Well, Spring has sprung and we’re preparing ourselves for the April showers that will, inevitably, bring about the armies of May flowers. So, while you huddle in your house ready for the day the flowers attack, here’s the latest rundown of movies coming to Netflix that will keep you entertained in-between stabbing daffodils to death and decapitating dandelions that bust their way in through the windows. Strap yourselves in because this is gonna be a long one!
Let’s get started!
16 Blocks (April 1st) – Bruce Willis plays a burned out cop who is charged with getting a witness to a safehouse that is located…wait for it…16 blocks away. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a crime thriller if it was easy. Unlike most of Willis’ films that have been released since Y2K was a threat, the actor isn’t phoning it in but the film is only serviceable and, ultimately, kinda forgettable. I’d say Skip It!
2001: A Space Odyssey (April 1st) – This is a Stanley Kubrick classic and it is a classic in every sense of the word. The story is complex, the visuals are incredible and the entire project pushed the boundaries of narratives and movies in general can be. If you’ve never seen it, I’d say this is a Must See and a Must See a few times over because it is so complex and it refuses to explain anything to the audience that initial viewings can leave one a bit confused.
A Clockwork Orange (April 1st) – Another Kubrick classic, this film shows a horrific future where the government goes to some extreme lengths to stop crime. It’s beautifully crafted with its visuals and absolutely horrifying at the same time with its story. This is a Must See, without a doubt.
Best In Show (April 1st) – If you like mockumentaries that are done well and that are done by Christopher Guest (the man behind the brilliant This Is Spinal Tap), you’ll love his ridiculous take on the dog show. Featuring all the usual players from Guest’s films, this movie is absolutely hysterical and is definitely a Must See!
Boogie Nights (April 1st) – A terrific drama from the mind of Paul Thomas Anderson that tells the tale of the fictional porn star Dirk Diggler (played by Marky Mark Wahlberg). The story is great and the cast is even better. Since we’re on a roll, I might as well tell ya that this is also a Must See!
Chaplin (April 1st) – Before he set the standard of how to be Tony Stark, Robert Downey Jr. portrayed Charlie Chaplin in this biopic. I haven’t seen it since it came out so I’m definitely going to have to watch this again but I do remember it being entertaining but not the best example of a biopic. I’d say this is a Why Not Check It Out…and the streak of Must Sees are over.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (April 1st) – In 2005, Tim Burton brought to us a more book-accurate version of the adventures of Charlie and Willy Wonka. I wasn’t a fan of this version because it is in the peak of Burton’s phase where he was just riding his name and was being quirky because it was expected rather than for creative reasons. Also, this has one of the…um…least subdued performances from Johnny Depp (playing Wonka) and he reeks of trying too hard. Plus, it’s hard to top Gene Wilder’s standard that was set for the character. It’s not a bad movie but definitely not the best example of Burton or Depp’s work. I’d say Check It Out if nothing else is on.
Cujo (April 1st) – Why on earth this tale about a rapid dog based on a Stephen King novel is coming to Netflix when it is played seemingly daily on Syfy is beyond me. Personally, I wasn’t a fan of the film because I didn’t find it that menacing but the acting is fairly decent and it does contain a great scene where the dog trapped the main characters in their car. If you feel like watching it without commercials interrupting you, I’d say Check It Out.
Deep Impact (April 1st) – It was the second of the two world obliteration movies that was released in 1998 and, I have to say, I found this one infinitely better…and not just because it doesn’t contain that awful Aerosmith song. While it still is a cheesy disaster movie that hits all the familiar beats that a disaster movie hits, the film does have some decent characters and some heart to it. I’d say Check It Out if all other options are exhausted.
Explorers (April 1st) – This is a classic from my childhood and tells the tale of 3 boys who build their own spaceship and take off for adventure. Helmed by Joe Dante (the man who gave us Gremlins) brought forth an amusing and fun tale that, a few years ago, I revisited on my blog and found it still holds up. I’d say definitely Check It Out!
My Girl (April 1st) – This 1991 tale about a young girl in the 70s who is about to become a teenager and it follows her in life and friendships. It’s notable for its iconic ending but, beyond that, I’m not really a fan of it. It’s a serviceable movie but a tad bland and empty. If you’ve never seen it, I’d say Check It Out but, beyond that, I’d just Skip It.
Mystic River (April 1st) – This 2003 drama about three men who live their lives overshadowed by a trauma from their childhood has an incredible cast all doing amazing performances and provides a story filled with mystery and drama. It’s an incredibly well made film that I’d say is a Must See!
The Phantom (April 1st) – Based on the long running comic strip, this adaptation sees Billy Zane playing the hero and trying to stop evil. The film is a tad silly and created during a time before comic adaptations were taking seriously and were realized to be money makers but it’s not a terrible watch. If you’re hard up to watch something, you could do a lot worse and I’d say Check It Out if you’re bored.
The Princess Bride (April 1st) – This film is a classic and a timeless one at that. This satirical take on a cliche fairytale story feels just as fresh and funny as the first time I watched it and contains endless replay value and tons of quotable, classic scenes. If you’ve never seen it or seen it a million times, this one is most definitely a Must See!
The Running Man (April 1st) – In the near future of 2017 (this was made in the 80s, folks), a wrongly convicted man must fight for his life on a barbaric reality show. This is an Arnold Schwarzenegger classic, without a doubt. Look, it’s silly and it stars Richard Dawson (his final film, by the way) but it’s in its goofiness that makes it a lot of fun. I’d say Check It Out!
Say It Isn’t So (April 1st) – During a brief time when movie executives thought Chris Klein was marketable and that the Farrelly Brothers could do no wrong, this “wacky” comedy brings us a story about a man trying to get back with the love of his life…after she is mistakenly led to believe he is her long lost brother. The movie has some funny moments but too many cringe-worth ones. I’d say Skip It!
The Shawshank Redemption (April 1st) – This story about two men forming a friendship while in prison is one of those films that is great the first time you see it and the 100th time you watch it. The cast is amazing, the story is dramatic, amusing and touching and it is crafted amazingly well. This is a Must See!
Scrooged (April 1st) – It seems strange to release this not-so-ordinary Christmas movie in April but, hey, It’s A Christmas Story told through a TV executive’s perspective and that executive is played by Bill Murray. It’s funny, odd and a great antithesis to the typical X-mas movie garbage. Why the heck not watch it in April? I’d say this is a Must See!
V for Vendetta (April 1st) – Based on the limited series from Alan Moore and David Lloyd, this film tells the tale of a dystopian future where a political vigilante seeks to bring freedom to the people. The film is very entertaining and very cool–even though it does spur a lot of debate among comic fans. I’d say Check It Out!
Minions (April 24th) – The minions are very polarizing in the world of pop culture. Some people think they’re adorable (those people who always post minion memes) and there are those who hate them (those you leave mean comments on minion memes). Either way, they were popular enough that they got their own film that shows them throughout the ages and their quest to serve the best super-villain. The movie definitely has some funny moments and the soundtrack is way better than I thought it was going to be. Depending on where you stand with the minions, this is either a Check It Out or Skip It!
Additional Films (That I Haven’t Seen) Released in April
The Ascent of Women: A 10,000 Year Story
Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang (2015)
Dolphin Tale (2011)
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Frank and Cindy (2015)
Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer (2015)
Looking for Richard (1996)
The Mask You Live In (2015)
The Next Best Thing (2000)
The Perfect Storm (2000)
Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers (2014)
The Right Stuff (1983)
Rising Sun (1993)
Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Transporter 3 (2008)
Uncommon Valor (1983)
Under the Same Moon (2007)
Walt Before Mickey (2015)
God’s Pocket (2014)
Look Who’s Back (2015)
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2015)
Catching the Sun (2015)
Patton Oswalt: Talking from Clapping (2016)
Begin Again (2014)
Special Correspondents (2016)
Team Foxcatcher (2016)
And there you have it! Lots of movies coming out for you to enjoy (and some good ones, at that)–that is, if you can pull yourself away from binging again on the second season of Daredevil. Damn, was that season awesome or what? Anyway, that’s what is coming to Netflix, as well as the second season of the adored Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Now, my friends, go forth and stream! I’ll see you next month!
Rev. Ron is a simple man who loves his comic books, TV shows, movies and goldfish crackers (man, those are good). When he’s not providing updates on what’s coming to Netflix here, he’s off writing reviews on his blog–which you can check out at RevRonMovies.BlogSpot.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@RevRonster) and read all of his really corny jokes.