Anticipation Station Part 1: Movies to Watch Out For This April 2011

Summer has arrived, and I now have more time to write my blog! If you still don’t know what movies to watch this summer, don’t worry. I’ll be here to give you a short summary of the movies to come this second quarter!

The first three months of the year have been disappointing, and it has been showing at the box office. The highest grossing film for the first quarter was Rango, followed by Just Go With It and The Green Hornet. But add the total grosses of the three and they still won’t beat the phenomenal take of Alice In Wonderland.

Since last summer was kind of disappointing too, I guess 2011 still has a chance to redeem itself. I’ll be making a 3-part blog entry to let you see the wonders Hollywood has to offer us this summer (info courtesy of imdb and box office mojo). I’ll also give you an opinion about each movie.

WE START WITH APRIL…

 

1. HOP

Hop

E.B., the Easter Bunny’s teenage son, heads to Hollywood, determined to become a drummer in a rock ‘n’ roll band. In LA, he’s taken in by Fred after the out-of-work slacker hits E.B. with his car.

Starring: James Marsden (X-Men), Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Kaley Cuoco (Big Bang Theory), Hank Azaria (Night at the Museum 2), Hugh Laurie (House)

Comments: I’m not sure if I’m willing to spend money on another live-action + animated movie. I’ve seen Alvin and The Chipmunks 1 & 2 and G-Force, and none of them were any good in my opinion (but they are cute).  Still, the characters are likable (and cute), so I’ll still try to see this movie before the year ends.

Anticipation Level: 4/10

2.) SOURCE CODE

Source Code

An action thriller centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.

Starring: Jake Gyllenhall (Prince of Persia), Michelle Monaghan (Made of Honor), Vera Farmiga (Up In The Air)

Comments: I had no anticipation whatsoever for this movie…until I saw the initial reaction from the critics. It’s standing at a very fresh 80% at RottenTomatoes, making this the best-rated movie for a wide release so far this year. Like Hop, I’m not sure if I’ll spend money on this, but if I have no choice, I might as well give it a shot.

Anticipation Level: 5/10

 

3.) ARTHUR

Arthur

A drunken playboy stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he falls for a woman his family doesn’t like.

Starring: Russell Brand (Get Him To The Greek), Helen Mirren (Red), Greta Gerwig (No Strings Attached), Jennifer Garner (Alias)

Comments: I just saw the trailer while watching Red Riding Hood. It looks good, and it actually looks funny. Russell Brand will have 2 movies out in 2 weeks. If he passes with flying colors, expect to see him in theaters for a little longer (with Katy Perry in the soundtrack)

Anticipation Level: 6/10

 

4.) HANNA

Hanna

A 16-year-old who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.

Starring: Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones), Eric Bana (The Other Boleyn Girl), Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)

Comments: This one is the dark horse of the summer. It has been under the radar for sometime but I don’t buy it. The lead actress (Saoirse Ronan) is the girl from City Of Ember and she’ll be starring in the upcoming Hobbit films by Steven Spielberg. I’ll wait for the critics, but I’ll be watching this one closely.

Anticipation Level: 7/10

 

5. YOUR HIGHNESS

Your Highness

When Prince Fabious’s bride is kidnapped, he goes on a quest to rescue her… accompanied by his lazy useless brother Thadeous.

Starring: Danny McBride (Despicable Me), James Franco (127 Hours), Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Zooey Deschanel (500 Days of Summer)

Comments: This was part of my must-watch list of 2011 for a while, but after I watched the latest trailer, my anticipation died down. It now looks like just one of them never-ending spoof movies, though I’m not saying that’s bad. Let’s just say that I’m lowering my expectations.

Anticipation Level: 6/10

 

6.) RIO

Rio

When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams.

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Anne Hathaway (Princess Diaries), Will.i.am (The Black Eyed Peas), Jane Lynch (Glee), Jamie Foxx (Valentine’s Day)

Comments: It seems like the animated movies this year pale in comparison to the previous years. Rio for me looks slightly better than Hop, but the trailer doesn’t look funny at all. The characters are very cute though, they sort of remind me of Angry Birds, without the anger.

Anticipation Level: 6/10

 

7.) SCREAM 4

Scream 4

Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer.

Starring: David Arquette (Scream 3), Courtney Cox (Friends), Neve Campbell (Scream 3), Emma Roberts (Hotel For Dogs), Hayden Panettiere (Heroes)

Comments: I don’t have any attachments to the Scream franchise (maybe it’s because it has been 10 years since the third movie), so I’m not at all excited for this film. I’m not a fan of horror movies (money-wise), and that “4” on its title is pretty discouraging.

Anticipation Level: 2/10

 

8.) AFRICAN CATS

African Cats

A nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild.

Starring: CATS (duh!) Narrator: Samuel L. Jackson

Comments: This is Disney’s third documentary feature about animals in three years. Its basically National Geographic with a price. I’m not sure if I want to watch this, but plenty of cat-lovers out there should would!

Anticipation Level: 2/10


9.) APOLLO 18

Apollo 18

About the real mission to space in the 1970s that was canceled by NASA.

Starring: No one famous

Comments: This movie tries to take advantage on a piece of history that remains unanswered. Why did they cancel the mission? Why haven’t they tried to go back to the moon? Will the movie answer these questions? Maybe, but you’ll be sure it won’t be correct.

Anticipation Level: 4/10

 

10.) WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

Water For Elephants

A veterinary student abandons his studies after his parents are killed and joins a traveling circus as their vet.

Starring: Robert Pattinson (Twilight), Reese Witherspoon (Monsters Vs. Aliens), Cristoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)

Comments: Robert Pattinson may have not shown his star power with Remember Me, but I think he’ll be back to A-list status after this movie shows. The Pattinson-Witherspoon tandem isn’t really that exciting, but I’d like to see if they could pull it off. Plus, Cristoph Waltz is here, woohoo!

Anticipation Level: 7/10

 

11.) DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

The adventures of supernatural private eye, Dylan Dog, who seeks out the monsters of the Louisiana bayou in his signature red shirt, black jacket, and blue jeans.

Starring: Brandon Routh (Superman Returns)

Comments: What in the world was Brandon Routh thinking? Why the hell did he end up in this movie? This movie is bound to bomb at the box office. The reasons? Horrible title, atrocious trailer, no tracking. I’m surprised they even made this movie.

Anticipation Level: 0/10

 

12.) FAST FIVE

Fast Five

Dominic and his crew find themselves on the wrong side of the law once again as they try to switch lanes between a ruthless drug lord and a relentless federal agent.

Starring: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Faster), Vin Diesel (The Pacifier), Paul Walker (Takers), Jordana Brewster (Chuck), Tyrese Gibson (Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen), Ludacris (Gamer)

Comments: Honestly, out of all movies in April, Fast Five is the one I’m looking forward to the most. The 4th movie was good, showing that when the crew is together, they pull it off. Besides, The Rock will be a new addition to the cast, and Vin Diesel will be smooching girls who are young enough to be his daughters.

Anticipation Level: 8/10

 

Other Movies Out in April:

Hoodwinked Too! Good vs. Evil

Prom

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family

Soul Surfer

Insidious

 

That’s it for April! I’m not sure if this will be a good month, but I can assure you that May and June will force you to save on cash. I’m not gonna be surprised if you won’t be going to the theaters in April.


Before you leave, I just want to know which movie you want to see the most for April


Thank you for taking your time to read my blog. I promise to be back for Parts 2 and 3, so I hope you’ll come back too! Feel free to comment, like or vote in the poll.

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