The Nerd's Watch: The Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Streaming in April

One of the best zombie movies you haven't seen is coming to Netflix in April.

One of the best zombie movies you haven’t seen is coming to Netflix in April.
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The Nerd’s Watch makes a bit more sense this month. With lots of people home because of the covid-19 pandemic, we are bored and urgently need it good to see. Fortunately, io9 is here to bring you a plethora of movie and television options.

In our long running monthly column, we’ll take those big “Here’s what’s coming …” lists you see on other sites and cut out the bold. All that remains are the very best, or at least the most notable, sci-fi, fantasy, horror and genre films coming to Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Disney + in April 2020.

Tom Cruise in minority report.

Tom Cruise in Minority report.
Photo: Fox


Available from April 1

Blood sports – We could all use a little Jean Claude Van Damme as an ass kicking in our lives now, and Blood sports, one of the best fighting movies ever, likes to listen.

Community: seasons 1-6 – We don’t normally put TV or comedy on this list, but NBCs Community is filled with so many great pop culture references, and it’s a great binge, we thought you’d like to know it’s coming to Netflix.

Deep consequences – The Others great asteroid movie released in 1998, Mimi Leder’s star-studded film does not have the scope of Armageddonbut it has a lot of its own heart and action – plus, Morgan Freeman plays the president.

Killer Klowns from space – It’s all in the title. A campy cult classic about outside circus performances in the stars that kill people.

Minority report – In one of Steven Spielberg’s rare underrated films, Tom Cruise stars as a detective in a society where crime is stopped before it happens. The film is not only entertaining, but also fascinating window into our modern world.

Mortal Kombat – You have two options here. You can fully view this kind of OK adaptations of the popular video game. Or you can just watch the opening minute or so where the “Mortal Kombat!” and dives again and again into a bass-beating beat and …

Way to destruction – Before 1917 multiple Oscars, director Sam Mendes first tested his hand during periodic action with this excellent graphic novel adaptation in which not only Tom Hanks stars, but also future Bond employee Daniel Craig, as well as Paul Newman and Jude Law.

salt – It’s not a great movie, no, but if you’re in the house saying, “I’d like to see Angelina Jolie as a great spy tonight,” then pepper in some salt.

Sherlock Holmes – Yes, we all love Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. But his performance as Sherlock Holmes, through the lens of director Guy Ritchie, is exactly as far as pure entertainment is concerned. This movie is a damn pleasure and it’s time for a rewatch.

The girl with all the gifts – This, here, is it highlight of this whole article. I bet most of you haven’t seen it The girl with all the gifts. And if you haven’t, you should see it. Based on a novel of the same name, these movie stars Paddy Considine, Glenn Close and Gemma Arterton in one of the best, most impactful and clever zombie movies in recent history. Seriously, it’s damn great and you have to check it out.

The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions – A masterpiece of modern cinema of all time, followed by two sequels with decreasing yields, make for a pretty interesting binge.

Available from April 2

The good the bad and the ugly – I’m breaking all io9 rules here to warn you about a western coming to Netflix that has nothing to do with sci-fi … unless you consider how Sergio Leone’s stone-cold cinema classic has influenced every genre movie that came after sci-fi included. And now it streams! Ill.

Available on April 5

Killing a holy deer – I am a huge fan of the often weird, but never boring films of Yorgos Lanthimos: Dogtooth, The Lobster, The Favoritejust great things. However, I missed this movie, described as a ‘psychological thriller’ starring Colin Farrell. Now I have the chance to catch up.

Available from April 10

The main act – In this original Netflix movie, an 11-year-old boy discovers a mask that turns him into a WWE wrestler. It’s fully endorsed by the WWE and co-stars of many of its stars – and when I was just 11 years old, I can’t imagine a cooler idea for a movie.

Available from April 16

Despicable Me – Look, I hate the Minions as much as the next person over six, but their first movie, Despicable Me, is actually very good. It is funny, exciting and heartwarming. Chances are you’ve already seen it, but just in case, here it is.

Jem and the hologramsJem and the holograms is such a movie that was so bad that it went away very quickly. However, we think it has a real “so bad it’s good” cult potential, and now that the movie is coming to Netflix, now is the chance.

Available on April 18

The green hornet – Seth Rogen and Jay Chou play the Green Hornet and Kato surprisingly solid, certainly underestimated, comic book action movie directed by none other than Michel “Eternal sunshine of the spotless mindGondry.

Available on April 24

Extraction – Breaking my io9 sci-fi movie rule again to warn you about this original Netflix action thriller starring Chris Hemsworth and produced by the Russo Brothers. What else do you need to know?

Available on April 27

Battle: Los Angeles – I’m not gonna pour this over. Battle: Los Angeles is bad. But when a big budget, alien invasion movie comes on Netflix, I just have to mention it because even if they’re bad, these movies can be a great escape.

Black and White Batman aka The Lighthouse is coming to Amazon.

Batman black and white, also known as The lighthouse, is coming to Amazon.
Photo: A24


Available from April 1

A View to a Kill, Diamonds Are Forever, Die Another Day, Dr. No, For Your Eyes Only, From Russia with Love, Goldeneye, Goldfinger, License to Kill, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Never Say Never Again, Octopussy, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, The Living Daylights, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, The World is Not Enough, Thunderball, Tomorrow Never Dies, You Only Live Twice – The 25th Bond movie, No time to die, may be delayed until November, but you can watch most original movies on Amazon soon. All remastered in 4K.

Hotel Artemis – Don’t sleep on this 2018 thriller Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce on criminals seeking refuge in a luxury hotel. Quarantine yourself! Nice! It stars Jodie Foster, Dave Bautista, Sterling K. Brown, Jeff Goldblum and others. It is well!

I am a legend – Do you mean that, Amazon? Come on. You’re really going to choose to set up this movie about Will Smith as the last person on Earth (or at least he thinks so)? Actually … well played.

Mark Of Zorro – Increase your classic adventurous IQ with this 1920 classic featuring Douglas Fairbanks as Zorro.

The Brothers Grimm – Terry Gilliam directed this thriller about two scam artists (played by Matt Damon and Heath Ledger) who are in a scary fairy tale that can inspire some stories of their own. The pedigree is better than the product, but it is not a bad watch.

The lost world – The good! Not the Spielberg! This is the 1925 dinosaur movie based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel. It’s dated, of course, but still fascinating to see how a movie with this scope was made almost 100 years ago.

The new adventures of Tarzan – What better streaming service for a classic movie about a jungle man than Amazon? Do you understand? Because that is also a jungle. Regardless, Bruce Bennett plays the lead in this 1935 movie.

Available on April 3

Tales from the Loop – One of our highly anticipated shows of the year, Tales from the Loop tells the story of a city on top of a magical place called “The Loop” that makes the impossible possible. Her based on the art of Simon Stålenhag.

Available from April 16

The lighthouse – If you missed one of the most intense, weird movies of 2019, this is your chance to stream it. Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe shine like two men stranded together at a lighthouse. In extreme isolation, they realize … wait a minute. That is all too real!

Sean Connery's last film to date was The League of Extraordinary Gentleman.

Sean Connery’s last movie to date The League of Extraordinary Gentleman.
Photo: Fox


Available from April 1

Eli’s bookA blind man with a penchant for kicking is a road through post-apocalyptic America to deliver a very special book in this exciting sci-fi movie starring Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis and Gary Oldman.

Dr. Seuss’ Horton hears a whoWe hear that parents are desperate for new content, right? Well … please.

Get smart – I refuse to believe that this 2008 adaptation of the classic TV show with Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway is as disappointing as I remember. It cannot be. All those things are so good!

Kill Bill: Volume 1 and Kill Bill: Volume 2This one make two films a great dual function of excellent Quentin Tarantino movies. Or, if you stop the first for the last scene and then watch them back to back, you can almost replicate what they would be like if they were put together in one movie.

the society of extraordinary men – A terrible adaptation of an excellent comic book is only mentioned here because the source material of Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill is excellent. Plus, this was somehow the last movie Sean Connery starred in before retiring. Really sad.

Let me in – While the original Swedish movie, Let the right one in, is better, Batman director Matt Reeves’ English version of this chilling vampire film starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloë Grace Moretz is still scary and creepy, and absolutely worth it.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa – The sequel to the original Madagascar, which itself has multiple sequels. This is generally a good sign.

Misery – Kathy Bates won an Oscar for her portrayal of one Star Wars fan that catches Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and torture … wait, no. That’s not it. But something like that, with less Star Wars and more Stephen King.

Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile – I remember loving these romantic adventure movies with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner as a kid, but I haven’t seen them since. Now I no longer have an excuse.

Spider ManThis 2002 Sam Raimi movie actually all started. Of course, there had been big comics before, but this was the one that really caught Hollywood’s attention, which brought us back then Batman begins, Iron Man, And so on Avengers: Endgame, Aquaman, and further.

The X-Files: I Want to BelieveNever seen The X files (I know, I know), all I really know about this 2008 movie is that fans didn’t like it that much, right? Anyway, how am I not going to get one X files movie on this list.

Zombieland – Zombieland has it all. Humor, action, blood, Bill Murray is being murdered, it was a really great movie that was a lot ahead of its time in 2009.

Available from April 8

Parasite – No, Parasite is not a sci-fi movie. It is not an io9 movie. But you’ll be in for a few more weeks, and if you haven’t seen this year’s Best Film winner (among many other awards), you can do it on April 8 – and it’s worth the wait.

Available on April 20

Paranormal activity 3 – Why Paranormal activity 3? Why not one or two? I couldn’t tell you. But I can tell you that Paranormal activity 3, like most other entries of the series, is pretty darn good and scary and worth checking out. (Also on Amazon.)

Available on April 24

Awful – Although I missed it in theaters, this 2019 movie about a yeti befriending a girl and adventures back to his home mountain got a pretty decent buzz, but not much box office love. This is an opportunity for families to give it a shot.

The National Treasure crew is finally coming to D + this month.

The national treasure crew is finally coming to D + this month.
Photo: Disney

Disney +

Available from April 1

Dr. Dolittle Not the last Robert Downey. Jr version, and not the Rex Harrison version your parents probably grew up with, this is the 1998 Eddie Murphy movie that spawned a sequel and generally delighted audiences young and old. Other than, you know, the Downey.

Available on April 3

Forward – The second big surprise title to come to Disney + because of the Covid-19 pandemic is this recently released (March 6 !!!!!) Pixar film about two brothers who have to find a magical pearl to bring their deceased father back to life. It’s a very solid movie that you can watch now, if you missed it in theaters or on demand. And you should definitely do that.

Available on April 30

National treasureThe wait is over. Since the release of Disney + fans, they have been waiting for this adventure with Nicolas Cage, and they can finally do so in late April.

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