March saw Netflix invade the broadband with heavy hitters such as Daredevil and House of Cards, both of which were largely viewed as successful seasons of their respective series (see our Daredevil Season Two review and our House of Cards Season Four review). The streaming giant may not be packing quite in the same punch in April yet there is still more than enough quality content coming to keep us glued to our TVs, laptops, iPads and smartphones. From groundbreaking classics to a documentary following Dennis Rodman to North Korea, Netflix has a little something for everyone in April.
Here’s a few of our must-stream movies and shows coming to Netflix in April, and don’t forget to check out the complete list of new additions below!
2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange (April 1)
Two of Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic classics are coming to Netflix this month and both are must-sees for even the casual film fan. 2001 is the story of human evolution told through the investigation into a mysterious monolith and set mostly in a spaceship with an ill intentioned A.I. Based on Arthur C. Clarke’s short story, the film is regarded as one of the best ever made and showcases Kubrick’s mastery of visual storytelling. He and his team’s technical achievements have inspired and influenced generations of filmmakers. Kubrick’s 1972 follow up, A Clockwork Orange, is certainly a departure from 2001 but no less groundbreaking. The adaptation of Anthony Burgesses’s 1962 novel follows a sadistic Londoner whose violent crimes are punished in an equally cruel manner. The film explores the themes of behavioral modification and inherent cruelty in a gleefully graphic 137 minutes.
Boogie Nights (April 1)
Paul Thomas Anderson’s second feature stars Mark Wahlberg as a physically gifted busboy whose meteoric rise through the ranks of the adult industry spells doom for his personal life. It is a classic tale of how hubris destroys lives, wrapped in quirky humor and masterful storytelling. It features scene stealing performances from Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, Heather Graham and John C. Reilly.
Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang (April 1)
Yes, that actually happened. In 2014 former NBA great Dennis Rodman travelled to North Korea with former pro basketball players to promote the game in the world’s most dystopian land. Rodman struck up an unlikely friendship with North Korea’s despotic ruler, Kim Jong Un on his first visit to the country and decided to go back on a goodwill mission. Considering the extreme tension between North Korea and the rest of the world, it is bewildering that Rodman is the closest thing to a diplomatic presence the West has in the country. This documentary should be intriguing and amusing in equal parts.
The Princess Bride (April 1)
Rob Reiner’s adaptation of William Goldman’s novel (Goldman also penned the script) is a classic fairytale romance starring Cary Elwes on a quest to rescue his one true love from a villainous Prince. The picture combines brilliant storytelling, gut busting humor and heartfelt romance. The perfect flick for either a date-night or family movie.
The Ranch, Season 1, Part 1 (April 1)
Look familiar? Netflix’s foray into the multi-cam sitcom seems to have been teased straight from the shag carpeted world of That 70s Show. Ashton Kutcher stars as a former football standout who returns to his family’s Colorado ranch to learn the business. Fellow 70s alum Danny Masterson plays Kutcher’s cynical brother while Sam Elliott steps in Red Foreman’s shoes as the hardass patriarch. Given Netflix’s reputation as a trailblazer in innovative programming, it will be interesting to see how they fare with a show steeped in the tradition of network sitcoms.
Sunset Boulevard (April 1)
Looking for classic piece of Golden Age cinema? Sunset Boulevard is a gripping tale of delusion and obsession set in smack dab in the middle of Hollywood. Billy Wilder’s 1950 noir drama stars William Holden as a down on his luck screenwriter who takes a room in the mansion of an unstable silent film star far past her prime. The story moves flawlessly and mesmerizing performances from Holden and Gloria Swanson power this tragic tale.
V for Vendetta (April 1)
The adaptation of Alan Moore’s graphic novel explores the effects of an Orwellian dystopia and the quest of a masked vigilante to overthrow the government and incite the population into revolt. Natalie Portman stars as a repressed Londoner drawn into the schemes of the loquacious and dangerous V (Hugo Weaving). The film is an entertaining look into the mechanics of tyranny and the struggles of those who trying to break the chains of oppression. It’s the perfect antidote to an increasingly toxic political climate.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season 2 (April 15)
Season two of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s comedy about the eponymous cult survivor is the streaming giants’ one highly anticipated release of the month. Kimmy’s indefatigable cheer and optimism seems a perfect fit for April. It will be interesting see how the writers power the conflict now that the resonance of Kimmy’s escape from the cult has diminished. Yet scene stealing performances from Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski should help to keep the show on track.
Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping (April 22)
Netflix has solidified itself as a force in stand up over the past few years and the past three months have featured stellar specials from the biggest names in comedy. Patton Oswalt follows Hannibal Buress and Jimmy Carr as the latest stand up star to release a special. Talking for Clapping is sure to be another hilarious showcase of Oswalt’s signature brand of surreal observational comedy.
Here is the full list of movies and TV shows coming to Netflix in April:
16 Blocks (2006)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Season 5
The Ascent of Woman: A 10,000 Year Story
Beat Bobby Flay, Season 1
Best in Show (2000)
Bob’s Burgers, Season 5
Boogie Nights (1997)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Cutthroat Kitchen, Seasons 3-4
Deep Impact (1998)
Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang (2015)
Dolphin Tale (2011)
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Fixer Upper, Season 2
Frank and Cindy (2015)
Giada at Home, Season 7
The Great Food Truck Race, Seasons 1-2
House Hunters Collection: Collection 3
House Hunters International Collection, collection 3
House Hunters International Renovation, Season 1
Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer (2015)
Kids Baking Championship, Season 1
Looking for Richard (1996)
Lost & Found Music Studios, Season 1
Love It or List It, Too, Season 4
The Mask You Live In (2015)
My Girl (1991)
Mystic River (2003)
The Next Best Thing (2000)
The Perfect Storm (2000)
The Phantom (1996)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Property Brothers at Home, Season 1
The Ranch, part 1
Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers (2014)
The Right Stuff (1983)
Rising Sun (1993)
The Running Man (1987)
Say It Isn’t So (2001)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Transporter 3 (2008)
Uncommon Valor (1983)
Under the Same Moon (2007)
V for Vendetta (2005)
Walt Before Mickey (2015)
God’s Pocket (2014)
Look Who’s Back (2015)
Girl Meets World, Season 2
Turn: Washington’s Spies, Season 2
Ajin, Season 1
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2015)
Cuckoo, Season 3
Kong: King of the Apes (Film & Series)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season 2
How to Get Away with Murder, Season 2
Lost Girl, Season 5
Messengers, Season 1
Catching the Sun (2015)
Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping (2016)
Begin Again (2014)
The Fosters, Season 3
Danger Mouse, Season 1
Special Correspondents (2016)
Team Foxcatcher (2016)
Sensitive Skin, Season 2
John Drain | Staff Writer