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The best new movies on Netflix in April

Spring means action as Netflix gathers a handful of kinetic thrill rides, all worth a spin during April

Scarface

These days, Netflix is killing it with its original programming, from the well-received returns of Stranger Things and Black Mirror, to the harrowing Mudbound and two extraordinary documentariesStrong Island and the Oscar-winning Icarus. That said, Netflix’s rotating monthly selection contains some gems mixed in among the new content. Let us do the work for you. We’ve found five kick-ass action movies, perfect for a low-maintenance night at home. So fire up that thumb. There’s viewing to do.

Best new movies on Netflix

Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)

Forget the atrocious Space Jam. Director Joe Dante brings the zany dignity back to the Looney Tunes characters in this manically inventive comedy,which sees Bugs and Daffy teaming up with Brendan Fraser and Jenna Elfman to stop Steve Martin’s evil ACME chairman. A blast.

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Scarface (1983)

The world is yours, Tony Montana (or at least one of our five recommended slots is). Don’t even begin to complain that Brian De Palma’s dizzyingly lurid coke meltdown gets more attention than the 1932 original. It’s proven to be vastly more influential: the throbbing id of many criminal fantasies since.

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Seven (1995)

Seven (1995)

As subversive a studio movie as has ever emerged from Hollywood, David Fincher’s stunningly bleak serial-killer film equates the efforts of lawmen with institutionalized chaos. Seven has had a profound influence on a kind of “doom cinema,” a tribute to cinematographer Darius Khondji. It also signals the first glimmers of Fincher’s importance beyond style.

Sin City (2005)

In the wayward streets of Basin City, three stories of revenge and redemption play out in various ways, courtesy of grindhouse co-directors Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller and Quentin Tarantino. The best segment is the first, in which the great Mickey Rourke—as bandaged-up brute Marv—runs rampant.

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Speed Racer (2008)

Go ahead and laugh, but the Wachowskis’ CGI-heavy racing movie captures something just as deep as The Matrix: It’s a celebration of gorgeous plasticity, Day-Glo color, transformative technology and (of course) the thrill of going really fast. If you can block out the haters, it’s a trip.

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

Available April 1
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


The Duchess
The Family Man
Fish People
The Flintstones


The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas


Friday Night Lights
The Iron Giant
Jackass 2.5


The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Life Is Beautiful
Looney Tunes: Back in Action
The Lost Boys


Mortal Kombat


Nancy Drew


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest


The Queen of the Damned


Scarface


Seven


Sin City


A Sort of Family
Speed Racer


The Spy Next Door
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines


Wakfu: Season 3—NETFLIX ORIGINAL


Available April 2
La Piloto: Season 1

Available April 3
Fary Is the New Black—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available April 5
Behind The Curtain: Todrick Hall

Despicable Me 3

Available April 6
Amateur—NETFLIX FILM
The Boss Baby: Back in Business: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Fastest Car: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The 4th Company—NETFLIX FILM
Money Heist: Part 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: JAY-Z—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Orbiter 9—NETFLIX FILM
Ram Dass, Going Home—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
6 Balloons—NETFLIX FILM
Sun Dogs
Todo lo que sería de Lucas Lauriente—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Troy: Fall of a City: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available April 7
24 Hours to Live

Available April 9
AMO: Season 1-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available April 10
Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available April 12
Pickpockets—NETFLIX FILM

Available April 13
Chef's Table: Pastry—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Come Sunday—NETFLIX FILM
I Am Not An Easy Man—NETFLIX FILM
Lost in Space: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available April 15
Lakeview Terrace
Seven Pounds

Available April 17
The Chalet: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Honeymoon Stand Up Special: Collection—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available April 18
Friend Request
Pelé

Available April 19
Charité: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Chasing The Dragon

Available April 20
Aggretsuko: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Dope: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Dude—NETFLIX FILM
Kodachrome—NETFLIX FILM
Mercury 13—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Spy Kids: Mission Critical: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available April 21
The Letdown: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available April 24
Call the Midwife: Series 6: "Christmas Special 2017" 


Kevin James: Never Don't Give Up—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available April 25
Bill Nye: Science Guy


Psychokinesis—NETFLIX FILM

Available April 27
Bobby Kennedy for President—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Candy Jar—NETFLIX FILM
Holy Goalie
The Man Who Knew Infinity


The New Legends of Monkey: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
3%: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Week Of—NETFLIX FILM

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