April 2023 New Movies: What’s Coming to Theaters This Month

Welcome to April 2023, where we can expect an exhilarating lineup of highly anticipated films hitting the theaters! From blockbusters like “The Super Mario Bros Movie” and “Evil Dead Rise” to festival favorites like “Air,” “Joyland,” and “Showing Up,” there is something for everyone this month. Directors Guy Ritchie and François Ozon also have new releases that are sure to captivate audiences. Read on to discover all the new movies in April 2023 and start planning your next trip to the theater!

New Movies in U.S. Theaters

The Journey: A Music Special with Andrea Bocelli

Directors: Gaetano Morbioli & Paolo Sodi
U.S. Release: April 2-6
U.K. Release: TBA

Immerse yourself in the extraordinary world of music with “The Journey: A Music Special from Andrea Bocelli.” This visually stunning exploration takes you on a captivating journey through the awe-inspiring Italian countryside, combining world-class musical performances with intimate conversations. Experience the defining moments that shape us, the songs that inspire us, and the relationships that connect us to what truly matters.

One Day as a Lion

Director: Bruce Davis
U.S. Release: April 4
U.K. Release: TBA

Prepare for some hilarity and wit with “One Day as a Lion,” a crime-comedy that pays homage to the likes of Tarantino and the Coen brothers. Follow the misadventures of Jackie Powers, a lousy hit man with a knack for stirring up trouble. When Jackie takes a waitress named Lola hostage, their lives intertwine in a web of schemes, money, and unexpected alliances. With clever dialogue and an all-star cast, this film is a must-watch for fans of dark humor and thrilling heists.


Director: Ben Affleck
Global Release: April 5

From the award-winning director Ben Affleck comes “Air,” a moving story that reveals the incredible partnership between rookie Michael Jordan and Nike’s fledgling basketball division. Set in a world revolutionized by the Air Jordan brand, this film delves into an unconventional team’s career-defining gamble, a mother’s unwavering vision, and the rise of the basketball phenom who would become the greatest of all time. Prepare to be inspired and uplifted by this tale of triumph against all odds.

The Super Mario Bros Movie

Directors: Aaron Horvath & Michael Jelenic
Global Release: April 5

Get ready to embark on an epic adventure with the iconic plumbers Mario and Luigi in “The Super Mario Bros Movie.” When they find themselves transported to a magical new world, the brothers must navigate their way through perilous obstacles, rescue each other, and save the Mushroom Kingdom. Packed with action, humor, and nostalgic easter eggs, this film is a treat for fans of the beloved video game franchise.

The Severing

Director: Mark Pellington
U.S. Release: April 6 (LA)
U.K. Release: TBA

Prepare to be captivated by “The Severing,” a visceral and powerful feature-length dance film. Acclaimed filmmaker Mark Pellington explores the expression of grief through the physical and emotional narratives of dancers. Inspired by the film Pina, this cathartic masterpiece combines movement, text, and breathtaking cinematography to convey the profound impact of loss, isolation, fear, reconnection, and deep human connection. Experience the power of dance as a universal language that transcends words.

How to Blow Up a Pipeline

Director: Daniel Goldhaber, Ariela Barer, Jordan Sjol, Daniel Garber
U.S. Release: April 7
U.K. Release: April 21

In “How to Blow Up a Pipeline,” a crew of young environmental activists takes on a daring mission to sabotage an oil pipeline. This taut and timely thriller combines high-stakes heists with a radical exploration of the climate crisis. Follow their nail-biting journey as they navigate the complex challenges of environmental activism and expose the consequences of our unsustainable practices. This thought-provoking film will leave you questioning the impact of our choices on the planet.


Director: Saim Sadiq
U.S. Release: April 7
U.K. Release: February 24

“Joyland” takes us on an emotional rollercoaster as the youngest son of a traditional Pakistani family becomes infatuated with a strong-willed trans woman who runs a Bollywood-style burlesque. This heartfelt coming-of-age drama explores themes of identity, gender roles, and the dangers of the patriarchy. Follow the protagonist’s journey as he navigates societal expectations, discovers his true self, and challenges the norms that confine him.

One True Loves

Director: Andy Fickman
U.S. Release: April 7
U.K. Release: TBA

Prepare for a modern romance in “One True Loves,” where Emma’s life takes an unexpected turn when she is forced to choose between the husband she thought was dead and the fiancé who offers her a second chance at love. This heartwarming film explores themes of love, loyalty, and the complexities of relationships. Join Emma as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery and learns to follow her heart’s true desires.

Ride On

Director: Larry Yang
U.S. Release: April 7
U.K. Release: TBA

Get ready for adrenaline-pumping action and hilarious antics in “Ride On,” a film that follows the misadventures of a stuntman whose video of debt collectors trying to seize his horse goes viral. When the debt collectors return for revenge, prepare for high-octane and laugh-out-loud moments as the stuntman and his horse outsmart their adversaries. This comedy will keep you entertained from beginning to end.

Sam Now

Director: Reed Harkness
U.S. Release: April 7 (New York and Los Angeles)
U.K. Release: TBA

Embark on a poignant and emotional journey with “Sam Now,” a film that follows filmmaker Reed Harkness and his brother Sam on a 2,000-mile road trip in search of their missing mother. Witness the effects of Sam’s trauma in his relationships, both in adolescence and adulthood, as the film explores themes of intergenerational trauma, mental health, and coming of age. explore the complexities of human emotions and the search for belonging.

Showing Up

Director: Kelly Reichardt
U.S. Release: April 7
U.K. Release: TBA

Beautifully depicting the balance between an artist’s life and work, “Showing Up” follows a sculptor as she prepares to open a new show while juggling the daily dramas of family and friends. This captivating and funny portrait of art and craft explores what art means to those who create it and grapples with the eternal question of how to find balance. Join the main character on her journey of self-discovery and witness the power of artistic expression.

You’re Killing Me

Director: Beth Hanna
U.S. Release: April 7
U.K. Release: TBA

Dive into the thrilling world of a coveted “Heaven and Hell” party in “You’re Killing Me.” The stakes are high for Eden, who attends the party hoping for a letter of recommendation from her classmate’s wealthy parents to an elite university. Little does she know that the party will quickly turn into a fight for her life. Experience the suspense and excitement as Eden fights for her survival in this pulse-pounding thriller.

Little Richard: I Am Everything

Directors: Lisa Cortas
U.S. Release: April 11 (special one-night-only theatrical screenings), April 21 (additional theaters and digital release)
U.K. Release: April 28

Explore the scattershot but fascinating world of rock ‘n’ roll in “Little Richard: I Am Everything.” This music documentary celebrates the innovative and influential career of Little Richard, the Architect of Rock and Roll. Through a wealth of archival footage and performances, the film unravels the enigmatic life of the icon, shedding light on his incredible impact on popular music. Discover the complexities of his artistry, the sacrifices he made, and the legacy he left behind.

Beautiful Disaster

Director: Roger Kumble
U.S. Release: April 12
U.K. Release: TBA

“Beautiful Disaster” tells the story of Abby Abernathy, a college freshman who is drawn to the campus bad boy Travis Maddox. Their love story is both intense and conflicted, with unexpected twists and turns that force them to confront their pasts. This modern romance explores themes of love, redemption, and the complexities of relationships. Join Abby and Travis on their journey of self-discovery and second chances.

Tommy Guns

Director: Carlos Conceiao
U.S. Release: April 12
U.K. Release: TBA

Immerse yourself in the haunting and mesmerizing world of “Tommy Guns,” inspired by Angola’s colonial past. Set in the year before the country’s independence from Portuguese rule, the film follows the interlocking stories of wealthy colonists fleeing the country, tribal girls discovering love and danger, and soldiers torn between loyalty and brutality. Prepare for a genre-shifting cinematic puzzle that combines drama, war film elements, zombie flick vibes, and thrilling escape sequences. This film is a testament to the power of storytelling and showcases the exciting voices in Portuguese and Angolan filmmaking.

The Lost Weekend: A Love Story

Director: Eve Brandstein
U.S. Release: April 13
U.K. Release: TBA

Explore the myth and reality behind the enigmatic John Lennon in “The Lost Weekend: A Love Story.” Through interviews with family, musicians, and scholars, this scattershot but intriguing music documentary uncovers the nuanced life of the legendary musician during his 18-month relationship with May Pang. With a focus on his artistic and personal resurgence, the film delves into the creative collaborations, introspective journey, and emotional complexities that defined this period of his life. Witness the duality of the iconic figure as he navigates love, music, and the pursuit of self-fulfillment.

Back on the Strip

Director: Chris Spencer
U.S. Release: April 14
U.K. Release: TBA

Prepare for laughter and light-hearted entertainment in “Back on the Strip,” where a failed magician becomes the frontman for a legendary Black male stripper squad. Watch as the squad, comprised of talented performers, must put aside old conflicts and harness their collective creativity to stage a memorable reunion. Get ready for heartwarming moments, outrageous acts, and a celebration of camaraderie.

Beau Is Afraid

Director: Ari Aster
U.S. Release: April 14 (NY/LA), April 21 (nationwide)
U.K. Release: May 19

Explore a perplexing and nightmarish tale in “Beau Is Afraid,” featuring an all-star cast led by Joaquin Phoenix. The film follows the journey of a paranoid man named Beau, who embarks on an odyssey to get back to his mother. Encounter a world filled with surreal twists and turns as Beau navigates his fears and confronts the darkness within himself. Brace yourself for a visually striking and narratively baffling experience that showcases Ari Aster’s