Movies: What to Watch in April – May 2014

We gather must-watch movies for the month April and May.

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Winter Chill

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Stars: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford
Directors: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
After a hiatus in protecting the order of the universe, Captain America makes a big splash with his comeback in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” With a bevy of professional assassins set to eliminate members of the crime-prevention organization, S.H.I.E.L.D, Captain America enlists the help of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow to protect mankind. Anthony Mackie, making a debut in the franchise as the new sidekick, Falcon, goes alongside Captain America up against the head honcho of killers known as The Winter Soldier. Packed with testosterone-filled battle scenes from beginning to end, the superhero flick satisfies one’s craving for a heavy dose of superhero action.

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Past tense

X-Men: Days of Future Past
Stars: James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence
Director: Bryan Singer

The concept of time travel is not a novel one. Yet, what heightens the plot of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is the addition of conspiracy theory, superpowers and a transcendental amalgamation between the past and present to the story-line. Threatened by the rapidly growing anti-mutant hysteria, the ladies and gentlemen of the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning join forces with their younger selves to prevent the possibility of an anti-mutant crusade. With James McAvoy’s portrayal as a troubled, younger Xavier taking the front seat to the rest of the all-star cast, German actor Michael Fassbender as the arch nemesis proves to be a formidable opponent, both plot and performance-wise.

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Mixed bag

Stars: Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Joel McHale, Kevin Nealon,
Bella: Thorne Director Frank Coraci

Like Romeo and Juliet, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore should rank as one of the legendary couples in history—minus the tragic destiny. The comedic duo returns once again for the third installment of their collaborative romantic comedy, sticking with the tried-and-true formula of a love-hate relationship which inevitably turns to a full-on love fest by the end of the film. This time, Sandler and Barrymore play two single parents who met on a disastrous blind date (at Hooters, no less), on whom destiny seems to pull a prank on. With the unfolding of a series of events resulting in a journey to Africa, “Blended” is a fluffy, feel-good film filled with witty banter.

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Worldwide Web

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti
Director: Marc Web

A high schooler moonlighting as a superhero, Peter Parker in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” grapples with his intense double life, as a student by day and a crime fighter by night. This time, when a friend unexpectedly turns to a bitter adversary, Parker is faced with three mega villains, commissioned by his old buddy, conspiring to take him down. A blonde Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy adds just the right amount of sweetness to the latest Marvel Comics adaptation, while Dane DeHaan’s chilling take on Harry Osborn lends a haunting quality to the role. Jamie Foxx, trying his hand at the bad guy role, reveals a multitude of complexities to the villain character.

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Mr. Roboto

Stars: Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Cillian Murphy
Director: Wally Pfister

With technological advancement moving at a frighteningly rapid pace, “Transcendence” is a debate on whether technology is friend or foe. Arguing both sides in arresting cinematography, the sci-fi thriller plays the “what if” game and puts Johnny Depp, a brilliant scientist and avid supporter of the artificial intelligence development, in opposition to the anti-technology extremists. Gunned down by a member of the extremist group, Depp’s body deteriorates while his mind, connected to a machine that preserves its life force, stays active while trying to unlock the mysteries of the universe. The film demonstrates the fact that with any great technological breakthrough comes a threat of the said discovery backfiring on the ones who initially benefit from it.