April’s Culture Roundup | SLMan
April’s Culture Roundup
Films, books, albums, streaming shows, podcasts – it’s hard to keep on top of everything. SLMan’s new monthly guide is here to make things manageable. From the movie mopping up awards nominations on both sides of the Atlantic to the podcast by the executive producer of Succession, here are the new releases you really need to know about…

FILM: Without Remorse

Based on the 1993 Tom Clancy novel of the same name, this spin-off from the Jack Ryan series stars Michael B. Jordan as US Navy Seal John Clark. When his pregnant wife is brutally murdered by Russian soldiers in a home invasion, John sets out for revenge, but unwittingly begins to uncover an international conspiracy which threatens to engulf the two nations in a catastrophic war. This explosive action film also stars Jamie Bell, Colman Domingo and Guy Pearce. 

Out 30th April on Amazon Prime Video

ALBUM: McCartney III Imagined  

In December last year, the ex-Beatle released the critically acclaimed McCartney III, the third solo album in a trilogy spanning five decades. In this reimagined version, McCartney has invited an array of artists to each reinvent a track from the album. The all-star line-up includes the likes of Damon Albarn, Idris Elba and Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien for a contemporary take on the modern classics from the musical veteran. Dominic Fike is up first, with his single rendition of The Kiss of Venus, which came out earlier this month. Listen to it here.

Out 16th April

PODCAST: Death At The Wing

Adam Kay, the Brit who exec produced Succession, is ready to make his mark in the podcast space, acting as producer and host on this long-awaited series. The 1980s marked a new era for America, characterised by a Reagan revolution that completely transformed the face of the media, wealth distribution and ultimately the NBA. Diving into this decade of flamboyance, greed and violence, Kay tells the stories of men who paid the ultimate price, asking why so many rising basketball stars of the era lost their lives.

Available from 31st March

DOCUMENTARY: This Is A Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist

In 1990, amid St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Boston, 13 legendary artworks were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum by two men claiming to be police officers. The FBI valued the pieces at a chunky half a billion dollars. From the producers of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, this four-part documentary pieces together the art world’s greatest unsolved crime, revealing a story of obsession and conspiracy that stretches from the mafia to the IRA. 

Out 7th April on Netflix

BOOK: Lean, Fall, Stand by Jon McGregor 

Award-winning British novelist and three-time Booker Prize nominee Jon McGregor is back with his hotly anticipated fifth book. When an Antarctic expedition ends in catastrophe, Robert ‘Doc’ Wright finds his life capsized. He holds the secret to what really happened out on the ice, but his trauma leaves him unable to reveal the final piece to the story. Meanwhile, his wife Anna must adjust to new responsibilities as caregiver to the adventurer she once married. Lean, Fall, Stand is a moving tale about tragedy, sacrifice and courage. 

Out 29th April – pre-order it here

FILM: Minari 

One of this strange year’s most talked about new movies, Minari has already earned Bafta and Academy Award nominations. Written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung, this semi-autobiographical drama follows the Korean Yi family in their pursuit of the American dream, as they settle into a new life in 1980s rural Arkansas. After a pandemic-related postponement, Minari is set to hit big screens as soon as drive-in cinemas reopen (hopefully) on 12th April.

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