IMDb Picks: Editors' Picks for April

by IMDb-Editors | created - 15 Mar 2016 | updated - 30 Mar 2016 | Public

What has us excited this April? The return of "Game of Thrones" and "Fear the Walking Dead," for sure! On the big screen, Everybody Wants Some!! and Hardcore Henry are on our list. Read on for our complete list of picks.

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1. Hardcore Henry (2015)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

Henry is resurrected from death with no memory, and he must save his wife from a telekinetic warlord with a plan to bio-engineer soldiers.

Director: Ilya Naishuller | Stars: Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, Haley Bennett, Danila Kozlovsky

Votes: 80,075 | Gross: $9.25M

If Spring is a snoozefest so far, jumpstart the season with first-person action film Hardcore Henry. Director Ilya Naishuller is a "huge proponent of practical effects." So, he shot everything "as real as humanly possible," which makes the movie even more badass. Well, that and the fact that the psychotic villain also has telekinetic powers. — Chako

Opens Friday, April 8, in wide release

MORE: Watch IMDb's exclusive Hardcore Henry voice-over trailer with director Ilya Naishuller here.

2. Banshee (2013–2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An ex-con assumes the identity of a murdered sheriff in the small town of Banshee, Pennsylvania, where he has some unfinished business.

Stars: Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison

Votes: 78,065

It's time to say farewell to Cinemax's brutally violent and forever underrated original series, which wraps up with a proper fourth and final season. The narrative is pushed ahead two years as we catch up with Lucas Hood (Anthony Starr). I understand the jump serves as a reset of sorts as the principal characters come to terms with who they are and what they've become. Knowing that Eliza Dushku will serve as a special guest throughout the season might encourage new fans to catch up with the beloved program while it plays out its final eight episodes. — Arno

Season 4 premieres Friday, April 1

3. Catastrophe (2015–2019)

TV-MA | 24 min | Comedy

American boy Rob gets Irish girl Sharon pregnant while they hook up for a week while on a business trip to London.

Stars: Sharon Horgan, Rob Delaney, Mark Bonnar, Ashley Jensen

Votes: 13,310

Comedic forces Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan’s transatlantic fling spawned a baby and a second season. Now we get to see how they tackle sudden parenthood, which will surely include their signature raw honesty and edgy, transatlantic humor. The trailer alone approaches NSFW status and makes this show a whole new category of "family comedy." —Melissa

Season 2 premieres Friday, April 8

4. Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

R | 117 min | Comedy

83 Metascore

In 1980, a group of college baseball players navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch

Votes: 48,630 | Gross: $3.37M

Rest easy, Dazed and Confused fans: The '80s are just as much fun. While Richard Linklater's latest coming-of-age comedy isn't technically a sequel to his incredibly popular 1993 classic, Everybody Wants Some!!! looks to be a film very much in the same vein, this time set on a college campus during the Reagan era. The story follows a group of college baseball players, led by Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, and Ryan Guzman among others, as they feel their oats as young though not-quite-there adults. If Linklater's previous work is any indication, viewers should settle in for some sensitive storytelling, round and relatable characters, and a celebration of youth. — Bret

Opens Friday, April 8, in wide release

5. Outlander (2014– )

TV-MA | 64 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743.

Stars: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Duncan Lacroix, Tobias Menzies

Votes: 97,743

Break out the bagpipes and say, "Sassenach." "Outlander" is finally back! I fell in love with Claire and Jamie's epic romance during Season 1. The show's unique blend of love, lust, time travel, and feminism is captivating. Season 2 moves from Scotland to France, which means the couple will spend time at Versailles, and viewers will get to feast their eyes on sumptuous sets and costumes. — Sara

Season 2 premieres Saturday, April 9

6. Fear the Walking Dead (2015– )

TV-MA | 44 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

A Walking Dead spin-off, set in Los Angeles, following two families who must band together to survive the undead apocalypse.

Stars: Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Cliff Curtis, Rubén Blades

Votes: 103,516

Wait just a minute ... Zombies can swim?! According to the creators, it isn't so. But they can wade in the shallow waters, which is just as terrifying if you ask me. As the very short 6-episode first season left a lot of unanswered questions (When exactly did Facebook go down?), it also gave us a glimpse into the beginning of the madness. Season 2 is sure to deliver even more for us diehard "Walking Dead" fans and give us a little something to tide us over until it's back. — Shara

Season 2 premieres Sunday, April 10

7. Hunters (2016– )

60 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

The disappearance of a decorated FBI agent's wife leads him to a secret government unit assembled to hunt a group of ruthless terrorists - shadowy figures that may or may not be from this world.

Stars: Nathan Phillips, Britne Oldford, Mark Coles Smith, Lewis Fitz-Gerald

Votes: 2,465

Based on Whitley Strieber’s sci-fi novel, “Alien Hunter,” the Syfy adaptation looks like dark, gritty fun. The trailer holds all of the hallmarks of a classic sci-fi crime drama: a covert alien attack force, a determined FBI agent in over his head, and a shadowy government agency of alien hunters. Sign me up!

— Vanessa

Series Premiere: Monday, April 11

8. The Jungle Book (2016)

PG | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

77 Metascore

After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther Bagheera and free-spirited bear Baloo.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba

Votes: 245,194 | Gross: $364.00M

Bring on the bare necessities! The Jungle Book has always been one of my favorite childhood Disney films, and I can’t wait to see Jon Favreau's interpretation of the Disney classic come to life on the big screen. From all of the trailers I’ve seen so far, this film looks great! — Akimi

Opens Friday, April 15, in wide release

9. Green Room (2015)

R | 95 min | Horror, Music, Thriller

79 Metascore

A punk rock band is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar.

Director: Jeremy Saulnier | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Patrick Stewart

Votes: 94,044 | Gross: $3.22M

Jeremy Saulnier's Blue Ruin truly was a revelation, the kind of movie that will continue to accrue devotees over time. Saulnier was offered Hollywood work after Blue Ruin proved to be more than a festival darling. So, I love him even more for choosing to direct another one of his scripts as his next project. Also, I've been hoping for a director to cast Anton Yelchin in something that coaxes out more of the young actor's talent. Casting Patrick Stewart as a neo-Nazi is a guaranteed way to grab headlines, but I sense that just as much attention is being paid to Saulnier as one of the most promising writer/directors around. — Arno

Opens Friday, April 15, in limited release

10. Confirmation (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

Judge Clarence Thomas' nomination to the United States Supreme Court is called into question when Anita Hill, a former colleague, testifies that he sexually harassed her.

Director: Rick Famuyiwa | Stars: Kerry Washington, Wendell Pierce, Greg Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 4,460

HBO's film about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's 1991 Senate confirmation hearings could not be timelier, given that there is currently another vacancy on the court. Kerry Washington stars as Anita Hill, an attorney who testified that Thomas sexually harassed her. I'm looking forward to seeing Washington take off Olivia Pope's white hat to portray a real person who found herself embroiled in a real-life scandal. — Sara

Premieres Saturday, April 16

11. The Night Manager (2016– )

TV-14 | 358 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The night manager of a Cairo hotel is recruited to infiltrate an arms dealer's inner circle.

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Debicki, Olivia Colman

Votes: 61,642

I can't wait to watch Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie go head-to-head in the updated adaptation of the 1993 John le Carré novel, “The Night Manager.” Tom Hiddleston plays a former British soldier and now night manager of an Egyptian hotel, who is recruited by British Intelligence to infiltrate the inner circle of arms dealer Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie). The series is filmed against the stunning backdrops of Cairo, Turkey, Switzerland, and Morocco, and also stars Tobias Menzies (“Outlander”), Olivia Colman ("Broadchurch"), and David Harewood (“Supergirl”).

— Vanessa

Series Premiere: Tuesday, April 19

12. Elvis & Nixon (2016)

R | 86 min | Comedy, History

59 Metascore

The untold true story behind the meeting between Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n Roll, and President Richard Nixon, resulting in this revealing, yet humorous moment immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives.

Director: Liza Johnson | Stars: Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville

Votes: 12,182 | Gross: $1.03M

So, maybe it wasn't the Yalta Conference. But for most folks, the greatest meeting of the 20th century just may have been when Elvis landed in the Oval Office to meet up with Tricky Dick President Richard Nixon himself on Dec. 21, 1970. The meeting was memorialized in what has become one of the most memorable if bizarre photographs of the last century. This latest offering from Amazon Studios provides the story behind that photograph and reveals a little bit about two cultural figures who still command much attention after their deaths, precisely because beneath their carefully crafted public veneers lay some seriously idiosyncratic personalities, now on full display again on the big screen. — Bret

Opens Friday, April 22, in limited release

13. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey

Votes: 1,594,724

Jon Snow lives ... I hope! The full-length trailer gave us superfans just enough subtle hints into Jon Snow's fate to hold us over 'till mid-April's Season 6 premiere. On top of that epic trailer, producers have not only teased a huge battle but also promised fans that "this season there isn't a weak episode." Bold promises! But in keeping with the theme of each season being bigger and badder than the last, I wouldn't put it past HBO to deliver. With so many characters' storylines left in limbo, whose fate are you most excited to learn about in Season 6? Is it Jon Snow or is there someone else you are dying to know about? Let us know in the comments below. — Shara

Season 6 premieres Sunday, April 24

14. Veep (2012–2019)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

Former Senator Selina Meyer finds that being Vice President of the United States is nothing like she hoped and everything that everyone ever warned her about.

Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott

Votes: 39,194

"Veep" is back for its fifth (yes, fifth!) season. I can't wait to see what Selina Meyer's (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) been doing. Speaking of, there's a new guy on the scene: a suave Wall Street mogul played by John Slattery, who's making his return to the small screen post-"Mad Men." We'll definitely be seeing more of Hugh Laurie's Tom James, though I'm most excited to see Ben Cafferty (played by Kevin Dunn), who never fails to acerbically dismantle anything, including himself. Will this season bring the multiple award-winning show even more awards? — Chako

Season 5 premieres Sunday, April 24



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