New Netflix Instant Releases: April 2016


It’s a miracle! Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2 is hitting Netflix next month, along with the debut of new original series The Ranch and Kong: King of the Apes. In addition to the streaming service’s latest original offerings, lots of television shows and movies are arriving, including everything from new favorites to old classics. Read on for our guide to April’s new Netflix Instant releases.

April 1

16 Blocks (2006): Starring Bruce Willis, Yasiin Bey and David Morse. An aging alcoholic cop is assigned the task of escorting a witness from police custody to a courthouse 16 blocks away. There are, however, chaotic forces at work that prevent them from making it in one piece.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): Starring Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood and William Sylvester. Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

A Clockwork Orange (1971): Starring Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee and Michael Bates. In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society’s crime problem — but not all goes according to plan.

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Season 5: Anthony Bourdain visits countries and delves into political issues as well as indigenous food and culture.

The Ascent of Woman: A 10,000 Year Story: This four-part BBC2 documentary series explores the evolution and importance of woman over the course of 10,000 years.

Beat Bobby Flay Season 1: Two contestants battle it out to face Bobby Flay. The victor faces Bobby Flay with their own signature dish. Who can beat the Flayster?

Best in Show (2000): Starring Parker Posey, Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy. A colorful array of characters compete at a national dog show.

Bob’s Burgers Season 5: Starring H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz and Eugene Mirman. Bob Belcher, along with his wife and three children, try to run their last hope of holding the family together, which is running Bob’s dream restaurant.

Boogie Nights (1997): Starring Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore and Burt Reynolds. The story of a young man’s adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Breathe (2014): Starring Josephine Japy, Lou de Laage and Isaballe Carre. Charlie is an average French suburban teenager, but when she becomes fast friends with Sarah, the rebellious new girl at school, she discovers there’s nothing average about how she feels in Melanie Laurent’s sexy sophomore film.

Chaplin (1992): Starring Robert Downey Jr., Geraldine Chaplin and Paul Rhys. A film about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker Charlie Chaplin.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005): Starring Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore and David Kelly. A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world’s most unusual candy maker.

CodeGirl (2015): Join high school aged girls from around the world as they try to better their community through technology and collaboration in this thrilling, heartfelt documentary.

Cujo (1983): Starring Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro and Daniel Hugh Kelly. A friendly St. Bernard named “Cujo” contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.

Cutthroat Kitchen Seasons 3­-4: Chefs are asked to overcome major obstacles and acts of sabotage in this reality competition.

Deep Impact (1998): Starring Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni and Elijah Wood. Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. Which people will survive?

Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang (2015): This documentary follows Dennis Rodman’s efforts to stage a basketball game in North Korea, and his unlikely friendship with Kim Jong-Un.

Dolphin Tale (2011): Starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr. A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.

Erin Brockovich (2000): Starring Julia Roberts, Albert Finney and David Brisbin. An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply.

Explorers (1985): Starring Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix and Bobby Hite. A boy obsessed with 50s sci-fi movies about aliens has a recurring dream about a blueprint of some kind, which he draws for his inventor friend. With the help of a third kid, they follow it and build themselves a spaceship. Now what?

Frank and Cindy (2015): Starring Rene Russo, Oliver Platt and Johnny Simmons. A former one-hit wonder recounts his relationship with his parents.

Kids Baking Championship Season 1: Pre-teen bakers compete in a series of cooking challenges.

Looking for Richard (1996): Al Pacino’s deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare’s significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of Richard III.

Lost & Found Music Studios Season 1 (Netflix Original): Lost & Found Music Studios is a half-hour tween series following the lives of a group of musicians who are members of an after-school music program where they explore and discover their musical identities.

The Mask You Live In (2015): Explores how our culture’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men and society at large and unveils what we can do about it.

Morituri (1965): Starring Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner and Janet Margolin. A war pacifist is blackmailed to pose as an SS officer and to disable the scuttling explosives on freighter carrying rubber cargo to be captured by the Allies.

My Girl (1991): A young girl, on the threshold of her teen years, finds her life turning upside down, when she is accompanied by an unlikely friend.

Mystic River (2003): Starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon. With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy.

The Next Best Thing (2000): Starring Madonna, Rupert Everett and Benjamin Bratt. Abbie, tired of failed relationships, has a one-night-stand with her gay friend; they agree to raise the resulting baby together.

The Perfect Storm (2000): Starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Diane Lane. An unusually intense storm pattern catches some commercial fishermen unaware and puts them in mortal danger.

The Phantom (1996): Starring Billy Zane, Kristy Swanson and Treat Williams. The Phantom, descendent of a line of African superheroes, travels to New York City to thwart a wealthy criminal genius from obtaining three magic skulls which would give him the secret to ultimate power.

The Princess Bride (1987): Starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright and Mandy Patinkin. While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.

The Ranch Part 1 (Netflix Original): Starring Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson and Sam Elliott.The son of a Colorado rancher returns home from a semi-pro football career to run the family business.

The Right Stuff (1983): Starring Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn and Ed Harris. The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.

Rising Sun (1993): Starring Sean Connery, Wesley Snipes and Harvey Keitel. An ex-investigator teams up with a detective to solve the murder of a call girl in Tokyo.

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.

Say It Isn’t So (2001): Starring Chris Klein, Heather Graham and Orlando Jones. A man discovers his girlfriend might be his biological sister.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994): Starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman and Bob Gunton. Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Scrooged (1988): Starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen and John Forsythe. A selfish, cynical TV executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

Something’s Gotta Give (2003): Starring Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves. A swinger on the cusp of being a senior citizen with a taste for young women falls in love with an accomplished woman closer to his age.

Sunset Boulevard (1950): Starring Gloria Swanson, William Holden and Erich von Stroheim. A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

Transporter 3 (2008): Starring Jason Statham, Robert Knepper and Natalya Rudakova. Frank Martin puts the driving gloves on to deliver Valentina, the kidnapped daughter of a Ukranian government official, from Marseilles to Odessa on the Black Sea. En route, he has to contend with thugs who want to intercept Valentina’s safe delivery and not let his personal feelings get in the way of his dangerous objective.

Uncommon Valor (1983): Starring Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze and Robert Stack. 10 years after his son went MIA in Vietnam, U.S. Marine retired Colonel Jason Rhodes assembles a private rescue team to find Americans held in POW camps in Laos.

Under the Same Moon (2007): Starring Eugenio Derbez, Kate del Castillo and Adrian Alonso. A young Mexican boy travels to the U.S. to find his mother after his grandmother passes away.

V for Vendetta (2005): Starring Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving and Rupert Graves. In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of “V,” plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.

April 5

Walt Before Mickey (2015): Starring Thomas Ian Nicholas, Jon Heder and Jodie Sweetin. Based on the book of the same name, this film follows the early years and life of Walt Disney.

April 8

God’s Pocket (2014): Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks and Richard Jenkins. A blue collar worker tries to cover things up when his stepson is killed in a suspicious accident, but a local reporter senses that something’s amiss.

Hush (2016): Starring John Gallagher Jr., Kate Siegel and Michael Trucco. A deaf woman is stalked by a psychotic killer in her secluded home.

April 9

Look Who’s Back (2015): Starring Oliver Masucci, Fabian Busch and Christoph Maria Herbst. Adolf Hitler wakes up to find himself in the 21st century. From there he pursues a career as a standup comedian.

April 10

Girl Meets World Season 2: Starring Rowan Blanchard, Sabrina Carpenter and Ben Savage. More than a decade after Boy Meets World, Cory and Topanga Matthews are married and have two children. Their daughter, Riley, faces life lessons through her family, friends, and school — where her father is her history teacher — as her parents did when they were younger.

April 11

Turn: Washington’s Spies Season 2: Starring Angus Macfayden, Jamie Bell and Seth Numrich. Follows New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence.

April 12

AJIN Season 1­­ (Netflix Original): Starring Yoshimasa Hosoya, Mamoru Miyano and Ryota Osaka. A 17-year-old boy is revived from death to discover that he is one of a rare species of immortal demi-humans in Netflix’s first anime series.

April 14

Moonwalkers (2015): Starring Rupert Grint, Ron Perlman and Robert Sheehan. After failing to locate the legendary Stanley Kubrick, an unstable CIA agent must instead team up with a seedy rock band manager to develop the biggest con of all time-staging the moon landing.

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2015): A look at the personal and private life of the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs.

April 15

Belgica (2016): Starring Stef Aerts, Tom Vermeir and Stefaan De Winter. The drama follows two brothers who start a bar and get swept up in its success in the midst of Belgium’s nightlife scene.

Cuckoo Season 3 (Netflix Original): Starring Greg Davies, Helen Baxendale and Tyger-Drew Honey. Cuckoo is every parent’s worst nightmare — a slacker full of outlandish, New Age ideas.

Kong: King of the Apes (Netflix Original Film): Explores the origins of the iconic ape as a young hero.

Kong: King of the Apes Season 1 (Netflix Original): In a not-too-distant future, Kong is framed by a villain and escapes his natural preserve to become the world’s most hunted fugitive.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2 (Netflix Original): Starring Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski. A woman is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over again in New York City.

April 16

How to Get Away with Murder Season 2: Starring Viola Davis, Billy Brown and Alfred Enoch. A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.

April 17

Lost Girl Season 5: Starring Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried and Zoie Palmer. After discovering she’s a succubus who must feed on humans to survive, a woman rebels against her supernatural clan and sets out to discover her origins.

The Messengers Season 1: Starring Shantel VanSanten, Diogo Morgado and JD Pardo. A mysterious object crashes on earth and a group of unconnected strangers die from an energy pulse it emits, but then re-awaken to find out that they have been deemed responsible for preventing the impending Apocalypse.

April 22

Catching The Sun (2015): An unemployed American worker, a Tea Party activist, and a Chinese solar entrepreneur race to lead the clean energy future. But who wins and who loses the battle for power in the 21st century?

Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping (Netflix Original): The beloved comedian and actor delivers a new hour of standup material exclusively for Netflix.

April 24

Minions (2015): Starring Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm and Michael Keaton. Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.

April 27

Begin Again (2014): Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine. A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.

The Fosters Season 3: Starring Teri Polo, Sherri Saum and Hayden Byerly. Teenager Callie Jacobs is placed in a foster home with a lesbian couple and their blend of biological, adoptive and foster children.

April 29

Danger Mouse Season 1 (Netflix Original): Starring Alexander Armstrong, Kevin Eldon and Dave Lamb. Based on the classic ’80s television show, this animated series centers on a British spy — who just so happens to be a mouse.

Hellion (2014): Starring Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis and Josh Wiggins. A troubled teen tries to reconnect with his absentee father.

Special Correspondents (2016) (Netflix Original): Starring Ricky Gervais, Vera Farmiga and Kelly Macdonald. A radio journalist and his technician get in over their heads when they hatch a scheme to fake their own kidnapping during a rebel uprising in South America and hide out in New York instead.

Team Foxcatcher (2016) ­(Netflix Original): Using never-before-seen footage, this documentary explores the increasingly troubled life of the wealthy John E. du Pont and the murder of Olympic wrestler David Schultz.

April 30

Sensitive Skin Season 2: Starring Kim Cattrall, Don McKellar and Nicolas Wright. Davina and Al try to revamp their lives as they struggle with the uncertainties of middle age.

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