What’s new to stream for April
What's new to stream for April
There’s no better way to embrace April showers than by curling up to binge-watch new shows and movies on your favorite streaming websites. Below, here’s what’s new to watch this month.
The Perfect Date
Where to watch it: Netflix
Couldn’t get enough of Noah Centineo in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before?” If so, “The Perfect Date” is the perfect Netflix movie for you. It centers around a high school boy who, to save up cash for college, creates an app where anyone can pay him to play the ideal stand-in boyfriend for any occasion. What could go wrong? If Centineo alone is not a big enough sell, he stars alongside Camila Mendes (Veronica from “Riverdale”), who portrays a high school student who goes on fake dates to make money for college. The plot thickens when a fake date leads to real feels. The movie is premiering on Netflix on April 12.
“Someone Great” has an all-star cast, featuring Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow, DeWanda Wise, and Lakeith Stanfield. This rom-com tells the story of a girl who is dealing with a break up after she decides to move across the country for her job. In order to go out with a bang, she and her two best friends attempt to have one last New York City adventure before she moves to San Francisco.
A Quiet Place
Where to watch it: Amazon Prime
Calling all “Bird Box” fans: “A Quiet Place” should be the next movie on your list. The movie revolves around a family living in a post-apocalyptic world where blind extraterrestrial creatures will kill anything they hear. To survive, the family must remain silent. John Krasinski, who played Jim Halpert in “The Office”, makes his directorial debut in this horror movie where he stars alongside his real-life wife, Emily Blunt. The movie generated award season buzz and scored Blunt a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Where to watch it: Amazon Prime on April 18
Written and directed by Jonah Hill, “mid90s” is an edgy coming-of-age story. It follows the life of a 13-year-old boy navigating troubles of domestic abuse, who looks for acceptance in a group of teen skateboarders. The film captures the ’90s in an incredibly accurate way — you don’t even need the title to know when the movie is set. It’s funny, moving and a bit of a tear-jerker. Star Sunny Suljic was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer.
Game of Thrones, Season 8
Where to watch it: HBO
Whether you watch it yourself or your roommate hasn’t stopped talking about it for months now, you probably know that “Game of Thrones” is coming back for its eighth and final season. Premiering on April 14, the season will be just six episodes long, but will surely be packed with drama and dragons. If you haven’t seen the show and you’re feeling ambitious, you can catch up on the first seven seasons with HBO.
Crazy Rich Asians
Where to watch it: Amazon Prime
If you were one of the people who didn’t see “Crazy Rich Asians” in theatres, then this is a must-watch. Based on the novel by Kevin Kwan, “Crazy Rich Asians” is a feel-good rom-com with stellar performances from Awkwafina and Constance Wu. Rachel Chu (played by Wu) accompanies her boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Goulding) to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore and is completely surprised to see the lifestyle he leads there. The movie was praised for casting Asian-Americans — a group typically underrepresented in media — in all its leading roles.
Ramy, Season 1
Where to watch it: Hulu, April 19
This new Hulu original comedy series tells the story of Ramy Hassan, a first generation Egyptian-American. Ramy lives in New Jersey and attempts to balance life between his traditional Muslim family and his millennial friends. The most significant thing about “Ramy” is that it displays Muslim culture in a way that no other TV show is doing right now. Season one premieres on April 19.
Akeelah and the Bee
Where to watch it: Hulu
Feeling nostalgic? Then why not put on “Akeelah and the Bee”? This 2006 throwback stars a young Keke Palmer as Akeelah, who is just trying to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. However, at Akeelah’s school in South Los Angeles, being smart is not always rewarded by her peers. Even Akeelah’s mother sees the Bee as a waste of time. But ultimately, this movie is as entertaining as it is inspiring. Fun fact: “Akeelah and the Bee” was produced by Starbucks.
Other notable choices arriving this month: “Killing Eve” Season 2 (Hulu), “The Twilight Zone” (CBS All Access) ; “Unicorn Store” (Netflix); “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” Part 2 (Netflix) “Our Planet” (Netflix); “Kevin Hart: Irresponsible” (Netflix), “New Girl” Season 7 (Netflix, April 10), “You vs. Wild” (Netflix, April 10), “The Silence” (Netflix, April 10), “The Hateful Eight” (Netflix, April 25), “The Imitation Game” (Netflix, April 29), “The Time Traveler’s Wife” (Hulu)