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April 2005 Movie Preview

Published April 5, 2005 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Dimension and Touchstone respectively
Sin City Sin City
April started out with a bang for movies with the release of Sin City [read review], but we have even more blockbusters coming out this month. So, lets take a look at what we have to expect.

April Movie Preview


Here is you April movie preview, in order of release date:

The Amityville Horror- April 15


The Amityville Horror will most likely hit where The Ring Two missed. All the horror elements seem right in place, plus we have comedic bad buy taking a shot at something other than making me laugh my ass off [which I already miss].

On November 13, 1974, police received a frantic phone call that led them to a grisly crime scene at the Defeo residence in Amityville, Long Island- an entire family had been slaughtered in their beds. In the days that followed, Ronald Defeo confesed to methodically shooting his parents and four siblings while they slept. He claimed 'voices' in the house drove him to commit the murders.

One year later, George and Kathy Lutz and their children moved into the house thinking it would be their dream home. But shortly after settling in, bizarre and unexplainable events began to occur- nightmarish visions and haunting voices from an evil presence still lurking within the house.

This is their story...

Predicted:


The Interpreter- April 22


The Interpreter stars Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Maz Jobrani, Tsai Chin, Eric Keenleyside, Adrian Martinez, Sophie Traub, and David Zayas. The film is about U.N. interpreter Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman), who inadvertently overhears a death threat against an African head of state scheduled to address the United Nation's General Assembly. Realizing she's become a target of the assassins as well, Silvia's desperate to thwart the plot...if only she can survive long enough to get someone to believe her. Tobin Keller (Sean Penn) is the federal agent charged with protecting the interpreter, and he sees things in a different way and suspects she may not be telling the whole truth.

For some reason, when I watch the trailer for this film I cannot stop thinking about The Pelican Brief starring Julia Roberts. I don't know why.

XXX: State of the Union- April 29


How can you make a sequel to a teenie bopper style action film better? You take replace the main character with Ice Cube, that's how. Besides the removal of Vin Diesel, the movie XXX: State of the Union actually does look a whole lot better than its predicessor. I still don't know why Samuel L Jackson likes doing these films though.

Some one has figured out how to target NSA agencies and are beginning to strike at them on US soil. Darius Stone [Ice Cube, not Diesel] is called upon to protect the White House and the president, all while trying to figure out who is behind the attacks.

Stone begins to un-cover a huge conspiracy that can even involve the Secretary of Defense [William Dafoe].


Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy- April 29


April looks to end just how it started-- BIG. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a highly anticipated film that not only displays tons of early positive buzz, but is one of the films this month that will target the entire moviegoer market. Families and children will be able to see this film, unlike Sin City.

Every version of Hitchhiker's has been slightly different and this movie is no exception: it features several major new additions to the plot that Douglas himself introduced in scripts penned shortly before he passed away in 2001.

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy started as a BBC radio series in 1978 and has since metamorphosed into books (five of them), theatre productions (at least three of those), a BBC TV series, an award-winning computer game and a towel. The big-screen version was only a matter of time, albeit a really rather long and frustrating one. That time is the summer of 2005.

And so ends your April movie preview [the ones that count], with the two big films of April being Sin City and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
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