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New Netflix Instant Releases — April 2014

New Netflix Instant Releases April 2014
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April is approaching, which means a whole new batch of releases are hitting Netflix’s Instant streaming service. From old classics to new favorites and hidden gems, Netflix has something for everyone. Read on for our guide to the newest releases hitting Netflix Instant in April 2014. 

April 1

‘Ali’ (2001) — Starring Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, and Jon Voight. A biography of sports legend, Muhammad Ali, from his early days to his days in the ring.

‘Amistad’ (1997) — Starring Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, and Anthony Hopkins. About a 1839 mutiny aboard a slave ship that is traveling towards the northeastern coast of America. Much of the story involves a court-room drama about the free man who led the revolt.

‘Amores Perros’ (2000) — Starring Emilio Echevarria, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Goya Toledo. A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life’s harsh realities, all in the name of love.

‘Angel Heart’ (1987) — Starring Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, and Lisa Bonet. A private detective takes on a new case from an enigmatic client, taking him to dark and sinister territory.

‘Ass Backwards’ (2013) — Starring June Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson, and Jon Cryer. Two best friends (Kate and Chloe) embark on a cross country trip back to their hometown to attempt to win a pageant that eluded them as children.

‘Bad Company’ (1972) — Starring Jeff Bridges, Barry Brown, and Jim Davis. A God-fearing Ohio boy dodging the Civil War draft arrives in Jefferson City where he joins up with a hardscrabble group of like runaways heading west.

‘Barton Fink’ (1991) — Starring John Turturro, John Goodman, and Judy Davis. A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.

‘Bob’s Burgers’ Season 3 (2012) — Starring Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, and Eugene Mirman. The hilarious animated series follows the Belcher family as they try to sell burgers at their restaurant.

‘Braveheart’ (1995) — Starring Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, and Patrick McGoohan. When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, a commoner begins a revolt and leads Scottish warriors against the cruel English tyrant who rules Scotland with an iron fist.

‘Chinatown’ (1974) — Starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston. A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder.

‘Click’ (2006) — Starring Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, and Christopher Walken. A workaholic architect finds a universal remote that allows him to fast-forward and rewind to different parts of his life. Complications arise when the remote starts to overrule his choices.

‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ (1977) — Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut, and Teri Garr. After an encounter with UFOs, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.

‘Coneheads’ (1993) — Starring Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, and Phil Hartman. Aliens with conical crania come to Earth to observe human life.

‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ (2000) — Starring Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, and Zhang Ziyi. Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically skilled, adolescent nobleman’s daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.

‘Death Wish’ (1974) — Starring Charles Bronson, Hope Lange, and Vincent Gardenia. A New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad after his wife is murdered by street punks in which he randomly goes out and kills would-be muggers on the mean streets after dark.

‘Death Wish 2′ (1982) — Starring Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, and Vincent Gardenia. Architect Paul Kersey once again becomes a vigilante when he tries to find the five street punks who murdered his daughter and housekeeper, this time on the dark streets of Los Angeles.

‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ (2007) — Starring Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, and Marie-Josee Croze. The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn’t paralyzed.

‘Dragonslayer’ (1981) — Starring Peter MacNicol, Caitlin Clarke, and Ralph Richardson. A young wizarding apprentice is sent to kill a dragon which has been devouring girls from a nearby kingdom.

‘The English Patient’ (1996) — Starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, and Willem Dafoe. At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

‘The Fifth Element’ (1997) — Starring Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, and Gary Oldman. In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay.

‘For a Few Dollars More’ (1965) — Starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Gian Maria Volonte. Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw.

‘Gattaca’ (1997) — Starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, and Jude Law. A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ (1953) — Starring Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, and Charles Coburn. Two singers, best friends Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris pursued by a private detective hired by Lorelei’s fiancé’s disapproving father to keep an eye on her, a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers.

‘The Graduate’ (1967) — Starring Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, and Katharine Ross. Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock is trapped into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, who happens to be the wife of his father’s business partner and then finds himself falling in love with her daughter, Elaine.

‘House, M.D.’ Seasons 1-8 – Starring Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, and Omar Epps. An antisocial maverick doctor who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come his way using his crack team of doctors and his wits.

‘Inventing the Abbotts’ (1997) — Starring Liv Tyler, Jennifer Connelly, and Joaquin Phoenix. A light-hearted story of two working-class brothers courting three wealthy and beautiful sisters in a small Illinois town.

‘Jumanji’ (1995) — Starring Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, and Bonnie Hunt. When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

‘Lars and the Real Girl’ (2007) — Starring Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, and Paul Schneider. A delusional young guy strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.

‘A League of Their Own’ (1992) — Starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and Lori Petty. Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.

‘Look Who’s Talking Now’ (1993) — Starring John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, and David Gallagher. In this holiday-themed sequel, it’s the family’s pets who are doing the talking as Mollie frets over whether or not James will make it home in time for Christmas.

‘The Man With One Red Shoe’ (1985) — Starring Tom Hanks, Lori Singer, and Dabney Coleman. A man picked randomly out of a crowd is made the target of CIA survelliance and pursuit.

‘Mean Girls’ (2004) — Starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, and Tina Fey. Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.

‘The Muppets Take Manhattan’ (1984) — Starring Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and Dave Goelz. Kermit and his friends go to New York to get their musical on Broadway only to find it’s a more difficult task than they anticipated.

‘My Bloody Valentine’ (1981) — Starring Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, and Neil Affleck. A decades old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine’s Day turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer’s order and people start turning up dead.

‘The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear’ (1991) — Starring Leslie Nielsen, George Kennedy, and O.J. Simpson. Lieutenant Drebin discovers that his ex-girlfriend’s new beau is involved in a plot to kidnap a scientist who advocates solar energy.

‘Night of the Comet’ (1984) — Starring Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, and Robert Beltran. A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls to fight the evil types who survive.

‘The Odd Couple’ (1968) — Starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, and John Fiedler. Two friends try sharing an apartment, but their ideas of housekeeping and lifestyles are as different as night and day.

‘Point Blank’ (1998) — Starring Mickey Rourke, Kevin Gage, and Michael Wright. A criminal leads a prison break and, along with his fellow escapees, holds a group of people hostage at a local shopping mall.

‘Pumpkin’ (2002) — Starring Christina Ricci, Hank Harris, and Brenda Blethyn. A sorority girl is drawn to a disabled man.

‘Rocky’ Series I-V – Starring Sylvester Stallone. Tracing the trials and tribulations of boxer Rocky Marciano.

‘Roger Dodger’ (2002) — Starring Campbell Scott, Isabella Rossellini, and Jesse Eisenberg. After breaking up with his lover and boss, a smooth-talking man takes his teenaged nephew out on the town in search of sex.

‘Royal Pains’ Seasons 1-4 – Starring Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, and Reshma Shetty. After being blamed for a patient’s death, a doctor moves to the Hamptons to treat wealthy clients. When an attractive local hospital administrator asks him to treat the less fortunate, he finds himself torn.

‘The Running Man’ (1987) — Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, and Yaphet Kotto. A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.

‘Scary Movie 3′ (2003) — Starring Anna Faris, Charlie Sheen, and Regina Hall. In the third installment of the Scary Movie franchise, Cindy has to investigate mysterious crop circles and video tapes, and help the President in preventing an alien invasion.

‘Sense and Sensibility’ (1995) — Starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, and James Fleet. Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the titular opposites.

‘Spanglish’ (2004) — Starring Adam Sandler, Tea Leoni, and Paz Vega. A woman and her daughter emigrate from Mexico for a better life in America, where they start working for a family where the patriarch is a newly celebrated chef with an insecure wife.

‘Steel Magnolias’ (2012) — Starring Queen Latifah, Tory Kittles, and Condola Rashad. A remake of the classic film, following the lives and friendships of six women in the south.

‘Stephen King’s Thinner’ (1996) — Starring Robert John Burke, Joe Mantegna, and Lucinda Jenney. A gypsy places a curse on an obese lawyer, making him continually lose weight in this horror film based on the novel by Stephen King.

‘Stuart Saves His Family’ (1995) — Starring Al Franken, Laura San Giacomo, and Vincent D’Onofrio. A self-help advocate struggles to put his dysfunctional family in its place.

‘Survival of the Dead’ (2009) — Starring Alan Van Sprang, Kenneth Welsh, and Kathleen Munroe. On an island off the coast of North America, local residents simultaneously fight a zombie epidemic while hoping for a cure to return their un-dead relatives back to their human state.

‘The Terminator’ (1984) — Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Michael Biehn. A human-looking indestructible cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs.

‘The Thomas Crown Affair’ (1999) — Starring Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, and Denis Leary. A very rich and successful playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have met his match in a seductive detective.

‘Titanic’ (1997) — Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, and Kathy Bates. A 17 year-old aristocrat, expecting to be married to a rich claimant by her mother, falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

‘The Writers’ Room’ Season 1 (2013) — Starring Jim Rash. Interviews with the writers and creative minds behind some of television’s greatest shows.

‘The Yards’ (2000) — Starring Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, and Charlize Theron. A man gets out of prison and involved in illegal contracting work with an old friend.

April 4

’35 and Ticking’ (2011) — Starring Kevin Hart, Meagan Good, and Nicole Ari Parker. A romantic comedy which looks at a group of thirty-somethings trying to figure out life, love and marriage.

‘The Last Days on Mars’ (2013) — Starring Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, and Romola Garai. A group of astronaut explorers succumb one by one to a mysterious and terrifying force while collecting specimens on Mars.

April 5

‘Rapture-Palooza’ (2013) — Starring Craig Robinson, Anna Kendrick, and John Francis Daley. Two teens battle their way through a religious apocalypse on a mission to defeat the Antichrist.

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