With the Oscars in the rearview, it’s time to turn our sights to some fresh content. Or, in the case of Netflix’s April slate, old content that suddenly feels pretty fresh when stacked up next to titles like “The Power of the Dog” and “Don’t Look Up,” which by this point have worn out their welcome.
While Judd Apatow fans will be flocking to the streamer for the release of his pandemic-themed ensemble comedy “The Bubble,” there are alternatives for those who aren’t quite ready to laugh at the events of the past two years — especially in the context of a Hollywood movie set facing down COVID-19 protocols and CGI-driven hijinks.
That film drops April 1, but another high-profile premiere from an American filmmaker also lands on Netflix: ” Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood,” Texas auteur Richard Linklater’s first return to animation since 2006’s “A Scanner Darkly.” Like that film and 2001’s metaphysical “Waking Life,” “Apollo” employs the rotoscoping technique to superimpose animation with live-action footage, all shot in Austin.
Also heading to Netflix are a number of classics including the must-see war movies “Saving Private Ryan” and “Full Metal Jacket,” which decades later still tower over the majority of the films they’ve influenced. “Private Ryan” director Spielberg just celebrated seven Oscar nominations for his re-envisioning of “West Side Story,” while Kubrick’s work is as evergreen as ever for rediscovery and reconsideration.
For fans of sci-fi, rom-com, and horror, there are also several recent classics now available to stream on the platform. See below for more films new to Netflix this month.