With the beginning of each new month comes a whole host of movies and TV shows. And with so many streaming services dividing our attention with their constantly growing libraries, it can feel impossible to know what’s actually worth our time. Here, we break down what you should be checking out asap.
Run (April 2)
After debuting stateside last year to critical acclaim, the undisputed queen of creepy TV Sarah Paulson’s newest movie is finally available to check out in Canada. In Run – director/co-writer Aneesh Chaganty’s follow-up to his buzzy debut, the John Cho-fronted thriller Searching – Paulson stars as a seemingly picture-perfect but overprotective mom whose teen daughter (the scene-stealing Kiera Allen) begins to suspect her of keeping dark secrets.
Thunder Force (April 9)
You don’t have to convince us to check out Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer teaming up in a comedic superhero flick. The duo play estranged childhood BFFs Lydia (McCarthy) and Emily (Spencer) in a world terrorized by supervillains. When Lydia accidentally becomes inoculated with a treatment that scientist Emily has developed to give “regular” people powers, the pals form a superhero team to fight evil in Chicago.
First Day (March 31)
Groundbreaking Australian miniseries First Day was a last-minute addition to CBC Gem’s March lineup. Young trans actor Evie Macdonald – who made headlines a few years ago for standing up against Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for a transphobic tweet – stars in the moving series as Hannah, a trans teen girl who is navigating starting at a new school and being her most authentic self.
Mare of Easttown (April 18)
While Mare of Easttown looks a bit more understated than HBO’s last hit murder-mystery, the glitzy Nicole Kidman vehicle The Undoing, we have a feeling the seven-part series will be just as gripping. Oscar winner Kate Winslet returns to TV for the show, starring as angsty small-town detective Mare Sheehan who investages a murder that reveals the dark side of the close-knit community.
The Handmaid’s Tale (April 28)
Blessed be. At long last, The Handmaid’s Tale is back for season four. In the newest, action-packed batch of episodes, June (Elisabeth Moss) fully steps into her role as rebellion leader against Gilead. Will she get revenge and finally escape the oppressive regime? Only time will tell. Best of all, the hit series returns at the end of the month with two episodes, making the lengthy wait (almost) worth it.
Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (April 30)
If the onslaught of effusive tweets about Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar a few weeks ago piqued your interest about the kooky comedy but you couldn’t commit to paying the full VOD price, now is your chance to check it out. Starring and co-written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo (who also penned Bridesmaids together), the LOL-inducing movie follows the wacky adventures of die hard BFFs Barb and Star as they leave their small Midwestern town for the first time to vacation in Florida.
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Made for Love (April 16)
While Canadians will have to wait a few weeks for dark comedy Made for Love, adapted from Alissa Nutting’s 2017 novel of the same name, the entire first season will drop all at once. The (sort of) sci-fi thriller follows Hazel (Cristin Milioti) as she escapes a toxic marriage from a sinister tech billionaire (Game Night’s Billy Magnussen) who implants a chip in her brain that enables him to share her thoughts and track her every move.
Without Remorse (April 30)
Michael B. Jordan kicks off another unconventional summer blockbuster season in Amazon’s action thriller Without Remorse. Based on the bestselling Tom Clancy novel, Jordan stars as U.S. Navy SEAL John Clark avenging the murder of his pregnant wife who uncovers a much larger conspiracy. Jamie Bell and Jodie Turner-Smith also star.
You’ve already spent months listening to the film-festival buzz and read about the record-breaking Oscar nominations for Nomadland. Now, you can finally watch Chloé Zhao’s lauded film for yourself. The quiet, moving drama follows Frances McDormand’s Fern, who leaves her hometown after losing her husband and her job and lives out of her van. The cast also features real-life nomads starring as fictionalized versions of themselves.
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