Spring is finally (at last) right around the corner with summer on your heels not long after that. On the other hand, after almost a year and some changes since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, the time feels like a linear course of events and cycles and more like a loose suggestion: “Easter weekend? Sure, why not! “
April takes place Shrek 2 Streaming on Hulu in time for the first movie’s 20th anniversary, as well as a number of other awesome picks like 28 days later, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the Warriors, and Red dawn.
Read on for 10 of the Best Movies New to Streaming Services This April. There is something for everybody.
28 days later
Danny Boyle breathed new life into the corpse of zombie horror with his 2004 post-apocalyptic film 28 days later. Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spread across the UK at a secret testing facility, turning the infected into starving man-eating monsters, a handful of survivors are trying to band together and take refuge among the ruins of society. An extensive breakout film for several well-known actors, including Cillian Murphy (Beginning), Naomie Harris (Moonlight) and Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), 28 days later is a modern horror classic and patient zero for the second renaissance of the zombie horror film. – Toussaint Egan
28 days later will continue to be streamed Hulu.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Paul Newman and Robert Redford shine and smolder as the eponymous protagonists of George Roy Hill’s landmark 1969 Western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid will continue to be streamed Hulu.
John McTiernans (The hunt for Red October, Predator) 1988 film Die Hard is widely recognized as one of the greatest American action films, not only of its time, but also by everything-Time and depending on which circles of post-ironic Cinephilia you’re in, one of the most heartwarming Christmas films ever made. Bruce Willis plays a career-defining role as John McClane, an NYPD officer who tries to save his estranged wife when she and her staff are held hostage by a group of German terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). John’s one-man war against Gruber and his team is a fantastic action-packed and entertaining movie watch no matter what time of year it is. Yippee Ki yay, asshole! -TO
Die Hard will continue to be streamed Hulu.
After the success of directing the first and third installments in the Saw Horror series, 2010s Insidious James Wan explores a supernatural domestic horror plot similar to the 1982 Tobe Hooper (and Steven Spielberg) classic poltergeist or Stuart Rosenbergs The Amityville Horror. Starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, the film follows Josh and Renée Lambert who, after the fall of their son Dalton after a tragic accident in a coma, suspect that their new home is infested with malicious spirits that mean both them and their family harm . -TO
Insidious will continue to be streamed Netflix.
My cousin Vinny
My cousin Vinny Scorsese regular Joe Pesci plays Vinny Gambini, an inexperienced little lawyer who is called upon to defend his younger cousin Bill (Ralph Macchio) when he and friend Stan (Mitchell Whitfield) are arrested for traveling murder and robbery South to celebrate their acceptance at UCLA. Vinny must bring together all of his rhetorical finesse and wit, including the automotive expertise of his fiancée Mona Lisa Vito, to convince the southern townspeople and preside over the case of their innocence. Of Note
My cousin Vinny will continue to be streamed Amazon Prime.
The hotel is next to Francis Ford Coppola Apocalypse now and Dalton Trumbos Johnny got his gun, Oliver Stones 1986 train is praised as one of the defining works in the cinematic trifecta of the film canon of the Vietnam War. Inspired by Stone’s own experience in the war, the film plays Charlie Sheen as Chris Taylor, a young, naive American who chooses to volunteer in Vietnam instead of going to college. Stone’s film has been heralded by critics and historians as a shrewd and compelling study of the brutality of war and the agonizing mutability of virtue under duress. -TO
train will continue to be streamed Amazon Prime.
Are you longing for a certified anti-Soviet agitprop of the 80s with a cast of brave, fresh-faced teenagers waging a guerrilla war against unfortunate paratroopers? Sure you are! John Milius’ 1984 film channels right into the zeitgeist of the fears and fears that plagued the West during the Cold War and turns them into the unthinkable: an invasion of American forces on American soil. Patrick Sawyze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, and Charlie Sheen play a group of teenagers who, firsthand witnessing the invasion of their hometown of Calumet, Colorado, band together to resist the occupation, and after their high, the ” Wolverines “call school mascots and push back the invasion on the eve of World War III. -TO
Red dawn will continue to be streamed HBO max.
Somethingbody once told me that ShrekThe 2001 animated comedy starring Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy as the bloating, bad-tempered troll and his talking best friend’s donkey, celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. Shrek 2, the 2004 follow-up to the original directed by Andrew Adamson and Kelly Asbury (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron) and Conrad Vernon (Penguins of Madagascar), is viewed by many as the flood mark for the franchise, focusing on the elements that made the original such a surprising classic, while also exploring Shrek’s relationship with his love interest Fiona through a filled plot, “Meet the Parents “Deepened with colorful characters and fairytale calamity. Similar to ogres and onions, Shrek 2 has layers. -TO
Shrek 2 will continue to be streamed Hulu.
Sneakers is the feel-good crime comedy of the 90s. With a cast to become a rival Ocean’s 11thThese include Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, the River Phoenix, Sidney Poitier, and David Strathairn. But the thing and the plot machinations are not really the catch here – sneakers is like a big ’90s hangout movie full of retro tech and a dash of cynical Cold War vibe. The joke is funny, the plans are in place, and in the end the Republican National Committee will be completely disappointed. After you’ve seen every heist movie masterpiece, it’s finally time to open your heart to the laid-back alternative of sneakers. – Matt patches
sneakers will continue to be streamed HBO max.
Based on Sol Yurick’s 1976 novel of the same name, The Warriors is a gripping urban action thriller and a darkly bizarre take on the real-life gang violence that gripped New York City for much of the mid to late 1970s. Inspired by Xenophon von Athens’ Anabasis, the film follows the eponymous Warriors gang who, after being held responsible for the murder of a beloved gang elder named Cyrus, travel back to their home in Coney Island from the heart of the North End of the Bronx southern Brooklyn. Despite an initially lukewarm critical reception, which was plagued by controversy immediately after its publication, The Warriors has achieved cult status as the touchstone of 70s pop culture. -TO
the Warriors will continue to be streamed HBO max.