Latest Netflix movies: Which new releases to watch right now (April 2021)

Latest Netflix movies: Which new releases to watch right now (April 2021)

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The Dark Knight and Training Day. Pic credit: Warner Bros

Every month, Netflix makes significant changes. Several movies leave the service, while the streaming giant adds several others to its library.

The good news is that Netflix is always adding original movies to its service, meaning they are building a library that will never leave.

However, at the same time, they are also adding classics and newer releases for at least a limited time that fans can enjoy watching anything they want.

Here at Monsters & Critics, we will keep track of the latest movies added to Netflix, both originals and the best older movies, and let you know our picks for what you should find to watch each month.

Updated in April 2021: These movies were all added to Netflix in the past four months and will be updated monthly, with the best new titles to watch. This list is for those films released in January 2021 through March 2021.

Dances with Wolves (March 1)

Dances with Wolves
Kevin Costner in Dances with Wolves. Pic credit: Orion Pictures

Kevin Costner directed and starred in Dances with Wolves in 1990, based on the novel by Michael Blake.

In the movie, Costner is a Union Army lieutenant named John J. Dunbar who travels to the American frontier, searching for a military post. Along the way, he deals with the Native American tribe, the Lakota.

Dances with Wolves received 12 Oscar nominations and won seven of them, including Best Picture and Best Director.

The Dark Knight (March 1)

The Dark Knight
Heath Ledger, Christian Bale and Aaron Eckert in The Dark Knight. Pic credit: Warner Bros

The Dark Knight stands as one of the best superhero movies ever made, proving the superhero movie could transcend its place in Hollywood.

Christian Bale was back as Batman and faced two new villains, the horrific Joker, who just wanted to cause chaos, and the tragic Harvey Dent, the best man in Gotham who lost his mind when Joker killed the love of his life and became Two-Face.

The movie was praised as more than just a comic book movie, but also as a piece of cinematic art. Heath Ledger picked up an Oscar following his death for his portrayal of Joker.

Training Day (March 1)

Training Day
Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke in Training Day. Pic credit: Warner Bros

Denzel Washington had made his name in several dramatic roles over his career, but in 2001 he took a huge left turn.

Washington took on a rare villain role in the crime thriller Training Day. Denzel starred as Alonzo “King Kong” Harris, a corrupt and deadly cop in Los Angeles.

Ethan Hawke co-stars as Jake Hoyt, a youngster assigned for an evaluation by Alonzo. The two then end up on a series of adventures where Jake realizes how corrupt Alonzo is and learns his life is in great danger.

Denzel won the Oscar for Best Actor, while Hawke picked up a nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

The Conjuring (Feb. 21)

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The Conjuring. Pic credit: Warner Bros.

The horror movie The Conjuring hit Netflix in February 2021, along with its sequel.

The movies are based on real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, a couple who have several documented paranormal cases over their lives.

In the first movie, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play the couple as they set out to investigate a farmhouse that is supposedly possessed. When the Catholic Church won’t help unless they find proof, they dig deeper and find themselves in mortal danger.

Shutter Island (Feb. 1)

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo in Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island. Pic credit: Paramount

The Martin Scorsese horror-thriller Shutter Island hit Netflix in February 2021, based on the suspense novel by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River).

This movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo as two federal agents sent to Shutter Island, a mental prison, to investigate a patient that disappeared.

This is a movie where nothing is as it seems and there are deep mysteries to unfold. It is also one of Scorsese’s rare journeys into the horror film genre.

Inception (Feb. 1)

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The Christopher Nolan movie Inception. Pic credit: Warner Bros

In 2010, Christopher Nolan created one of the most mind-bending movies in cinema.

Leonardo DiCaprio is Dom Cobb, who, along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Arthur, are specialized thieves. They use experimental military tech to go into the subconscious of a person to steal their memories.

Since much of the movie takes place in their victims’ memories, it allows Nolan to create a world with no rules and allowed him to create one of the most visually astonishing worlds ever to grace a movie screen.

The Departed (Jan. 1)

The Departed
Leonardo Di Caprio, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson in The Departed. Pic credit: Warner Bros.

In 2006, Martin Scorsese won an Oscar for his remake of the Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs, which he renamed The Departed.

The movie stars Leonard DiCaprio as a Boston cop who goes undercover as part of the mafia, working directly under the mob boss himself, portrayed by Jack Nicholson.

Meanwhile, Matt Damon is a member of the mob sent to the police academy and has gone deep as a mole inside the police. This movie shows both stories, as the two men get very deep into their respective undercover jobs, and both know they might not make it out in one piece.

Bonnie and Clyde (Jan. 1)

Bonnie and Clyde
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde. Pic credit: Warner Bros

Bonnie and Clyde is one of the movies that helped change how Hollywood was run.

Released in 1967, the movie was one of the more independently made movies, along with films like Easy Rider that convinced Hollywood that film auteurs should be given leeway to go off the beaten path.

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway starred as the legendary outlaws Bonnie and Clyde, as they rode through towns, robbing banks, and becoming folk heroes to the poor people who saw them as heroes.

Cool Hand Luke (Jan. 1)

Cool Hand Luke
Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke. Pic credit: Warner Bros.

Paul Newman was one of the biggest stars of the ’60s and one look at Cool Hand Luke will show anyone why he was the man.

In the movie, Newman starred as Luke, a prisoner in a Florida prison camp who refuses to submit to the system.

Much like Bonnie and Clyde, Cool Hand Luke was a movie that was firmly anti-establishment and was a great example of the new style of filmmaking that took the world by storm.

The movie picked up four Oscar nominations, winning one, and was added to the United States Library of Congress in its National Film Registry in 2005.

Goodfellas (Jan. 1)

The cast of Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas. Pic credit: Warner Bros.

In 1990, Martin Scorsese made one of his best movies with the mob picture, Goodfellas.

In the movie, Ray Liotta plays Henry Hill, a low-level member of the mafia who has strong ties to everyone he works with but then finds himself on the rails when the police bust him and force him to turn over evidence on the men he calls his family.

The movie is based on a true story, as told in the non-fiction novel Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, which tells the story of Henry Hill, from his days as a mobster to his entry into witness protection years later.

Shawn S. Lealos

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