The Month’s Top U.S. Releases: April 2011


Released 5th April:

Little Fockers:

Format: Blu-ray/DVD Classification: 12

Stars: Ben Stiller (Dodgeball), Robert de Niro (Raging Bull), Owen Wilson (Starsky and Hutch), Jessica Alba (The Killer Inside Me), Teri Polo (Meet the Parents), Dustin Hoffman (Rain)

Greg Focker has finally begun to earn the respect of his ex-CIA father-in-law Jack Byrnes, but can he prove that he has what it takes to become the “Godfocker”, and show Jack that he’s a good husband, and a great father?

Tron: Legacy, & Tron/Tron: Legacy Blu-ray Box Set:

Format: 5 Disc Collectible Set (inc 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy)/5 Disc Combo (inc 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy)/4 Disc Combo (inc 3D Super Play, DVD)/Blu-ray (Double Play)/DVD Classification: PG
Stars: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Garrett Hedlund (Death Sentence), Olivia Wilde (House), Michael Sheen (The Special Relationship)

The sequel to the 1982 classic Tron sees the son of the world’s greatest video games creator entering The Grid; a digital world created by his father, who has been missing, and trapped in the very digital world he created for 20 years.

Tron: The Original Classic:

Format: Blu-ray (Double Play)/DVD Classification: PG

Stars: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Bruce Boxleitner (Tron: Legacy), David Warner (Titanic), Cindy Morgan (Caddyshack)

Kevin Flynn, a computer whiz, is digitally broken down and reconstituted into the internal, 3D, graphical world of computer, by a villainous software pirate, and joins forces with the warrior program Tron try and outmaneuver the Master Control program that holds them hostage.

Taxi Driver:

Format: Blu-ray Classification:R

Stars: Robert De Niro (Goodfellas), Jodie Foster (The Silence of the Lambs), Cybill Shepherd (Moonlighting)

Delivering the definitive cinematic portrait of loneliness and alienation manifested as violence, Taxi Driver follows an ex-marine cab driver who becomes a self-appointed vigilante; viewing the world and an intolerable cesspool, and becoming the guardian of a local prostitute.

The People vs. Larry Flynt:

Format: Blu-ray Classification: R

Stars: Woody Harrelson (Zombieland), Courtney Love (Juno), Edward Norton (Fight Club)

The true story of the Hustler publisher; who was sued by the Religious Right and paralysed by a fanatic’s bullet, The People vs. Larry Flynt is a stranger-than-fiction comedy about Flynt’s outrageous public persona and private life; chronicling his business savvy, unconventional marriage, and infamous courtroom antics.

I Love You Philip Morris:

Format: Blu-ray/DVD Classification: R

Stars: Jim Carey (The Truman Show), Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting), Leslie Mann (Knocked Up)

The true story of a spectacularly charismatic con man’s journey from small town businessman to flamboyant white-collar criminal, repeatedly finding finding himself in trouble with the law and on the lam; all in the name of love.

Released 8th April:

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader:

Format: Blu-ray/DVD Classification: PG

Stars: Ben Barnes (Dorian Gray), Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley

Along with Eustace, Lucy and Edmund Pensive are swallowed into a painting and transported back to Narnia; joining King Caspian and a noble mouse, they travel to mysterious islands, confront mystical creatures, and reunite with the Great Lion Aslan on a mission that will determine the fate of Narnia itself!

Released 15th April:

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows:

Format: Blu-ray (Triple Play)/Blu-ray/DVD Classification: PG-13

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince), Rupert Grint (Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince), Emma Watson (Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince)

The first part in the seventh and final Harry Potter film; which sees Harry, Ron, and Hermione beginning their quest to track down and destroy the secret of Voldermort’s immortality.

Released 19th April:

The King’s Speech:

Format: Blu-ray/DVD Classification: R

Stars:  Colin Firth (Love Actually), Geoffrey Rush (Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl), Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club)

The true story of the King George VI of England, who was suddenly crowned King after the death of his father, and the abdication of his brother, and had to undertake an unorthodox treatment in order to overcome his terrible speech impediment, and successfully lead his country.

The Way Back:

Format: Blu-ray/DVD Classification: PG-13

Stars: Jim Sturgess (21), Ed Harris (The Rock), Colin Farrell (Phone Booth), Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones)

The true story of seven World War II prisoners who attempted the impossible; an escape from a brutal Siberian gulag; walking across 4,500 miles of the world’s most merciless landscapes; crossing freezing forests, boiling deserts, and even the Himalayas themselves.

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Matt Wheeldon is the Founder, and Editor in Chief of Good Film Guide. He still refers to the cinema as "the pictures", and has what some would describe as a misguided appreciation for Waterworld.