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New on Netflix: The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming in April

Spring is here, and so is the rollout of Netflix’s shiny April releases. For starters, Wild Wild Country obsessives can rejoice: A follow-up to the red-donning-cult doc, Searching for Sheela, will follow the infamous former Rajneesh spokesperson Ma Anand Sheela on her speaking tour through India. Also coming up is Idris Elba’s Black Western, Concrete Cowboy, about an urban cowboy (Elba) whose 15-year-old son (Stranger ThingsCaleb McLaughlin) is sent to live with him in Philadelphia. And if you can’t get enough soapy French television, The Serpent, starring Golden Globe–nominated actor Tahar Rahim as a seductive serial killer, is sure to entice. For the fantasy-genre-lovers out there, there’s Shadow and Bone, an adaptation of the first installment from author Leigh Bardugo’s best-selling Grisha trilogy.

And there’s much more to soak in. Here’s a list of notable releases from Netflix in April.

Friends With Benefits (April 1): Justin Timberlake is decidedly no longer America’s sweetheart, but his team-up with Mila Kunis is undeniable low-stakes fun. The rom-com features the two stars as a pair of hot, young, successful things who are also bad at love. They decide to start having sex without all of the other icky entanglements of monogamy; I’ll let you take a wild guess at where that leads them.

Legally Blonde (April 1): The Reese Witherspoon marquee classic will now be available to stream to your heart’s content. With unforgettable performances from Jennifer Coolidge, Selma Blair, Ali Larter, and Holland Taylor, you won’t be able to keep it off your queue.

This Is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist (April 7): The dawn of NFTs—non-fungible tokens, or basically extremely expensive memes for sale—has pushed many of us who think about the art world to the absolute brink. Find some satisfaction in a real, tangible heist: a 1990 Boston museum robbery conducted by fake cops.

The Master (April 15): Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2012 film, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as the midcentury, L. Ron Hubbard-resemblant religious cult leader Lancaster Dodd and Joaquin Phoenix as his lost-then-found disciple Freddie Quell, will now be available to stream. The critically acclaimed drama, costarring Amy Adams as Dodd’s intensely savvy wife, Peggy, is unforgettable on the big screen, but still very much worth the watch at home.

What’s New on Netflix in April 2021

Coming Soon

The Disciple (NETFLIX INDIA)

Searching for Sheela (NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY INDIA)

April 1

Magical Andes: Season Two (NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY)

Prank Encounters: Season Two (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)

Tersanjung the Movie (NETFLIX FILM INDONESIA)

Worn Stories (NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY)

2012

Cop Out

Friends With Benefits

Insidious

Legally Blonde

Leprechaun

The Pianist

The Possession

Secrets of Great British Castles: Season One

The Time Traveler’s Wife

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family

White Boy

Yes Man

April 2

Concrete Cowboy (NETFLIX FILM)

Just Say Yes (NETFLIX FILM NETHERLANDS)

Madame Claude (NETFLIX FILM FRANCE)

The Serpent (NETFLIX ORIGINAL U.K.)

Sky High (NETFLIX FILM SPAIN)

April 3

Escape From Planet Earth

April 4

What Lies Below

April 5

Coded Bias

Family Reunion: Part Three (NETFLIX FAMILY)

April 6

The Last Kids on Earth: Happy Apocalypse to You (NETFLIX FAMILY CANADA)

April 7

The Big Day: Collection Two (NETFLIX ORIGINAL INDIA)

Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute (NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY)

Snabba Cash (NETFLIX ORIGINAL SWEDEN)

This Is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist (NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY)

The Wedding Coach (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)

April 8

The Way of the Househusband (NETFLIX ANIME JAPAN)

April 9

Have You Ever Seen Fireflies? (NETFLIX FILM CHINA)

Night in Paradise (NETFLIX FILM KOREA)

Thunder Force (NETFLIX FILM)

April 10

The Stand-In

April 11

Diana: The Interview That Shook the World

April 12

New Gods: Nezha Reborn (NETFLIX FILM CHINA)

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn: Seasons One to Four

April 13

The Baker and the Beauty: Season One

Mighty Express: Season Three (NETFLIX FAMILY)

My Love: Six Stories of True Love (NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY)

April 14

The Circle: Season Two (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)

Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)

Law School (NETFLIX ORIGINAL KOREA)

The Soul (NETFLIX FILM CHINA)

Why Did You Kill Me? (NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY)

April 15

Dark City Beneath the Beat

The Master

Ride or Die (NETFLIX FILM JAPAN)

April 16

Arlo the Alligator Boy (NETFLIX FAMILY)

Ajeeb Daastaans (NETFLIX FILM INDIA)

Barbie & Chelsea: The Lost Birthday

Crimson Peak

Fast & Furious Spy Racers: Mexico: Season Four (NETFLIX FAMILY)

Into the Beat (NETFLIX FILM GERMANY)

Rush

Synchronic

Why Are You Like This (NETFLIX ORIGINAL AUSTRALIA)

The Zookeeper’s Wife

April 18

Luis Miguel – The Series: Season Two (NETFLIX ORIGINAL MEXICO)

April 19

Miss Sloane

PJ Masks: Season Three

April 20

Izzy’s Koala World: Season Two (NETFLIX FAMILY AUSTRALIA)

April 21

Zero (NETFLIX ORIGINAL ITALY)

April 22

Life in Color With David Attenborough (NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY)

Stowaway (NETFLIX FILM)

April 23

Heroes: Silence and Rock & Roll

Shadow and Bone (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)

Tell Me When (NETFLIX FILM MEXICO)

April 27

August: Osage County

Battle of Los Angeles

Fatma (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)

Go! Go! Cory Carson: Season Four (NETFLIX FAMILY)

April 28

Sexify (NETFLIX ORIGINAL POLAND)

Headspace Guide to Sleep (NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY)

April 29

Things Heard & Seen (NETFLIX FILM)

Yasuke (NETFLIX ANIME JAPAN)

April 30

The Innocent (NETFLIX ORIGINAL SPAIN)

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (NETFLIX FAMILY)

Pet Stars (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)

The Unremarkable Juanquini: Season Two (NETFLIX ORIGINAL COLOMBIA)

What’s Leaving Netflix in April 2021

Among the titles receding into the winter, never to return to Netflix for the foreseeable future, are Todd Haynes’s gorgeous midcentury lesbian romance, Carol; Quentin Tarantino’s Jamie Foxx–starring, slave-era spaghetti Western, Django Unchained; Bong Joon Ho’s science-fictional train thriller, Snowpiercer; and the award-winning documentary that ruined SeaWorld forever, Blackfish.

April 2

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