Louis CK's Special, Bill Nye Saves the World, and More on Netflix in April

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Louis CK's Special, Bill Nye Saves the World, and More on Netflix in April
Highlights
  • Louis CK: 2017 was filmed in Washington DC
  • Bill Nye Saves the World will tackle topics with science
  • Girlboss, releasing April 21, will have 13 half-hour episodes

As the temperature starts to go up in April, you’ll likely want to spend more time indoors, where you’ve got climate control, thanks to the wonders of air conditioning. Netflix wants to capitalise on that, as evinced by the line-up it has prepared for the new month.

On the originals front, Netflix is ramping up its movie portfolio. Keegan-Michael Key and Jake Johnson star in Joe Swanberg’s comedy Win It All; Adam Sandler co-produces and stars in showbiz mockumentary Sandy Wexler; Nicholas Hoult and Henry Cavill are American soldiers in war movie Sand Castle; Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays a disgraced former cop in Small Crimes; the documentary Casting JonBenet looks at unsolved murder of a six-year-old girl; and Spike Lee directs writer/ actor Roger Guenveur Smith in a one-man stage show Rodney King, which looks at the events prior to the 1992 LA riots.

There’s still a lot of new original shows as well. Dear White People is an adaptation of the hit Justin Simien film set in an Ivy League college, by Simien himself; Girlboss, from Pitch Perfect writer Kay Cannon is a half-hour comedy based on Sophia Amoruso’s best-selling book; Bill Nye Saves the World is a new talk show from a science perspective; and Las Chicas del Cable (Cable Girls) is the first Netflix original from Spain, about four female phone operators in the 1920s.

Part of the returning TV roster: the second half of Baz Luhrmann's music-infused drama The Get Down’s season one; and Rashida Jones scripts and directs another mini-series on the porn industry, in Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On.

Unfortunately, one of the most highly anticipated original additions – the revival of cult series Mystery Science Theater 3000, returning after two decades and with a new cast heckling B-movies – won’t be available in India.

Moving to acquisitions, while the tendency to pad up the content portfolio with largely unknown documentaries hasn’t gone away for Netflix, it’s easily forgiven given the number of movies Netflix has brought on board in both comedy and drama section during April, including Wes Anderson’s superb animated comedy Fantastic Mr. Fox, and the 1985 sci-fi drama Brazil, which stars Robert De Niro and Jonathan Pryce.

With that, here are our five picks for April 2017 that you should watch out for, and the full list of movies and TV shows coming to Netflix India after that.

Louis CK: 2017 / April 4
As part of his deal with Netflix, comedian/ writer/ actor Louis C.K. returns to the stage for the first of two stand-up comedy specials, simply titled ‘2017’. Filmed in Washington D.C., the Emmy-winner will touch upon the concept of “enduring love”, the ethics and morals involved with giving drugs to your dogs, and a whole lot more.

Fight Club (1999) / April 1
When David Fincher’s seminal post-modern work, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, opened in theatres back in 1999, it largely failed both commercially and critically. The film has since been regarded as a cult success, thanks to the rise in popularity ever since, receiving praise for its acting, themes – anti-consumerism, anti-materialism, et cetera – and moral ambiguity.

L.A. Confidential (1997) / April 1
Set in 1950s Los Angeles, Curtis Hanson’s Oscar-winning neo-noir crime drama remains one of the best films in its genre. Loosely based on a book of the same name, it followed three LAPD officers – played by Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, and Guy Pearce – as they investigated a murder that had links to police corruption, and Hollywood celebrity.

Once Upon a Time in America (1984) / April 1
Sergio Leone’s brooding masterpiece – with Robert De Niro at its centre – follows Jewish gangsters in New York City between 1920 and 1970, conveying its story mostly via flashbacks. It was the last film Leone made before his death in 1989, and is generally regarded as one of the greatest gangster movies of all time. The only gripe possibly being its length, at 3 hours and 49 minutes.

Heat (1995) / April 1
Al Pacino and Robert De Niro delivered fantastic performances on the opposite side of the law in this riveting crime drama from Michael Mann, which traces the aftermath of a robbery slightly gone awry. Pacino is hot on their trail, as De Niro and his crew go for one last big payday. The ending may not stick for some, but it’s still engrossing throughout.

Here's a full list of all the new content coming to Netflix India in April 2017:

Drama
Angry Indian Goddesses (2015) / April 1
Bee Season (2005) / April 1
Brazil (1985) / April 1
Chocolate City (2015) / April 1
Cobb (1994) / April 1
Dangerous Beauty (1998) / April 1
Don't Say a Word (2001) / April 1
Five Nights in Maine (2015) / April 1
The Fountain (2006) / April 1
Guilty by Suspicion (1991) / April 1
Heaven & Earth (1993) / April 1
JFK (1991) / April 1
The Mambo Kings (1992) / April 1
Noriega: God's Favorite (2000) / April 1
The Power of One (1992) / April 1
Runaway Jury (2003) / April 1
Second Best (1994) / April 1
Sommersby (1993) / April 1
The Sunchaser (1996) / April 1
That Night (1992) / April 1
This Boy's Life (1993) / April 1
Tigerland (2000) / April 1
Turtle Beach (1992) / April 1
Unfaithful (2002) / April 1
Black Sails: Season 4 (2014 – Present) / April 3, weekly
The Get Down: Part 2 (2016 – Present) / April 7
Riverdale: Season 1 (2017) / April 7, weekly
Frat Star (2017) / April 10
Designated Survivor: Season 1 (2016 – Present) / April 13, weekly
Green is Gold (2016) / April 13
Heartland: Season 8 (2007 – Present) / April 14
Pretty Little Liars: Season 7 (2010 – Present) / April 19, weekly
Sand Castle (2017) / April 21
The 100: Season 4 (2014 – Present) / April 27, weekly
Rodney King (2017) / April 28

Comedy
An American Citizen (1914) / April 1
Bad Education: Season 1-3 (2012 – 2014) / April 1
Bedazzled (2000) / April 1
Big Momma's House (2000) / April 1
Big Momma's House 2 (2006) / April 1
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011) / April 1
Black Knight (2001) / April 1
Boys on the Side (1995) / April 1
Breaking Up (1997) / April 1
Bride Wars (2009) / April 1
Carpool (1996) / April 1
Date Movie (2006) / April 1
Down with Love (2003) / April 1
Empire Records (1995) / April 1
Epic Movie (2007) / April 1
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) / April 1
First Daughter (2004) / April 1
Freddy Got Fingered (2001) / April 1
Girlboss: Season 1 (2017) / April 21
The Girl Next Door (2004) / April 1
Guess Who (2005) / April 1
Joe Somebody (2001) / April 1
Just My Luck (2006) / April 1
The King of Comedy (1982) / April 1
Life or Something Like It (2002) / April 1
Little Manhattan (2005) / April 1
Made in America (1993) / April 1
Meet Dave (2008) / April 1
Meet the Spartans (2008) / April 1
Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992) / April 1
Morris from America (2016) / April 1
My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006) / April 1
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) / April 1
The New Age (1994) / April 1
Simply Irresistible (1999) / April 1
Switch (1991) / April 1
Pushing Tin (1999) / April 1
Two Weeks Notice (2002) / April 1
Vampires Suck (2010) / April 1
What Happens in Vegas (2008) / April 1
Win It All (2017) / April 7
Sandy Wexler (2017) / April 14
Mr. Right (2015) / April 15
Sundown (2016) / April 15
Tramps (2016) / April 21
The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared (2017) / April 25
Dear White People: Season 1 (2017) / April 28

Action
Batman Returns (1992) / April 1
Batman Forever (1995) / April 1
Batman & Robin (1997) / April 1
Daredevil (2003) / April 1
Elektra (2005) / April 1
Entrapment (1999) / April 1
Knight and Day (2010) / April 1
Jumper (2008) / April 1
Man on Fire (2004) / April 1
The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997) / April 1
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) / April 1
The Negotiator (1998) / April 1
The Sentinel (2006) / April 1
Street Kings (2008) / April 1
Under Siege (1992) / April 1
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995) / April 1
Colony: Season 1 (2016 – Present) / April 28

Crime
A Time to Kill (1996) / April 1
Boca (1994) / April 1
The Client (1994) / April 1
Copycat (1995) / April 1
Family Business (1989) / April 1
Goodbye Lover (1998) / April 1
The Gunman (2015) / April 1
High Crimes (2002) / April 1
Natural Born Killers (1994) / April 1
Q & A (1990) / April 1
South Central (1992) / April 1
Small Crimes (2017) / April 28

Thriller
Hear No Evil (1993) / April 1
Joy Ride (2001) / April 1
Lavender (2016) / April 1
Project Almanac (2015) / April 1
Stay (2005) / April 1
Final Girl (2015) / April 15

Horror
Hellions (2015) / April 1
Mirrors (2008) / April 1
Shutter (2008) / April 1
The Chosen (2015) / April 14

Family
Aliens in the Attic (2009) / April 1
Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) / April 1
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009) / April 1
Bogus (1996) / April 1
Deck the Halls (2006) / April 1
Firehouse Dog (2007) / April 1
Marley & Me (2008) / April 1
Marmaduke (2010) / April 1
The Nutcracker (1993) / April 1
Dawn of the Croods: Season 3 (2015 – Present) / April 7

Documentary
Among the Believers (2015) / April 1
The Bad Kids (2016) / April 1
Beyond All Boundaries (2013) / April 1
Beyond 'JFK': The Question of Conspiracy (1992) / April 1
Born to Be Free (2016) / April 1
Departures: Season 1-3 (2008 – 2010) / April 1
Joe Cocker: Mad Dog with Soul (2017) / April 1
Life, Animated (2016) / April 1
Lucha Mexico (2016) / April 1
Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (2015) / April 1
Mostly Sunny (2016) / April 1
Oasis: Supersonic (2016) / April 1
Pet Fooled (2016) / April 1
Silicon Cowboys (2016) / April 1
Springsteen & I (2013) / April 1
Stripper (1986) / April 1
Todo Cambia (2013) / April 1
Weiner (2016) / April 1
Chewing Gum: Season 2 (2015 – Present) / April 4
Strike a Pose (2016) / April 7
Tickling Giants (2016) / April 10
Radical - A Controversa Saga de Dadá Figueiredo (2013) / April 12
Just Like Us (2010) / April 15
Oklahoma City (2017) / April 19
A Plastic Ocean (2016) / April 19
Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On (2017) / April 21
Tales by Light: Season 2 (2015 – Present) / April 21
Secrets of Britain: Secrets of Selfridges (2014) / April 22
Secrets of Britain: Secrets of Underground London (2014) / April 22
Secrets of Britain: Secrets of Westminster (2015) / April 22
Secrets of the Manor House: Secrets of Althorp The Spencers (2013) / April 22
Real Rescues: Season 6-7 (2007 – 2013) / April 26
Casting JonBenet (2017) / April 28

Stand-up comedy
Kevin Hart: What Now? (2017) / April 10
Vir Das: Abroad Understanding (2017) / April 25

Talk show
Chelsea: Season 2 (2016 – Present) / April 14, weekly
Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 1 (2017) / April 21, weekly

From Argentina
Don't Look Down (2008) / April 1
Humano (2013) / April 1
Pájaros Volando (2010) / April 1
Rooster's Blood (2015) / April 1

From Spain
Skins aka Pieles (2017) / April 1
El Faro De Las Orcas (2016) / April 7
Las Chicas del Cable: Season 1 (2017) / April 28

From Brazil
O Amor no Divã (2016) / April 1

From France
Arctic Heart (2016) / April 14

From Bangladesh
Nayok Jamai (2015) / April 1

Note: All titles and dates are subject to change.

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