What to watch on Crave in April 2019

NOW critics pick the best movies and TV shows coming to the streaming platform this month


What we can’t wait to watch

Game of Thrones (season 8)

It’s the end of an era. After seven seasons and countless slayings, the final six episodes of Game Of Thrones are almost upon us. In the months leading up to season eight, fans have obsessively pored over the few trailers released by HBO, searching for clues into what the future holds for our incestuous, dragon-riding lovers Dany and Jon Snow, the Stark sisters, the tumultuous Lannister gang, the Unsullied and the Night King, who, oh yeah, now has his very own zombie dragon. All this leads to the two big questions that have been building up since season one: Who will take the Iron Throne? And will it even matter if the living lose the battle to the undead? Whatever the outcome, it’s going to be an emotional and gripping ride. April 14

Native Son

Visual artist-turned-filmmaker Rashid Johnson and playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’s update of the classic 1940 Richard Wright novel about systemic racism and class in America is coming to HBO fresh from a world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Ashton Sanders (Moonlight) stars as Chicago teen Bigger Thomas – reimagined as a punk with a green dye job – who must code-switch to navigate between street life and a job with a well-to-do white employer. The cast also includes KiKi Layne, Sanaa Lathan, Barbara Sukowa and David Alan Grier. April 6

The Chi (season 2)

Creator Lena Waithe’s love letter to her hometown continues with returning cast members Jason Mitchell, Jacob Latimore, Alex R. Hibbert and Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine. In the first season, an act of gun violence ricochets to affect the lives of interconnected Black boys and men in Chicago’s South Side. As strained as the narrative framework felt, it was a welcome way to bring together warm and comical characters, the sense of community that binds them and the wonderfully intimate and screwball moments that screamed Waithe’s sensibility. April 4

Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas (season 2)

Actor, comedian and former Daily Show correspondent Cenac spent the first season of his HBO series trying to improve America one issue at a time, often coming back to the issue of gun control. The overarching theme for the second season looks to be public education, an equally fertile subject for political comedy – and one that’s just as vital to the health and safety of an increasingly fractured nation. Cenac being Cenac, there will also be side quests into all sorts of other concerns, carried out with dry humour and impeccable timing. April 5

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Solid bets

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier’s third documentary collaboration with photographer Edward Burtynsky gives viewers a tangible – and sometimes psychedelic – sense of the Anthropocene, the geological epoch defined by human activity. The film just picked up the best doc prize at the Canadian Screen Awards and was part of a multi-pronged exploration of the subject that encompassed simultaneous art exhibitions in Toronto and Ottawa. With this film, the directors don’t shake up their signature contemplative approach – globe-trotting vignettes, minimal narration (by actor Alicia Vikander), sprawling aerial views – but they do outdo themselves. April 20

Doom Patrol

Having been teased in the first season of Titans, DC Comics’s strangest superhero team gets their own show – and it’s as eccentric as the characters deserve, chronicling the ups and downs of a makeshift family of super-powered misfits: Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby), a 50s matinee idol whose body can expand or condense as needed Negative Man (voiced by Matt Bomer), a test pilot who can release a powerful energy being for 60 seconds at a time Robotman (voiced by Brendan Fraser), a race-car driver whose brain has been transplanted into a clunky metal body and Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), whose 64 personalities each have a specific ability. Timothy Dalton plays their slightly mad scientist patriarch, known as The Chief Joivan Wade shows up later in the season as Cyborg and the whole thing is narrated by Alan Tudyk’s self-aware villain Mr. Nobody. This one’s gonna get weird. April 5

Jann

A narcissistic, washed-up celebrity who will do whatever it takes to return to the spotlight – it sounds like a familiar set-up for a TV show. The twist? The celebrity is Jann Arden, the Calgary-born singer/songwriter who has been a fixture in Canadian music for three decades. All six episodes of CTV’s biting entertainment industry satire are hitting Crave once the season’s old-school TV run is finished (though the first episode is already available on the platform). The Insensitive singer/songwriter has the kind of presence, innate comic timing and acting skills that go beyond stunt casting, making this series a must-watch. April 26

Full list of new titles available in April, by date. A + symbol indicates a TV show or movie that is only available on Crave+ . A * symbol indicates a TV show or movie that is only available with the Starz add-on.

TV 

April 1

Nurse Jackie (Seasons 1-7)*

April 3

The Act (season 1, episode 4)

April 4

The Chi (season 2, episode 1)

Desus & Mero (season 1, episode 7)

April 5

Ali Siddiq: It’s Bigger Than These Bars

Delilah & Julius (seasons 1-2)

Doom Patrol (season 1, episodes 1-2)

I Love You, America (season 1-2)*

Magic City (season 1-2)*

Pop Life (seasons 1-3)

Power (season 5)*

Nathan For You (season 4)

Nightcap (season 1-2)*

Real Time With Bill Maher (season 17, episode 11)+

Star Trek: Discovery (season 2, episode 12)

Warrior (season 1, episode 1)+

Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas (season 2, episode 1)+

April 7

Action (season 1, episode 3)

America To Me (season 1, episode 5)*

Barry (season 2, episode 2)+

Billions (season 4, episode 4)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (season 6, episode 7)+

Veep (season 7, episode 2)+

April 10

The Act (season 1, episode 5)*

April 11

Desus & Mero (season 1, episode 8)

April 12

Dog Tales Rescue (season 1)

Doom Patrol (season 1, episode 3)Manhattan (season 1-2)*

Potatoes & Dragons (seasons 1-2)

Real Time With Bill Maher (season 17, episode 12)+

Star Trek: Discovery (season 2, episode 13)

Warrior (season 1, episode 2)+

Where To I Do (season 1)

Wildfire (season 1-4)

Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas (season 2, episode 2)+

April 14

Action (season 1, episode 4)

American To Me (season 1, episode 6)*

Barry (season 2, episode 3)+

Billions (season 4, episode 5)

The Chi (season 2, episode 2)

Game Of Thrones (season 8, episode 1)+

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (season 6, episode 8)+

Veep (season 7, episode 3)+

You Me Her (season 4, episode 1)

April 17

The Act (season 1, episode 6)*

April 18

Desus & Mero (season 1, episode 9)

April 19

Dimension 404 (season 1)*

Doom Patrol (season 1, episode 4)

Fireman Sam (season 8)

Fuck, That’s Delicious 420 Special

Graves (season 1-2)*

The Hilarious House Of Frightenstein (season 1)

Rellik (season 1)

Star Trek: Discovery (season 2, episode 14)

Warrior (season 1, episode 3)+

Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas (season 2, episode 3)+

April 20

Bosch (season 5)

April 21

American To Me (season 1, episode 7)*

Barry (season 2, episode 4)+

Billions (season 4, episode 6)

The Chi (season 2, episode 3)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (season 6, episode 9)+

Game Of Thrones (season 8, episode 2)+

Veep (season 7, episode 4)+

You Me Her (season 4, episode 2)

April 22

Gentleman Jack (season 1, episode 1)+

April 24

The Act (season 1, episode 7)

April 26

Doom Patrol (season 1, episode 5)

Houdini (season 1)*

Jann (season 1, episode 2-6)

Magi-Nation (seasons 1-2)

Real Time With Bill Maher (season 17, episode 13)+

Warrior (season 1, episode 3)+

Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas (season 2, episode 3)+

April 27

2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony+

April 28

America To Me (season 1, episode 8)*

Barry (season 2, episode 5)+

Game Of Thrones (season 8, episode 3)+

Veep (season 7, episode 5)+

You Me Her (season 4, episode 3)

April 29

Gentleman Jack (season 1, episode 2)+

MOVIES

April 1

Beeba Boys*

Away From Her*

I Am Richard Pryor+

April 2

Chien de Garde+

The Red Violin+

April 3

Cosmopolis+

Marion Bridge+

April 4

Born In East LA*

The Culture High*

Picture Day*

Zombie At 17+

April 5

50 To 1*

American Psycho*

Beautiful Boy*

Buffalo ’66*

The Darkest Minds+

Dirty Dancing*

Engraved On A Nation

The Interview*

King Of The Wilderness

The Miseducation Of Cameron Post+

Other Half*

Punisher: War Zone*

Ride With The Devil*

Roger Waters: The Wall*

The Skeleton Twins*

Trees Lounge*

Unless*

April 6

Native Son+

April 11

Mean Queen+

April 12

Andre The Giant

Bad Lieutenant*

BlacKkKlansman+

Crash*

Eulogy*

The Good Shepherd*

The Green Hornet*

The Long Dumb Road+

Magic In The Moonlight*

Monster’s Ball*

Paterno

Search Party*

The Unborn*

War*

The Winning Season*

April 13

The Resurgence: Demarcus Cousins

April 18

Henchmen+

April 19

Apocalypse Now Redux*

Bring It On*

Confidence*

Crazy Rich Asians+

Fierce People*

High Tension*

I Am Evidence

Jerry Maguire*

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again+

Reservoir Dogs*

Rio*

Rio 2*

Rock The Kasbah*

Show Dogs+

The Son Of Bigfoot+

Suicide Kings*

Swimming With Sharks*

The Thing*

Wonderland*

April 20

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

April 22

Sharkwater Extinction

April 25

Beyond The Black Rainbow*

Prodigals+

April 26

At First Light+

Eve’s Bayou*

The Expendables*

The Final Cut*

Frailty*

Homefront*

Irrational Man*

Let Me In*

Ocean’s 13*

Requiem For A Dream*

Venom+

W.*

Last chance

TV series and movies leaving Crave this month.

April 7

Eric Clapton: Planes, Trains & Eric

April 11

3 Generations

John Wick 2

April 14

The Sun At Midnight

April 16

Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall

Vegas Rat Rods

April 19

The Up In Smoke Tour

Gifted

Rough Night

April 25

Mune: Guardian Of The Moon

April 28

Wonder Woman

April 30

The American

Angel Eyes

The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford

Brazil

Brothers

Bullit

Cool Hand Luke

The Deer Hunter

The Devil’s Own

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

The Dirty Dozen

The English Patient

Evan Almighty

Executive Decision

Falling Down

Groundhog Day

How The West Was Won

Intolerable Cruelty

Lola

London Boulevard

Midnight Cowboy

Money Train

A Murderer Upstairs

Music And Lyrics

My Cousin Rachel

Obsessed

The Pledge

Righteous Kill

Running On Empty

Saving Silverman

Seems Like Old Times

Soul Plane

Starman

Stir Crazy

Super

The Sweetest Thing

The Tailor Of Panama

Takedown: The DNA of GSP

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