11 greatest films new to Netflix, Amazon, HBO & Hulu (April 2021)


Spring is lastly (lastly) simply across the nook with summer time nipping at its heels not lengthy after. However then once more, after practically a yr and a few change because the introduction of the COVID-19 pandemic, time looks like a linear development of occasions and cycles and extra like unfastened suggestion of, “Easter weekend? Certain I suppose, why not!”

April finds Shrek 2 streaming on Hulu, simply in time for the primary movie’s 20th anniversary, in addition to a bunch of different incredible picks like 28 Days Later, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Child, The Warriors, and Pink Daybreak.

Learn on for 10 of the perfect films new to streaming providers in April. There’s one thing for everybody.

28 Days Later

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Danny Boyle injected new life into the shambling corpse of zombie horror along with his 2004 publish apocalyptic movie 28 Days Later. Set 4 weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus in a clandestine testing facility spreads all through the UK, reworking these contaminated into ravenous man-eating monsters, a handful of survivors try and band collectively and discover sanctuary among the many ruins of society. A large breakout movie for a number of notable actors together with Cillian Murphy (Inception), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), and Christopher Eccleston (Physician Who), 28 Days Later is a contemporary horror traditional, and affected person zero for zombie horror movie’s second renaissance. —Toussaint Egan

28 Days Later is streaming on Hulu.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Child

Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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Paul Newman and Robert Redford shine and smolder because the titular protagonists of George Roy Hill’s landmark 1969 western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Child. Written by the inimitable William Goldman (All The President’s Males, The Princess Bride), the story follows Butch and Sundance who, amid the waning years of the Outdated West and on the run within the wake of an tried prepare theft gone unsuitable, try to flee to Bolivia whereas staying simply sufficient steps forward of the regulation. The movie, which was chosen for preservation in the US Nationwide Movie Registry in 2003 and recurrently sits among the many listing of the best American movies ever produced, is a tense and enthralling journey of mythic proportions. —TE

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Child is streaming on Hulu.

Die Laborious

John McClane crawls through an air duct in a still from Die Hard

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John McTiernan’s (The Hunt for Pink October, Predator) 1988 movie Die Laborious is widely known as one of many biggest American motion movies not simply of its time, however of all-time and, relying on which circles of post-ironic cinephilia you occur to journey in, one of the vital heartwarming Christmas films ever produced. Bruce Willis stars in a career-defining position as John McClane, an NYPD officer who makes an attempt to rescue his estranged spouse when she and her coworkers are held hostage by a gaggle of German terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). With nothing at his disposal however guts, guile, and a treasure trove of smart-ass quips and punchlines, John’s one-man warfare towards Gruber and his workforce is a fantastically action-packed and entertaining movie watch it doesn’t matter what time of the yr it’s. Yippee Ki yay, motherfucker! —TE

Die Laborious is streaming on Hulu.


A red-faced demon tauntingly scowls over the shoulder of Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) in James Wan’s Insidious

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Coming off the success of directing the primary and third installments within the Noticed horror collection, 2010’s Insidious sees James Wan exploring a supernatural home horror plot akin to Tobe Hooper (and Steven Spielberg’s) 1982 traditional Poltergeist or Stuart Rosenberg’s The Amityville Horror. Starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, the movie follows Josh and Renée Lambert who, within the wake of their son Dalton’s lapse right into a coma within the wake of a tragic accident, suspect that their new house is infested with malevolent spirits that imply each them and their household hurt. —TE

Insidious is streaming on Netflix.

My Cousin Vinny

My Cousin Vinny stars Scorsese common Joe Pesci as Vinny Gambini, an inexperienced small-time lawyer who is known as upon to defend his youthful cousin Invoice (Ralph Macchio) when he and his pal Stan (Mitchell Whitfield) are arrested on cost of homicide and theft whereas travelling down south to have a good time their acceptance at UCLA. Vinny must marshal all his rhetorical finesse and wit, together with the automotive experience of his chiding his fiancée Mona Lisa Vito, persuade the Southern townspeople and decide presiding over the case of their innocence. From Clue director Jonathan Lynn, the 1992 comedy earned Marisa Tomei her first Oscar for Greatest Supporting Actress, and within the yr because the movie has been hailed by attorneys and authorized professionals for its surprisingly (or depressingly, relying on which manner you have a look at it) correct depiction of courtroom process and trial interrogation technique. —TE

My Cousin Vinny is streaming on Amazon Prime.


Located alongside Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now and Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Acquired His Gun, Oliver Stone’s 1986 Platoon is lauded as one of many defining works within the cinematic trifecta of Vietnam Conflict movie canon. Impressed by Stone’s personal expertise serving within the warfare, the movie stars Charlie Sheen as Chris Taylor, a younger naïve American who chooses to volunteer to battle in Vietnam as a substitute of going to school. Stone’s movie has been heralded by critics and historians as a shrewd and bracing examination of the brutality of warfare and the distressing mutability of advantage beneath duress. —TE

Platoon is streaming on Amazon Prime.

Pink Daybreak

Hankering for some licensed traditional ’80s anti-Soviet agitprop starring a forged of plucky fresh-faced teenagers waging guerilla warfare towards hapless paratroopers? Certain you’re! John Milius’ 1984 movie channels instantly into the zeitgeist of fears and anxieties that plagued the West throughout the Chilly Conflict period and reifies them into the unthinkable: an invasion on American soil perpetrated by Soviet forces. Patrick Sawyze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, and Charlie Sheen star as a gaggle of teenagers who, witnessing the invasion firsthand of their hometown of Calumet, Colorado, band collectively to withstand the occupation, dubbing themselves the “Wolverines” after their highschool mascot and pushing the invasion again on the eve of World Conflict III. —TE

Pink Daybreak is streaming on HBO Max.

Shrek 2

Shrek Fiona

Somephysique as soon as informed me that Shrek, the 2001 animated comedy starring Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy as a flatulent ill-tempered troll and his speaking donkey of a greatest pal was celebrating its 20 yr anniversary this yr. Shrek 2, the 2004 comply with as much as the unique helmed by returning director Andrew Adamson and joined by Kelly Asbury (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron) and Conrad Vernon (Penguins of Madagascar), is taken into account by many to be the highwater mark for the franchise, honing in on the weather that made the unique such a shock runaway traditional whereas deepening the exploration of Shrek’s relationship along with his love curiosity Fiona by way of a “meet the dad and mom” plotline crammed with colourful characters and fairytale mischief. Very similar to ogres and onions, Shrek 2 has layers. —TE

Shrek 2 is streaming on Hulu.


Sneakers is the feel-good crime comedy of the 1990s. With a forged to rival Ocean’s 11, together with Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, River Phoenix, Sidney Poitier, and David Strathairn, matches old-school profession criminals with whiz-bang hackers on a quest to acquire a Factor. However the Factor an the plot machinations aren’t actually the hook right here — Sneakers is sort of a massive, ’90s hangout film stuffed with retro tech and a touch of cynical Chilly Conflict sentiment. The banter is witty, the plans are elaborate, and by the tip, the Republican Nationwide Committee will turn into utterly defunded. In the event you’ve seen each heist film masterpiece, it’s lastly time to open your coronary heart to the chilliness different of Sneakers. —Matt Patches

Sneakers is streaming on HBO Max.

The Warriors

Primarily based on Sol Yurick’s 1976 novel of the identical title, 1979’s The Warriors is a gripping city motion thriller and darkly whimsical interpretation of the real-life gang violence that gripped New York Metropolis all through a lot of the mid-to late ’70s. Impressed by Xenophon of Athens’ Anabasis, the movie follows the titular Warriors gang who, after being framed for the homicide of a beloved gang elder generally known as Cyrus, should journey from the guts of North Finish of the Bronx again to their house turf of Coney Island in southern Brooklyn. Regardless of an initially lukewarm essential reception and plagued with controversy within the instant wake of its launch, The Warriors has gone on to realize cult standing as a touchstone of ’70s popular culture. —TE

The Warriors is streaming on HBO Max.


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