April looks set to be a bumper month for cinema-lovers, with a raft of great new releases set to hit our screens.
The live-action remake of The Jungle Book, Avengers stars Captain America and Iron Man facing off and Tina Fey experiencing life as a journalist in Kabul are just a few of the must-see films out this month.
April 1: Eddie The Eagle
This uplifting story follows the realisation of the childhood dream of Michael Edwards (aka Eddie), and his unflinching determination to become Great Britain’s first Olympic ski-jumper. Reluctantly aided by former ski-jumper Bronson Peary as his coach, Eddie is unwavering in his quest to reach the 1988 Calgary Winter Games. An inspirational story which celebrates human spirit, passion, and one man’s refusal to accept defeat.
April 15: The Jungle Book
In this live action version of the Disney animated classic (in turn based on Rudyard Kipling's book), Neel Sethi plays Mowgli, an orphan boy raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther. Other stars featured include Bill Murray as the voice of Baloo the bear, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera the panther, Christopher Walken as King Louis the king of the apes, Idris Elba as Shere Khan the tiger and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa the snake,
April 15: Eye In The Sky
Dame Helen Mirren plays Colonel Katherine Powell, who leads a secret drone mission to capture a terrorist group living in a safe house in Nairobi, Kenya. When Powell learns that the group plans to carry out a suicide attack, her objective is changed to kill the terrorists. Drone pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) targets the house for destruction but reports a nine-year-old girl entering the kill zone. Powell contacts politicians and lawyers to determine whether to take action. It is one of two posthumous releases starring Alan Rickman, who died of pancreatic cancer in January.
April 22: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
This American biographical war dramedy is based on the memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker. It stars Tina Fey as a television journalist who agrees to take a short assignment as a war correspondent in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, to the disappointment of her boyfriend Chris, who also spends a lot of time traveling. Other stars include Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Christopher Abbott, Alfred Molina and Billy Bob Thornton.
April 29: Captain America: Civil War
A year after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, another international incident involving the Avengers resulting in collateral damage occurs, prompting politicians to form a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to call in the team. When Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) attempts to protect his friend Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) from this act, he is brought into conflict with Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr). This results in the fracturing of the Avengers into two opposing factions.