Netflix in April — Easter Eggs & Red Pandas


This winter has been particularly cold so, in February, I was eager to watch the news about Groundhog Day to see if my misery would end soon. To my disappointment, even our furry friends were in disagreement.

Shubenacadie Sam of Nova Scotia waddled around, signalling an early end to winter, but both Wiarton Willie of Ontario and Punxsutawney Phil of Pennsylvania saw their shadows, which meant more winter! Which is it? As the last weeks of winter waned and spring begins, I am still cold, confused, and…cold. Did I say cold? Good thing I have Netflix.

Notable New Releases

  • Aggretsuko— this is an anime about Hello Kitty’s angry and aggressive red panda friend, Retsuko. This panda is an underappreciated fellow working as an office associate in the accounting department of a big company, and takes out frustration by performing heavy metal karaoke.

  • The Week Of— I am excited for this one, seriously. Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, together? Adam and Chris are playing the parents who are making final preparations for a big wedding of their son and daughter. Adam’s deal with Netflix is done after this movie, so fans, look alive!

  • Amateur— tells the story of a 14-year-old basketball prodigy that is recruited into an elite school, but is faced with corruption and greed that exists in amateur sports. The film was funded on Kickstarter, which is super neat!

The Highlights

  • Along Came Polly — Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller take the lead in this 2004 classic rom-com perfect for a relaxing date night. Ben plays Reuben, an insurance underwriter, who is honeymooning with his wife. He soon discovers her cheating on him with the scuba instructor. Reuben, obviously, flies back to New York and eventually meets Polly played by Jennifer. Typical, predictable, but good.

  • Body of Lies — Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe team up in this thriller / spy blockbuster, following the CIA and Jordanian Intelligence in their attempts to catch a terrorist. The story plays a stark contrast in the way that the US and the Middle East handle special ops — a must-see for action fans!

  • The Duchess — Keira Knightley plays Georgiana Cavendish, the Duchess of Devonshire, in this historic drama taking place in the UK. The picture won accolades for costume design, so definitely worth a watch.

Heavy Hitters

  • Friday Night Lights — most possibly the fan favourite of sports dramas, FNL follows a high school football team in Texas. Aside from the amazing football, the show talks about many contemporary issues in small-town America, from family values to public funding to racism, drugs and abortion.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest — does anyone not like Pirates? You can’t go wrong with Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney, and Orlando Bloom…and Johnny Depp. This is the second instalment in the Pirates series. Fans are eagerly awaiting the release of the 6th!

  • Scarface — hate it or love it, Scarface is a cult classic with a massive fan following. This 1983 crime fiction has Al Pacino rise to be the most powerful crime lord in Florida and one of the best onscreen mobsters of all time.

The Complete List

Here’s what is coming to Netflix this month:

April 1

  • A Sort of Family

  • Along Came Polly

  • Bad Boys

  • Battlefield Earth

  • Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

  • Big Time

  • Body of Lies

  • Cabin Fever

  • Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever

  • Cats & Dogs

  • Cold Mountain

  • Dare to Be Wild

  • Deep Blue Sea

  • Fish People

  • Friday Night Lights

  • Jackass 2.5

  • Life Is Beautiful

  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action

  • Mortal Kombat

  • Nancy Drew

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

  • Scarface

  • Seven

  • Sin City

  • Speed Racer

  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

  • The Duchess

  • The Family Man

  • The Flintstones

  • The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas

  • The Iron Giant

  • The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale — Netflix Original

  • The Lost Boys

  • The Queen of the Damned

  • The Spy Next Door

  • Wakfu: Season 3 — Netflix Original

April 2

  • La Piloto: Season 1

April 3

  • Fary is the New Black — Netflix Original

April 4

  • Behind The Curtain: Todrick Hall

  • Despicable Me 3

April 6

  • 6 Balloons — Netflix Original

  • Amateur — Netflix Original

  • Fastest Car: Season 1 — Netflix Original

  • Money Heist: Part 2 — Netflix Original

  • My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman: JAY-Z — Netflix Original

  • Orbiter 9 — Netflix Original

  • Ram Dass, Going Home — Netflix Original

  • Sun Dogs

  • The 4th Company — Netflix Original

  • The Boss Baby: Back in Business: Season 1 — Netflix Original

  • Todo lo que sería de Lucas Lauriente — Netflix Original

  • Troy: Fall of a City: Season 1 — Netflix Original

April 7

  • 24 Hours to Live

April 9

  • AMO: Season 1 — Netflix Original

April 10

  • Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast — Netflix Original

April 12

  • Pickpockets — Netflix Original

April 13

  • Chef’s Table: Pastry — Netflix Original

  • Come Sunday — Netflix Original

  • I Am Not An Easy Man — Netflix Original

  • Lost in Space: Season 1 — Netflix Original

  • The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Season 2 — Netflix Original

April 15

  • Lakeview Terrace

  • Seven Pounds

April 17

  • The Chalet: Season 1 — Netflix Original

  • The Honeymoon Stand Up Special: Collection — Netflix Original

April 18

  • Friend Request

  • Pelé

April 19

  • Charité: Season 1 — Netflix Original

  • Chasing The Dragon

April 20

  • Aggretsuko: Season 1 — Netflix Original

  • Dope: Season 2 — Netflix Original

  • Dude — Netflix Original

  • Kodachrome — Netflix Original

  • Mercury 13 — Netflix Original

  • Spy Kids: Mission Critical: Season 1 — Netflix Original

April 21

  • The Letdown: Season 1 — Netflix Original

April 24

  • Call the Midwife: Series 6: “Christmas Special 2017” — Netflix Original

  • Kevin James: Never Don’t Give Up — Netflix Original

April 25

  • Bill Nye: Science Guy

  • Psychokinesis — Netflix Original

April 27

  • 3%: Season 2 — Netflix Original

  • Bobby Kennedy for President — Netflix Original

  • Candy Jar — Netflix Original

  • Holy Goalie

  • The Man Who Knew Infinity

  • The New Legends of Monkey: Season 1 — Netflix Original

  • The Week Of — Netflix Original

Leaving Netflix in April

  • 30 Days of Night

  • 88 Minutes

  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

  • Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

  • American Pie

  • American Pie 2

  • Apollo 13

  • Batman

  • Batman & Robin

  • Batman Forever

  • Batman Returns

  • Caddyshack

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • Cool Runnings

  • Death Sentence

  • Dolphin Tale

  • Eagle vs. Shark

  • John Mulaney: New in Town

  • Never Let Me Go

  • Set Up

  • Small Soldiers

  • The Dukes of Hazzard

  • The Men Who Stare at Goats

  • The Pursuit of Happyness

  • The Shawshank Redemption

  • The Whole Nine Yards

  • Wild Wild West

  • Starry Eyes

  • The Hallow

  • The Nightingale

  • The Emperor’s New Clothes

  • Happy Tree Friends

  • Leap Year

  • Son of God

  • Z Storm

  • The Exorcism of Molly Hartley

  • The Prestige

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop

  • Kung Fu Panda 3

  • Begin Again