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Editors: April Top 10 Picks

Updated 01-04-19 | 12:00 PM | Staff Reporter

April Picks: The Movies and TV Shows You Can’t Miss

by Video on Demand Magazine-Editors

Spring is here! The video on demand magazine editors break down April’s movie and TV highlights.


Robert Downey Jr. in Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Avengers: Endgame | In theaters Friday, April 26 I’m assuming Avengers: Endgame is on everyone’s list for April. Following up on one of the biggest cliffhangers in recent memory, this movie not only will determine the fates of dozens of our favorite Marvel characters (well, maybe not the ones with upcoming sequels … looking at you, Spider-Man), but it will also wrap up Marvel’s epic Phase 3, which kicked off in 2016 with the stellar Captain America: Civil War. Going in, I do have a couple of nagging questions. Should I go see this movie alone in case Captain America doesn’t survive and I embarrass my friends with my weeping? What happens if Tony Stark dies? Am I ready for that? These are all valid questions from someone who is a bit over-invested. Can’t wait to find out the answers. — Editor 


Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones (2011)

“Game of Thrones” Final Season | Premieres on HBO, Sunday, April 14 Similar to Avengers: Endgame, the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” is likely on 99.9% of people’s April Watchlists. I’m assuming when they talk about the “long night” in the show, they are talking about the year and a half we’ve had to wait for the final season. There are just so many questions we need answered: Who will end up on the Iron Throne (fingers crossed for Lyanna Mormont)? Will Arya make it through her very emo kill list? Will Cersei ever grow her hair back out? Are Daenerys and Jon going to have a boat-sex baby? The important questions. April 14 can’t get here soon enough, and I’m already crying for the numerous characters I love who are probably going to die. — Editor


Kiernan Shipka in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018)

“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” | Streaming on Netflix, Friday, April 5 Sabrina Spellman is coming back, blonder and badder than ever. The last time we saw her in”Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” she was signing her name in the Book of the Beast and truly embracing her witch side. I loved the first season so much I binged it twice in one week, so to say I’m excited for Season 2 is an understatement. And honestly, as long as I get more Ambrose and more Nicholas Scratch (I hardcore ship Nick and Sabrina) then Season 2 will be a success in my book. — Editor


David Harbour in Hellboy (2019)

Hellboy | In theaters Friday, April 12 Hellboy is back … but like you’ve never seen him before. While the two previous movies were fantasy adventures, this R-rated reboot is all-out blood and gore from horror director Neil Marshall (The Descent). And it’s “Stranger Things” star David Harbour who has piled on the red make-up to bring a fresh take on the wise-cracking, demon-slaying Hellboy. It also looks set to feature some of the creepiest, gnarliest villains that you’re likely to see on screen this year. — Editor     


Jodie Comer in Killing Eve (2018)

“Killing Eve” | Premieres on AMC/BBC America, Sunday, April 7 I admit I was late to the “Killing Eve” party. It wasn’t until after Sandra Oh’s Golden Globe win that I finally decided to check out the show. Yes, shame on me. But the upside is that while many fans have been waiting a year for this, I’m fresh off a Season 1 binge. The seamless bridge between seasons will be great, as Season 2 reportedly picks up 30 seconds after that stabby Season 1 finale. And while showrunner Phoebe Waller-Bridge (of the excellent “Fleabag”) has reportedly handed over head writing duties to actress/writer Emerald Fennell (“The Crown” and “Call the Midwife”), I’m excited to see how they handle Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and Eve’s evolving bizarre cat-and-mouse relationship. — Editor


Andrew Garfield in Under the Silver Lake (2018)

Under the Silver Lake | In theaters Friday, April 19 In case you’ve forgotten by now, this L.A.-set mystery is the most recent movie made by It Follows filmmaker David Robert Mitchell, and it was nearly shelved after not-even-room-temp reviews at Cannes almost a year ago. But here’s my thing: I thought It Follows was a solid psychological horror, but it felt like Mitchell essentially adapted Charles Burns’ graphic novel “Black Hole” for the big screen and left out the monstrous transformations. Under the Silver Lake looks compelling and weirdo and original, so even if it’s more Southland Tales than Donnie Darko, I’m looking forward to wading into this peculiar territory. — Editor


Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams in Fosse/Verdon (2019)

“Fosse/Verdon” | Premieres on FX, Tuesday, April 9 Each time I look at any footage from “Fosse/Verdon,” FX’s drama series centered on the creative and romantic relationship between choreographer Bob Fosse and dancer Gwen Verdon, I hear Tina Fey’s joke title for American Hustle: “Explosion at the Wig Factory.” I also have to remind myself that this isn’t a Ryan Murphy show — in fact, FX might have fashioned the limited series in the style of “Pose” and “Feud” in an attempt to fill the void created by Murphy’s move from edgy cable network to Netflix. That said, the pairing of Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams might be the best TV casting coup of the year. And does this mean that All That Jazz will finally become available to stream? — Editor


Andrew Koji in Warrior (2019)

“Warrior” | Premieres on Cinemax, Friday, April 5 As a fan of both period dramas and martial arts movies, I’m super-excited for this one. Based on a series concept by Bruce Lee and produced by Justin Lin (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6), “Warrior” tells the story of Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), who immigrates to San Francisco and becomes a hired gun for one of the most powerful Chinese crime gangs in Chinatown. What I’ve seen so far looks stylish, suspenseful, action-filled, and cool. Not sure how I’m going to juggle watching all of the stellar shows that start up this month, but this is definitely one that won’t be missed. — Editor


Our Planet (2019)

“Our Planet” | Streaming on Netflix, Friday, April 5 In a time when we’re inundated with fantasy visions, it’s good to be reminded that there are weird and wonderful creatures and environments that exist in our own world. “Our Planet” looks to do just that, with eight episodes packed with extraordinary footage, narrated by the inimitable David Attenborough and made by the creators of the award-winning “Planet Earth.” With episodes centered on frozen worlds, jungles, the high seas, and more, I can’t wait to dive into this natural treasure trove. — Editor


Aretha Franklin in Amazing Grace (2018)

Amazing Grace | Limited release on Friday, April 5; goes wide April 19 Like a Stefon sketch, Amazing Grace had everything: Aretha Franklin in her prime, singing the music she was born with, directed by Sydney Pollack immediately after Jeremiah Johnson, Mick Jagger making a cameo, and what amounted to the best-selling live-gospel album of all time. What it didn’t have was a clapper board, which means the visual components of Franklin’s two-night performance at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church were never properly synced to the landmark audio … until now. Nearly 50 years and multiple lawsuits later, Amazing Grace hits theaters as both a ghost video (reportedly one of the reasons Franklin had blocked it) and living artifact of one of the 20th century’s most revered performers. — Editor

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