Netflix in April 2021: the best new films and TV shows coming this weekend

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There is an abundance of new TV shows and films to watch on Netflix this weekend, including Shadow And BoneWhy Did You Kill Me, Thunder Force, Love And Monsters, Run, and The World’s Biggest Art Heist

April is almost over, but there are still plenty of new films and TV shows to watch on Netflix this weekend.

First up, we have the much-anticipated Shadow And Bone, which looks… well, it looks like it might be the best fantasy series since Game Of Thrones. Maybe even better than Game Of Thrones, actually.

Love And Monsters is still in Netflix’s Top 10 list, meanwhile, and Why Did You Kill Me? is the thought-provoking true crime documentary everyone’s talking about right now. 

For those in need of something a little more uplifting, there’s new docuseries My Love: Six Stories of True Love, in which filmmakers from across the world capture the lives of couples who have found a way to make it work. And we also have a new sitcom in the form of Dad Stop Embarrassing Me, which stars Jamie Foxx and is inspired (and produced by) his daughter, Corinne Foxx.

Netflix UK in April 2021: Dad Stop Embarrassing Me
Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! promises to be a light-hearted watch on Netflix.

Of course, superhero-comedy Thunder Force – starring Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy – has been steadily trending since its release last week. And people are still raving about Sarah Paulson’s dark psychological thriller, Run, for obvious reasons. 

If you haven’t seen it yet, then give This Is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist a go, and don’t forget to watch Worn Stories (a joyful docuseries about the relationships people have with their clothes) at some point, too.

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg; April promises to bring a new Harlan Coben adaptation into the mix, for all those who were obsessed with The Stranger. And let’s not forget about Amanda Seyfried’s terrifying new thriller, too.

Throw in Scandi thriller series Snabba Cash, a film about a French brothel keeper, and a heartwarming documentary about true love, and you genuinely have something for everyone to enjoy.

With all that to enjoy and more, here’s our pick of what’s new on Netflix this April.

Please note that this article will be updated regularly to include new titles.

Esio Trot – 1 April

As in, yes, the live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved novel starring Dustin Hoffman and Dame Judi Dench.

Baarìa – 1 April

This is a feel-good comedy disguised as an Italian period drama, all about three generations of family growing up in a Sicilian village.

Beneath – 1 April

Hot on the heels of Seaspiracy comes a very fishy horror, which pits a group of trapped high-school seniors against a giant man-eating fish.

Worn Stories – 1 April

The official synopsis for Worn Stories promises: “Be it a pair of boots symbolising survival, a dress that’s come to stand for recovery, or a uniform that reaffirms an identity, the series illuminates the lives of the wearers through stories about cherished articles of clothing.” 

Cast Away – 1 April 

This drama stars Tom Hanks as Chuck Noland, a FedEx executive that is left stranded on a deserted island after surviving a plane crash.

Shrek – 1 April

An oldie but a goodie, this animated classic sees Shrek head off on a quest (with help from a talking Donkey, obviously) to free the beautiful Princess Fiona from a dragon-guarded castle.

Just Say Yes – 2 April

Essentially a cross between Runaway Bride and Bridesmaids, this Dutch romantic comedy tells the story of incurable romantic Lotte, a woman whose life is upended after years of planning her wedding only for the groom to cancel last minute.

Concrete Cowboy – 2 April

While spending the summer in North Philadelphia, a troubled teen is caught between a life of crime and his estranged father’s vibrant urban-cowboy subculture. Starring Caleb McLaughlin and Idris Elba.

Madame Claude – 2 April

A production still from Madame Claude
Madame Claude will become available for streaming via Netflix this April.

Taking us back in time to 1960s Paris, Madame Claude is the head of a French network of call girls who work especially for dignitaries and civil servants. As such, her influence extends beyond the world of sex work — until an affluent young woman threatens to change everything…

Run – 2 April

Sarah Paulson’s new psychological thriller, Run, sees her take on the role of Diane, a dangerously overprotective mum hiding a truly sinister secret.

Sky High– 2 April

After falling for Estrella, Ángel, a mechanic from the Madrid suburbs, dives into a world of heists and becomes the target of a relentless detective.

Snabba Cash – 7 April

Set in Stockholm a decade after the events depicted in the film trilogy, this Swedish thriller series centres on Leya, a young single mother trying to make it as an entrepreneur. Her never-ending quest for easy money, however, soon sends her spiraling into the brutal chaos of the criminal world. Will she make it back out with her integrity in tact?

This is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist – 7 April

As per the official Netflix synopsis, this must-watch true crime documentary tells the story of “the biggest art heist in history.”

“Over St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 1990, legendary works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and others worth over half a billion dollars today were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston,” it reads. 

“This four-part documentary series from director Colin Barnicle covers the leads, dead ends, lucky breaks and speculations that characterised the investigation of this still unsolved mystery.”

The Wedding Coach – 7 April

Bridesmaids and in-laws and mason jars, oh my! Weddings are a beautiful cause for celebration, but despite what the bridal magazines say, planning one is far from a party. After barely making it down the aisle of her own wedding, comedian Jamie Lee is on a hilarious, heartwarming mission to help couples survive the stressful, and sometimes ridiculous, expectations of “Big Bridal.” With a different comedian “plus one” by her side each episode, Jamie intervenes before and on the wedding day, serving up her refreshing, real-talk perspective on the Bridal Industry, squashing the couple’s drama to help them focus on the big picture.

Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute – 7 April

In this 55-minute Dolly Parton concert, performers including Miley Cyrus, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, and Pink all pay tribute to the country music legend. And, yeah, you better believe Parton herself performs too!

Night In Paradise – 9 April

This K-Drama film has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but its finally set to get its worldwide premiere via Netflix. All about a wronged South Korean mobster, it sees Tae-Soo flee to Jeju Island after the death of his sister and nephew. There, though, he meets Jae-Yoon, a terminally ill woman… and his life is turned upside down in the process.

Thunder Force – 9 April

Thunder Force delivers the goods (and laughs) in its tale of a scientist and her estranged best friend Lydia accidentally powering themselves up with new, incredible abilities. But how will the newly-formed Thunder Force – a superhero duo that fights crime – fare when they do battle against the so-called ‘Miscreants’ and their leader, The King?

A Star Is Born – 11 April

Starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born sees country music star Jackson Maine fall in love with talented singer-songwriter Ally (Gaga) after a chance encounter at a bar. He soon takes her on as his protégé, pushing her to write more, sing more, and believe in herself. But, as her star shines all the brighter, his soon begins to fade…

My Love: Six Stories of True Love – 13 April

In this heartwarming documentary, we follow six elderly couples from around the world – all of whom have been together for anywhere from 43 to 60 years – through a year in their lives. And, in the process, we learn the secrets of their long-lasting love.

Dad Stop Embarrassing Me – 14 April

This new sitcom stars Jamie Foxx as the successful cosmetics brand owner who gets an unexpected crash course in fatherhood when his teenage daughter movies in with him.

Love And Monsters – 14 April 

Seven years after the Monsterpocalypse, all of humanity has been forced to live in underground colonies. When Joel Dawson (Dylan O’Brien) reconnects over the radio with his high school girlfriend Aimee, who has been living on the coast 85 miles away, he begins to fall for her again. Joel realises that there’s nothing left for him underground, and despite all the danger that stands in his way, he decides he must venture out to find his true love.

Why Did You Kill Me? – 14 April 

“After her daughter is killed, a mother uses the social networking site MySpace to investigate the people she believes are responsible, resulting in reverberations for multiple families,” reads Netflix’s official synopsis for Why Did You Kill Me, their latest must-watch true crime documentary.

“But will the line between justice and revenge be blurred?”

Ride Or Die – 15 April

A tale of two women; one who kills for a love, and the other who made her kill. This movie depicts their escape, and the chaotic journey that will surprisingly bring them closer to each other.

Stowaway – 22 April

In Stowaway, Anna Kendrick plays medical researcher Zoe Levenson.

The official synopsis for Stowaway reads: “On a mission headed to Mars, an unintended stowaway accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceship’s life support systems.

“Facing dwindling resources and a potentially grim outcome, a medical researcher emerges as the only dissenting voice against the clinical logic of both her commander and the ship’s biologist.”

Searching For Sheela – 22 April

If you watched Netflix’s documentary Wild Wild Country in 2018, you’ll definitely want to watch Searching For Sheela. All about the later years of the controversial Ma Anand Sheela, aka Rajneesh’s most trusted advisor and vocal supporter, it sees her return to India after decades for an interview tour.

Shadow And Bone – 23 April

Jessie Mei Li leads the cast of Shadow And Bone as Alina Starkov
Jessie Mei Li leads the cast of Shadow And Bone as Alina Starkov.

Set in a war-torn world, Shadow And Bone (aka the fantasy TV series of our dreams) is all about a lowly soldier and orphan named Alina Starkov who unleashes an extraordinary power that could prove the key to setting her country free. 

“With the monstrous threat of the Shadow Fold looming, Alina is torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha,” promises the official synopsis.

“But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same and that nothing in this lavish world is what it seems.”

Things Heard and Seen – 30 April

Amanda Seyfried and James Norton star in Netflix’s Things Heard And Seen.
Amanda Seyfried and James Norton star in Netflix’s Things Heard And Seen.

In Things Heard and Seen, Amanda Seyfried and James Norton star as the Manhattan couple who move to a historic hamlet in the Hudson Valley. There, they discover that their marriage has a sinister darkness, one that rivals their new home’s history. Based on the acclaimed novel by Elizabeth Brundage.

Rocketman – 30 April

This musical biographical drama stars Taron Egerton as larger-than-life artist Elton John.

The Innocent – 30 April

As in, yes, the much-anticipated adaptation of Harlan Coben’s bestseller of the same name.

One night, nine years ago, Mateo innocently interceded in a fight and ended up becoming a murderer. Now he’s an ex-con who takes nothing for granted.

His wife, Olivia, is pregnant, and the two of them are about to get the house of their dreams. But a shocking and inexplicable call from Olivia’s cell phone destroys Mateo’s life for the second time…

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.

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