5 Biggest New Movies of April 2024 – Monkeys, Omens & Gents

April is all about variety.

Monkey Man 2024
Monkey Man 2024

While March was the month for the release of a bunch of tentpole movies, April isn’t really about the blockbusters. Instead, we’re getting quite a number of promising films that have been positively reviewed/regarded. There’s variety as well, as we move from horror to action, from war to sports movies, so with that in mind, here are new movies of April 2024 you might want to keep an eye out for.

1. The First Omen | April 5th, 2024

The First Omen, as the title suggests, is a prequel to The Omen. The movie follows a young American woman, Margaret (Nell Tiger Free) who travels to Rome to dedicate her life to the church as a nun. However, once she arrives, she begins to uncover a dark conspiracy that plans to bring about the birth of the antichrist.

So far, the first reactions to the film have been good, with many praising it as a worthy prequel, calling it terrifying and that it has “some of the best horror cinematography”. With Immaculate in the cinemas as well, watching these two films together might be just the thing for religious horror fans.

 

2. Monkey Man | April 5th, 2024

Monkey Man is Dev Patel’s directorial debut, and with a current score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, it appears that it might just be a homerun. Patel (he is also produces and co-wrote the screenplay) plays Kid, a young man who makes a living at an underground fight club. He wears a gorilla mask, and gets beaten bloody by more popular fighters for cash.

Once he’s saved enough, he uses it as a means to infiltrate the city’s corrupt elite in order to seek revenge on the man who took everything from him. Monkey Man is a tribute to the action films it’s inspired by – like Korean revenge films, and even the John Wick movies – though Kid isn’t this infallible hero. He has many failures, and it is his sheer force of will that keeps him going despite his various setbacks.

 

3. Civil War | April 12th, 2024

Alex Garland’s previous movie Men wasn’t as well-regarded as some of his previous efforts, like Ex Machina and Annihilation. Civil War currently stands at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, and while it has been well-reviewed, it’s going to be one of those divisive movies, with some absolutely loving it, and others feeling completely different.

The movie follows four journalists, who are in the midst of the second American civil war. Kirsten Dunst plays Lee, a journalist hoping to make it back to Washington D.C to document the fall of the nation’s capital. The film is ultimately about the importance of good journalism, to call things out when no one will, to push and question so that people don’t become apathetic in the face of atrocity.

 

4. The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare | April 19th, 2024

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare is based on war correspondent and military historian Damien Lewis’ 2014 book of the same name, which tells the top-secret history of Winston Churchill and Ian Fleming’s WWII combat organization. As most of you know, Fleming is the creator of James Bond.

This top-secret combat unit are tasked to go on a daring mission against the Nazis using entirely unconventional and ‘ungentlemanly’ fighting techniques. Their audacious approach changed the course of the war, and this in turn laid the foundation for the British SAS and modern Black Ops warfare.

The main draw of this movie is definitely Henry Cavill, who may not be in the running for James Bond anymore, but is choosing to remind us of what we could have had if he had ever taken on the role.

 

5. Challengers | April 29th, 2024

2024 is a busy year for Zendaya, who has two movies in back to back months – Dune: Part Two of course and this movie. The film follows Tashi Donaldson (Zendaya), a professional tennis player who turned to coaching after a devastating injury halted her career.

Considering that she has the blueprints of what it takes to succeed on the tennis court, she trains her husband Art (Mike Faist) to become a tennis star just like she was. Their life is full of glitz and glamour until he falls into a losing streak. To help him snap out of it, Tashi signs him up for a match against his greatest opponent, Patrick (Josh O’Connor) – his ex-best friend and her ex-boyfriend.

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