Release Radar – April 12th, 2024

This is the first week in a while where I haven’t gone out and seen at least one of the movies on the schedule, but my cinematic week has been pretty full regardless. Civil War seems to be dominating the conversation online after early showings on Monday helped drum up more interest in conjunction with Alex Garland’s apparent retirement from filmmaking. However, it’s not the top of my to-do list and that’s just a good sign there’s plenty to pick from this week.

New In Theaters

Civil War (+IMAX)

Written & Directed by: Alex Garland

Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Nick Offerman, Cailee Spaeny

The trailer makes it seem like it’s part of The Purge family but I am hoping it’s more than that. I have heard good things from people I know who did get the chance to see it, the cast is good, and I generally like Garland so I am going to see it at some point soon.

Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead

Director(s): Wade Allain-Marcus | Writer(s): Chuck Hayward, Neil Landau, Tara Ison

Stars: Jermaine Fowler, June Squibb, Iantha Richardson

Of all the remakes we didn’t know we didn’t need, this might be the most unneeded of the bunch. The good news is the bar is so low it should be fairly easy to hop over. I’ll let someone else take the leap.


Written & Directed by: Kia Roache-Turner

Stars: Tony J Black, Alyla Browne, Alcira, Carpio

A pet spider hulks out and goes crazy…say no more! I don’t have expectations but “creature features” are usually fun. The only thing better would be if we got Sting (the wrestler) and Sting (the musician) somehow involved, even if it’s just a cameo. I won’t hold my breath on that, but this has midday matinee written all over it for me.

The Long Game

Director(s): Julio Quintana | Writer(s): Paco Farias, Julio Quintana, Jennifer C. Stetson, Humberto G. Garcia (novel)

Stars: Dennis Quaid, Jay Hernandez, Gillian Vigman

This seems like a really cool story and an interesting bit of history. Plus I like golf. I’m into it.

Limited Release

Indigo Girls: It’s Only Life After All (April 10th)

Director(s): Alexandria Bombach

Stars: Amy Ray, Emily Saliers, Winona LaDuke

With no prior knowledge of this film’s existence, I was just talking to my wife about the Indigo Girls. I’m going to take this as a sign from the universe, to embrace the wave of music docs.

*Arcadian – Editor’s Pick*

Director(s): Benjamin Brewer | Writer(s): Michael Nilon

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Jaeden Martell, Maxwell Jenkins

If you know me, even a little, you will know that I’m partial to Nicolas Cage. And I’d be lying if I said that didn’t play a contributing role in making this my Editor’s Pick. He’s a living legend! However, Jaeden Martell is a good young actor as well and the general Quiet Place vibes makes for a setting I wanna check out.

Sasquatch Sunset

Director(s): David Zellner, Nathan Zellner | Writer(s): David Zellner

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Riley Keough, Christophe Zajac-Denek

The other primary competition for Editor’s Pick went to this one. I mean…just look at it. Maybe it doesn’t work and falls flat under the weight of its idea, but I like risks.

Damaged (+VOD)

Director(s): Terry McDonough | Writer(s): Paul Aniello, Gianni Capaldi, Koji Steven Sakai

Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Vincent Cassel, Gianni Capaldi

Sam Jackson and Vincent Cassel are far too good of actors for this to be getting a straight-to-VOD double release. Even if the movie ends up being horrendous (which I don’t think it will), Sam and Vincent are enough for me. I’m in.

LaRoy, Texas

Written & Directed by: Shane Atkinson

Stars: Steve Zahn, John Magaro, Dylan Baker

The cast is really good, and small-town Western vibes are up my alley. Looks quirky with some fun performances. Sold!

Sweet Dreams

Written & Directed by: Lije Sarki

Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Bobby Lee, Kate Upton

Seeing Johnny Knoxville doing dramatic roles is weird, but he’s surrounded by a lot of good comedians who might help lighten the load. Plus, it has a recovery-focused message and I believe in second chances. I will most likely wait for it to become available digitally.

Wes is Dying

Director(s): Parker Seaman | Writer(s): Devin Das, Parker Seaman

Stars: Devin Das, parker Seaman, Wes Schlagenhauf

Yeah…I’m here for this energy! This one definitely climbed the rankings of what I want to see this weekend.


Director(s): Cody Hartman | Writer(s): Brian Hartman, Cody Hartman, Eileen Enwright Hodgetts

Stars: Karen Allen, Fiona Duriff, Jayne Wisener

This isn’t going to be a Big Jim Cameron spectacle. It’s probably interesting and I like Karen Allen, but I’ll wait it out.

The Absence of Eden

Director(s): Marco Perego | Writer(s): Marco Perego, Rick Rapoza

Stars: Zoe Saldana, Adria Arjona, Garret Hedlund

I’m getting some Sicario vibes, and that’s a good thing. The stakes are high, the cast is good, and you know things are going to be intense. Alright, I’m in.

Stress Positions

Director(s): Theda Hammel | Writer(s): Theda Hammel, Faheem Ali

Stars: John Early, Qaher Harhash, Elizabeth Dement

I just saw the trailer for this a few days ago and John Early was arguably the most entertaining part of Search Party, so is his style is leading the way then I will probably have a lot of fun with this one.

Food, Inc. 2 (April 9th)

Director(s): Robert Kenner, Melissa Robledo

I don’t know if I have the strength to be depressed by the state of the American food industry. At least not right now.

Resistance: They Fought Back

Director(s): Paula Apsell, Kirk Wolfinger | Writer(s): Paula Apsell, Jay Owens

Stars: Julie Benko, Joel de la Fuente, Andrew Kishino

Now, this is going to be sad but also hopeful. We don’t see many holocaust portrayals in media where the Jewish people are much more than victims, so a documentary examining their resistance is pretty cool.

Lost Angel: The Genius of Judee Sill

Director(s): Andy Brown, Brian Lindstrom

Stars: Weyes Blood, Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin

I don’t know who Judee Still is but I know some of the people who are interviewed as part of this and likely inspired by her, so I’m curious.

Pure O

Written & Directed by: Dillon Tucker

Stars: Daniel Dorr, Hope Lauren, Landry Bender

I don’t know if I have seen this kind of stripped-down and honest version of mental health portrayal. The trailer isn’t much to go on, but I work in mental health to help people and if this helps, then I’m for it.

International Marketplace

Augure (aka Omen)

Director(s): Baloji | Writer(s): Baloji, Thomas van Zuylen

Stars: Marc Zinga, Yves-Marina Gnahoua, Marcel Otete Kabeya

Style. Energy. Color. Mystery. I’m still not sure if it’s a horror film or what, but who needs boxes? I’m interested.

In Flames

Written & Directed by: Zarrar Kahn

Stars: Ramesha Nawal, Omar Javaid, Bakhtawar Mazhar

It’s great to see that horror doesn’t have to only exist within a certain range on the spectrum. For my dollar, psychological horror is much more frightening than somebody in a hockey mask with a knife. I’m in.

A Forgotten Man

Written & Directed by: Laurent Nègre

Stars: Michael Neuenschwander, Manuela Biedermann, Yann Philipona

Bade Miyan Chote Miyan

Director(s): Ali Abbas Zafar | Writer(s): Aditya Basu, Vashu Bhagnani, Suraj Ginani, Ali Abbas Zafar

Stars: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Akshay Kumar, Pitobash

I love that there’s a part of Indian cinema that just looks at classic American action films and decides to make their own version of it. My comic book guy had Fighter on recently and was having a blast. Hopefully, this ends up on Netflix soon!

Suga: Agust D Tour ‘D-Day’ The Movie (IMAX)

Stars: Suga, Jimin, Jungkook

Escape From Germany

Director(s): T.C. Christensen | Writer(s): T.C. Christensen, Terry Bohle Montague

Stars: Sebastian Barr, Joseph Batzel, Ischa Bee

I have had an interest in World War II era history for a long time, and I guess that’s pretty common because we can’t seem to let go. This very well may be a good movie, but can we collectively just hit the pause button on Nazi stuff for a year?

Streaming & Digital

Becky (VOD/Digital April 9th)

Written & Directed by: Justin Milton

Stars: Janet Berzins, Larissa Dali, Joe Grisaffi

Not to be confused with Becky from 2020, this one reminds me of films like Obsessed or Unforgettable but with way less money and star power.

North of Normal (VOD/Digital April 9th)

Director(s): Carly Stone | Writer(s): Cea Sunrise Person, Alexandra Weir

Stars: Sarah Gadon, James D’Arcy, Robert Carlyle

I thought this was going in a much different direction from the start of the trailer, but I like the family drama aspect. I’m always looking for a feel-good movie of the year and this may be a good contender.

Ink & Linda (VOD/Digital April 9th)

Director(s): Stuart C. Paul

Stars: Inksap, Linda Lack

I guess I gotta go out more because I live in LA and I haven’t noticed any of these. However, I wasn’t looking either. I like the idea of street art that has risk and reward, so I am going to check this one out.

Brandy Hellville & The Cult of Fast Fashion (MAX April 9th)

Director(s): Eva Orner

Stars: Alyssa Hardy, Liz Ricketts, Kate Taylor

This seems like an interesting story. Not a surprise that a big corporation was doing shady things, but the bigger problem was that this trailer was too good. They really gave away everything to the point where I don’t feel like I need to watch the documentary to find out what happens.

Woody Woodpecker Goes to Camp (Netflix)

Director(s): Jonathan A. Rosenbaum | Writer(s): Cory Edwards, Walter Lantz, Jim Martin

Stars: Mary-Louise Parker, Chloe De Los Santos, Josh Lawson

I didn’t realize Woody Woodpecker was still a thing, but if you need something for the kids then this is the one.

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