Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.Four Noteworthy Films Four movies opening April 8 also deserve a mention. In action thriller "Hanna," a young girl (Saoirse Ronan) and hardcore CIA agent (Cate Blanchett) are pitted against each other to the death. "Meet Monica Velour" is a dramady about an aging porn star (Kim Cattrall) being saved from hard times by a doting teen fan (Dustin Ingram). "Soul Surfer" is a truth-based drama about a teenage surfer (AnnaSophia Robb) who triumphed in the sport after losing her arm in a shark attack. If you're seeking horror, there's Wes Craven's "Scream 4," in which Sidney Campbell (Neve Campbell), having recovered from her last set of shocks, again faces her ghost-faced nemesis. Two more open on April 15. Robert Redford's "The Conspirator" is a courtroom drama about the trial of Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), the one woman accused of conspiracy in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. She was defended by a Union lawyer (James McAvoy). The little-known story is compelling and the cast is superb. "Atlas Shrugged Part I" was adapted from Ayn Rand's novel by Paul Johansson (who also directs and plays John Galt opposite Taylor Schilling as Dagny Taggert). April 22 brings two more: "Trust" is a coming-of-age drama about a female teen who falls prey to an online sex predator. Directed by David Schwimmer and starring Clive Owen and Catherine Keener, the film is a well-made cautionary tale with an engaging plot and no huge surprises. "Water for Elephants," adapted from Sara Gruen's novel, is a soapy romance set within the epic environment of the circus. Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz star in this lavish, lustrous escape from reality. Opening April 29, "Bride Flight" is a truth-based epic romance written for the screen by Marieke van der Pol, based on her eponymous novel. The multistory plot focuses on three young Dutch women who were among 26 brides-to-be aboard the airplane that flew the last great air race (in 1953) from Holland to New Zealand, where the women were to reunite with their fiances. Lots of love scenes, female friendship and dramatic moments of operatic proportions make this movie a moving and entertaining escape.
- Posted: 29 November 2013 | Deadline: 16 December 2013 | Job type: Permanent | Salary: TBD | Location: United Kingdom