What to watch on Netflix Canada in April 2018

NOW critics pick the best movies and TV shows joining the streaming service’s library this month


WHAT WE CAN’T WAIT TO WATCH

Lost In Space

Netflix hasn’t had the best track record with big-budget sci-fi lately, but here comes this un-campy reboot of the campy 60s sci-fi show Lost In Space starring Toby Stephens and Molly Parker as the Robinson family parents and Parker Posey as the villainous Dr. Smith. The 10-episode series is set 30 years in the future when space colonization has become a reality. En route to their new intergalactic home, the Robinsons and their two kids become stranded alongside a robot that says “Danger Will Robinson!” Neil Marshall (The Descent) is one of the show’s directors. April 13

Bobby Kennedy For President

Dawn Porter did a seven-year deep dive into the legacy of Robert F. Kennedy for this four-hour series, which reportedly looks at lesser-known aspects of the late American political icon’s career. The Gideon’s Army and Trapped documentarian purposefully did not approach Ethel Kennedy or Robert’s nine surviving children for interviews since her focus is squarely on politics. Interviewees include Harry Belafonte, labour leader Dolores Huerta and Munir Sirhan, brother of RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan. April 27

Psychokinesis

Yeon Sang-ho’s zombies-on-a-train flick Train To Busan is one of the best zombie movies in recent years and marked the live-action debut for the South Korean animator-turned-director. His latest is about a man who discovers telekinetic powers and sets out to save his troubled daughter. It’s heavy on visual effects, but looks a bit less intense than the wild Busan. April 25

6 Balloons

Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson takes a dramatic turn as the sister of a heroin addict (played by another comedy vet, Dave Franco, who apparently dropped 20 lbs for the role) in writer/director Marja Lewis-Ryan’s Los Angeles-set film, which just debuted at SXSW. The story is based on the real-life experiences of producer Samantha Housman, and Channing Tatum serves as co-producer. April 6

Kodachrome

Another comic actor making a dramatic turn in a Netflix premiere this month is Jason Sudeikis in director Mark Raso’s ode to pre-digital technology, Kodachrome, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall. Sudeikis plays an A&R exec whose father (Ed Harris), a celebrated photographer, convinces him to go on a road trip to Kansas to process film rolls before the Kodachrome plant shuts down. Yes, it was shot on film. April 20

Mercury 13

If you aren’t able to catch David Sington’s doc at Hot Docs, you can catch it on Netflix. The film explores the story of 13 women who secretly tested for NASA’s astronaut program in 1961 and passed – only to be denied because of their gender. Jessica Chastain is also developing a scripted series based on the same story with Sully writer Todd Komarnicki. April 20

The 4th Company

There’s no shortage of prison dramas on streaming these days, but Mitzi Vanessa Arreola and Amir Galván Cervera’s crime thriller seems intriguing. Based on a true story, it was shot inside Mexico City’s infamous high-security Santa Martha Acatitla prison and tells the story of a 1970s inmate football team that acts as an enforcement squad for corrupt public officials. It won best picture at Mexico’s Ariel Awards and was shortlisted for best foreign-language film Oscar but ultimately didn’t score a nomination. April 6

The Alienist (season one)

Unless you illegally streamed it when it began airing on TNT earlier this year, this is your first chance to watch this adaptation of Caleb Carr’s fantastic 1994 historical thriller. It’s got a great hook: in late 19th-century New York, someone is murdering the city’s child prostitutes. It’s up to an unlikely trio – the eponymous Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), a sort of early profiler/mind-hunter, the newspaper illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) and Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning), the first woman hired by the NYC Police Department as a secretary to commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (yes, that one) – to solve the case. If you’re a fan of other historical crime series like The Knick and Penny Dreadful, which have provided thrills while examining the stark social conditions of an era, this will be your cuppa. April 19

The Week Of

Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison production company’s ongoing contract with Netflix has produced some terrific films (The Meyerowitz Stories) and some duds (The Ridiculous 6). This project, directed by Saturday Night Live’s Robert Smigel, stars Sandler and frequent collaborator Chris Rock as very different fathers of a soon-to-be-married couple. Sounds like a mashup of Grown Ups, Meet The Parents and Father Of The Bride. And it’s just in time for wedding season. April 27

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Bria Vinaite (left) and Brooklynn Prince in The Florida Project.

SOLID BETS

The Florida Project

Sean Baker’s powerful look at the American Dream was NOW film editor Glenn Sumi’s favourite movie of 2017 and earned a 5N rave from reviewer Radheyan Simonpillai. (Drake also loved it.) Willem Dafoe earned an Oscar nom for his role as a motel owner working in the shadow of Disney World in Orlando, but it’s child actor Brooklynn Prince who owns the movie. April 6

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman star in Yorgos Lanthimos’s latest metaphorical film about bourgeois hypocrisy. As the Greek director has done in past films, he creates his own singular universe to up-end viewers’ expectations in telling an uncomfortable story about a teenager (Barry Keoghan) seeking revenge on a cardiac surgeon (Farrell). April 5

Loving Vincent

This hand-painted animated biopic about Dutch master painter Vincent Van Gogh is stunning to watch, even if the story isn’t as painstakingly crafted as the visuals. The film takes place after the troubled Van Gogh shot himself in 1890 and pieces together his final years via people who sat for portraits. The cast includes Chris O’Dowd and Lady Bird’s Saoirse Ronan. April 16

By The Sea

Director Angelina Jolie’s stylistically adventurous film follows an aging American couple (Jolie and her then-husband Brad Pitt) who spy on their sexy, young French neighbours (Mélanie Laurent and Melvil Poupaud) in 2015’s cheekiest cinematic metaphor. By The Sea is about a topic rarely tackled on screen with such intense interiority (or glamour) – but it’s impossible to say what without spoiling the end. Not surprisingly, the few critics who panned the film upon its brief theatrical run attempted to engage with its subject (hint: it’s not divorce). Yes, it’s probably 20 minutes too long, but no one drapes themselves over a chaise lounge as dramatically as Angelina. April 1

The Nice Guys

When it opened theatrically in 2016, Shane Black’s action comedy starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as two investigators in 1970s Los Angeles flew under the radar. (Way more attention was paid to Gosling’s other L.A.-set picture La La Land, which almost won the best film Oscar.) But it should find an appreciative audience on Netflix, where more people will be able to appreciate Gosling’s oddball comic timing and the steady stream of jokes, as well as the gripping crime plot. April 9

Columbus

Kogonada’s beautiful and stylistically rigorous film about two architecture nerds (Haley Lu Richardson and John Cho) walking and talking among modernist buildings quietly became available in March, and since Netflix didn’t give us the heads up, we’re including it in this month’s round-up. One of 2017’s art-house sleepers, Columbus works as a coming-of-age flick but is full of deeper meditations on modernism and immigrant experience. Available now

Beach Rats

Another addition to Netflix that we didn’t know about until mid-March is Eliza Hittman’s dreamy sophomore feature. The New York director’s coming-of-age film is ostensibly about a gay Brooklyn teen (Harris Dickinson) grappling with his sexuality, but it also wrestles with family dynamics, shame and masculinity. Available now

Full list of new titles available in April, by date:

TV SHOWS

April 1

The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale (season one, weekly episodes every Sunday)

Wakfu (season three)

April 2

Ash Vs. Evil Dead (season two)

April 3

Black Lightning (season one, weekly episodes)

April 6

Fastest Car (season one)

Money Heist: Part 2

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Jay-Z

Seth Rogen’s Hilarity For Charity

The Boss Baby: Back In Business (season one)

Troy: Fall Of A City (season one)

April 7

Dynasty (season one, weekly episodes)

April 9

AMO (season one)

April 12

Hyori’s Bed & Breakfast (season two)

April 13

Chef’s Table: Pastry

Lost In Space (season one)

The Magic School Bus Rides Again (season two)

April 15

Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus (season one)

Monty Python’s Personal Best (season one)

April 17

The Chalet (season one)

The Honeymoon Stand Up Special: Collection

Lockup: Chain Linked: Collection 1

April 19

Ainori Love Wagon: Asian Journey (season one)

Charité (season one)

Riverdale (season two, episodes weekly)

The Alienist (season one)

April 20

Aggretsuko (season one)

Dope (season two)

Spy Kids: Mission Critical (season one)

April 21

The Letdown (season one)

April 26

The 100 (season five)

April 27

3% (season two)

Bobby Kennedy For President

The New Legends Of Monkey (season one)

April 29

Superstition (season one)

MOVIES

April 1

Batman: The Killing Joke

Batteries Not Included

Bruno And Boots: Go Jump In The Pool

By The Sea

Dare To Be Wild

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story

Elizabeth

Fishpeople

Fried Green Tomatoes

Ice Guardians

Kiss & Cry

Krampus

Liar Liar

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Ride Along

Ride Along 2

Pride & Prejudice

The Best Man Holiday

The Search For Life In Space

Wild Child

April 2

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power

April 3

Fary Is The New Black

April 5

Behind The Curtain: Todrick Hall

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

April 6

6 Balloons

Amateur

Orbiter 9

Ram Dass, Going Home

The 4th Company

The Florida Project

Todo Lo Que Seria De Lucas Lauriente

April 9

The Nice Guys

April 10

Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast

April 12

Pickpockets

April 13

Come Sunday

I Am Not An Easy Man

Leatherface

April 15

Eric ldle’s What About Dick?

Monty Python And The Holy Grail

Monty Python’s Almost The Truth

Monty Python: Before The Flying Circus

Monty Python Conquers America

Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Monty Python’s Life Of Brian

Monty Python: Live At Aspen

Monty Python: Live At The Hollywood Bowl

Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down, Five To Go

Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years Of Monty Python

The Meaning Of Monty Python

April 16

Loving Vincent

The Gunman

April 20

Dude

Kodachrome

Mercury 13

April 24

Kevin James: Never Don’t Give Up

April 25

Bill Nye: Science Guy

Psychokinesis

April 27

Candy Jar

Holy Goalie

The Week Of

April 30

The Conjuring 2

LAST CALL

TV series and movies leaving Netflix this month

April 1

Hitch

Hancock

Men In Black

Our Brand Is Crisis

Black Mass

April 2

Charlie St. Cloud

April 13

Footloose

April 17

American Dad! (seasons one to six)

April 19

Tropic Thunder

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