Coming and Going on Netflix in April 2018

Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen, and Ed Harris

Netflix is delivering on its promise to offer more original movies and TV shows and April is filled with movies debuting directly to Netflix. Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen, and Ed Harris star in Kodachrome, a road movie drama that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and Dave Franco and Abbi Jacobson headline the addiction drama 6 Balloons, which comes direct to Netflix from SXSW. For a younger demographic there’s a trio of high school films: coming-of-age high comedy Dude with Lucy Hale, sports drama Amateur, and debate team romantic drama Candy Jar. And there’s another Adam Sandler original: The Week Of co-starring Chris Rock.

New original series include a new version of the 1960s science fiction show Lost in Space with Toby Stephens and Molly Parker, ancient world drama Troy: Fall of a City, and French comedy The Chalet. New shows for kids include animates series The Boss Baby: Back in Business and Spy Kids: Mission Critical.

And the slate of original documentaries includes Ram Dass, Going Home on the spiritual leader, four-part mini-series Bobby Kennedy for President, The Rachel Divide about “trans racial” activist Rachel Dolezal, and Mercury 13, the untold story of the women who competed to be part of the Apollo program.

Don’t worry, Netflix still picks up films that have played in theaters. April brings the animated hit Despicable Me 3, 24 Hours to Live with Ethan Hawke, The Man Who Knew Infinity with Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons, Seven Pounds with Will Smith and Rosario Dawson, the film Friday Night Lights that inspired the TV series, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest with Johnny Depp, and Scarface with Al Pacino among the scores of new arrivals.

Among the titles leaving Netflix in April are the animated adventure Kung Fu Panda 3, Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns, Apollo 13 with Tom Hanks, and documentary Exit through the Gift Shop.

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

April 1
A Sort of Family
Along Came Polly
Bad Boys
Battlefield Earth
Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
Big Time
Body of Lies
Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever
Cats & Dogs
Cold Mountain
Dare to Be Wild
Deep Blue Sea
Fish People
Friday Night Lights
Jackass 2.5
Life Is Beautiful
Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Mortal Kombat
Nancy Drew
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Sin City
Speed Racer
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
The Duchess
The Family Man
The Flintstones
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
The Iron Giant
The Lost Boys
The Queen of the Damned
The Spy Next Door
Wakfu: Season 3 (Netflix Original)

April 2
La Piloto: Season 1

April 3
Fary Is the New Black (Netflix Original)

April 5
Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall
Despicable Me 3

April 6
The 4th Company (Netflix Original Film)
6 Balloons (Netflix Original Film)
Amateur (Netflix Original Film)
The Boss Baby: Back in Business: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Fastest Car: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Money Heist: Part 2 (Netflix Original)
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: JAY-Z (Netflix Original)
Orbiter 9 (Netflix Original Film)
Ram Dass, Going Home (Netflix Original)
Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity
Sun Dogs
Todo lo que sería de Lucas Lauriente (Netflix Original)
Troy: Fall of a City: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

April 7
24 Hours to Live

April 9
AMO: Season 1(Netflix Original)

April 10
Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast (Netflix Original)

April 12
Pickpockets (Netflix Original Film)

April 13
Chef’s Table: Pastry (Netflix Original)
Come Sunday (Netflix Original Film)
I Am Not An Easy Man (Netflix Original Film)
Lost in Space: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Season 2 (Netflix Original)

April 15
Lakeview Terrace
Seven Pounds

April 17
The Chalet: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
The Honeymoon Stand Up Special: Collection (Netflix Original)

April 18
Friend Request

April 19
Charité: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Chasing The Dragon

April 20
Aggretsuko: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Dope: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Dude (Netflix Original Film)
Kodachrome (Netflix Original Film)
Mercury 13 (Netflix Original)
Spy Kids: Mission Critical: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

April 21
The Letdown: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

April 24
Call the Midwife: Series 6: “Christmas Special 2017”
Kevin James: Never Don’t Give Up (Netflix Original)

April 25
Bill Nye: Science Guy
Psychokinesis (Netflix Original Film)

April 27
3%: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Bobby Kennedy for President (Netflix Original)
Candy Jar (Netflix Original Film)
Holy Goalie
The Man Who Knew Infinity
The New Legends of Monkey: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
The Week Of (Netflix Original Film)

Coming in April (no date)
Jane The Virgin: Season 4

Leaving Netflix in April

Leaving April 1
30 Days of Night
88 Minutes
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
American Pie
American Pie 2
Apollo 13
Batman & Robin
Batman Forever
Batman Returns
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Cool Runnings
Death Sentence
Dolphin Tale
The Dukes of Hazzard
Eagle vs. Shark
John Mulaney: New in Town
The Men Who Stare at Goats
Never Let Me Go
The Pursuit of Happyness
Set Up
The Shawshank Redemption
Small Soldiers
The Whole Nine Yards
Wild Wild West

Leaving April 3
Starry Eyes

Leaving April 5
The Hallow
The Nightingale

Leaving April 12
The Emperor’s New Clothes

Leaving April 15
Happy Tree Friends
Leap Year

Leaving April 16
Son of God

Leaving April 17
Z Storm

Leaving April 120
The Exorcism of Molly Hartley

Leaving April 21
The Prestige

Leaving April 22
Exit through the Gift Shop

Leaving April 26
Kung Fu Panda 3

Leaving April 27
Begin Again

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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Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. He writes the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website, and his work appears at, Turner Classic Movies online, The Film Noir Foundation, and Parallax View.

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