Coming and Going on Netflix in April 2017

Logan Browning in the new Netflix series "Dear White People."

Netflix looks more like a streaming network than a virtual video store all the time.

In April, Netflix debuts a slew of new original movies. Adam Sandler produces and stars in the show biz mockumentary Sandy Wexler, Jake Johnson and Keegan-Michael Key are in Joe Swanberg’s comedy Win It All, Henry Cavill and Nicholas Hoult star in the Iraq war drama Sand Castle, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau gets caught up in Small Crimes, and writer/actor Roger Guenver Smith and director Spike Lee present the one man stage show Rodney King.

Netflix launches even more originals shows in April. The cult series Mystery Science Theater 3000 returns after almost twenty years with a new cast heckling bad movies, Bill Nye Saves the World makes science cool again in a new program for kids, Dear White People adapts the hit indie film into an ongoing series, and the documentary series Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On from Rashida Jones looks at the effects of pornography on modern society.

Returning originals include The Get Down: Part 2, the talk show Chelsea: Season 2, and the animated kid shows Dawn of the Croods: Season 3 and The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show: Season 4.

New films for families includes animated features Kubo and the Two Strings and The Secret Life of Pets, the inspirational true-life drama Queen of Katwe, and Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, originally announced for March and now rescheduled for April.

Other new movies include Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning drama Schindler’s List, Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder with Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr., Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige with Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale, and Trouble With the Curve with Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams.

New TV arrivals include the CW superhero show DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 2, SyFy’s science fiction/western hybrid Wynonna Earp: Season 1, and the mockumentary series Documentary Now!: Season 2.

Fans of the Whedonverse will be understandably disappointed to see Joss Whedon’s TV shows leave Netflix on April 1: seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, five season of Angel, and the short-lived shows Dollhouse and Firefly. Also leaving: the complete runs of The X-Files, House, M.D., Ally McBeal, Roswell, and the first four seasons of Bones, leaving just as the 12th and final season of the series ends on network TV. It’s a Fox TV purge and we’ll be curious to so where these shows end up in the streaming universe.

Among the movies leaving April 1 are cult movies The Princess Bride and The Usual Suspects, Chaplin with Robert Downey Jr., Menace II Society, and the original Superman: The Movie and its sequels.

Here’s the list of what’s arriving on Netflix in April, and what’s leaving.

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 Film)
Dawn of the Croods: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
The Get Down: Part 2 (Netflix Original)
Win It All (Netflix Original Film)

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 Film)

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

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 Film)
Tales by Light: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show: Season 4 (Netflix Original)
The Prestige (2006)
Tramps (Netflix Original Film)

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 Film)
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 Film)
Small Crimes (Netflix Original Film)

April 30
Sofia the First: Season 3 (2015)

Leaving Netflix in April

April 1
The Agony and the Ecstasy
Ally McBeal: Seasons 1–5
Angel: Seasons 1–5
Better Off Ted: Season 1
Barbershop 2: Back in Business
Bones: Seasons 1–4
The Boys from Brazil
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Seasons 1–7
Chaplin
Dollhouse: Season 1
The Escapist
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Firefly
House, M.D.: Seasons 1–8
Lie to Me: Season 1
Menace II Society
The Princess Bride
Resident Evil: Extinction
The Riches: Seasons 1 – 2
Rosewell: Seasons 1–3
Snow Day
Stomp the Yard
Superman: The Movie
Superman II
Superman III
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Superman Returns
The Usual Suspects
Vanilla Sky
The X-Files: Seasons 1–9

April 3
Collateral Damage
The Circle

April 7
Legit: Season 2
Wilfred: Season 4

April 9
Hero

April 10
Legit: Season 1
Flower Girl

April 14
The Lazarus Effect

April 15
A Fantastic Fear of Everything

April 17
American Dad! Season 6

April 26
The Nutty Professor 2: Facing the Fear

April 30
Born to Defense
The Defender
The Mirror
Under the Tuscan Sun

Note that these are just highlights; Stream On Demand will be keeping an eye out for other notable films and TV shows that arrive through the month.

Dates are subject to change without notice.

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About Sean Axmaker

Sean Axmaker is a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, The Seattle Weekly, Keyframe, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View (www.parallax-view.org). He was a film critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for nine years and a longtime home video columnist for IMDb and MSN Movies, and his work has appeared in Indiewire, Today.com, The Stranger, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, Filmfax, Psychotronic Video, and "The Scarecrow Video Guide." You can find links to all of this and more on his shamelessly self-promoting blog at http://www.seanax.com/

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