Friday, 22 March 2013 10:13

April Movie Previews: Evil Dead; Oblivion; Pain and Gain

Written by  Diana Nowak
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Evil Dead
With the blessing of producers Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, director Fede Alvarez reworks the original 1981 cult classic. Mia, struggling to overcome an addiction to alcohol, heads to a remote cabin with her brother and group of friends. Without alcohol or technology to pass the time, everyone decides to battle boredom by searching through the dilapidated house. After stumbling upon a Book of the Dead, an ancient evil unleashes upon the cabin's occupants and forces each one of them to fight for their survival.


The heroic efforts of baseball legend Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers' general manager who signed him are chronicled in this heartwarming biopic. When Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) agrees to work for the Dodgers' GM (Harrison Ford), both the public and the team voice their disapproval. With pure talent and tremendous restraint, Robinson eventually teaches his team an important lesson while earning unanimous support from a country plagued with turmoil.

Scary Movie 5
In the fifth installment of the Scary Movie franchise – sans all Wayans brothers – a new mash-up of recent horror films are parodied. When a young couple (Ashley Tisdale, Simon Rex) begins experiencing strange occurrences in their suburban home, they install home-surveillance cameras and enlist the help of several experts. Just when they think they've figured out what might be causing these supernatural happenings, the plot shifts to another notorious horror flick.


Dismissing the constant warnings of his partner, former Marine Commander Jack Harper's curiosity continues to grow as he obeys his orders to destroy the last remnants of an abandoned planet. After an unexpected turn of events begin triggering distant memories, Harper is captured by Malcolm Beech's (Morgan Freeman) underground insurgency. When Harper finally learns the truth about his home planet, he must then choose either a life of exile or a place among the ranks of Beech's rebellion.


Pain and Gain
Based on a series of 1999 articles featured in Miami New Times, director Michael Bay retells the true story made public by investigative journalist Pete Collins. After wealthy businessman (Tony Shalhoub) escapes a torturous kidnapping by a group of bodybuilders at his gym (Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg), he hires detective Ed Du Bois (Ed Harris) to catch the steroid-addicted criminals when it appears no one else can.

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