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Andrew Cripe

FILM CRITIC

“Hellboy”

Release date: April 12, 2019

Prediction: Meh

This reboot of the popular comic book character has been long awaited, but this wasn’t necessarily the return fans were expecting. Replacing Guillermo Del Toro (director of the previous “Hellboy” films) is Neil Marshall, director of the legendary “Game of Thrones” episode “The Watchers on the Wall” (2014). Since Ron Perlman is now too old to convincingly pull off the Hulk-like demon, David Harbour is stepping in as the new face of “Hellboy”. The acting in the trailers is stiff (which could be a result of bad trailer editing), the visual effects your usual CG-explosion fair, and the premise yawn-inducing. Here’s hoping it actually rocks, but don’t hold your breath.


“Missing Link”

Release date: April 12, 2019

Prediction: Good

This animated film about a bigfoot-looking fella going on an adventure to find his family looks delightful and heartwarming. Laika Entertainment are the creators of visually gorgeous movies like “Coraline” and “Corpse Bride”, as well as one of the best animated movies of the decade, “Kubo and the Two Strings”. Featuring the voices of Hugh Jackman, Timothy Olyphant, Emma Thompson, and Zoe Saldana.


“Penguins”

Release date: April 17, 2019

Prediction: Okay

If you are a fan of Disney’s previous nature documentaries, you don’t need me to tell you that you will enjoy this. But for everybody else, despite the impeccable production and state-of-the-art filming equipment used to chart the journeys of the penguins, this latest will probably be a big yawn.


“Under the Silver Lake”

Release date: April 19, 2019

Prediction: Divisive

“Under the Silver Lake” has been making the rounds at festivals and having limited showings in other states, but there still isn’t a consensus on whether or not it is worth seeing. It will finally be shown widely in the Chicagoland area this month, and from the looks of its trailer it is bound to be a deliberately perplexing ride. It seems like a strange turn for the director of the smash-hit indie horror film “It Follows” (2015), as it does not come across as a sinister thrillride but a laid-back, lengthy, artful mystery film in the same vein as Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” (2014). Definitely will not be for everyone.


“Avengers: Endgame”

Release date: April 26, 2019

Prediction: Good

It can be safely assumed that team Marvel is going to pull out all the stops for their (ostensibly) final “Avengers” film. “Endgame” will have millions around the world on the edge of their seats for the entirety of its 3 hour runtime. Boasting the biggest cast of A-list actors of any film this year, my prediction is that no fans of the series will leave this epic disappointed.