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Warmer days have finally arrived in much of the country, but while many places are back in lockdown, streaming services have made it easier to get our minds off the current climate. There's a whole new slate of exciting films and series making their debut in April, from buzzy awards-show favourites to hot new TV shows.
Movie buffs will be sure to appreciate that "Nomadland" (a likely pick to win this year's Oscar for Best Picture) will be available to stream this month on Disney+ Star, while fans of Jack Ryan will also be able to indulge in a new film based on the Tom Clancy novels, "Without Remorse," starring Michael B. Jordan.
When it comes to series, fan-favourite "The Handmaid's Tale" returns for an exciting fourth season on Crave, and Kate Winslet leads in a seven-part detective drama "Mare of Easttown" that's already receiving rave reviews.
Best movies to watch on Netflix
A young teenager Chloe (Kiera Allen) who has been isolated after years of medical care, suspects that her mother Dianne (Sarah Paulson) might be harbouring sinister secrets. Now streaming.
Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin star in this coming-of-age drama based on the novel Ghetto Cowboy. Sent to live with his estranged father for the summer, a rebellious teen finds kinship in a tight-knit Philadelphia community of Black cowboys. Now streaming.
Two childhood best friends (Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer) reunite as an unlikely crime-fighting duo following the successful invention of a formula that gives ordinary people superpowers. Streams April 9.
Best movies and shows to watch on Amazon Prime Video
Set in the 1950s, this series follows a Black family who moves from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighbourhood during the period known as The Great Migration. Soon, they are threatened by malevolent forces and racist next-door neighbours. Streams April 9.
This series follows a thirty-something woman (Cristin Milioti) on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage to a tech billionaire (Billy Magnussen). He has implanted a monitoring device in her brain, which allows him to track her every move. Streams April 16.
A stowaway on a mission to Mars sets off a series of unintended consequences when an unplanned passenger jeopardizes the lives of everyone on board. The film stars Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette, Daniel Dae Kim and Shamier Anderson. Streams April 22.
Based on the 1993 novel of the same name by Tom Clancy, this film stars Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell and Jodie Turner-Smith. When a squad of Russian soldiers kills his family in retaliation for his role in a top-secret op, Sr. Chief John Kelly (Jordan) pursues the assassins at all costs, with the help of fellow SEAL (Turner-Smith) and a shadowy CIA agent (Bell). Streams April 30.
Best movies to watch on Disney+
This Oscar-nominated, award-winning film starring Frances McDormand is finally going to be available for movie goers on Disney+ Star on April 9. Directed by Chloe Zhao, "Nomadland" follows Fern (McDormand) as she packs her van and sets off on the road as a modern-day nomad. The film features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors.
Best movies and shows to watch on Crave
This seven-part series follows a small-town Pennsylvania detective Mare Sheehan (Kate Winslet) as she investigates a local murder while trying to keep her own life from falling apart. Streams weekly starting April 18.
In season 4, June (Elisabeth Moss) strikes back against Gilead as a fierce rebel leader, but the risks she takes bring unexpected and dangerous new challenges. Her quest for justice and revenge threatens to consume her and destroy her most cherished relationships. Streams weekly starting April 28.
Lifelong friends Barb (Annie Mumolo) and Star (Kristen Wiig) embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time ever. Streams April 30.
Best movies to watch on Apple TV+
From award-winning novelist Neil Cross and based on the best-selling book by Paul Theroux, this series follows the dangerous journey of a radical idealist and brilliant inventor, Allie Fox (Justin Theroux), who uproots his family for Mexico when they suddenly find themselves on the run from the U.S. government. First two episodes streams on April 30, followed by new episodes weekly.