What's new on Netflix

By Nathaniel Dalby - Fri 8th Apr 2016 Features

Netflix has become the world’s most popular streaming service, offering millions of subscribers the chance to see shows they may have missed as well as critically acclaimed original programming.

With its constantly changing library, it can be tough to keep up with what’s new on Netflix. April, as with other months, brings with it a wealth of new shows and films to delve into, from classic slices of 80’s action to returning favourites from the Netflix Original line-up. Here’s the pick of what's new this month. 

The Grand Budapest Hotel 

From acclaimed director Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel was one of 2014’s best loved films, scooping up four Oscars and five BAFTAs. Following Ralph Fiennes as a hotel concierge who must prove his innocence in a murder case, this darkly funny comedy retains all the “indie” stylings of Anderson whilst also proving he create a story on a larger scale. 

With a stacked cast list including Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton and Willem Dafoe, The Grand Budapest Hotel is an excellently crafted comedy from a director at his creative peak. You can catch it on Netflix right now.

Moneyball

Moneyball continues the recent success of sports movies such as Warrior and Foxcatcher by telling a fascinating true story backed up by a stellar cast. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team, who with the help of Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) comes up with a revolutionary way of scouting new players.

Whilst this might seem like a film for die-hard baseball fans only, Moneyball takes a niche subject and makes it sharp, funny and strangely touching, making it a film anyone who’s into great drama can enjoy. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards back when it was released in 2011, Moneyball is a film that’s highly watchable no matter how interested you are in sport. You’ll be able to watch Moneyball on Netflix from April 20th.

The Gift

The directorial debut from actor Joel Edgerton, The Gift, is available to watch on Netflix now. This psychological thriller follows a couple who are stalked by an old friend from their youth. Taking inspiration from Hitchcock classics such as Psycho and Rear Window, The Gift is a surprisingly creepy and affecting thriller that tells a simple story but does it well. 

If you’re a fan of horror but want something a little more subtle, The Gift is the perfect chiller to go against the many gory horror movie remakes you can find on Netflix. 

Frozen

It’s hard to believe that anyone hasn’t seen the 2013 Disney smash-hit Frozen, but for those of you that haven’t, you can catch it on Netflix right now. Grossing over $1 billion in global revenue and boasting a huge amount of awards, Frozen has become a phenomenon and one of the most popular family films ever made.

Blending carefully crafted hand-drawn and computer animation, Frozen tells the story of two princesses, one of whom has the power to control ice and snow. If you’re looking for a break from thrillers and dramas, something to entertain the kids or simply something that the whole family can enjoy, you can’t do better than Frozen.

Daredevil Series 2

Matt Murdock is back defending Hell’s Kitchen in series 2 of the Netflix Original Daredevil. This official Marvel series follows the blind hero as he strives to protect his city from rampant crime. Peppered with exceptional martial arts scenes and intriguing courtroom drama, this show has been critically acclaimed and has proven to be one of the most popular series Netflix has produced. 

Series 2 sees Daredevil in his stride and taking on fellow Marvel favourite The Punisher as he looks to avenge the death of his family. Darker and more gritty than the Marvel films, Daredevil is a superhero show for adults. If you’re a fan of the Marvel universe including the hit movies, or are just looking for an exciting slice of superhero action that makes up for the Daredevil film, this series is ideal. Daredevil series 1 and 2 are available to stream on Netflix now. 

Better Call Saul Series 2

A spinoff of the critically acclaimed Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul charts the origins of TV’s favourite criminal lawyer as he slowly from a man trying to earn an honest living to the character we all know and love. Brilliantly played by Bob Odenkirk and featuring a cast of characters you might recognise, Better Call Saul is a must-see for anyone who’s a fan of Breaking Bad.

Whilst series 2 of Better Call Saul is still airing in the US, Netflix has a unique way of streaming the show for UK viewers, with each episode coming a day after its broadcast in the States. This is one of the many ways Netflix is allowing UK viewers to instantly see shows they’d normally have to wait months for. You can catch up on Better Call Saul now, with new episodes uploaded weekly.