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The best new movies on Netflix in April

Paralyzed by Netflix’s embarrassment of riches? Try a Steven Spielberg classic—or the ultimate horror nightmare.

Kubo and the Two Strings

These days, Netflix is doing an amazing job with its original programming—from everyone’s favorite obsession, Stranger Things, to a new season of The Get Down. They’re even going to produce the next Martin Scorsese movie, The Irishman, a gangster film starring Robert De Niro. That said, the streaming service’s rotating monthly selection has some strong movie options, mixed in among the huge catalog. Let us do the work for you. We’ve found some stellar Hollywood horror films, Steven Spielberg’s Best Picture Oscar winner (can you guess which film it is?), and a superb piece of smart animation.

Best new movies on Netflix

Gremlins (1984)

Credit director Joe Dante, a veteran of Roger Corman’s subversive B-picture team, for making this fantasy-comedy about kids ’n’ cuddly creatures more than just a gimmicky romp. Remember: No bright lights. Don’t get them wet. And above all—never feed them after midnight.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Pay your respects to the late horrormeister Wes Craven with a midnight Netflix session of his most enduring creation, about a dream killer with razors for fingernails. You know his name. (Yup, that’s Johnny Depp getting wasted in the water bed in this first installment.)

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Schindler's List (1993)

Yes, it really is that good, a couple of regrettably schmaltzy choices (“I could have done more!”) aside. Forget the battlefield clichés of Saving Private Ryan—this is the movie that proved that America’s favorite man-child director, Steven Spielberg, was capable of growing up.

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The Prestige (2006)

Christopher Nolan’s twisty, self-satisfied tale of rival magicians (Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman), love affairs and inventor Nikola Tesla (David Bowie) is an object of adoration for some. Maybe that’s you. And even if it’s not, you can bask in the pre–Vicky Cristina Barcelona glories of Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson.

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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

A mature and gorgeous stop-motion–animated film about feudal Japan and a family’s mythical legacy? Kids movies should always be this smart. It follows our hero Kubo, a resourceful, one-eyed 12-year-old with unrefined powers he inherited from his mother, a god. The film is swoonworthy in its vibrant visuals.

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And here’s everything coming in April, by date:

Available April 1
Across the Universe (2007)
An American Tail (1986)
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)
An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster (1999)
Boy Bye (2016)
Born to Be Free (2016)
Cool Runnings (1993)
Good Witch: Season 2 (2016)
Gremlins (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Only for One Night (2016)
Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin' (1971)
Scooby-Doo (2002)
Schindler's List (1993)
Something's Gotta Give (2003)
The Tenth Man (2016)
Thunderstruck (2012)
Trouble with the Curve (2012)
Tropic Thunder (2008)
A Weekend with the Family (2016)
Wynonna Earp: Season 1 (2016)

Available April 2
The D Train (2015)

Available April 4
Chewing Gum: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Louis C.K. 2017—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available April 6
The BFG (2016)

Available April 7
Dawn of the Croods: Season 3—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
El Faro De Las Orcas—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
The Get Down: Part 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Win It All—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM

Available April 8
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Available April 10
Documentary Now!: Season 2 (2016)

Available April 11
Kevin Hart: What Now (2016)

Available April 12
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 2 (2016)

Available April 14
Chelsea: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
El Elegido (2017)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Sandy Wexler—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM

Available April 15
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
Slam—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM

Available April 18
Lucas Brothers: On Drugs—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available April 19
A Plastic Ocean (2016)

Available April 21
Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Girlboss: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show: Season 4—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Prestige (2006)
Sand Castle—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Tales by Light: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Tramps—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM

Available April 22
The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass: Season 1-3 (2016)
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Available April 23
Liv and Maddie: Season 4 (2016)
Phantom (2013)

Available April 24
Long Nights Short Mornings (2016)

Available April 25
The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Queen of Katwe (2016)
Vir Das: Abroad Understanding—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available April 26
Real Rescues: Season 6-7 (2012)
Trust (2010)

Available April 27
Las Chicas del Cable: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available April 28
Casting JonBenet—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Dear White People: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A Murder in the Park (2014)
Rodney King—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Small Crimes—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM

Available April 30
Sofia the First: Season 3 (2015)

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