Aquaman star Jason Mamoa narrates the real-life story of the Waterman Duke Kahanamoku, Game of Thrones cast members come together for a historical adventure, Karen Gillian takes on Karen Gillian in a fight for survival and beloved, and Nicolas Cage plays his most charismatic role yet – himself. Our selection includes various genres, award-winning casts, and animated films. This April, there’s something for everyone at the theater.
The following is a list of movies that will be released in theaters near you in April 2022!
Waterman (April 1)
‘Waterman’ is a documentary film about the life of Duke Paoa Kahanamoku. He earned five medals a the Olympic games in freestyle swimming and is also recognized as the Father of Modern Surfing. Duke achieved records and introduced surfing to the globe by overcoming racial barriers and personal challenges. His contributions to athletics, swimming, lifeguarding and battling prejudices will be highlighted in the film.
‘Waterman’ is narrated by Hawai-born Jason Mamoa. Featured in the documentary will be interviews with surfing legends with Kelly Slater, Jack Johnson, Laird Hamilton, Duane DeSoto, and many others.
Surfing became a competitive event at the Olympics for the first time in the 2020 Olympic games, which took place in 2021.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (April 8)
Sonic the Hedgehog makes a comeback in a brand-new action adventure! Sonic must face a vengeful Dr. Robotnik and his new partner, Knuckles, to secure his place as a hero. This time, however, he portals in ‘Tails’ to help him locate an emerald with the ability to cause global extinction. They set out on a quest to locate the emerald before Dr.Robotnik claims it.
Filmmaker Jeff Fowler directs the sequel, which is written by Pat Casey, Josh Miller, and John Whittington. Ben Schwartz and Jim Carrey reprise their roles as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog and Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik, respectively. Idris Elba (‘Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw’) joins the cast as the voice of Knuckles the Echidna. The cast is completed with returning actors James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Adam Pally, and comedian Natasha Rothwell.
In an interview with Access Hollywood promoting the film, Jim Carey claimed he is “probably” retiring and is “fairly serious” about it.
Miles ‘Tails’ Prower is voiced by Colleen O’Shaughnessey, who voiced the character in the ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ video game series. The video games series was first released by Japanese entertainment company, Sega in 1991.
As They Made Us (April 8)
‘As They Made Us’ sees Abigail, a divorced mother of two, attempting to put her family back together while coping with the needs of each family member. Her father’s health is deteriorating and he is in constant need of a caretaker. Her mother is an authoritative figure who does not approve of her way of life, and her brother is alienated from the family. Before it’s too late for her father, Abigail tries to heal her family’s complicated relationship.
Dianna Agron (‘Glee’), Simon Helberg (‘The Big Bang Theory’), Candice Bergen (‘Boston Legal’), Dustin Hoffman (‘The Meyerowitz Stories’), Justin Chu Cary (‘Black Summer’), and Charlie Weber (‘How to Get Away with Murder’) are the members of the cast in the film.
American actress Mayim Bialik has written, directed, and produced this drama movie. She is best known for her role as ‘Amy Farrah Fowler’ on the comedy sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory’.
Ambulance (April 8)
An action-packed thriller that appears to have the story set inside of a get-away ambulance as the narratives around the characters develop. Will Sharp, an Army veteran, is in severe need of funds to pay for his wife’s medical expenses. He enlists the help of his adoptive brother Danny. A criminal, Danny, instead offers him a job robbing a bank. Will can’t say no as his wife’s life is on the line. When their escape goes wrong, the desperate brothers seize an ambulance, with a wounded cop and an EMT on board. The chase begins as they attempt to evade law police, save the officer’s life, and flee with the money.
‘Ambulance’ is directed by film director and producer Michael Bay and is based on a Danish film ‘Ambulance’ (2005). Its cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal (‘Guilty’), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (‘Candyman’), Garret Dillahunt (‘Army of the Dead’) along with actress and singer Eiza González (‘Baby Driver’). The film’s score is provided by music composer Lorne Balfe.
On a segment with talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen admitted driving the ambulance himself while filming “70 percent of the time”.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (April 15)
Newt Scamander’s magical experiences are chronicled in the Fantastic Beasts film series. A self-described ‘magizoologist’ who works for the British Ministry of Magic. Several magical creatures are kept in his trunk.
In the film, Professor Albus Dumbledore receives news that Gellert Grindelwald, a powerful wizard, is plotting to seize control of the wizarding world. He tasks Newt Scamander to lead a team to stop him. They will come face to face with both ancient and new creatures on their journey.
The third installment in the Fantastic Beasts film series will see Jude Law (‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’) and Eddie Redmayne (‘The Theory of Everything‘) reprising their roles as Albus Dumbledore and Newt Scamander, respectively. They will be joined onscreen by the returning casting members Dan Fogler (‘The Walking Dead Series’), Katherine Waterston (‘Steve Jobs‘), Alison Sudol (‘The Last Full Measure’), Callum Turner (‘The Capture’), Jessica Williams (‘The Incredible Jessica James’) and actor William Nadylam.
In place of Johnny Depp, Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen (‘Hannibal’, ‘Polar’) will play Gellert Grindelwald. The film’s soundtrack is composed by Music composer and conductor James Newton Howard. Filmmaker David Yates returns as the director of the film.
The characters are based on British author J. K. Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ guidebook. The events take place before the Harry Potter films in the ‘Wizarding World’.
Dual (April 15)
Set in the future, Sara learns that she is terminally ill and seeks medical assistance. She participates in a successful cloning program to spare her friends and family from the misery they would otherwise suffer. Her doctor informs her that she is not dying, owing to a miracle. Because the law will not allow two of her to live at the same time, she must fight her cloned self to death.
American filmmaker, Riley Stearns, wrote and directed the science fiction thriller film ‘Dual’. It has a cast that includes Karen Gillan (‘Gunpowder Milkshake’), Aaron Paul (‘Breaking Bad Series‘), Theo James (‘The Divergent Film Series’), and Beulah Koale (‘Thank You for Your Service’).
Guitarist Emma Ruth Rundle composed the film score, her first venture into films.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (April 22)
‘Nick Cage’ is down on his luck, unable to receive any onscreen roles, and is having a terrible time in his career. His agent refuses to give up on him and finds him a gig with big pay. It’s to attend a wealthy gentleman, Javi’s birthday celebration, much to Cage’s dismay. Javi is a superfan of Cage and is under the surveillance of central intelligence. Cage is recruited to spy on Javi and rat out his operation. Callbacks, dialogues, and visuals of some of Nicolas Cage’s iconic roles in film appear in the movie.
Nicolas Cage portrays himself as ‘Nick Cage,’ a fictionalized version of himself. He is supported by a cast that includes Pedro Pascal (‘Narcos’), Sharon Horgan (‘Catastrophe Series’), Tiffany Haddish (‘Night School’), Ike Barinholtz (‘The Afterparty series‘), and Neil Patrick Harris (‘Gone Girl’). Tom Gormican serves as its director, and he co-wrote the film with Kevin Etten.
The Northman (April 22)
The movie will showcase a young Viking prince who embarks on a quest to avenge his father’s murder. During an ambush by his own brother, the King meets his untimely death. Hearing his father’s parting words, the prince makes haste and flees for his life. Years later, he returns to recover his kingdom, take his revenge, and save his queen mother.
‘The Northman’ is directed by American filmmaker Robert Eggers and is an adaption of the legend of Prince Amleth of Denmark. Alexander Skarsgård (‘Mute’), Nicole Kidman (‘Being the Ricardos’), Claes Bang (‘Dracula Series’), Ethan Hawke (‘Sinister’), Willem Dafoe (‘Murder on the Orient Express’), Ingvar Sigurðsson (‘Lamb’) and Ralph Ineson (‘Chernobyl’) are cast in the film.
Icelandic singer songwriter Björk Guðmundsdóttir will also be featued. Actors Kate Dickie, Murray McArthur, Hafthor Björnsson, and Ian Whyte, all reunite as cast members after starring in the fantasy drama series ‘Game of Thrones’. English actor Murray McArthur is no stranger to playing roles in Viking-themed movies. He has previously been part of the cast in ‘Viking Destiny’ (2018) and the short film ‘Virtual Viking – The Ambush’ (2019).
Filmmaker Robert Eggers is noted for his period films with dialogue that is particular to the time. He has previously worked with Willem Dafoe in ‘The Lighthouse’ (2019) and Kate Dickie, Ralph Ineson, and Anya Taylor-Joy in ‘The Witch’ (2015). Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgård have also worked together in the drama series ‘Big Little Lies’.
The Bad Guys (April 22)
‘The Bad Guys’ is an animated film that centers around a highly skilled and successful criminal crew of animals. Mr. Wolf, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Snake, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula, who are known for committing heinous thefts while dodging the officials. Saving an elderly woman falling down a flight of stairs, Mr. Wolf has a change of perspective. Becoming a criminal based on his life struggles, he now seeks to reform his ways and the gangs too.
‘The Bad Guys’ marks the directorial debut of French filmmaker Pierre Perifel. The film is based on Australian author Aaron Blabey’s children’s series of novels. Its voice cast includes Sam Rockwell (‘Vice’), Anthony Ramos (‘In The Heights’), Awkwafina (‘Jumanji: The Next Level’) Craig Robinson (‘Hot Tub Time Machine’), Richard Ayoade (‘The IT Crowd’), Zazie Beetz (‘The Harder They Fall’), Alex Borstein (‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’) and comedians Marc Maron and Lilly Singh. The music score in the film is composed by Daniel Pemberton.