Film & TV

All Kinds Of New And Old Programming Arriving To Netflix

Netflix has graced us with fresh new selections every month, and April in particular offers a lot of varied content. From movies to television, comedy to drama, this month’s batch of Netflix entertainment offers something for everyone. Here’s 10 of the best movies and TV shows coming to Netflix this April.

“Rodney King” (2017) — April 28

Spike Lee (“Do the Right Thing,” “Malcolm X,” “Chi-Raq”) returns to the director’s chair to tell the story of Rodney King. King was the man at the center of one of the most brutal and culturally significant police beatings in recent history, the event that sparked the famous 1992 L.A. riots. Roger Guenveur Smith, a frequent collaborator with Lee, stars as King with a script he wrote. “Rodney King” will premiere on Netflix April 28.

“Win It All” (2017) — April 7

Jake Johnson (“New Girl,” “Let’s Be Cops,” “Jurassic World”) stars in this comedy from director Joe Swanberg (“Drinking Buddies,” “Happy Christmas”) about a small-time gambler. The film has recently received positive buzz from Sundance Film Festival, with Johnson’s performance at the focal point of discussion. “Win It All” arrives to Netflix April 7.

“Queen of Katwe” (2016) — April 25

In the mood for a feel-good story? Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” may be exactly what you’re looking for on a rainy day. The film stars newcomer Madina Nalwanga as Phiona, a 10-year-old girl who meets a missionary, played by David Oyelowo. Oyelowo teaches her how to play chess and changes her life forever. “Queen of Katwe” will be available to stream April 25.

“Bill Nye Saves the World” (2017) — April 21

After becoming a household name in the 1990s for his educational children’s show, “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” beloved science educator Bill Nye makes his return to television. With his new show, Nye looks to update his program, tackling more serious subjects in a talk-show format without losing the fun and energy that made him popular. “Bill Nye Saves the World” premieres on Netflix April 21.

“Casting JonBenet” (2017) — April 28

Another film with Sundance buzz, “Casting JonBenét” is an upcoming documentary exploring the mysterious and macabre murder of JonBenét Ramsey, a child beauty pageant queen in Boulder, Colorado. The documentary uses reenactments to illuminate the now infamously unsolved case. By all accounts, “Casting JonBenet” could very well be the next “Making a Murderer.” The film arrives to Netflix April 28.

“Kubo and the Two Strings” (2016) — April 8

Laika, the animation company behind films like “Coraline” and “ParaNorman,” returned in 2016 with “Kubo and the Two Strings.” The film is about the adventure of a boy destined for greatness, who goes on a quest after finding a magical instrument. It’s not often animated films can appeal to both children and adults, but “Kubo and the Two Strings” shows they still can. The animation comes to Netflix April 8.

“The Prestige” (2006) — April 21

One of Christopher Nolan’s (“The Dark Knight,” “Inception,” “Memento”) most underrated films, “The Prestige” stars Hugh Jackman (“Logan,” “Les Miserables”) and Christian Bale (“The Dark Knight,” “The Fighter”) as rival magicians determined to execute the greatest trick in history. The result is a thriller full of twists and turns that will keep viewers hanging on every word. “The Prestige” will be available to stream April 21.

“Documentary Now!: Season 2” (2015 – Present) — April 10

The first season of “Documentary Now!” came out of nowhere and most episodes proved to be winners. The show’s stars Bill Hader (“SNL,” “Trainwreck”) and Fred Armisen (“SNL,” “Portlandia”) spoof some of cinema’s most famous and acclaimed documentaries to hilarious success. The first season was inconsistent with its quality from episode to episode, so the second season looks to improve on that aspect. The new season of “Documentary Now!” drops on Netflix April 10.

“Schindler’s List” (1993) — April 1

Steven Spielberg’s immensely important and moving portrait of the Holocaust will forever have its place in film history. Filled with images and moments that will remain with you long after viewing it, “Schindler’s List” is a crucial examination of the worst of humanity and the willpower and courage required to face it. The Academy Award-winning film will arrive to Netflix April 1.

“Louis C.K.” (2017) — April 4

Rising to superstardom over the past decade, Louis C.K. consistently has his audiences in tears with his comedic writing, brilliant delivery and sharp mind. What sets C.K. apart from other comedians is his comedy’s depth. Underneath the veil of a simple joke often lies an honest critique and comment on society, elevating the comedian’s work to true genius. Louis C.K’s long-anticipated special comes to Netflix April 4.

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Luke Hyland is a senior at Loyola and the A&E editor for The PHOENIX.