Broadcasters are attempting to help keep people entertained in these times where self-isolation is the norm. Amazon, for instance, has opened free streaming for a selection of its family orientated viewing. Usually, a Prime subscription is required for all their material, but for this selected package all you need is an Amazon account. If you haven’t already got one, they are free and simple to set up.
April 1st sees Netflix adding the following titles to their collection
40 Days and 40 Nights (2002) – Rom-com about a young man trying to remain celibate over Lent.
Bloodsport (1988) – Cult classic from the late 80s about an American martial artist who leaves the military to fight in Hong Kong.
Cadillac Records (2008) – Biopic of the record company Chess Records and the artists that produced music for them.
Can’t Hardly Wait (1998) – Romantic comedy starring Jennifer Love Hewitt where multiple students look towards graduation night.
Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke (1978) – Comedy about two stoners who smuggle a van with the army on their trail.
Community (6 Seasons) – All 6 seasons of the NBC/Sony sitcom
David Batra: Elefanten i rummet (2020) – Swedish comedian presents his first Netflix stand-up special.
Deep Impact (1998) – Sci-fi action romance where a comet is on a collision course with Earth.
God’s Not Dead (2014) – A young student challenges his college professor and suggests God is real.
How to Fix a Drug Scandal (Limited Series) – Docuseries looking at a drug scandal that gripped the US.
Just Friends (2005) – After being rejected, one man loses the pounds and becomes a womanizer.
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) – Aliens in the shape of clowns come down to haunt us.
Kim’s Convenience (Season 4) – The excellent Canadian series about a local convenience store returns!
Lethal Weapon / Lethal Weapon 2 / Lethal Weapon 3 / Lethal Weapon 4 – All the Lethal Weapon movies featuring the excellent Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.
Man Like Mobeen (Season 3) – British comedy series.
Minority Report (2002) – Steven Spielberg sci-fi flick starring Tom Cruise where they can predict crimes before they happen.
Molly’s Game (2017) – Aaron Sorkin writes and directs this biopic of Molly Bloom.
Mortal Kombat (1995) – Paul W.S. Anderson adapts the famous fighting video game.
Mud (2012) – Jeff Nichols writes and directs the Matthew McConoughey drama about a fugitive being helped by two young boys.
Nailed It! (Season 4) – More home bakers put their skills to the test.
Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon (Season 3) – More adventures with Ash and Pikachu in the Pokemon’s Sun & Moon series.
Promised Land (2012) – Matt Damon stars as a salesman for a natural gas company but has a change of heart.
Road to Perdition (2002) – Sam Mandes directs this moody crime thriller about a mob enforcer’s son.
Salt (2010) – Angelina Jolie action thriller.
School Daze (1988) – Spike Lee movie about a young man looking to pledge at a popular fraternity.
Sherlock Holmes (2009) – Robert Downey Jr’s effort in becoming the legendary Sherlock Holmes.
Soul Plane (2004) – Comedy about a black-owned airplane company.
Sunderland ‘Til I Die (Season 2) – Docuseries covering a new season at the British soccer team.
Sunrise in Heaven (2019) – Romantic drama about a young GI in the air force.
Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas – Animated kids movie about an aspiring explorer striving to rescue the love of his life and unravel the golden secrets behind the Midas Papyrus.
Taxi Driver (1976) – The return of the Martin Scorsese classic.
The Death of Stalin (2017) – Historical drama about a Soviet dictator passing and the scramble to come up with a replacement.
The Girl with All the Gifts (2016) – Horror sci-fi movie nominated for a BAFTA about a scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future.
The Hangover (2009) – The first (and still the best) Hangover movie about three friends partying hard but can’t quite remember the night that came before.
The Little Vampire (2017) – Animated kids adventure about a young vampire trying to stay alive with a vampire hunter in town.
The Matrix / The Matrix Reloaded / The Matrix Revolutions – All three of The Matrix trilogy returns once again to Netflix.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) – Romantic drama about an introvert taken under the wings of two seniors.
The Players Club (1998) – Ice Cube writes and directs this late 90s classic featuring Jamie Foxx.
The Roommate (2011) – Thriller where a freshman at college becomes the victim of a girl that is obsessed with her.
The Runaways (2010) – Coming-of-age biopic on the all-girl rock band The Runaways.
The Social Network (2010) – Multi-Oscar winning movie from David Fincher documenting Mark Zuckerberg’s rise to power.
Wildling (2018) – Horror fantasy about a teenager uncovering a dark secret behind her childhood.
3rd April sees the release of Home Before Dark on Apple TV+
Based on the true story of kid journalist Hilde Lysiak, this series finds a young girl (The Florida Project’s Brooklynn Prince) moving to a small town and uncovering a cold case that the town—and her father (Jim Sturgess) – tried to cover up. Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) directs and produces. Three episodes stream on the 4rd, and the remaining seven will arrive weekly. The series has already been renewed for a 2nd season.
3rd April also sees the premier of the series Tales From the Loop on Prime Video. This Amazon sci-fi series based on the art book by Simon Stålenhag focuses on the townspeople who live where The Loop, a machine built by a group led by Russ (Jonathan Pryce), allows them to experience “impossible” things.
10th April sees the rom-com movie Love Wedding Repeat released on Netflix. Olivia Munn and Sam Claflin head the cast of this English language remake of the French Plan de table.
15th April Netflix releases Outer Banks.
On an island of haves and have-nots, teen John B enlists his three best friends to hunt for a legendary treasure linked to his father’s disappearance.
17th April Apple TV+ release Home
A 9-episode series which looks at some of the world’s most innovative houses.
22nd April Peaky Blinders Season 5 on Netflix
BBC1 has already shown season 5 but this will now be available to stream. The impact of the 1929 financial crash takes a massive toll on our favourite characters, as tensions between Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and Oswald Mosely (Sam Claflin) intensify.
24th April Netflix Extraction
Chris Hemsworth stars in a film about a black market gun for hire who is hired to pick up the kidnapped son of a crime warlord but it turns out to be his toughest assignment to date.
30th April The Victims’ Game Netflix
A Taiwanese movie starring Joseph Chang and Tiffany Hsu Star. A thriller about a forensic investigator who finds his daughter involved in a serial murder case.