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Best new movies and shows on Netflix: April 2015

Netflix offers a veritable treasure chest of interesting and offbeat new cinematic offerings in April, one of the best months for streaming additions we've seen in a long time. In addition to the eagerly anticipated, NYC-shot "Marvel's Daredevil," which is available on April 10, these are some highlights:

'Hot Fuzz'

This cop movie satire, the second Edgar Wright-Simon
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This cop movie satire, the second Edgar Wright-Simon Pegg-Nick Frost collaboration, isn't as funny as the first, "Shaun of the Dead," or the third, "The World's End." But to use Bruce Springsteen as an analogy, that's like saying "The Rising" isn't as good as "Darkness on the Edge of Town" or "Born to Run." It's still damn good. April 16

'Goodbye to Language'

Jean-Luc Godard's 3-D experimental piece was named best
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Jean-Luc Godard's 3-D experimental piece was named best picture of 2014 by the National Society of Film Critics and sparked a considerable back-and-forth between his critical supporters and detractors, much as the French New Wave icon's movies have done since his indispensable "Breathless" in 1960. April 14

'Noah'

Biblical movies saw a bit of a revival
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Biblical movies saw a bit of a revival in 2014. Darren Aronofsky's environmentalist take on the flood story, starring Russell Crowe as a crazed Noah, is the one to see, not Ridley Scott's "Exodus." It considers the scenario with a measure of realism usually missing from this sort of thing. April 18

'The Babadook'

This is, simply, an instant horror classic. It's
Photo Credit: Causeway Films

This is, simply, an instant horror classic. It's at once terrifying and deeply emotional, perfectly paralleling the difficult and complicated experience of motherhood with its story of a demonic being threatening a closed-off family. My review is here.

'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night'

This black-and-white Iranian vampire movie was one of
Photo Credit: Say Ahh Productions

This black-and-white Iranian vampire movie was one of the indie sensations of 2014, launching filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour to prominence. It's sure to be unlike anything you've seen before. April 21

'National Treasure'

We love Nicolas Cage, even when he makes
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We love Nicolas Cage, even when he makes utter soulless direct-to-the-dumpster junk. This movie is not that. It's one of his biggest hits, an incredibly silly Americana adventure with dialogue that entirely consists of characters hurriedly exclaiming things like, "Those men have the Declaration of Independence!" April 27

'Crank'

This is the most bananas Jason Statham movie,
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This is the most bananas Jason Statham movie, the most utterly deranged, and that's saying something. It's not a good movie, exactly, but it sure is an experience. April 9

'Life Partners'

It slipped under the radar last year, but
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It slipped under the radar last year, but this is a sweet and charming movie about the complexities of friendship, starring Gillian Jacobs and Leighton Meester as best buds drawn apart by romance. ?April 2

Halt and Catch Fire Season 1

Catch up with the first season of AMC's
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Catch up with the first season of AMC's 1980s-period piece about the North Texas tech sector. We haven't seen it, but AMC does have quite the track record. April 8

'They Came Together'

If
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If "They Came Together," the newest collaboration of David Wain, Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd ("Wet Hot American Summer" etc.) could've been better, there are still plenty of funny moments in a parody of New York romance that's as close anything as gotten to the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker "Naked Gun" style in a while. April 17

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