A Variety of Movie Genres Hit the Big Screen in April 2024

The First Omen, The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare and Monkey Man are a few of the movies releasing in theaters in April 2024 - SahmReviews.com

It took some planning, but we managed to fit in some movie time in-between our recent travels. Some features were better than expected and others exactly what we thought they would be. One Life was my favorite movie released in March and one that I would highly recommend, even if you wait until it hits your favorite streaming service.

April will be a tighter schedule but there are a few on this list that I think will be great and hope to carve out time to see. While I enjoy a good thriller, horror films aren’t the top of my priority list and there have been more than a few in recent months. So that kind of whittles it down a bit. As I put together this list each month, I find myself most fascinated by the ones based on history or true stories. April has a few of those so you can probably guess what we’ll be headed to see!

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Someone Like You

Release Date: April 5, 2024 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Cast: Sarah Fisher, Jake Allyn, Lynn Collins, Robyn Lively, Bart Johnson, and Scott Reeves

Based on the popular novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, “Someone Like You” is an achingly beautiful, redemptive love story. Shocking news hits after young architect Dawson Gage loses his best friend, London Quinn. Now in his heartbreak, Dawson is compelled to launch an impossible search for London’s secret twin sister, twins separated as embryos. But along the way, Dawson never planned to fall in love.

Monkey Man

Release Date: April 5, 2024 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Thriller, Action, Drama
Cast: Dev Patel, Sharlto Copley, Pitobash, Vipin Sharma, Sikandar Kher, Sobhita Dhulipala, Ashwini Kalsekar, Adithi Kalkunte, Makarand Deshpande

Inspired by the legend of Hanuman, an icon embodying strength and courage, Monkey Man stars Patel as Kid, an anonymous young man who ekes out a meager living in an underground fight club where, night after night, wearing a gorilla mask, he is beaten bloody by more popular fighters for cash. After years of suppressed rage, Kid discovers a way to infiltrate the enclave of the city’s sinister elite. As his childhood trauma boils over, his mysteriously scarred hands unleash an explosive campaign of retribution to settle the score with the men who took everything from him.


Release Date: April 5, 2024 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Romance, Drama
Cast: Courtney Eaton, Thomas Mann, Francesca Reale with Gina Rodriguez, Joel McHale and Dave Bautista and Scott Mescudi

From Director Brittany Snow, Parachute tells the story of Riley (Courtney Eaton) and Ethan (Thomas Mann), who must navigate blossoming love and friendship while trying to overcome combustible personal struggles.

The First Omen

Release Date: April 5, 2024 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Cast: Nell Tiger Free, Tawfeek Barhom, Sonia Braga, Ralph Ineson, Bill Nighy

When a young American woman is sent to Rome to begin a life of service to the church, she encounters a darkness that causes her to question her own faith and uncovers a terrifying conspiracy that hopes to bring about the birth of evil incarnate.

Housekeeping for Beginners

Release Date: April 12, 2024 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Cast: Anamaria Marinca, Alina Șerban, Samson Selim, Vladimir Tintor, Mia Mustafa, Džada Selim

They weren’t born a family. They became one. Housekeeping for Beginners explores the universal truths of family, encompassing both the bonds we inherit and those we create. The narrative revolves around Dita, who, despite never aspiring to be a mother, finds herself compelled to raise her girlfriend’s two daughters—Mia, a tiny troublemaker, and Vanesa, a rebellious teenager. As their individual wills clash, a heartwarming story unfolds about an unlikely family’s struggle to stay together.

Civil War

Release Date: April 12, 2024 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Drama, Action
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Cailee Spaeny, Wagner Moura, Stephen McKinley Henderson and Nick Offerman

An adrenaline-fueled thrill ride through a near-future fractured America balanced on the razor’s edge.

The Absence of Eden

Release Date: April 12, 2024 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Drama
Cast: Zoe Saldaña, Garrett Hedlund, Adria Arjona, Tom Waits

The Absence of Eden takes place at the border between the United States and Mexico – a hellish landscape inhabited by coyotes, armed officers, desperate immigrants, and refugees. When Esmee (Saldaña), a young woman working as a private dancer in Mexico, is forced to commit a violent act of self-defense that results in the death of a cartel member, she flees her homeland for sanctuary in the United States. Guided by a ruthless Coyote and a group of undocumented immigrants, she befriends a young mother and her daughter along the way. Before crossing the border, the mother is taken from the group, and Esmee promises to protect her daughter and help them reunite again in America, touching off an interlocking story about people struggling to survive on America’s border with Mexico.

The Long Game

Release Date: April 12, 2024 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Drama, Historical
Cast: Jay Hernandez, Dennis Quaid, Julian Works, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Oscar Nuñez, and Cheech Marin

In 1955, five young Mexican-American caddies, out of the love for the game, were determined to learn how to play, so they created their own golf course in the middle of the South Texas desert.


Release Date: April 12, 2024 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Jaeden Martell, Maxwell Jenkins, Sadie Soverall

In a near future, life on Earth has been decimated. Paul (Nicolas Cage) and his twin teenage sons, Thomas (Jaeden Martell) and Joseph (Maxwell Jenkins), have been living a half-life — tranquility by day and torment by night. When the sun sets, ferocious creatures of the night awaken and consume all living souls in their path. One day, when Thomas doesn’t return home before sundown, Paul chooses to leave the safety of their fortified farm to find him before the creatures arrive. Just as he finds his boy, a nightmarish battle ensues and Paul is gravely wounded. Now the twins must devise a desperate plan for surviving the coming night and use everything their father has taught them to keep him alive.


Release Date: April 12, 2024 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Cast: Ryan Corr, Alyla Browne, Penelope Mitchell, Robyn Nevin, Noni Hazelhurst, Silvia Colloca, Danny Kim, Jermaine Fowler

After raising an unnervingly talented spider in secret, 12-year-old Charlotte must face the facts about her pet—and fight for her family’s survival—when the once-charming creature rapidly transforms into a giant, flesh-eating monster.

Hard Miles

Release Date: April 19, 2024 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Drama, Sports
Cast: Matthew Modine, Sean Astin, Cynthia Kaye McWilliams, and Leslie David Baker

A coming-of-age sports film about a coach who must get students at a medium security correctional school to work together on a gruelling bike ride from Denver to the Grand Canyon.

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

Release Date: April 19, 2024 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Drama, War, Historical
Cast: Henry Cavill, Eiza González, Alan Ritchson, Alex Pettyfer, Hero Fiennes Tiffin,
Babs Olusamokun, Henrique Zaga, Til Schweiger, with Henry Golding
and Cary Elwes

Based upon recently declassified files of the British War Department and inspired by true events, THE MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE is an action-comedy that tells the story of the first-ever special forces organization formed during WWII by UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill and a small group of military officials including author Ian Fleming. The top-secret combat unit, composed of a motley crew of rogues and mavericks, goes on a daring mission against the Nazis using entirely unconventional and utterly “ungentlemanly” fighting techniques. Ultimately their audacious approach changed the course of the war and laid the foundation for the British SAS and modern Black Ops warfare.


Release Date: April 19, 2024 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Suspense. Horror, Thriller
Cast: Melissa Barrera, Dan Stevens, Alisha Weir, Kathryn Newton, William Catlett, Kevin Durand, Angus Cloud and Giancarlo Esposito

Children can be such monsters. After a group of would-be criminals kidnap the 12-year-old ballerina daughter of a powerful underworld figure, all they have to do to collect a $50 million ransom is watch the girl overnight. In an isolated mansion, the captors start to dwindle, one by one, and they discover, to their mounting horror, that they’re locked inside with no normal little girl.

Sasquatch Sunset

Release Date: April 19, 2024 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Comedy, Action, Adventure
Cast: Riley Keough, Jesse Eisenberg, Nathan Zellner, Christophe Zajac-Denek

In the misty forests of North America, a family of Sasquatches—possibly the last of their enigmatic kind— embark on an absurdist, epic, hilarious, and ultimately poignant journey over the course of one year. These shaggy and noble giants fight for survival as they find themselves on a collision course with the ever-changing world around them. Starring Riley Keough and Jesse Eisenberg, acclaimed directors David and Nathan Zellner (Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter) bring you the greatest Bigfoot story ever told.

Boy Kills World

Release Date: April 26, 2024 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Action, Martial Arts, Thriller
Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Jessica Rothe, Michelle Dockery

Skarsgård stars as “Boy” who vows revenge after his family is murdered by Hilda Van Der Koy (Janssen), the deranged matriarch of a corrupt post-apocalyptic dynasty that left the boy orphaned, deaf and voiceless. Driven by his inner voice, one which he co-opted from his favorite childhood video game, Boy trains with a mysterious shaman (Ruhian) to become an instrument of death and is set loose on the eve of the annual culling of dissidents. Bedlam ensues as Boy commits bloody martial arts mayhem, inciting a wrath of carnage and blood-letting. As he tries to get his bearings in this delirious realm, Boy soon falls in with a desperate resistance group, all the while bickering with the apparent ghost of his rebellious little sister.


Release Date: April 26, 2024 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Cast: Zendaya, Josh O’Connor, Mike Faist

From visionary filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, Challengers stars Zendaya as Tashi Duncan, a former tennis prodigy turned coach and a force of nature who makes no apologies for her game on and off the court. Married to a champion on a losing streak (Mike Faist – West Side Story), Tashi’s strategy for her husband’s redemption takes a surprising turn when he must face off against the washed-up Patrick (Josh O’Connor – The Crown) – his former best friend and Tashi’s former boyfriend. As their pasts and presents collide, and tensions run high, Tashi must ask herself, what will it cost to win.

Unsung Hero

Release Date: April 26, 2024 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Drama, True Story
Cast: Daisy Betts, Joel Smallbone, Kirrilee Berger, Lucas Black, Candace Cameron Bure

When David Smallbone’s successful music company collapses, he moves his family from Australia to the United States in search of a brighter future. With nothing more than their six children, their suitcases, and their love of music, David (for KING + COUNTRY’s Joel Smallbone) and his pregnant wife Helen (Daisy Betts) set out to rebuild their lives from the ground up. Based on a remarkable true story, a mum’s faith stands against all odds; and inspires her husband and children to hold onto theirs.

As the weather (hopefully) starts to warm up, there will be more opportunities to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. But on those days where you want to snuggle up with a good movie, there are plenty of options at the theater!

Which April 2024 movie is on the top of your must-see list?

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