'Avengers: Endgame' and 7 more movies to watch in April

  • Movies
  • Wednesday, 03 Apr 2019

Avengers: Endgame

Avengers Endgame will be released on April 24. That's all you need to know.

Still here? You were actually hoping to watch something else besides Avengers: Endgame? Ok, fine.

There ARE a number of great shows that are not called Avengers: Endgame this month. In fact, we actually have a DC superhero movie due this week, Captain Mar... sorry, Shazam! (April 4), and it should continue to boost DC's fortunes, which were revitalised by last year's Aquaman. There are two reboots we're looking forward to this month as well - is Super Sapiens, sorry, Hellboy (April 11), and Pet Semetary (April 4), both of which look like they could give their originals a run for their money.

Also, Le French Festival (LFF) is back with its 18th edition, running all month long from April 4 to May 12. This year, Malaysians get to watch 15 award-winning French films, including Bécassine!, Petit Paysan, Custody, Edmond, and The Night Eats The World. The movies will be screened at GSC Cinemas in Kuala Lumpur (April 4-21), Penang (April 25 -May 5), Johor Baru (May 2-5) and Kota Kinabalu (May 9-12).

Shazam! (April 4)

Cast: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Grace Fulton

Director: David F. Sandberg

Upon uttering the name of the wizard Shazam, 14-year-old Billy given superpowers. Though he may be a grown-up in his superhero form, but he is essentially still a kid at heart and mind, but he needs to figure out his powers and learn to use them responsibly in order to stop the evil Doctor Sivana.

Why you should watch it:

Has DC finally seen the light? Aquaman was great, but Shazam! is an even greater departure from the doom and gloom template that bogged DC's Justice League movies down. With Zachary Levi essentially playing Chuck Bartowski with superpowers, this is arguably DC's most enjoyable movie yet. Oh, and stay till the end for two, yes, TWO post-credit scenes. (Read our review here.)

Pet Sematary (April 4)

Cast: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow

Director: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer

Dr. Louis Creed relocates from Boston to rural Maine with his wife Rachel and their two young children, and discover a mysterious cemetery for pets in the woods. The family's life takes a horrific turn after a tragedy and in his grief, Creed risks awakening an ancient horror within the Pet Sematary.

Why you should watch it:

Pet Sematary is one of Stephen King's most acclaimed novels, and though the 1989 adaptation received mixed reviews, it was still a pretty scary movie. Based on the trailer, this new version seems a lot darker. Let's hope it does the novel justice.

P Storm (April 4)

Cast: Louis Koo, Kevin Cheng, Raymond Lam Fung, KaTung Lam, Chrissie Chau, Julian Cheung, Gordon Lam

Director: David Lam

Having gone through a Z Storm, an S Storm, and an L Storm, Lousi Koo's anti-corruption officer William Luk now has to go through a, er, P Storm. The 'P'

here probably stands for 'prison', as Luk goes undercover as a prison inmate to investigate corrupt correctional officers and bring down a tycoon named Cao, who is bribing those officers from inside the prison.

Why you should watch it:

Ignoring the rather unfortunate-sounding English title of this movie, Director David Lam's 'Storm' movies have been consistently engaging watches, and Koo has grown into his role more and more with each film. You're in for a treat if P Storm turns out to be a modern day Prison On Fire.

Hellboy (April 11)

Cast: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim

Director: Neil Marshall

This reboot of Hellboy franchise sees a much younger version of the paranormal detective go up against an ancient sorceress hellbent on destroying the world.

Why you should watch it:

He's no Ron Perlman, but David Harbour's Hellboy looks pretty decent so far – brash, young, and supremely confident. The plot also draws a lot from some of Hellboy creator Mike Mignola's most popular and iconic stories, so we're hoping this reboot is strong enough to keep the franchise going.

Fighting With My Family (April 11)

Cast: Florence Pugh, Jack Lowden, Nick Frost, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn, Dwayne Johnson

Director: Stephen Merchant

This tells the real-life story of Paige, one of the World Wrestling Entertainment's biggest female stars ever. Siblings Raya and Zak are part of the Bevis family of professional wrestlers in Britain. When the WWE holds auditions in Britain, the brother and sister pair seize their chance to make it big, but find out becoming a professional wrestling superstar it's not as easy as they think.

Why you should watch it:

If you follow the WWE, this should be required viewing, as it charts the rise of one of the sport's greatest female wrestlers of all time. Plus The Rock is in it (And so is Cersei Lannister, by the way).

Fly By Night (April 11)

Cast: Sunny Pang, Jack Tan, Fabian Loo, Bront Palarae

Director: Zahir Omar

Two taxi drivers in Kuala Lumpur extort wealthy passengers to pay off their debts, but policeman Inspector Kamal (Bront Palarae) is hot on their tails.

Why you should watch it:

Another acclaimed addition in the recent purple patch the Malaysian movie industry is going through, this one is directed by Zahir Omar, and has been screened at multiple film festivals internationally, most notably at the Busan International Film Fest 2018, Santa Barbara Film Fest 2019 and New York Asian Film Fest 2019.

Two Sisters (April 18)

Cast: Emily Lim, Lim Mei Fen

Director: James Lee

The story of two sisters, one of whom is released from an asylum. Reunited with her elder sister, the siblings return to their family home. But the have a dark, tragic secret that starts to unravel upon their return.

Why you should watch it:

It's been a while since Malaysian auteur James Lee has produced a feature film, and this looks as much a psychological thriller as it does a horror film. Plus we're dying to know what's behind that darn door.

Avengers: Endgame (April 24)

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Half the universe's population is gone, thanks to Thanos's snap. Now, it's up to the remaining Avengers to either finally do some avenging, or un-snap the universe. One thing is for sure: we've come to the Endgame now.

Why you should watch it:

You know, I honestly don't know. Well, that racoon's pretty cute, that's for sure, but why would you need a reason to watch arguably THE biggest superhero movie of all time?

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