This month's top movie releases, reviewed

Gabriella Geisinger, Ian Sandwell
·6 min read

Cinemas are going to be closed until May in England and the rest of the UK, but it's not just at the cinema where new movies are being released right now.

But even with more spare time than ever before, you will want to know that the movie you're spending your time on is worth it. So which one of the new releases should you choose to settle down to?

Here's our handy round-up of reviews for the biggest releases out now.

Films out April 1-30

The Mitchells vs the Machines (out now on Netflix)

The Mitchells vs the Machines is a creative, hilarious and endearing mix that has a true cross-generational appeal. All that, and it even delivers Olivia Colman as an evil virtual assistant, so what more could you want?

Read our full The Mitchells vs the Machines review

Without Remorse (out now on Amazon Prime Video)

The movie is far from perfect and we'd hope the sequel pays more attention to the plot, but if this is to be Michael B Jordan's new franchise, we wouldn't be mad about it.

Read our full Without Remorse review

Things Heard & Seen (out now on Netflix)

As Things Heard & Seen plays its final cards, the overwhelming feeling will be one of disappointment as you realise it didn't really have anything new to say about the topics it explores.

Read our full Things Heard & Seen review

Stowaway (out now on Netflix)

You're left with a sci-fi that's well-acted, original and thought-provoking, but one that also squanders the strong premise it had. Stowaway is still a journey worth taking, just expect some bumps along the way.

Read our full Stowaway review

Promising Young Woman (out now on Sky Cinema and NOW)

Promising Young Woman is a different type of revenge drama, more akin to the schadenfreude of Titus Andronicus than Kill Bill. And while it may at first make you sceptical, the final third will have you on the edge of your seat.

Read our full Promising Young Woman review

Thunder Force (out now on Netflix)

Though it's hardly a scathing satire of superhero movies, that wasn't what we were expecting. Thunder Force is equal parts silly and sweet, and though it may not be the smartest film on Netflix, it's one worth watching.

Read our full Thunder Force review

Palm Springs (out now on Amazon Prime Video)

If it's enough for you to know that Palm Springs is hilarious, affecting and weird, and that it features two brilliant performances from Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti, then don't read any more until you've seen the movie.

Read our full Palm Springs review

The Power (out now on Shudder)

For those in need of an effectively told and creepy ghost story, The Power delivers on that front, while bringing something new to well-trodden ground. It might fall short of the greats of the genre, but you'll definitely switch on every light after you watch it.

Read our full The Power review

Run (out now on Netflix)

Run is an old-school thriller told expertly that refuses to let you settle, elevated by two excellent performances from Sarah Paulson and Kiera Allen. If it was in the cinemas, we'd say "run, don't walk" to the next screening, but as it is, you'll just have to run to your TV instead.

Read our full Run review

Concrete Cowboy (out now on Netflix)

Concrete Cowboy could have just as easily been a documentary about the Black horse-riding community in Philly. But by making it a movie, it allows the audience to open up their hearts in a way that, perhaps, isn't always easy with a documentary.

Read our full Concrete Cowboy review

Godzilla vs Kong (available to rent now on Prime Video, iTunes and more)

There are issues, but Godzilla vs Kong delivers where it counts to be a purely enjoyable blockbuster that knows what the audience wants and focuses on that. Could it be better? Sure. Will you have fun? Definitely.

Read our full Godzilla vs Kong review

Already released

The Kid Detective (available to rent or buy from Prime Video, iTunes and more)

The Kid Detective is a film that manages to hold your attention throughout its entire runtime, a feat these days, and keep you guessing. It is a whodunnit after all, of the ilk of Knives Out, where the whole story — beyond the 'whodunnit' question — is entertaining, engaging, and just plain fun to watch.

Read our full The Kid Detective review

Bad Trip (Netflix)

Bad Trip contains a few laughs for those with a penchant for prank comedy and the awkwardness that goes with it. But even those fans might be better served rewatching old Jackass episodes and movies or the Borat films instead.

Read our full Bad Trip review

Ammonite (available to rent on Prime Video, iTunes and more)

Those after an overtly dramatic drama about romance may be left less than satisfied by Ammonite's cool detachment. But those looking for a subtler, more realistic love story will be delighted by the softness and gentleness of it, even in its more fraught moments.

Read our full Ammonite review

Six Minutes to Midnight (Sky Cinema and NOW)

The era is one explored again and again, but Eddie Izzard's film manages to subvert expectations for what a World War Two drama looks like. By honing in on such a focussed, audacious and unknown story, Six Minutes to Midnight is a totally fresh, entertaining and engaging ride.

Read our full Six Minutes to Midnight review

Zack Snyder's Justice League (Sky Cinema and NOW)

Sure, it is very long and yes, it is 'peak Snyder' – with all the visual overload you'd expect – but there's no denying Zack Snyder's Justice League is a more cohesive and engaging version of the movie.

Read our full Zack Snyder's Justice League review

Slaxx (Shudder)

Given that Slaxx lasts for little over 75 minutes, you're not given the time to get bored with its high-concept premise. Each sighting of the killer jeans brings a smile to those all-in on its ridiculous hook, and they're menacing enough that you might look twice at the next pair of display jeans you see.

Read our full Slaxx review

Yes Day (Netflix)

Yes Day is inoffensive and you'll have seen worse, but when there's better family options out there, you're better off saying no.

Read our full Yes Day review

Cherry (Apple TV+)

As good as Tom Holland is as Spider-Man, Cherry shows that he can do so much more than be a wise-cracking, slightly awkward teenage superhero. He really pushes himself in a wide-ranging and committed performance, holding together a movie that is overambitious and narratively muddled.

Read our full Cherry review

Coming 2 America (Amazon Prime Video)

Coming 2 America doesn't entirely capture the magic of its predecessor. But, fans of the original will enjoy the modern twist and callbacks to the first movie sprinkled throughout.

Read our full Coming 2 America review

Sentinelle (Netflix)

Sentinelle has got a solid high concept (a highly-trained soldier uses her skills to hunt down the man who hurt her sister), a lead star with good action chops (Quantum of Solace's Olga Kurylenko) and a pleasingly brief runtime of just 80 minutes. And yet the execution doesn't even come close to living up to the promise, leading to a dull and uninspired thriller.

Read our full Sentinelle review

Moxie (Netflix)

The rage that is so palpable and relateable in the trailer is hard to sustain over the course of the movie, and the ending feels more like a foregone conclusion than a revolution. However, it isn't all bad on the way there, and though it may not give us the same kind of memorable one-liners as Mean Girls did, Moxie has more meaningful things to say.

Read our full Moxie review

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