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Coming Soon: A Moviegoer’s Guide to April

“BRICK MANSIONS”

Who: Paul Walker, David Belle and RZA
What: An undercover cop tries to take down a ruthless crime lord with access to a neutron bomb by infiltrating his gang.
When: April 25th
Why: It’s hard to imagine that there was much demand for an English-language remake of the 2004 French action-thriller, “District B13” – perhaps most famous for introducing parkour to the masses – but it’s encouraging to see that some of the original creative team (including writers Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri) are also involved in this version. Though Paul Walker has been drafted in to replace Cyril Raffaelli as the undercover cop, David Belle (who’s regarded by many as the godfather of modern parkour) reprises his role as the ex-convict who teams up with Walker’s character. While the trailers promise more of the same high-flying action from the original, “Brick Mansions” will no longer be viewed as just another action film, but instead as the final movie that Walker completed before his untimely death. Fans still have “Fast & Furious 7” to look forward to in 2015, but if you can’t wait that long to celebrate the actor’s life, this should help fill the void.

“THE OTHER WOMAN”

Who: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Kate Upton
What: After realizing she is not her boyfriend’s primary lover, a woman teams up with his wife and plots mutual revenge.
When: April 25th
Why: For a seemingly macho guy, Nick Cassavetes sure knows how to cater to the ladies – as evidenced with tear-jerkers like “The Notebook” and “My Sister’s Keeper” – so it’s not really surprising to see the actor-turned-director trying his hand at a female-driven comedy. What is surprising, however, is that “The Other Woman” actually looks like it might be pretty good. Though it’s disappointing that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is still unable to find a role deserving of the immense talent that he’s showcased on “Game of Thrones,” this brand of comedy is right in Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann’s wheelhouse. The unknown element here is Kate Upton, mainly because she really hasn’t been given the chance yet to prove herself as an actress. If she’s able to keep up with Diaz and Mann, and the movie is half as funny as its trailer, “The Other Woman” should do good business at the box office.

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