Best Movies Coming to Netflix In April 2021

This month offers a little bit of everything.

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Many disappointed moviegoers were hoping things would turn around by this month.

James Bond's next adventure was set to take the big screen this month, and Black Widow was set to close it out. While it's disappointing to admit that there is still a pandemic outside, there are still a number of great flicks coming to Netflix this month.

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The FBI's Afraid of "Joker"—But Here's Why They're Wrong

"Joker" is a mirror, and we need to examine the source of what it's reflecting.

Joaquin Phoenix as Joker

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The FBI has warned service members of the possibility of a mass shooting at viewings of Joker,Gizmodo reported.

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In Andy Muschietti's new film, IT: Chapter Two, audiences are reintroduced to the band of nerdy, endearing children they met two years ago in the 2017 installment of IT.

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Now in Theaters: 5 New Movies for the Weekend of June 28


Welcome back to "Now in Theaters: 5 New Movies for the Weekend."

This weekend, Annabelle gets taken out of her case again for some godforsaken reason.


Annabelle Comes Home

At this point, I've lost count of how many "Annabelle and her Spooky Pals" movies there have been, but here's the newest one, and oh boy does it look spooky! In this one Annabelle GETS A BOYFRIEND?!? Not really, but can you imagine? In reality, the premise is that a bunch of morons take Annabelle outside of her case again, because hey, why would anyone leave the spooky cursed doll (with "DON'T TAKE OUT OF CASE" signs everywhere) in her case? That would be stupid.


Yesterday Trailer #1 (2019) | Movieclips

In Danny Boyle's new musical fantasy, a struggling musician (Himesh Patel) wakes up from a bus accident to discover that he's the only person in the world who remembers The Beatles. Now, with a little help from his agent (Kate McKinnon (do you get my Beatles reference?)), he becomes an international sensation. The premise strikes me as overwhelmingly silly, but I also really love The Beatles. But also, it looks stupid. But also, I kind of like Danny Boyle. But also, Ed Sheeren is in it, so eh. Maybe.



OPHELIA Official Trailer (2019) Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts Movie

Star Wars' Daisy Ridley stars as lady-in-waiting Ophelia in this female-oriented take on Hamlet. Intended to give Hamlet's lover a newfound degree of agency, Ophelia seems like it might be an interesting film for Shakespeare enthusiasts. But while I like the premise conceptually, nothing about the trailer strikes me as particularly interesting or exciting. The lack of sharp dialogue clips makes me worried that Ophelia might amount to a bland interpretation, even if its heart is in the right place.

The Chambermaid

The Chambermaid – Official U.S.

The Chambermaid is an observational, Spanish-language drama that closely follows a young hotel maid as she works her way through an adult education program in Mexico City. The trailer is surprisingly beautiful, infusing personality into shots of mundane tasks. Initial reviews seem very positive, so if you appreciate good slice-of-life movies and can find it playing near you, I'd suggest seeking it out. The Chambermaid is my PICK OF THE WEEK.


EUPHORIA Trailer (2019) Eva Green, Alicia Vikander Drama

I know a terrible trailer when I see one, and dawg, this is it. What is this movie about? What does this trailer tell us? I watched it three times and I have literally no idea why anyone would want to see this movie. It seems like Tomb Raider and the lady from Dumbo go to visit their mom...maybe? At a secret house? And Charles Dance is there for some reason. Everyone is sad. Very sad. Because of pain from growing up, or something? I have no idea, and I kind of don't care. Go ahead and watch the trailer. If you can make sense of it, please, send me your best summary.


Now in Theaters: 5 New Movies for the Weekend of June 14

Who asked for a Men in Black reboot? Why would anybody want that?

Welcome back to "Now in Theaters: 5 New Movies for the Weekend."

This week, someone rebooted Men in Black for some reason.


Men in Black: International

The first Men in Black was just okay. It benefits from nostalgia goggles, but so do the Burger King tie-in toys it spawned, and nobody's going to argue that those were high-quality. There wasn't really any fan demand for a reboot of this franchise (are there even Men in Black fans?), and there probably wasn't any reason behind the decision besides "reboot everything." The point is, Men in Black: International doesn't seem like a story anyone genuinely wanted to tell, and the trailer reflects that. It looks painfully generic.


SHAFT – Official Trailer [HD]

Like everything else in 2019, the new Shaft arrives with a wink and a nod. Five films deep, the Shaft franchise has shifted from blaxploitation crime action to action comedy. The premise is really cool, centering around a new Shaft (Jessie Usher) teaming him up with the original two (Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree). The trailer seems fun, so hopefully the Shaft franchise can adapt to this new tone while still maintaining the serious themes that made it so culturally prescient in the first place.


Plus One

PLUS ONE Official

Plus One is a rom-com about two friends who make a pact to be each other's plus ones at the many, many weddings they need to attend. It stars the incredibly talented Maya Erskine (PEN15) and was written and directed by Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer, both writers for PEN15. The plot may sound a bit contrived, but that's part of the fun of rom-coms. The trailer looks funny and, again, Maya Erskine is fantastic. As such, Plus One is my PICK OF THE WEEK.

The Dead Don't Die

THE DEAD DON'T DIE - Official Trailer [HD] - In Theaters June

The Dead Don't Die is a horror movie with a cast. We know this because "CHECK OUT THIS CAST" has been their primary marketing point. I tend to distrust movies that market like this. If a movie needs to rely on the size and renown of its cast, it usually doesn't have a narrative that holds up on its own. Granted, the cast here really is great. Bill Murray, Adam Driver, and Tilda Swinton are phenomenal. But chances are that the movie itself is just okay, at best.


HAMPSTEAD Official Trailer (2019) Diane Keaton Romantic Movie

Brendan Gleeson absolutely kills every role he's ever been given. I love, love, love him. Old people movies though? Eh. Queen of old people movies, Diane Keaton (Book Club, Poms, etc.) plays a widow who falls in love with a kooky squatter and, as a result, discovers the spice of life or something. Brendan Gleeson is, of course, the squatter who just wants to be left alone in a shack that the government is trying to take away. But he's about to find out that sometimes, the only thing better than a shack is shacking up with an old person. Nice.


Now in Theaters: 5 New Movies for the Weekend of May 31

King Ghidora is #1 kaiju: CONFIRMED.

Welcome back to "Now in Theaters: 5 New Movies for the Weekend."

This week, Godzilla smashes scaly monster bods with King Ghidora.


Godzilla: King of the Monsters

The plot of Godzilla: King of the Monsters doesn't matter at all. The only thing that matters is that Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah are going to be smashing into each other for two hours, and King Ghidorah is the coolest kaiju, straight-up. This is the Godzilla movie you played out with your toys as a kid and that I still play out as a giant man-child, albeit very gently because all my Godzilla figures are mint-in-box.


Rocketman (2019) - Official Trailer - Paramount

Rocketman is a musical biopic about Elton John's rise to fame. Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) looks great as the larger-than-life musician, and early reviews have praised his performance. The color palette looks bright and vibrant, mirroring Elton John's glittery persona. If you're a fan of Elton John's music (honestly, who isn't?), this looks like one of the better musician biopics in recent years.


MA - Official

Ma's premise is so stupid. Like, inconceivably stupid. It's a horror movie where the killer is a random lady (Octavia Spencer, way too talented for this) who lets teenagers drink at her house, and the teenagers accept her invitation because apparently, they have never heard of stranger danger. If the entire conflict of a movie can be solved by everyone agreeing not to go to a stranger's house, is that even a conflict? I like terrible movies, though, so I kind of want to see it.


Always Be My Maybe

Always Be My Maybe | Trailer |

Co-written by and starring both Ali Wong and Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat), Always Be My Maybe is a romantic comedy about two childhood friends who should probably end up together, except one of them is hooking up with Daniel Dae Kim and then Keanu Reeves. Ali Wong is a really great comedian, so it'll probably be pretty funny, and it's always great to see Randall Park getting more work, especially as a leading man. It's on Netflix this weekend, so definitely check it out.


DOMINO Official Trailer (2019) Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brian De Palma Movie

Poor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau just can't catch a break. First, his entire character arc was destroyed in the final season of Game of Thrones. Now, he's starring in this absolute clunker. But how can you tell Domino is a clunker without even seeing it? Great question! Normally, action movies put high-octane action scenes in the trailer. Domino decided to go the much less established route and have a man falling very, very slowly from a low roof. Someone, please get Nikolaj Coster-Waldau a new agent.