New movies for April include the smash new Bond film ‘Spectre’, popular Spielberg historical drama ‘Bridge Of Spies’, the final chapter in the Hunger Games franchise, and John Boorman’s sequel to ‘Hope and Glory’, ‘Queen & country’; while new TV shows include the latest seasons of UK crime drama ‘Luther’, enigmatic French supernatural series ‘The Returned’, popular period piece ‘The Village’, and the latest instalment in the on-going ‘Game Of Thrones’ saga.
Bridge of spies.
“Directed by three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg BRIDGE OF SPIES is the story of James Donovan (Two time Oscar winner Tom Hanks), an insurance claims lawyer from Brooklyn who finds himself thrust into the centre of the Cold War when the CIA enlists his support to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.” (Product description, Amazon.co.uk)
The hunger games. Mockingjay, Part 2.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 brings the franchise to its powerful final chapter in which Katniss Everdeen realises the stakes are no longer just for survival–they are for the future. With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends–including Gale, Finnick and Peeta –Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her… ” (Adapted from product description, Amazon.co.uk)
“Elle has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle’s granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 bucks before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. Grandma was nominated for a Golden Globe (Lily Tomlin, Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy)” (Product description, Amazon.uk)
Learning to drive.
“Wendy is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband has just left her for another woman; Darwan is a soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. As Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she runs into a barrier common to many lifelong New Yorkers: she’s never learned to drive. When Wendy hires Darwan to teach her, their unlikely friendship awakens them to the joy, humour, and love in starting life anew.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Luther. Series 4.
“Still reeling from Ripley’s death, John Luther has left the force and retired to a remote clifftop. When he discovers the one person he still loves might be dead, Luther has one aim – find whoever’s responsible and make them pay. Meanwhile, a savagely intelligent killer is leaving a trail of bodies but no trace of his identity. Luther realises he must return to the job – only he can immerse himself in the killer’s complex psychosis and anticipate his next move. But John’s personal problems are stacking up too, and he will need to compromise his moral code once more.” (Product description, Amazon.co.uk)
Queen & country.
“The sequel to Hope and glory, Bill Rohan is grown up and drafted into the army where he and his best mate battle their snooty superiors on the base and look for love in town.” (Syndetics summary)
The returned. Series two.
“Six months have passed since the Returned disappeared into the mountains – Since then, nothing has been heard of them… What the living don’t know is that the Returned have not gone away. Rumours are circulating about the return of the dead, but the authorities don’t take this seriously. A stranger arrives in town; his name is Berg, and he seems to know much more than he lets on. That is when a new wave of resurrections occurs… Featuring original music by cult Scottish band Mogwai…” (adapted from Product description, Amazon.co.uk)
The village. Series two.
“The Village is a timeless coming-of-age story, told through the nostalgic eyes of one man, Bert Middleton. From lustful first-love and the dramas of war, to a father’s hard lessons and a mother’s love; Bert has seen it all. The Great War is over but what kind of England has won? Now in a world of boom and bust, motor cars and the Charleston, the twenties bring a blast of energy and freedom to the village; as the outside world continues to break down barriers, bringing with it big dramas and change.” (Syndetics summary)
Doctor Foster. Series 1 / created by Mike Bartlett
“From the producers of The Honourable Woman. DOCTOR FOSTER is about a small-town doctor, Jenny Foster, a pillar of the community and devoted mother whose life is about to explode. A thrilling roller-coaster journey, the show will examine what it feels like to be betrayed and have your heart broken and – if you threw all caution to the wind – just how far you would go to get your own back?” (Editorial reviews, Amazon.com)
Game of thrones. The complete fifth season.
“Season Five has more ‘water cooler’ moments than any of the previous seasons, with three pivotal episodes at the end of the season that left book-readers guessing.” (Syndetics summary)
“A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE.” (Product description, Amazon.co.uk)