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Eddie The Eagle – 1st of April
You know you are in for a feel-good comedy when a trailer has Hall & Oates as its backing music. In fact, there must be some sort of limit on how many films are allowed to use Hall & Oates for their trailer music, or every feel-good comedy would, one can only presume. Anyway, this sports film tells the story of the professional skier Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards, who in 1988 was the first British entrant in Olympic ski jumping. He didn't win a medal or anything, but he was hugely popular among the British public. British actor Taron Egerton portrays a handsome version of Eddie here, with Hugh Jackman as his grouchy coach.
Boulevard – 8th of April
Although many of our favourite films immortalise beloved actors who have now passed away, it's not something we usually consider too consciously unless, that is, the wound is still fresh. Robin Williams died in August 2014, but it arguably feels much more recent. This month sees the release of his final film, Boulevard: the tale of a man coming to terms with homosexuality relatively late in life. Unfortunately, it hasn't had great reviews, but if you're a Williams fan, it's probably still worth a watch.
Couple in a Hole – 8th of April
Couple in a Hole does what it says on the tin. It isn't, for example, a New York-set comedy about a married couple stuck in a rut who comedically seek relationship counselling. No, it is literally about a man and woman stuck in a hole in the ground. Entering a canon I like to call 'claustrophobic thrillers' then (alongside Phonebooth, Buried, The Hole, Room and Panic Room, to name just a few – see, it's a thing) Couple in a Hole is an intense character drama. Is it good though? Well, The Evening Standard described it as, "Really close to being an instant classic." Ouch.
Nasty Baby – 8th of April
Kristen Wiig stars alongside Sebastián Silva and Tunde Adebimpe in this drama about three people who decide to have a baby together. The situation turns nasty, though, leading them to take someone's life. Since premiering at Sundance last year, the film has been described as a warm and honest portrayal of multiracial and non-heteronormative relationships, but consensus seems to be that the sinister turn it takes half-way through is pretty jarring.
The Huntsman: Winter's War – 8th of April
As little sense as it makes to release a film about winter just as Spring is springing, this 3D family movie actually looks quite promising. From the director of Maleficent, it has an all-star cast, including Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron (sporting a look not dissimilar to her Dior adverts), Jessica Chastain and "Hollywood hunk" Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman himself. The plot seems confusing, but from the trailer, it looks like it falls somewhere between Lord of the Rings and most Disney films. What's not to like.