STREAMING SATURDAY: Netflix Original Movies Highlight April

A handful of Netflix original films highlight the April titles set to debut on this streaming.

When I usually write about Netflix, I’m singing the praises of its dynamic and ground-breaking original series. Some of you who read this weekly installment might already know that I think Stranger Things is the best thing on streaming TV. You might also know that I’m a huge fan of The OABloodline, and Orange is the New Black. As I look at Netflix’s April offerings, however, I’m intrigued by a few Netflix original movies set to debut during the fourth month of the year. While I’ll always love binge-watching my favorite Netflix series, I’m intrigued to get back to the movie form. It’s a good thing the streaming giant has a handful of original films from which to choose.

Small Crimes
The first of Netflix’s original April films that caught my attention was Small Crimes. Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (best known for portraying Jamie Lanister on Game of Thrones), Small Crimes is the story of Joe Denton, a disgraced former cop who’s trying to put his life back together after a six-year prison stint for attempted murder. Needless to say, Denton is haunted by some other very bad people from his past, including what appears to be a crooked cop played Gary Cole (Lumbergh from Office Space). At an hour and a half, watching Small Crimes will likely entertain me without dominating my entire weekend before leaving me itching for season two to come out. Too bad I have to wait until April 28 to see it!


Sandy Wexler
Mrs. Buckler is a fan of comedies, particularly Adam Sandler comedies, and it looks like she’s in luck with Netflix’s Sandy Wexler. Judging by the trailer, this movie features Sandler playing another one of his eccentric misfits with a peculiar speech pattern. This time, it’s Sandy Wexler, a small time Los Angeles talent manager in the 1990s. Wexler’s life changes when he meets the young but tremendously talented singer Courtney, played by Jennifer Hudson. Just looking at the trailer, Sandy Wexler appears to be a star-studded affair with names such as Chris Rock, Conan O’Brien, Henry Winkler, and many more making an appearance. It’s slated for an April 14 release on Netflix.

Enjoy Your April Choices!
Small Crimes and Sandy Wexler are just two of many Netflix original movies this month. There are many more than appear interesting, and I’m sure that Mrs. Buckler and I will give each of them at least one viewing. There also are some old favorites that might be due for another see, such as A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and Gremlins (1984). At least once a month, I get nostalgic for my teenage years, which spanned that totally awesome decade known as the ’80s. With so many choices, I can’t think of a better way to spend another streaming Saturday around the house.

Here is a listing of what’s coming to Netflix this month:

April 1:
A Weekend with the Family (2016)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Across the Universe (2007)
An American Tail (1986)
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)
An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster (1999)
Boy Bye (2016)
Born To Be Free (2016)
Cool Runnings (1993)
Good Witch: Season 2 (2016)
Gremlins (1984)
Only for One Night (2016)
Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin’ (1971)
Scooby-Doo (2002)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
Thunderstruck (2012)
Wynonna Earp: Season 1 (2016)
Trouble with the Curve (2012)
Tropic Thunder (2008)
The Tenth Man (2016)

April 2:
The D Train (2015)

April 4:
Chewing Gum: Season 2 – Netflix Original
Louis C.K. 2017 – Netflix Original

April 6:
Disney’s The BFG (2016)

April 7:
El Faro De Las Orcas – Netflix Original
Dawn of the Croods: Season 3 – Netflix Original
The Get DownPart 2 – Netflix Original
Win It All – Netflix Original

April 8:
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

April 10:
Documentary Now! Season 2 (2016)

April 11:
Kevin Hart: What Now (2016)

April 12:
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 2 (2016)

April 14:
Chelsea: Season 2 – Netflix Original
El Elegido (2017)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return – Netflix Original
Sandy Wexler – Netflix Original

April 15:
Disney’s Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
Slam – Netflix Original

April 18:
Lucas Brothers: On Drugs – Netflix Original

April 19:
A Plastic Ocean

April 21:
Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 1 – Netflix Original
Girlboss: Season 1 – Netflix Original
Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On: Season 1 – Netflix Original
Sand Castle – Netflix Original
Tales by Light: Season 2 – Netflix Original
The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show: Season 4 – Netflix Original
The Prestige (2006)
Tramps – Netflix Original

April 22:
The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass: Season 1-3 (2016)
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

April 23:
Liv and Maddie: Season 4 (2016)
Phantom (2013)

April 24:
Long Nights Short Mornings (2016)

April 25:
Disney’s Queen of Katwe (2016)
The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared – Netflix Original
Vir Das: Abroad Understanding – Netflix Original

April 26:
Real Rescues: Season 6-7 (2012)
Trust (2010)

April 27:
Las Chicas del Cable: Season 1 – Netflix Original

April 28:
A Murder in the Park (2014)
Casting JonBenet – Netflix Original
Dear White People: Season 1 – Netflix Original
Rodney King – Netflix Original
Small Crimes – Netflix Original

April 30:
Sofia the First: Season 3 (2015)

About the Author

Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.