The 7 best new movies on Netflix in April 2022

If you’re looking for new movies to watch on Netflix, you’ve come to the right place. The streaming service added an abundance of new movies in April, some of which are genuine new releases while others are excellent library titles newly added to the rotating queue. Indeed, it can be difficult to prioritize what to watch, so we’ve picked out seven movies below that we think are worth pushing to the top of your list ASAP. They range from Oscar-winning dramas to R-rated action to underrated indies, with ooey-gooey romantic comedy thrown in for good measure.

Check out our list of the best new movies on Netflix in April below.

Argo

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Warner Bros.

Ben Affleck’s third directorial effort won the Best Picture Oscar as it was snubbed in the Best Director category, and you know what? “Argo” is a humdinger of a movie. Based on a true story, the film follows a CIA agent (played by Affleck) who is sent to Tehran during the 1979-1981 hostage crisis to rescue six American diplomats. He did this by disguising them as a film crew making a sci-fi movie, with John Goodman and Alan Arkin playing Hollywood producers helping create a fake movie in California. In addition to Best Picture, the film also won Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing.

Blade II

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New line cinema

“Blade II,” directed by Guillermo del Toro, is a cool, R-rated superhero sequel to the original 1998 film starring Wesley Snipes. This time around, Snipes’ walking vampire is forced to team up with a group of bloodsuckers to take down a new breed of vampires, resulting in some truly stunning set pieces (and incredibly cool vampire designs) thanks to the ‘Shape of Water’ Oscar and ‘Hellboy’ filmmaker. If you’re in the mood for a fun action flick, watch this.

His

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Warner Bros.

If you’re looking for underrated gems, 2013’s “Her” is a true masterpiece. Written and directed by Spike Jonze (who won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his work on the film), the story is set in near-future Los Angeles and follows a lonely, introverted man named Theodore (played by Joaquin Phoenix) which boots a new operating system with artificial intelligence. Nicknamed “Samantha” (and voiced by Scarlett Johansson), this new OS begins to experience the world through interactions with Theodore, which in turn cause Theodore to fall in love. Although the premise may seem silly, Jonze’s humanistic approach to the story and Phoenix’s sweet performance translates into a romantic and wildly moving story about life, loss and love.

love in fact

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The quintessential romantic comedy, “Love Actually” is a delightful watch any time of the year. Written and directed by Richard Curtis, the film tells the love stories of various characters in the UK over the Christmas period. There’s Hugh Grant’s bachelor prime minister, Laura Linney’s lonely caretaker, Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman’s failing marriage, and many more stories that fill this mish-mash of love beneath its many shapes. Cliché? Sure. Efficient? Absolutely.

Ouija board: the origin of evil

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Universal images

Looking for a good scare? Despite the title, 2016’s “Ouija: Origin of Evil” is actually a pretty terrific horror movie. Technically a prequel to the misplaced 2014 film “Ouija,” this feature film hails from “The Haunting of Hill House” and “Doctor Sleep” filmmaker Mike Flanagan and tells the story, set in 1967 Los Angeles, of a young widow (Elizabeth Reaser) working from home with her two daughters as a medium. But when they seem to come in contact with real spirits, all hell breaks loose.

Saving Private Ryan

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DreamWorks Pictures

Steven Spielberg won his second Best Director Oscar for his 1998 war film “Saving Private Ryan,” which is considered by many to be the definitive World War II film. Tom Hanks stars as a captain in the U.S. Army who is tasked with putting together a team to find Private James Ryan (Matt Damon) shortly after the Normandy invasion, due to the fact that all of Ryan’s brothers were killed and the US government wants to make sure he gets home safe and sound. Following Hanks’ team journey, the film takes viewers through the various horrors of World War II, and the impressive ensemble cast includes Edward Burns, Jeremy Davies, Barry Pepper and Adam Goldberg.

The bubble

If you’re just in the mood for a laugh, Judd Apatow’s new movie “The Bubble” will do the trick. This Netflix Original follows the crew of a massive blockbuster trying to film a franchise sequel amid the pandemic, as the ensemble’s cast and crew are locked together in a hotel in London for the purpose of quarantine. Madness ensues and the cast includes Karen Gillan, Keegan-Michael Key, Leslie Mann, Fred Armisen and Pedro Pascal.

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