Best Movies of April 2022 – hmv.com previews the Top 5
From the Wizarding World to a lost city and a very meta adventure for Nicolas Cage, here's our pick of the best new movies coming to UK cinemas in April 2022...
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
Released: April 8
The latest instalment in the Wizarding World arrives in April with the third chapter of the Fantastic Beasts saga, with Jude Law, Eddie Redmayne, Kathryn Waterston and Ezra Miller all seto return, while Mads Mikkelsen replaces Johnny Depp in the role of the films’ primary nemesis, Gellert Grindelwald.
This time, as the title suggests, the focus is very much on Aldus Dumbledore, with both Jude Law’s younger version and Michael Gambon’s elderly future iteration both set to appear, as he and his allies prepare to face off against Grindelwald and his attempts to wage war against the non-wizarding population.
David Yates returns once again to direct the third chapter in the series, which makes its grand entrance into UK cinemas on April 8.
Released: April 8
The Imitation Game screenwriter Graham Moore makes his feature-length directorial debut in April with The Outfit, a film starring Mark Rylance as an English tailor plying his trade in 1950s Chicago, where he runs a store which is located, unfortunately for him, right in the middle of a patch of territory run by the Irish mob.
When one of their men shows up one night with an injured colleague and a briefcase containing incriminating evidence on a network of criminals, the mild-mannered tailor finds himself caught up in a war between rival gangs, all of whom would kill to get their hands on it.
Also starring Zoey Deutch, Johnny Flynn and Dylan O’Brien, The Outfit makes its slightly delayed arrival in cinemas on April 8.
The Lost City
Released: April 15
Sandra Bullock stars in this new action-comedy adventure from brothers Aaron and Adam Nee as highly successful (and highly frustrated) romantic novelist, whose fictional tales begin to take a disturbingly meta turn when she is kidnapped by a very wealthy - and possibly insane – criminal (Daniel Radcliffe), who informs her that the fictional ‘lost city’ featured in her novels may in fact be real.
Her only hope for salvation comes in the form of a male model / fantasist (Channing Tatum) who has legally changed his name to match that of the protagonist in her novels, and who resolves to rescue her and prove his worth. The only problem? He’s an idiot.
Also featuring appearances from Patti Harrison, Oscar Nunez and Brad Pitt, The Lost City is due to arrive in UK cinemas on April 15.
Released: April 15
Colin Firth and Matthew Mac Fadyen lead the cast of this WWII adventure from director John Madden, whose story is based on a real-life tale pf wartime espionage and trickery. When it emerges that the Nazis have uncovered the details of Allied plans to invade Sicily, the British intelligence services hatch an elaborate ruse to fool Hitler’s army into thinking that their real target lies in Greece.
Also starring Kelly Macdonald, Rufus Wright, Penelope Wilton and Mark Gatiss, Operation Mincemeat launches its offensive on UK cinema screens on April 15.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
Released: April 22
Nicolas Cage stars as a fictionalised version of himself in this highly-enjoyable black comedy directed by Tom Gormican, which sees a down-on-his-luck Cage contemplating quitting the acting game until his agent (Neil Patrick Harris) presents him with an unusual job; $1m to attend the birthday party of a mysterious billionaire super-fan (Pedro Pascal).
The two unexpectedly become fast friends, but their relationship quickly turns sour when Cage receives a visit from the FBI, who inform him that his new buddy is, in fact, the world’s most ruthless crime boss, before tasking him with spying on his new acquaintance and feeding them information.
Also starring Tiffany Haddish, Demi Moore and Sharon Horgan, this may not be April’s biggest blockbuster release, but few will be more fun – especially for Nicolas Cage fans, who can expect a typically eye-popping performance.
Also out this month: Benedetta (April 15), Downton Abbey: A New Era (April 29), Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (April 1), The Northman (April 15), Fisherman’s Friends: One and All (April 29), The Bad Guys (April 1), Easter Sunday (April 1).