La casa de papel (aka Money Heist) is probably the most popular foreign-language show on Netflix. Season 4 of the Spanish crime drama drops today, April 3, along with a documentary titled Money Heist: The Phenomenon. The Japanese reality TV show Terrace House might be the second most popular; part 3 of the current season drops on Netflix on April 7. Also new on Netflix this week: a few family-oriented and animated shows as well as Coffee & Kareem, a fairly lazy action-comedy starring Ed Helms as a dorky cop who is forced to team up with his precocious 12-year-old stepson to catch a dangerous criminal. Basically, it’s the Burt Reynolds movie Cop and a Half with more swearing.
New on Prime
Amazon Prime has streaming premieres of Angel Has Fallen (probably the best of the three movies starring Gerard Butler as a Secret Service agent, which still makes it pretty bad) and The Lighthouse (a twisted and prescient tale of people going batshit crazy under quarantine starring thoroughly wildin’-out Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe) as well as new comedy specials from Australian comedians Celia Pacquola and Zoe Coombs Marr.
New on Crave
Crave has perhaps the “biggest” slate of stuff available as of April 3, including the Crave original documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band, executive-produced by Martin Scorsese. Classic rock fans might also appreciate the cheesy-but-effective Springsteen “musical” Blinded by the Light. For the kids, there’s the Dreamworks animated feature Abominable, about the friendship between a young girl and a Yeti. And finally, Overcomer is a Christian sports drama from writer-director-actor triple-threat Alex Kendick.
On April 5 you can see the first episode of Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children. The docuseries tackles the series of child murders that also served as the backdrop for the final season of Mindhunter. As of April 6 you can see Pavarotti, the Ron Howard-directed documentary about the opera superstar. On April 7, you can catch the first episode of Cardinal, the hit crime drama starring Karine Vanasse and BIlly Campbell.
New on Disney Plus
Over at Disney Plus, you can catch the unprecedented streaming premiere of Onward, the Pixar film that saw its theatrical career cut short by the pandemic. You’ll find the happy addition of The Straight Story, widely considered to be David Lynch’s most “normal” movie. It’s also unquestionably the best movie about an old man riding a lawnmower across the country. Both are available to stream now.
New on the Criterion Channel
On April 5, Criterion begins streaming a “70’s Style Icons” collection encompassing such varied efforts as Alan J. Pakula’s Klute, Jack Hill’s Foxy Brown and the misbegotten disco musical Thank God It’s Friday, starring Donna Summer and Jeff Goldblum (!). On April 6, you can see Hector Babenco’s controversial, long-impossible-to-find 1981 film Pixote, restored thanks to Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project. On April 8, the Channel brings back the Columbia Noir series which was part of its line-up at the launch. The 25-film series has 13 new titles not included in the first go-round. ■
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