until he discovers the targets are all equally-skilled assassins, hired to kill him.

His only shot at survival? To uncover the mastermind behind the deadly plot…

Evil Dead Rise

21st April 

It seems that April is the new Halloween as far as this month’s cinema releases are concerned. Hot on the heels of the two aforementioned horrors comes another: Evil Dead Rise.

This time, the action moves out of the woods and into the city. This twisted tale follows two estranged sisters whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons.

As they fight to survive, they are soon thrust into a battle against the most nightmarish version of family imaginable.

Warning: These movies are definitely not for the faint-hearted.      

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

28th April 

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry follows an ordinary man in his 60s who has passed through his life living on the side-lines.

When he goes out to post a letter, he decides to just keeps on walking… the length of the country. Starting in Devon, he makes his slow way right on up to Berwick-upon-Tweed to deliver his message to a friend he has learned has been placed in a hospice.

The film stars acting legends Jim Broadbent and Penelope Wilton and is adapted from the book of the same name by Rachel Joyce.

Polite Society

28th April  

We’re convinced this British action-comedy is going to be a new cult classic once it hits our screens at the end of this month.

Martial artist-in-training, Ria Khan, believes she must save her older sister from her impending marriage.

After enlisting the help of her friends, Ria tries to pull off the most ambitious of all wedding heists – all in the name of independence and sisterhood.

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