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The 7 Best Movies New to Netflix in April 2021

On offer this month: a cute new animated joint from Lord and Miller, a pair of festival hits that deserve more eyeballs, and the chilly charms of "The Master."

THE MASTER, Joaquin Phoenix, 2012. ©Weinstein Company/courtesy Everett Collection

“The Master”

©Weinstein Company/Courtesy Everett Collection

Ah, spring! Not exactly the most fertile time for fresh movies, but after a relatively low-key March lineup, streaming giant Netflix now sees fit to offer its loyal subscribers a much more thrilling assortment of choices for April viewing pleasure. Among them: a pair of Netflix-branded originals that seem, at least on their face, very different, though both offer family-centric entertainment with some always-necessary lessons about the power of bonding together in the face of adversity (in “The Mitchells vs. The Machines,” it’s technology; in “Concrete Cowboy,” it’s the insidious power of a city not valuing its citizens; we promise they will actually make a solid double feature).

Elsewhere, the streamer is giving two festival hits an online home, from the eye-popping education at the heart of “Coded Bias” to the body-thumping joy of “Dark City Beneath the Beat.” End your month of movie-watching with some meat and potatoes Ron Howard action (“Rush”), top it off with the confectionary insanity of Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak,” and save the best for last: Paul Thomas Anderson’s chilly masterpiece “The Master.”

All told, April isn’t looking too shabby in streaming land, and the phrase “something for everyone” certainly seems apt. Here are the seven best movies coming to Netflix this April.

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