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New Movies to Stream in April
The battle for streaming-content supremacy rages on, with Amazon, Netflix, and iTunes all striving to provide the most—and best—movies to their subscriber bases. That, in turn, leaves cinephiles with a sizable array of classics and new releases available at the press of a remote-controlled button (or touch-screen swipe). For those with access to the services’ film line-ups, this April is going to be a very rewarding month.
Streaming on Netflix:
Along Came Polly (April 1)
Risk-averse Ben Stiller finds himself in a relationship with free-spirit Jennifer Anniston in this 2004 romantic comedy co-starring Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Bad Boys (April 1)
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are Miami narcotics officers on the hunt for stolen heroin in Michael Bay’s loud, flashy 1995 action film.
Cabin Fever (April 1)
A group of teens are plagued by an unholy flesh-eating virus in Hostel director Eli Roth’s feature directorial debut.
Deep Blue Sea (April 1)
Renny Harlin provides one of the all-time great surprise death scenes in this 1999 thriller about a research facility that (stupidly) creates hyper-intelligent sharks.
Jackass 2.5 (April 1)
Johnny Knoxville and company perform their usual assortment of insane—and injurious—stunts in this home-video follow-up.
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (April 1)
Brendan Fraser and Jenna Elfman team up with Bugs, Daffy and the rest of the Looney Tunes crew in this live-action/cartoon hybrid from Gremlins director Joe Dante.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (April 1)
Johnny Depp returns for more swashbuckling action as Captain Jack Sparrow in this second installment in the lucrative theme park ride-based franchise.
Scarface (April 1)
Brian De Palma’s highly influential crime saga stars Al Pacino as a Cuban immigrant who rises to the top of Miami’s cocaine trade.
Seven (April 1)
Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman are detectives investigating a string of murders modeled after the seven deadly sins in David Fincher’s superb 1995 serial-killer thriller.
Sin City (April 1)
Director Robert Rodriguez brings Frank Miller’s black-and-white neo-noir graphic novels to life in this highly stylized, star-studded adaptation featuring Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Mickey Rourke, and Jessica Alba.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (April 1)
Jonathan Mostow (Breakdown) helms this third installment in the sci-fi series, which focuses on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator facing off against a new, superior female model (Kristanna Loken).
The Iron Giant (April 1)
The debut feature of The Incredibles director Brad Bird, this 1999 animated film concerns the unlikely relationship between a young boy and a giant robot from outer space.
The Lost Boys (April 1)
The Brat Pack does vampires in Joel Schumacher’s 1987 thriller, about two brothers (Jason Patric, Corey Haim) who wind up involved with a group of California bloodsuckers (led by Kiefer Sutherland and Jamie Gertz).
Despicable Me 3 (April 5)
In this third chapter of the animated franchise, retired evil-genius Gru (Steve Carell) has an unhappy reunion with his successful twin brother Dru.
6 Balloons (April 6 – Netflix Film)
Dave Franco is a heroin addict who relapses, much to his sister’s (Abbi Jacobson) chagrin, in this Netflix-exclusive drama, which just premiered at South by Southwest.
Kodachrome (April 20 – Netflix Film)
Ed Harris and Jason Sudeikis are a father-son team who embark on a journey to the Kodak labs before they close for good—all in an effort to get their photographers developed—in this drama co-starring Elizabeth Olson.
The Week Of (April 27 – Netflix Film)
Adam Sandler and Chris Rock are fathers struggling to cope with their kids’ impending marriage in this Netflix comedy directed by Robert Smigel.
Premiering on Amazon Video:
A Simple Plan (April 1)
Evil Dead director Sam Raimi delivers neo-noir thrills with this 1998 gem about three men (Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, and Brent Briscoe) whose lives unravel after they discover a crashed plane containing a lot of cash.
A Suitable Girl (April 1)
Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra’s heartbreaking documentary concerns three young Indian women who feel unduly pressured—by their parents, and their culture—to marry.
Basic Instinct (April 1)
Michael Douglas’ detective becomes sexually involved with a murder case’s prime suspect (Sharon Stone) in Paul Verhoeven’s memorable 1992 erotic thriller.
Carrie (April 1)
Sissy Spacek is a telekinetic high-schooler learning to control her powers in Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel.
Drugstore Cowboy (April 1)
Gus Van Sant’s 1989 indie stars Matt Dillon and Kelly Lynch as junkies who rob medical facilities to maintain their habit.
Escape From New York (April 1)
Kurt Russell is Snake Plissken, a badass tasked with rescuing the kidnapped American president in a New York City that’s been turned into a maximum-security prison, in John Carpenter’s action classic.
For a Few Dollars More (April 1)
Clint Eastwood’s Man with No Name teams up with Lee Van Cleef’s bounty hunter in this 1965 sequel to A Fistful of Dollars.
Friday the 13th (April 1)
The one that started it all, this 1980 slasher classic charts the slaughter of Camp Crystal Lake kids at the hands of a mysterious fiend.
Internal Affairs (April 1)
Andy Garcia is the Internal Affairs agent on the trail of Richard Gere’s corrupt cop in director Mike Figgis’ 1990 thriller.
Kickboxer (April 1)
A young Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in this 1989 action film, about a man who enters a Thailand kickboxing tournament to seek revenge against the fighter who crippled his brother.
Marathon Man (April 1)
“Is it safe?” becomes the unforgettable question posed to Dustin Hoffman’s academic—while under torture—in this 1976 thriller about in-hiding Nazis co-starring Laurence Olivier.
Married to the Mob (April 1)
Michelle Pfeiffer gives one of her finest performances as a mob widow caught between a criminal suitor (Dean Stockwell) and an FBI agent (Matthew Modine) in Jonathan Demme’s 1988 crime comedy.
Meatballs (April 1)
Bill Murray’s first film performance came in this 1979 Ivan Reitman-directed comedy about a group of counselors trying to manage their unruly campers.
Mystic River (April 1)
Sean Penn won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of a father grieving in the aftermath of his child’s murder in this acclaimed Clint Eastwood-directed film co-starring Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laura Linney, and Marcia Gay Harden.
Paranormal Activity (April 1)
Oren Peli’s 2007 found-footage horror film details—via camcorder video—the supernatural goings-on in a couple’s home.
Philadelphia (April 1)
In an Oscar-winning turn, Tom Hanks plays a gay man with AIDS who hires Denzel Washington’s lawyer to help him with a wrongful-termination lawsuit in Jonathan Demme’s groundbreaking 1993 drama.
Small Soldiers (April 1)
Toys come to life, much to the surprise and terror of their human owners, in this Joe Dante-directed kids adventure.
Snake Eyes (April 1)
Nicolas Cage is an Atlantic City detective trying to solve a mysterious murder at a high-profile boxing match in Brian De Palma’s formally daring 1998 thriller.
Spaceballs (April 1)
Mel Brooks skewers Star Wars in this beloved 1987 comedy, which many argue is the filmmaker’s crowning achievement.
Steel Magnolias (April 1)
A group of southern women (including Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts) confront a variety of challenges—of both a romantic and moral nature—in this 1989 hit from director Herbert Ross.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (April 1)
Going in the polar-opposite direction of its illustrious predecessor, Tobe Hooper’s 1986 sequel revisits Leatherface and his cannibalistic clan in distinctly over-the-top comedic fashion.
The Foot Fist Way (April 1)
Eastbound & Down’s Danny McBride and Jody Hill first teamed up for this 2008 black comedy, about a loser who runs a Taekwondo studio in North Carolina.
The Karate Kid (April 1)
Before the long-in-the-making spin-off series Cobra Kai debuts on YouTube Red this April, check out the original martial-arts drama starring Ralph Macchio.
The King of Comedy (April 1)
Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro deliver a demented satire of celebrity in this phenomenal 1982 black comedy about a man (De Niro) who becomes obsessed with a talk show host (Jerry Lewis).
The Thomas Crown Affair (April 1)
Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo share some seriously steamy chemistry as, respectively, an art thief and an investigator hot on his trail in this remake of the 1968 film starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway.
Throw Momma From the Train (April 1)
Danny DeVito directs and co-stars in this Hitchcockian comedy about a writing student (DeVito) who convinces his teacher (Billy Crystal) to help him kill his mother (Anne Ramsey).
Wayne’s World 2 (April 1)
Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) strive to organize a Waynestock music festival in this 1993 sequel.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (April 5)
Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman’s tranquil domestic life is shattered by the arrival of Barry Keoghan’s strange teenager in Yorgos Lanthimos’ chilling follow-up to The Lobster.
The Florida Project (April 6)
Sean Baker paints a vivid portrait of childhood life on the outskirts of Florida’s Disney theme parks in this acclaimed drama, which earned Willem Dafoe a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.
Debuting on iTunes:
The Post (April 3)
Steven Spielberg teams with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks (and a collection of stellar supporting actors) for this drama about The Washington Post’s efforts to speak truth to power by publishing the “Pentagon Papers.”
The Commuter (April 3)
Liam Neeson has his train ride home to the New York suburbs ruined by a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga) who embroils him in a murder plot in this breakneck thriller.
Lowlife (April 6, also in theaters)
Ryan Prows’ wild crime comedy concerns the insane organ-harvesting chaos that ensues when an ex-con, an addict and a Mexican wrestler (known as a luchador) cross paths.
12 Strong (April 10)
Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon ride into battle—astride actual horses—in this based-on-real-events military saga about one of the first post-9/11 American operations in Afghanistan.
Borg/McEnroe (April 13, also in theaters)
Shia LaBeouf embodies fiery American tennis star John McEnroe in this sports drama about the athlete’s 1980 Wimbledon rivalry with Björn Bjorg (Sverrir Gudnason).
Wilding (April 13, also in theaters)
A young girl (Bel Powley) escapes captivity thanks to the efforts of a cop (Liv Tyler), only to discover a terrible secret about her past—and a mythic monster—in this horror film featuring the reliably charismatic Brad Dourif.
Marrowbone (April 13, also in theaters)
A family of immigrants moves into an abandoned mansion, at which point they’re beset by all manner of problems—some more supernatural than others—in this horror film co-starring Stranger Things’ Charlie Heaton.
Winchester (April 17)
Helen Mirren’s heiress to the Winchester gun estate tries to keep her haunted mansion’s ghosts locked up—by constantly making additions to the estate—in this horror film from Michael and Peter Spierig.
In the Fade (April 17)
Acclaimed director Fatih Akin’s film (winner of Best Foreign Film at this year’s Golden Globes) stars Diane Kruger as a mother seeking justice for the murder of her husband and son at the hands of German neo-Nazis.
Hostiles (April 17)
Christian Bale has a change of heart about Native Americans (and his own murderous past) during a mission to escort a Cheyenne war chief back to his Montana home in this Western co-starring Rosamund Pike.
Fifty Shades Freed
(April 24) The final chapter of the erotic series picks up with newlyweds Christian (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) as they adjust to married life – and deal with a potential stalker.