The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to Netflix, Amazon and More in April – The New York Times

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Every month, subscription streaming services add a new batch of titles to their libraries. Here are our picks for April.

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Chances are you have a lot more time at home to stream TV and movies at the moment. Maybe youve been checking out some of our recommendations of old favorites, but there is also a batch of great new titles hitting streaming services in April. Heres our pick of the best new stuff, plus a roundup of all the best new titles in all genres. (Streaming services occasionally change schedules without giving notice.)

Brews Brothers

Starts streaming: April 10

Looking to escape with something silly and irreverent? This new slacker comedy comes from the creative team of the brothers Jeff (The League) and Greg Schaffer, who one would hope get on along better than the two fictional Rodman brothers, who run a struggling brewery together. Brews Brothers has some real Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia energy a surprising number of bodily fluids and dildos become involved in their chaotic beer-making process. You can occasionally tell that this is a show about millennials not made by millennials (craft beer is my generations Pinkberry a brewery employee at one point says), but the brothers ragtag group of co-workers is entertaining. And, they have a really cute dog.

The Innocence Files

Starts streaming: April 15

Were the court of last resort, Peter Neufeld, a co-founder of the Innocence Project, which works to exonerate wrongfully convicted Americans, explains in the opening minutes of this nine-part documentary. The Innocence Project can only take on about 1 percent of the cases they receive letters about, and this series breaks down how the American justice system fails people into three parts: the evidence, the witness and the prosecution. Episodes are directed by the Academy Award winners Roger Ross Williams (Life, Animated) and Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side). This series is not a light watch, but it is thorough, damningly revealing how easy it is to be wrongfully put on death row.

Too Hot to Handle

Starts streaming: April 17

If you were disappointed that Netflixs Love Is Blind premiered a couple of weeks before we all headed into coronavirus isolation, have I got some good news for you. Too Hot to Handle is yet another outrageous dating experiment from the streaming giant: Here, we are investigating whether deeper and more meaningful connections will form when sex is banned. In order to create as much unscientific drama as possible, the show is set in a beachside villa populated by the hottest, horniest, commitment-phobic swipesters (if this sounds like Love Island, youre not far-off who are then told that they cant have sex by a digital personal assistant called Lana. Amounts are deducted from the prize money every time there is sexual contact between contestants, and my guess is at this point in this description, you know whether youll be watching or not.

Never Have I Ever

Starts streaming: April 27

Mindy Kaling drew on her teenage years in California to create this half-hour coming-of-age show. We meet Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), a first-generation Indian-American, at the beginning of her sophomore year in high school. Shes determined to get her and her besties boyfriends, but the rest of the school is more interested in the fact that shes out of the wheelchair shed been using since a mystery paralysis took hold after her dad died of a heart attack. Devi is having a tough time, and Never Have I Ever grounds her struggles in sessions with her therapist (a wonderful Niecy Nash) and knowing narration from John McEnroe yep, the tennis player as well as moments of awkward teenage hilarity. Never Have I Ever is a show that respects the complexity of teenagers feelings, and its refreshing to see an actual teenager, Ramakrishnan, play the lead, and do it so well.

Also arriving:

April 1

David Batra: Elefanten I Rummet

How to Fix a Drug Scandal

The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show

Nailed It! Season 4

Lethal Weapon

Taxi Driver

The Death of Stalin

The Matrix Trilogy

April 7

Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020: Part 3

Tales From the Loop

Starts streaming: April 3

This beautiful new sci-fi series created by Nathaniel Halpern (Legion) is based on the paintings of the Swedish artist Simon Stalenhag, which features scenes of giant robots stalking across rural landscapes. Tales From the Loop borrows his eerie aesthetic: The people of Mercer, Ohio, do live alongside robots, but the real threats seem to come from the underground, where people work on a mysterious machine called the Loop that messes with all sorts of rules we take for granted gravity and linear time, to name just two. In Mercer, when a kid says an abandoned house is haunted, he means bricks are flying up into the sky from the chimney. Each hourlong episode tells a different story of how the Loop affects the Mercer community, thoughtfully grappling with big, ethical and emotional questions along the way.

Les Misrables

Starts streaming: April 10

This is not Victor Hugos Les Misrables, its Ladj Lys. The French director does set his film in the Parisian suburb of Montfermeil, also a setting of Hugos book, where Ly grew up and still lives. In this Montfermeil, however, we watch tensions between police and residents escalate into outright warfare. The film opens in 2018, just after France wins the World Cup, as Stphane (Damien Bonnard) joins the police force working in Montfermeil. As the 1995 drama La Haine attests, violence has long been a feature of certain Parisian suburbs, where immigrants and their children forced out of the city discover that the better lives they hoped for in France is hard to come by. The film offers an urgent depiction of modern-day French injustice and racism; by the end, its clear that the films title refers to everyone involved.

Also arriving:

April 3

Invisible Life

April 17

Bosch Season 6

Selah and the Spades


Starts streaming: April 12

The glorious Merritt Wever is Ruby, a married woman in her 30s who has a longstanding pact with her college boyfriend: when he texts her RUN, she replies the same, drives to the airport, gets on a plane to New York, heads to Grand Central and boards an overnight train to Chicago, where she finds said ex, Billy (Domhnall Gleeson). But this is not a neat romantic comedy in which deciding to be together is the end of the story. The pairs desire, fear and longing threaten to burst right out of the train carriages, and they are guarded, unsure if they can trust each other with why they were both so quick to leave their lives behind. This tense half-hour comedy feels a lot like a play, which makes sense its creator, Vicky Jones, has a background in theater production and writing. She also worked with Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Fleabag and Killing Eve, and Run has some of those shows dark humor and dense emotion.

Were Here

Starts streaming: April 23

On this tear-jerker, three of the most charismatic queens from the RuPauls Drag Race franchise Bob the Drag Queen, Shangela and Eureka travel the country transforming small-town residents into drag queens for one-off performances of their own. Were Here owes a big debt to both Drag Race and Queer Eye, and at times it can feel like its working hard to show bigoted locals interacting with the queens. But the transformees personal stories of discrimination, loneliness and empowerment are genuinely moving, and the producers dont shy away from exploring the complexity of being queer in America.

Also arriving:

April 1

Die Hard

The Kids Are All Right

Slumdog Millionaire

April 12

Insecure Season 4

April 25

Bad Education

April 27

I Know This Much Is True

Defending Jacob

Starts streaming: April 24

Apple adds some more A-list muscle to its streaming library with this tense mini-series: Chris Evans and Michelle Dockery star as wealthy Bostonians whose 14-year-old son, Jacob, is accused of murdering a classmate. The eight episodes are suffused with dark blues and grays as the familys merry, comfortable life unspools and long-held secrets start coming out. It turns out Evanss Andy has been battling darkness his whole life, but its all new to Dockerys Laurie, and the pairs differing reactions to a parents worst nightmare are delicately portrayed. J.K. Simmons guest-stars and is, as always, a scene-stealer.

Also arriving:

April 3

Home Before Dark

Risky Business

Starts streaming: April 1

Watching this comedy feels like opening a time capsule and being transported back to 1983, when Tom Cruise was a fresh-faced newcomer and coming-of-age movies centered on rich, peacocking white boys. Written and directed by Paul Brickman, Cruise plays Joel, a teenager whos not as academically successful as his friends, nor as successful with women. When his parents go on holiday, one of said friends convinces him to take a what the [expletive] approach to life and hire a sex worker for the night. Cue ensuing chaos. Risky Business holds up surprisingly well, with a great soundtrack and some standout, stylish moments.

Also arriving:

April 1

Bend It Like Beckham

Blazing Saddles

April 8


April 9

Little Joe

April 16

What We Do in the Shadows Season 2

April 29

Normal People

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The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to Netflix, Amazon and More in April - The New York Times

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