The 7 Best Movies New to Netflix in April 2020

The 7 Best Movies New to Netflix in April 2020

31 Mar 2020 (PT)
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Not getting off the couch anytime soon? These days, that's a plus. As the era of self-quarantine and social distancing rages on, Netflix — the original home of the streaming binge — has bolstered its offerings with a number of standout features and readymade marathons.

Looking to kill a lot of time? This month, Netflix is streaming all three “Matrix” films available on April 1 andthe first four “Lethal Weapon” films also available on April 1, all the better to burn through a few hours and winnow down each franchise to your exact specifications yes, you can just watch the first “Matrix” if you so wish. A handful of solid rom-coms are also joining the platform, just in time for the rising demand for more escapism from “40 Days and 40 Nights” to “Just Friends,” both available on April 1, along with some truly terrifying apocalyptic offerings of all stripes we're talking both “Deep Impact” and“Killer Klowns from Outer Space,” also hitting on April 1.

But that's not all! In an appropriately packed month in the Netflix trenches, the streaming service is rolling out a number of top-notch movies that would delight at any time, but are welcome now more than ever. Here are the seven best movies new to Netflix for April 2020.

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7. “The Girl with All the Gifts” Colm McCarthy, 2017

Prescient! When IndieWire's own Eric Kohn reviewed the film back at the Locarno Festival in 2016, it was a prime example of a smart twist on the zombie horror genre, bolstered by a strong turn from young star Sennia Nanua playing Melanie, the titular girl. Four years later, it's a vision of what life looks like after the seeming worst has happened.

As Kohn wrote in his review, the film “really does offer up a fleshed-out world rich with eerie implications, saving the biggest one for the memorable finale. As Melanie grows more confident in her understanding of the threat around her, she begins to take control in ways her human peers can't anticipate, and her defiance creates a complicated moral base for the story. Ultimately, 'The Girl With All the Gifts' suggests that the end of the world is relative.”

Available to stream April 1.

The 7 Best Movies New to Netflix in April 2020
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6. “Can't Hardly Wait” Harry Elfont & Deborah Kaplan, 1998

Ah, remember what it was like to go to a party?While Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan's endearing high school rom-com was always meant to conjure up a extreme '90s nostalgia for anyone who came of age during that sartorially challenged time see: Seth Green's entire look as the well-meaning but utterly out-there Kenny Fisher and b extreme general nostalgia for anyone who came of age in an American high school, it takes on a slightly different cast in these fraught times.

Again, remember going to a party? A large social gathering? Sitting close to a stranger on an unfamiliar couch? Suddenly, an already comforting and classic rom-com looks like a window into another world. Good news: it's one still worth visiting.

Available to stream April 1.

The 7 Best Movies New to Netflix in April 2020
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5. “Hail, Caesar!” The Coen Brothers, 2016

Even a lot of Coen brothers fans slept on this one. In fact, most people did, including dyed-in-the-wool Hollywood musical stans, and people who just love watching Channing Tatum dance around in a sailor suit you know, everyone. The Coens' zippy, meandering 2016 send-up of classic Hollywood never got its due when it hit theaters, and now is the perfect time to right that wrong.

If nothing else, the star-laden feature — we're talking George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton as twins!, Jonah Hill, pre-“Solo” Alden Ehrenreich, and the aforementioned Tatum, and that's just the start — packs some seriously punchy scenes inside a convoluted plot that never really goes anywhere, and doesn't need to. There's the sailor-suited dance sequence, Johansson ripping her way through an ill-advised underwater scene, and Eherenreich and Fiennes showing off serious comic chops in one of the best “behind the scenes” sequences in recent memory.

Available to stream April 16.

The 7 Best Movies New to Netflix in April 2020
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4. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” Stephen Chbosky, 2012

Author Chbosky went behind the camera to direct this exceedingly well-cast version of his beloved YA novel of the same name; it just took over a decade to make that jump. Originally published in 1999, “Perks” as the hip and in-the-know call it, i.e. high school me is the sort of aching coming-of-age story that is both exceedingly relatable and just aspirational enough to offer some necessary escapism.

Logan Lerman stars as introverted high school freshman Charlie, who's dealing with some deep personal pains in addition to the usual trauma of life in the American high school. Eventually drawn into the orbit of a motley crew of older pals including Emma Watson, Mae Whitman, and Ezra Miller, Charlie begins to blossom, but he must confront his past before he can truly grow.

Chbosky's book and film tackle a number of heady subjects, but the honesty and dignity he affords to the struggles of his young protagonists sets it a cut above the rest. Bonus: an ending that would make even the most isolated of audiences feel, for just a moment, that there's always the possibility of breaking through and being a hero.

Available to stream April 1.

The 7 Best Movies New to Netflix in April 2020
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3. “Mud” Jeff Nichols, 2012

It's been too long since we've been treated to a new Jeff Nichols movie though 2016 did provide a bevy: two films in just one year, including the sterling “Loving” and the underappreciated “Midnight Special”, but Netflix is setting that at least temporarily straight with a flashback to the filmmaker's melancholic drama “Mud.”

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Tye Sheridan, and Jacob Lofland, the 2012 feature is funnily enough a look at extreme social distancing run amok. As the eponymous “Mud,” McConaughey's character is hellbent on staying all by his lonesome, but life and a couple of curious kids have other plans.

A film about tenuous connections between people who desperately need them, the movie was hard-hitting when it was released nearly a decade ago, but is only more aching today.

Available to stream April 1.

The 7 Best Movies New to Netflix in April 2020
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2. “The Social Network” David Fincher, 2010

Ranking way up high in IndieWire's own Best of the Decade list number 16!, Fincher's biting biopic arrives on Netflix just in time to further ponder the influence of social media in our increasingly small lives. As we wrote last summer:

“What's cooler than a film in which Facebook is outed as the soul-crushing behemoth it was always meant to be, simply by laying waste to the man who created it in his image? A billion dollars. Oh, and a film just like the one described, but starring Jesse Eisenberg in one of his best roles yet, Justin Timberlake actually leaning into his smarm for a reason!, with a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher. As slick and cool and snappy as Mark Zuckerberg would like to picture himself and his legacy — but no, like, actually those things — 'The Social Network' plays out like a wacky Shakespearean tragedy that takes on added resonance by the minute.

There are timely films, and then there's 'The Social Network,' which was good enough back in 2010 to notch eight Oscar noms and three wins, including Best Adapted Screenplay and somehow seems as fierce and prescient and essential now, nearly a decade later. Pre-dating fake news, the rise of Twitter, and whatever the hell Tik Tok is, 'The Social Network' is both a thrilling, queasy exploration of how Facebook came to be and a searing indictment of what it would inevitably become. Bonus: two Armie Hammers, surely cooler than just one.”

Available to stream April 1.

The 7 Best Movies New to Netflix in April 2020
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1. “Taxi Driver” Martin Scorsese, 1976

In less than nine months, Netflix has rolled out the Scorsese classic, zipped it right back up, and unfurled it yet again the company also did a little thing called “releasing the filmmaking genius' latest masterwork,” but that's for another day. The film last appeared on the service in July 2019. Here's David Ehrlich'stake on the gritty classic, still wholly applicable:

“It's frustratingly ironic that Scorsese was accused of siding with 'The Wolf of Wall Street' subject Jordan Belfort, as the filmmaker has always stood out for his steadfast refusal to pass judgement upon his characters, many if not most of whom have been difficult men under the thrall of their own moral turpitude. Writing about 'Taxi Driver' in 1976, Pauline Kael observed that 'This film doesn't operate on the level of moral judgment of what Travis Bickle does. Rather, by drawing us into his vortex it makes us understand the psychic discharge of the quiet boys who go berserk. And it's a real slap in the face for us when we see Travis at the end looking pacified. He's got the rage out of his system — for the moment, at least — and he's back at work, picking up passengers in front of the St. Regis. It's not that he's cured but that the city is crazier than he is.'

The crazier things get, the easier it is to see Travis clearly. Revisiting the film in 2019, you might be surprised to find that he hasn't changed, even as the world has continued to decay around him.”

Available to stream April 1.

Source: Indiewire

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