Here’s our pick of the best movies hitting Herefordshire screens this month. And yes, we're talkin' to you.
(If you're still catching up on this year's Oscar-noms and winners - Fences, Jackie, Manchester By The Sea etc, there are plenty showing at The Courtyard in Hereford throughout April. Check out their film listings for showtimes.)
The Fate of the Furious (PG-13)
Hereford Odeon | from April 12 | tickets here
For certain releases, Odeon will have a special midnight premiere - actually starting at one minute past midnight - but the result is an atmosphere of fanboy/girl excitement mixed with a few hours drinking that makes for a pretty different cinema experience definitely worth checking out.
The latest film set for this treatment is Fast 8: The Fate of the Furious, the latest in the Fast & The Furious series, and the first since Paul Walker died.
Dom's back though, so is The Rock and Luda - along with the rest of the street-racers-turned-saviours-of-the-Western-world, burning through their brake pads for your viewing pleasure.
Taxi Driver (18)
The Courtyard, Hereford | April 18 | tickets here
For those – like me – born too late see the great and great gritty classics from the likes of Coppola and Scorcese and Peckinpah on the big screen, then chances are your only experience of DeNiro snarling ‘you talkin’ to me?’ is on your living room television.
Thankfully with Taxi Driver turning 40 this month, the Courtyard in Hereford is showing the Scorcese/DeNiro breakthough hit up on the big screen, just as God intended.
Head down on the 18th to check it out. Mohawk and aviators optional.
While we're talking classics, Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema in Hay-on-Wye is screening the recently-restored Mulholland Drive later this month. Tickets and showtimes here.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (PG)
Hereford Odeon | released April 28 | tickets here
A surprise smash hit, complete with a killer soundtrack and a now-shredded Chris Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy cut through the superhero fatigue with the kind of snappy one-liners and gallows humour more akin to Indiana Jones that its Marvel stable-mates.
Expect more of the same from the sequel.
Also launching with a midnight premiere. Tickets here.
Hereford Courtyard | April 24 and 25 | tickets here
Basic Instict director Paul Verhoeven's latest entry in to the cat-and-mouse thriller category follows Isabelle Huppert's quest to track down a predator after she is victim of a sexual attack.
It runs two hours and ten minutes with subtitles, expect to be on the edge of your seat for most of them.
"Audiences arriving for a lurid slab of arthouse exploitation will be taken off-guard by the complex, compassionate, often corrosively funny examination of unconventional desires that awaits them" raved one reviewer.
Leominster Playhouse | April 8 | tickets here
The NSA may not have tapped Donald Trump’s phone but they did listen in on a lot of others.
Snowden, starring Joseph Levin-Hewitt, looks at one of the most controversial whistle-blowers in recent times at a time when the issue of privacy has never been more under threat. Released late last year, but finally making its way out to the sticks courtesy of Arts Alive ICYMI first time around.
Homework: check out the doco Citizenfour if you want to brush up on the background beforehand.
Bosbury Village Hall | April 21 | tickets here
"Denis Villeneuve’s latest is the most low-key alien invasion drama you’ll ever see" - Little White Lies.
Villeneuve, who's been busy of late taking on the Blade Runner remake, teams up with Amy Adams and Jeremey Renner for a bit of tense sci-fi well worth a look. Billed by many as one of the best in years.
Another rural screening organised by Arts Alive/Flicks in the Sticks.
Richard Booth's Cinema, Hay-on-Wye | April 7, 8, 9 | tickets here
Another ICYMI entry, Lion was an awards-season favourite and it's no real surprise (an epic that pulls on the heartstrings, A-List cast, loose based-on-a-true-story credetials).
If you haven't seen it yet, this is a great excuse to check out the intimate experience of a Richard Booth's Bookshop cinema screening, which in turn is a great excuse to grab a pre-movie meal at its excellent, adjoining restaurant.