Here’s a look at what’s new on Netflix in April. I’m particularly excited that “House, M.D.” is coming to the streaming service. I’ve missed the cranky doc.
A League of their Own (1992). Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell, Jon Lovitz, David Strathairn. Two small-town sisters join an all-female baseball league formed when World War II brings professional baseball to a standstill. As their team hits the road with its drunken coach, the siblings find troubles and triumphs on and off the field.
Amistad (1997). Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Matthew McConaughey, Chiwetel Ejiofor. An African-born slave leads a mutiny against his brutal captors, but because the ship is in American waters, a U.S. court must decide the slaves’ fates. In an eloquent courtroom speech, ex-president John Quincy Adams argues for the Africans’ freedom.
Bob’s Burgers: Season 3. In this animated series, hamburger restaurant owner Bob Belcher, his happy-go-lucky wife, Linda, and their three rambunctious kids try to outwit a rival eatery and overcome their own family dysfunction to get their greasy spoon off the ground.
Braveheart (1995). Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack, James Robinson, Sean Lawlor. Enraged at the slaughter of Murron (Catherine McCormack) — his new bride and childhood love — legendary Scottish warrior William Wallace (Mel Gibson, who also directed the film) slays a platoon of the local English lord’s soldiers. This leads the village to revolt and, eventually, the entire country to rise up against English rule. With vivid battle scenes and a heaping portion of legend, Gibson’s epic won five Oscars, including Best Picture.
Chinatown (1974). Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, John Hillerman, Darrell Zwerling, Diane Ladd. With a suspicious femme fatale bankrolling his snooping, private eye J.J. Gittes uncovers intricate dirty dealings in the Los Angeles waterworks and gets his nose slashed for his trouble in director Roman Polanski’s complex neonoir classic.
Coneheads (1993). Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Michelle Burke, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Adam Sandler, David Spade. With enormous cone-shaped heads, robotlike walks and an appetite for toilet paper, aliens Beldar and Prymatt don’t exactly blend in with the population of Paramus, N.J. But for some reason, everyone believes them when they say they’re from France.
House, M.D.: The Complete Series. This Emmy-winning hospital drama stars Hugh Laurie as the perpetually ornery yet indisputably brilliant Dr. Gregory House, a paradoxical physician who loathes his patients but has a knack for treating the most mysterious afflictions.
Jumanji (1995). Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce, Bebe Neuwirth, Jonathan Hyde. When two siblings discover an enchanted board game that opens the door to a magical world, they unwittingly invite into their living room a man who’s been trapped inside the game for 26 years — and whose only hope for freedom is to finish the game.
Lars and the Real Girl (2007). Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, Patricia Clarkson, R.D. Reid, Kelli Garner, Nancy Beatty. When a delusional loner buys a life-sized sex doll over the Internet, promptly falls in love with her and starts telling people that she’s his girlfriend, his brother and sister-in-law decide it’s time to intervene.
Mean Girls (2004). Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey, Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, Lacey Chabert. After growing up abroad, brainy teen Cady Heron moves to Chicago and haphazardly joins her new high school’s most powerful clique. But there’s hell to pay when the ex-boyfriend of the clique’s menacing leader shows interest in being Cady’s guy.
Rocky (1976) – ll-V will be available too! Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Thayer David, Joe Spinell. When world heavyweight boxing champ Apollo Creed announces he’ll give an unknown fighter a shot at the title as a publicity stunt, his handlers pick palooka Rocky Balboa, an uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark.
Royal Pains: Seasons 1-4. Dr. Hank Lawson, an unfairly maligned Manhattan physician, unexpectedly gets a career upgrade as a freelance doctor treating New York’s aristocratic upper crust in their posh Hamptons homes.
Scary Movie 3 (2003). Anna Faris, Anthony Anderson, Leslie Nielsen, Camryn Manheim, Simon Rex, Pamela Anderson. The Wayans brothers give way to slapstick master David Zucker for this third installment of the horror spoof series. But don’t expect Zucker to stick just to horror this time, as everything from Lord of the Rings to Eight Mile is up for skewering.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007). Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny, Patrick Chesnais. Mathieu Amalric stars as author and Elle magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby in this adaptation of Bauby’s autobiography, which he dictated by blinking his left eye after a stroke rendered him mute and paralyzed.
The English Patient (1996). Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas, Naveen Andrews, Colin Firth. Set against the backdrop of World War II, this Oscar-winning drama stars Ralph Fiennes as a badly burned pilot who recounts a tale of doomed romance to the nurse tending him. As his story spills out via flashback, so do secrets about his identity.
Titanic (1997). Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, Bill Paxton. This cinematic spectacle — winner of 11 Oscars — follows society girl Rose and penniless artist Jack as they fall in love just as tragedy strikes. Rereleased for the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, the stirring romance remains timeless.
Short Poppies: Season 1 – A global debut on Netflix. TV journalist David Farrier takes on the job of documenting what everyday life is like for a collection of eccentric nobodies from small-town New Zealand, but the network plans to make a comedy out of the reporter’s odd findings.
Turbo FAST – New Episodes begin April 4! Join Turbo and his posse on the Turbo Fast Action Stunt Team. Filled with outrageous comedy, action and laugh out loud fun, “Turbo FAST” amps up everything to the extreme: extreme adventures, extreme challenges, and extreme excitement.
Legit: Season 1. Comic Jim Jefferies plays a version of himself, a fun-loving, irresponsible stand-up sensation whose mother plots to get him to go legit. But how many times can one woman fake a fatal illness before she gives up and lets Jim lead his own life?
Peeples (2013). Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, S. Epatha Merkerson, Tyler James Williams. Average guy Wade Walker wants to marry his beautiful, successful girlfriend, Grace Peeples. Having never met her upper-crust family, Wade crashes their annual reunion and finds himself in a face-off with her disapproving dad, Judge Peeples.
The Dirties (2013). Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Krista Madison, Brandon Wickens, Jay McCarrol, Josh Boles. Film geeks Matt and Owen make a movie about getting revenge on “the Dirties,” a group of bullies who target them at school. Then Matt decides to take things a step further, stockpiling weapons for a sequel in which they’ll open fire on their enemies.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013). Dwayne Johnson, Jonathan Pryce, Byung-hun Lee, Elodie Yung, Ray Stevenson, D.J. Cotrona. In this action-packed sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the elite anti-terrorist team finds itself ambushed and framed for treason by global mercenary Zartan. Driven into hiding, the warriors devise a desperate plan to defeat Zartan’s forces.
The Bible: The Epic Mini Series. Diogo Morgado, Darwin Shaw, Paul Brightwell, Roma Downey, Greg Hicks, Sebastian Knapp. Re-creating the Bible’s vision of human and divine history for contemporary audiences, this sweeping miniseries incorporates key biblical stories and parables, vividly dramatizing the ancient tales — from Adam and Eve to the revelation of St. John.
Alon Gold: Chosen and Taken (2014). Elon Gold unleashes his sharp, biting humor in his brand new comedy special Chosen & Taken. His manic wit transcends race and religion to celebrate the absurd things people get away with.
R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour. Children’s horror writer R.L. Stine presents a collection of bizarre and terrifying tales designed to make kids and parents shiver in their sofas. Witches, aliens and assorted malign spirits abound in the world of Stine’s dark imagination.
Scoop (2006). Woody Allen, Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman, Ian McShane, Romola Garai, Jim Dunk, Colin Salmon. While visiting friends in London, American journalism student Jade Spence beats out Britain’s top reporters by exposing a story involving murder and magic. But just as the story heats up, so do things between Jade and a hunky aristocrat.
The Eagle (2011). Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong, Tahar Rahim, Denis O’Hare. Haunted by the disappearance of his father, who vanished with the Roman Ninth Legion on an expedition into the north of Britain, centurion Marcus Aquila sets out to unravel the mystery and recover the legion’s eagle standard.
The Family (2013). Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo, Domenick Lombardozzi. The Manzonis, an infamous mob family, are relocated to Normandy, France, by the witness protection program, where they have some difficulty fitting in. When local problems arise, they respond the only way they know how: mafia style.
A.N.T. Farm: Season 3. Chart the experiences of musical prodigy Chyna Parks, a gifted young singer who skips her way up to a local high school’s Advanced Natural Talent program, much to the annoyance of her fellow prodigies.
Switched at Birth: Season 3. In this ABC Family drama series, a pair of unsuspecting teens discover they were accidentally switched at birth, setting off a chain reaction of life-altering changes to the families they’ve always known.
The Benchwarmers (2006). Rob Schneider, David Spade, Jon Heder, Jon Lovitz, Craig Kilborn, Molly Sims, Tim Meadows. Humiliated as children on the baseball field, a trio of adult friends form a three-man team to take on the top Little League squads, becoming unlikely champions for uncoordinated kids everywhere.