Nice mix of mainstream and indies for you as we close out the month of April. Dive into the rubik’s cube that is "Cloud Atlas" and you may unlock the mysteries of the universe. Or follow Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook" as he tries to find serenity in his life (and not spaz out every time he hears "My Cherie Amour"). There’s also the latest "Chainsaw Massacre" and Arnold Schwarzenegger trying his best to turn back the clock in "The Last Stand."
Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis team on this sci-fi epic that explores how the actions that occur in the present also affect the past and future. Though it may have been too much for some critics and audiences to handle, you can’t deny the incredible scope the film has.
Why Watch It: Tom Hanks and Halle Berry dressed as wacky characters are a plus too.
'Silver Linings Playbook'
One of the best reviewed films of last year—leading to an Oscar-win for Jennifer Lawrence—David O. Russell’s adaptation of the Matthew Quick novel is a different kind of love story as we follow a man (Bradley Cooper) who tries to win back his ex-wife after leaving a mental institution. However, his family (played perfectly by Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver) and his new friend Tiffany (Lawrence) try to make him realize there’s more to life than impressing his ex.
Why Watch It: Amazing chemistry between Cooper and Lawrence; De Niro’s best performance in decades.
'The Last Stand'
In Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest attempt to return to his action hero glory days, the big guy dusts off his guns to play an aging sheriff in a sleepy town who is the last line of defense between a recently escaped drug cartel leader racing for the safety of the Mexican boarder.
Why Watch It: He may be a little older and slower, but if you squint your eyes and have the volume at the right level you’ll think you’re back in 1991.
'The Guilt Trip'
In what will go down as one of the most unlikely comedy pairing, Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand play a mother and son who embark on a road trip after Andy (Rogen) visits his mom and realizes she’s quite lonely. Needless to say, it’s a decision Andy might regret.
Why Watch It: A cute story that may bring a new appreciation for your mom.
In the latest reincarnation of the legendary horror film the setting is present day but Leatherface is still around and his chainsaw is sharper than ever as he terrorizes a new set of kids.
Why Watch It: Don’t know if there’s much left for this franchise to do. So just enjoy the ride.
'Not Fade Away'
Directed by "The Sopranos" creator David Chase, he returns to New Jersey but this time in the 1960s as he looks at a group of friends who form a band and try to make it big while navigating the usual hurdles like love and family.
Why Watch It: Chase finds a good role for James Gandolfini, who shines as the stubborn father.
'The Reluctant Fundamentalist'
For her latest adaptation, Mira Nair brings Mohsin Hamid’s novel to life, which follows Changez (Riz Ahmed), a young Pakistani man who seeks to find the American dream on Wall Street but finds his future halted following 9/11 leading him to return to his homeland, however things for him don’t improve when meeting Bobby Lincoln.
Why Watch It: A story that’s as prevalent today as it was in 2001.
Available On: Cable On Demand
OLDIES BUT GOODIES
Todd Haynes assembles an achingly attractive cast—Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Christian Bale—for this look inside the 1970s British glam rock scene as we follow a newspaper reporter’s (Bale) journey to recall the career of Brian Slade (Meyers).
Recently added to Netflix, Harrison Ford receiving an Oscar nomination for his role as a cop who must go undercover in an Amish community to help protect a young boy (Lukas Haas), who witnessed a murder, before the trail begins.
'Harlan County, USA'
Barbara Kopple’s Oscar winning classic quickly found attention when it was released in 1976 for its gripping look at the violent miners strike in southeast Kentucky. And today this still holds true as its straight forward look at both sides of the dispute is a masterclass of documentary work.
Available On: Hulu (free)