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Netflix titles to look out for in April

Hakim Hayat

Netflix is putting out some brand new original films and specials and an array of fresh titles this month. Here’s some of the latest TV shows and movies to look out for on the platform this month.

Worn Stories
If your clothes could talk, what would they say? Those looking for a lighthearted and easy show to watch need look no further. Netflix’s new original series Worn Stories is uplifting, cheerful and takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions with each story.

Worn Stories is based off on the New York Times bestselling book of the same name by Emily Spivack. Released in 2014, the book features a collection of 60 stories of clothing-inspired narratives from everyday citizens and famous people alike.

This Is A Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist
This docu-series tells the story of how two men conned their way into the Boston art museum – pulling off one of the biggest art heists in history. Taking place in 1990, legendary works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and others, which would be worth over half a billion dollars today, were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

The four-part documentary series from director Colin Barnicle covers the leads, dead ends, lucky breaks and speculations that characterised the investigation of this still-unsolved mystery.

Along for the Ride
Based on the 2009 Sarah Dessen novel of the same name, Along for the Ride follows Auden (Emma Pasarow) and the mysterious Eli (Belmont Cameli), a fellow insomniac whom she meets during the summer before leaving for college. Each night while the seaside town of Colby slumbers, the pair sets off on a journey to help Auden experience the carefree and fun-filled teen life she never had or knew she wanted. This romantic-drama is an early yet timeless taste of summer love.

Choose or Die
Choose or Die is a British horror-thriller in which two friends (Asa Butterfield and Iola Evans) reboot a mysterious 1980s video game in hopes of getting a chance to win unclaimed USD100,000 prize money. What ensues is an unwanted journey into a surreal world of next-level terror as the two are forced to play not only for the money, but also for their lives.

The Bubble
This meta-comedy takes place in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and follows a group of actors who have travelled to a closed set in England to film the sixth installment of Cliff Beasts, an extremely successful dinosaur-themed blockbuster franchise within the movie’s universe.

Directed by Judd Apatow, the movie has a star-studded cast that includes Pedro Pascal, Karen Gillan, Leslie Mann, Fred Armisen, David Duchovny, Keegan-Michael Key, Kate McKinnon, Guz Khan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Iris Apatow and Maria Bamford.

Night In Paradise
Night In Paradise is the latest K-drama film to hit Netflix, focussing on the life of former mobster Uhm Tae-goo. After his sister and nephew are murdered because he tried to leave his gang, Tae-goo flees to Jeju Island where he meets Jae-yeon, a terminally ill woman who has seemingly given up on life.

Honeymoon with My Mother
Much like the title suggests, Honeymoon with My Mother is about José Luis, a brokenhearted man who has been coerced into going through with his honeymoon with his overbearing mother after being jilted at the altar.

Luis’ modified honeymoon quickly proves to him that he doesn’t know his mother as well as he thinks, and that her true self just may be even cooler than he ever imagined.

My Love: Six Stories of True Love
Korean director Jin Moyoung expands his acclaimed documentary My Love, Don’t Cross That River into this poignant global series My Love: Six Stories of True Love.

The series follows local filmmakers from six countries as they follow one elderly couple – who have been together for anywhere from 43 to 60 years – through a year in their lives. From the Korean seaside to Rio, the suburbs of Tokyo, the rural farmland in India and Spain; couples share the stories and the secrets of their long-lasting love.

White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie and Fitch
Clothing store Abercrombie and Fitch conquered malls in the late ’90s and early ’00s with gorgeous models, pulsing dance beats and a fierce aroma. But while the brand was running white hot, its popular “all-American” image began to burn out as controversy arose surrounding its exclusionary marketing and discriminatory hiring tactics. This exclusive documentary focusses on a retail company’s rise and fall.

The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes
It’d be difficult to find someone who hasn’t heard the name Marilyn Monroe before, so you’d think that we already know everything there is to know about the unforgettable actress who met her untimely end in 1962. Well, Netflix is here to show you that there is still more knowledge to be obtained, especially when it comes to the still-perplexing nature of Monroe’s passing.

In the brand new documentary The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes, an investigative journalist reexamines the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe, sharing his extensive audio interviews with the people who surrounded her, giving us a look at the actress as well as her life (and death).

Ride or Die
Based on Ching Nakamura’s comic Gunjo, the Japanese thriller Ride Or Die tells the tale of two women – one who kills for a love, and the other who made her kill.

Reunited for the first time since high school, the pair’s happiness is short-lived as one has suffered from domestic violence at the hands of her husband, and the other devices a plan on how to deal with him.

Shadow and Bone
Slated to be one of Netflix’s biggest series debuts of 2021, Shadow and Bone is a new series based on Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling Grishaverse novels.

Following orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov, whose magical powers make her a target in a war-torn world, season one sees Alina struggle to hone her power, as she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same in her lavish world where nothing is what it seems.