New in Theaters April 17th 2015

No surprise, Furious 7 is still number one at the box office, raking in millions every day from its massive fan base. The family animated alien adventure Home staring Jim Parsons, Rihanna, and Steve Martin is in number two, and the Nicholas Sparks bull riding romance The Longest Ride is in number three. So last week did little to break down the top earners, but that’s all old news, here’s what’s out this week.

download (3)Unfriended is a low budget horror film that follows a group of friends on a online chat group that become haunted by a supernatural force using their dead friend’s social media account. It looks very low budget in the same vein as a found footage film but it cleverly utilizes social media and Skype for cheap production and perhaps will have a thing or two to say about technology use in the modern world. It’s doing well right now on Rotten Tomatoes with a surprisingly high 85 percent. If you’re looking for a good scare, this is your best bet.

download (4)Child 44 isn’t necessarily a scary option, but for thriller lovers it might be one to see as it follows Tom Hardy as a disgraced military police officer investigating child murders during the Soviet Union era. Glad to see Liam Neeson is staying out of these types of thrillers once and for all as it does strike me as one of his movies. I think we can all agree co-star Gary Oldman is always good and judging by the setting it could be similar to a dark and gritty Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy. Rotten Tomatoes is mixed at the moment with 67%.

Paul-Blart-Mall-Cop-2Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is unfortunately also out. As the title suggests, it will be a very lazy follow up to the 2009 comedy starring Kevin James as a chubby and incompetent mall cop looking to be a hero. Here, he heads to Vegas on a holiday but gets sucked back into the world of mall copping. If you’re looking for a mindless comedy, your choices are this and Will Ferrell’s Get Hard. There’s no Rotten Tomato rating yet but I am assuming that’s a good thing.

If none of those are doing it for you, there’s a new Disney Nature Documentary; Monkey Kingdom which is exactly how it sounds. Tina Fey relives Morgan Freeman as the narrator this go round. There’s also a thriller starring funny men and friends James Franco and Jonah Hill called True Story about a reporter who discovers a serial killer that stole his identity. That’s what’s playing for the week of April 17th, happy movie watching.

Ryan Uytdewilligen

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