By Sandra Kraisirideja
Of the 12 films opening April 11, the three that have my interest are “Draft Day,” “Joe” and “Only Lovers Left Alive.”
I’m a sucker for sports movies, especially when they star Kevin Costner. I’m more of a baseball fan and tend to only watch football on Super Bowl Sunday, but “Draft Day,” which also stars Jennifer Garner, Ellen Burstyn, Denis Leary, Frank Langella, Chadwick Boseman, and Sean Combs, is directed by Ivan Reitman, who has helmed some of my favorite movies, so the fact that the movie is about the NFL Draft is not a deterrent for me.
“Only Lovers Left Alive,” the vampire love story from writer-director Jim Jarmusch is the AWFJ Movie of the Week. It looks stylish and seductive. The movie stars Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddelston. Swinton is always interesting to watch in whatever movie she does and Hiddelston has been fun to watch in the “Avengers” movies. Seeing them paired together is enough of an incentive for me.
“Joe” looks appealing for its cast—Nicholas Cage and Tye Sheridan (the kid who starred opposite Matthew McConaughey in “Mud”)—and the fact that the film gives Cage a more dramatic role to tackle. In the film Cage plays an ex-con with a penchant for violence who befriends a hard-luck kid (Sheridan) looking for guidance.