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10 Netflix Releases You Need To Watch In April



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As Spring has arrives to perk us out of the indoors, Netflix fires back with another month full of content to keep your butt sufficiently glued to the couch. But can you blame them? They’ve been fighting the good fight for their streaming service to remain relevant when so many will often complain that there’s nothing good on Netflix.

And with so many people binge-watching now more than ever, there’s a constant need for content. Thankfully, Netflix doesn’t disappoint this month with a hefty helping of new additions both original and noteworthy. Here are the 10 TV series/movies you should keep an eye out for in April on Netflix.

God’s Pocket (April 8)

If you’re seeking out every Phillip Seymour Hoffman film after his death, chances are God’s Pocket is the last picture you haven’t seen yet. Premiering at Sundance a few weeks before he passed, this dark dramedy finds Hoffman playing a blue collar worker trying to cover up the mysterious death of his son. But a nosey reporter threatens to reveal the darker side of this quaint town. Featuring a solid cast that includes Richard Jenkins and John Turturro, as well as the directorial debut of Mad Men star John Slattery, it’s a strangely quirky picture with its off-beat violence and dizzying story.


Netflix Look Who's Back MovieSpoonLook Who’s Back (April 9)

This may be the most politically incorrect and strangest comedy you’ll see on Netflix all year. Based on the best-selling novel, Look Who’s Back takes a stab at what it would be like if Adolf Hitler was alive in the 21st century. He attempts to use the internet and is fascinated with how much he can search about world domination. He begins appearing on television in hopes of making a political comeback. But the film goes one step further by placing the character of Hitler in German society ala Borat with unscripted segments of him interacting with unsuspecting people. The whole idea is so boldly absurd and Oliver Masucci plays the character with the perfect amount of comedic delivery in his baffling discoveries.


Moonwalkers (April 14)

If you’re looking for a comedy that is retro, satirical and wicked violent, look no further than Moonwalkers. Ron Perlman plays a CIA agent enlisted to hire director Stanley Kubrick to fake the moon-landing in the 1960’s. He seeks the help of a rock-band manager (Rupert Grint) that swindles him out of the money by passing off a stranger as Kubrick. Furious when he discovers that he doesn’t have Kubrick, Perlman is forced to come up with a plan to keep the fake moon-landing project going or he’ll be terminated in more ways than one. Loaded with conspiracy theories, drugs, strange visions and the weirdest moon-landing sequence, it’s absolutely bonkers how first-time director Antoine Bardou-Jacquet conceived such a zany and dark comedy based on such a popular myth.


Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (April 14)

While director Danny Boyle did a fantastic job focusing on the man behind the curtain with Steve Jobs (2015), his picture probably left some audience longing for the whole story. The documentary feature Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, released the same year as Boyle’s movie, delivers on just that. No stone is left unturned as this biography addresses Jobs’ technological breakthroughs and his monstrous personality. Parts of his life have been covered over the course of many TV biographies and movies, but never as wholly and in-depth as this picture portrays him. In an age where Apple has become a household name with its vast array of products flooding the pop culture, it’s important to know the big picture of where all this came from. The picture doesn’t get much bigger than this.


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2 (April 15)

Undeniably one of Netflix’s biggest comedic hits, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will return for its second season this April. Judging from the trailer, Kimmy seems to be working at a year-round Christmas store, starting therapy for her years in a bunker and making up songs about cats and bunnies. In other words, more of the crazy antics we’ve come to expect from Tina Fey’s strange world of odd and resilient characters trying to make it in New York City. With eccentric writing and amazing energy, it’s hard not to be taken in by the charm of Ellie Kemper and a strong cast of comedic veterans.


Netflix Minions MovieSpoonMinions (April 24)

Sure to be a staple for the kids in the household, Minions brings the pill-shaped character front and center for this spin-off/prequel to the Despicable Me animated movies. While the slapstick of the babbling yellow dorks is still pleasing, its underdeveloped villain Scarlet Overkill may leave some audiences pining for the return of Gru. Such a misstep won’t matter much to the young ones that will find endless joy in the frenetic comedy.


Begin Again (April 27)

Director John Carney of Once fame returns to the music-themed dramedy genre again. Keira Knightley plays a musical artist discovered by a down-on-his-luck record executive played by Marc Ruffalo. With little money to work with, Ruffalo records her album across various outdoor areas of New York City. Similar to Once, Carney injects an even balance of enchanting comedy and drama that’s sometimes soft, but always engaging. And how could you resist that strong soundtrack?


Danger Mouse: Season 1 (April 29)

Classic cartoon fans most likely remember the absurd antics of secret agent Danger Mouse and his nervous hamster sidekick Penfold. Now the 1980’s animated classic from the UK has returned with a noticeably higher budget, but the same familiar characters and quirky humor. Everyone from the evil Baron von Greenback to the fame-obsessed Count Duckula is present. The series debuted last year in the UK, but American audiences will be able to view it exclusively on Netflix.


Special Correspondents (April 29)

Ricky Gervais’ new comedy movie, exclusive to Netflix, will feature him as a sound engineer teaming up with a radio journalist (Eric Bana) to fake a war report in Ecuador from New York. But when it’s reported that the two are missing in Ecuador, the scam artists find themselves heading to Ecuador to avoid being discovered. With Gervais’ dry wit and Bana’s straight delivery, Special Correspondents seems to play as a silly mixture of Wag the Dog and Tropic Thunder. And that’s enough to get this on my playlist.


Team Foxcatcher (April 29)

If you still can’t get enough of the true story behind the messy fiasco of John du Pont and his wrestling team, Team Foxcatcher is the documentary you need to see. Featuring more than just talking heads, Team Foxcatcher boasts exclusive footage never before seen on the du Pont estate as it delves into the dark tale of drugs, murder and paranoia. It’s sure to be a disturbing film with the revealing nature and disturbing contexts, but also an alluring companion piece to the 2014 dramatization Foxcatcher.

[author title=”Mark McPherson” image=”×221-150×150.jpg”]Movie nut Mark McPherson has been all about movies since working at a video store in his youth. His talents range from video editing to animation to web development, but movies have always been his passion to write about.[/author]

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17 of the Most Fetch Back-to-School Movies



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[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s back to school time! Tragically, that means summer is coming to an end. On the other hand, that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun celebrating the impending school year with some of our favorite back-to-school movies.

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Whether our favorite back to school movies are set in the mean halls of a high school or a rowdy frat house at a college campus, these back-to-school movies will actually make school seem (gasp!) exciting.

Here are our 16 favorite back to school movies:

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All Marvel Movies Ranked from Worst to Best – Including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!



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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has just landed in theaters, and Marvel fans everywhere are already obsessing over Baby Groot. Not to mention Rocket, Drax, Gamora and Star-Lord, of course! But where does Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 fit in with the rest of the Marvel movies?

We’ve even taken this a step further beyond MCU movies; did you know that Marvel has been involved in making superhero movies long before Marvel characters like Chris Hemsworth lit up the screen as Thor and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange?

That’s right, we’ve ranked all the Marvel films (we didn’t count made for TV movies), starting with the first major release back in the 1980’s, culminating with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in 2017. Check it out and let us know what you think!doctor-strange-green


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47. Fantastic Four (2015)

Fantastic Four was the worst rated Marvel movie of all time according to fans and critics. Flame off please.fantastic-four-2015-still

Rotten Tomatoes: 9% Critics, 19% Audience

Box Office: $168 million


46. Howard the Duck (1986)

Screw villains, Howard the Duck is the creepiest Marvel character around.

Marvel Howard the Duck

Rotten Tomatoes: 13% Critics, 38% Audience

Box Office: $38 million


45. Man-Thing (2005)

Does anyone even remember this movie coming out?

Marvel Man-Thing

Rotten Tomatoes: 17% Critics, 12% Audience

Box Office: $1.1 million


44. Captain America (1990)

Yes, there was a Captain America movie before Chris Evans. Though only released theatrically in the UK, ‘Captain America’ remains a hard core fan favorite, despite lacking the specials effects of modern marvel movies.

45 Marvel Movies Captain America 1990

Rotten Tomatoes: 0% Critics, 16% Audience

Box Office: $10,173


43. Elektra (2005)

Ahhh, the good old days when Jennifer Garner had her Alias fame to fall back on. Still not a good movie.

Rotten Tomatoes: 10% Critics, 30% Audience

Box Office: $56.7 million


42. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

Nicolas Cage with a flaming skull head is just too much to handle in one movie, let alone a sequel.

Marvel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Rotten Tomatoes: 17% Critics, 32% Audience

Box Office: $132.6 million


41. Daredevil (2003)

We can’t rank Daredevil last because simply because it made WAY too much money. But our thought is that we’d have been better off had Ben Affleck not taken the role of Daredevil during the peak of his frat-bro style years. #NotAFan

Marvel Daredevil

Rotten Tomatoes: 44% Critics, 35% Audience

Box Office: $179.2 million


40. Fantastic Four (1994)

This movie was never actually released, but a few illegal copies made their way into circulation years later.

Marvel Fantastic Four

Rotten Tomatoes: 29% Critics, 27% Audience

Box Office: N/A


39. The Punisher (1989)

Vigilante justice and revenge on those who killed his family is the name of the Punisher’s game. Staring Dolph Lundgren.


Rotten Tomatoes: 28% Critics, 32% Audience

Box Office: $533,411


38. Fantastic Four (2005)

Not only was there a different Captain America in 1990, but Chris Evans also played a different superhero. We MUCH prefer him as Steve Rogers.

Marvel Fantastic Four

Rotten Tomatoes: 27% Critics, 45% Audience

Box Office: $330.6 million


37. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

Chris Evans returns! Thank goodness he got out in time to play Captain America.

Marvel Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer

Rotten Tomatoes: 37% Critics, 51% Audience

Box Office: $289 million


36. Punisher: War Zone (2008)

A pattern of vengeance turns the whole city of New York into a war zone. Staring Ray Stevenson.

Marvel Punisher War Zone

Rotten Tomatoes: 27% Critics, 42% Audience

Box Office: $10.1 million


35. Ghost Rider (2007)

Nicolas Cage played stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze in a battle against the devil in this mediocre-at-best movie.

Marvel Ghost Rider

Rotten Tomatoes: 26% Critics, 48% Audience

Box Office: $228.7 million


34. Blade: Trinity (2004)

Good or bad, Wesley Snipes makes the Blade movies classics.


Rotten Tomatoes: 25% Critics, 59% Audience

Box Office: $128.9 million


33. Hulk (2003)

Oddly enough, critics enjoyed (but fans hated) the Eric Bana-helmed Hulk.

Marvel Hulk

Rotten Tomatoes: 61% Critics, 29% Audience

Box Office: $245.4 million


32. The Punisher (2004)

Despite John Travolta’s appearance in The Punisher, fans found the movie somewhat enjoyable. Starring Thomas Jane.

 Rotten Tomatoes: 29% Critics, 63% Audience

Box Office: $54.7 million


31. X-Men: Apocalypse 

Even with a plethora of characters and a massive battle scene at the end ‘Apocalypse’ didn’t quit live up to the rest of the X-Men franchise.


Rotten Tomatoes: 48% Critics, 69% Audience

Box Office: $543.9 million


30. Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Toby Maguire’s last stint as Spider-Man was his worst.

Marvel Spider-Man 3

Rotten Tomatoes: 62% Critics, 51% Audience

Box Office: $890.9 million


29. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Though Hugh Jackman gave it his utmost, he couldn’t rescue this film.

Marvel X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Rotten Tomatoes: 38% Critics, 59% Audience

Box Office: $373.1 million


28. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

Plenty of action, little character development.

Marvel X-Men: The Last Stand

Rotten Tomatoes: 58% Critics, 62% Audience

Box Office: $459.4 million


27. Blade II (2002)

Guillermo del Toro directed the middle installment of the Blade trilogy.

Marvel Blade II

Rotten Tomatoes: 57% Critics, 68% Audience

Box Office: $155 million


26. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

In general, fans were happy that this movie felt exceptionally comic-booky.


Rotten Tomatoes: 53% Critics, 65% Audience

Box Office: $709 million


25. The Wolverine (2013)

The Wolverine heads to Japan to face his inner demons. Critics praised the film for being true to the comics.

Marvel The Wolverine

Rotten Tomatoes: 69% Critics, 69% Audience

Box Office: $414.8 million


24. Blade (1998)

“If you wanna survive it, you better learn to pull the trigger!”

Marvel Blade

Rotten Tomatoes: 54% Critics, 78% Audience

Box Office: $131.2 million


23. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Edward Norton was finally able to show off his rage issues.


Rotten Tomatoes: 67% Critics, 71% Audience

Box Office: $263.4 million


22. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Andrew Garfield made his debut as Spider-Man with positive impact, despite Tobey Maguire’s series just finishing up.

Marvel The Amazing Spider-Man

Rotten Tomatoes: 72% Critics, 77% Audience

Box Office: $757.9 million


21. X-Men (2000)

Rebecca Romijn’s debut as Mystique was enough to win over the fanboys critics.

Marvel X-Men

Rotten Tomatoes: 81% Critics, 83% Audience

Box Office: $296.3 million


20. Spider-Man (2002)

Tobey Maguire made exploring his newfound powers loads of fun.

Marvel Spider-Man

Rotten Tomatoes: 89% Critics, 67% Audience

Box Office: $821.7 million


19. Iron Man 2 (2010)

Iron Man 2 was a bit played out after the first film, but it was still loads of fun.


Rotten Tomatoes: 72% Critics, 72% Audience

Box Office: $623.9 million


18. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

The saving grace of Thor: The Dark World was the addition of more Loki.

Marvel Thor: The Dark World

Rotten Tomatoes: 66% Critics, 78% Audience

Box Office: $644.6 million


17. Iron Man 3 (2013)

Despite some hodge-podge over Ben Kingsley getting cast as the Mandarin, Iron Man 3 was a box office success.

Marvel Iron Man 3

Rotten Tomatoes: 79% Critics, 79% Audience

Box Office: $1.2 billion


16. Thor (2011)

As doofy as a blonde hammer-wielding hero could be, Chris Hemsworth brought heart and zest to the god of thunder.


Rotten Tomatoes: 77% Critics, 76% Audience

Box Office: $449.3 million


15. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

It doesn’t get much more American than a man in a spangled outfit facing off against Nazis.

Marvel Captain America The First Avenger

Rotten Tomatoes: 80% Critics, 74% Audience

Box Office: $370.6 million


14. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Old favorites met up with new stars–what could go wrong?

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Rotten Tomatoes: 91% Critics, 92% Audience

Box Office: $747.9 million


13. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

The Guardians of the Galaxy made their raucous comeback this year. It didn’t quite match the heart and hilarity of the first one, but who doesn’t love Baby Groot?

Marvel Movies Ranked Guardians

Rotten Tomatoes: 81% Critics, 90% Audience

Box Office: $732.9 million*

*Still showing in theaters


12. Ant-Man (2015)

Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) sticky fingers come in handy when he must carry out a thieving mission. Oh, and we can’t forget Antony.

Marvel Ant-Man

Rotten Tomatoes: 81% Critics, 86% Audience

Box Office: $519.4 million


11. X2: X-Men United (2003)

Critics and fans praised the well-executed plot and solid acting.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 86% Critics, 85% Audience

Box Office: $407.7 million


10. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

The second Avengers film was action-packed, fun and had some heartfelt touches.

Age of Ultron Marvel

Rotten Tomatoes: 75% Critics, 84% Audience

Box Office: $1.4 billion


9. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Critics loved this film for the great villain (Doctor Octopus) and deep emotional focus.


Rotten Tomatoes: 93% Critics, 81% Audience

Box Office: $783.8 million


8. Big Hero 6 (2014)

Okay, so we didn’t realize this was a Marvel film until making this list. It’s pretty stinkin’ cute.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 89% Critics, 91% Audience

Box Office: $657.8 million


7. Deadpool (2016)

Deadpool was by far the raunchiest of the Marvel films so far, and we dig it.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 84% Critics, 91% Audience

Box Office: $778.6 million


6. X-Men: First Class (2011)

The star-loaded X-Men reboot (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and more!) wowed critics and fans alike.


Rotten Tomatoes: 87% Critics, 87% Audience

Box Office: $353.6 million


5. Doctor Strange (2016)

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in Marvel’s newest release, and it’s been an instant hit with fans. Doctor Strange even helped push Disney past the $6 billion mark for 2016–it’s only the second time a studio has made that much in a year.

Marvel 46 Ranked Doctor Strange

Rotten Tomatoes: 90% Critics, 91% Audience

Box Office: $677.7 million


4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Packed with action and a hefty dose of political reality, this movie became an instant hit with fans. Not to mention, the Winter Soldier himself is pretty bad-ass.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 89% Critics, 92% Audience

Box Office: $714.4 million


3. Iron Man (2008)

Robert Downey, Jr.’s simple line, “I am Iron Man” sealed the deal.

Iron Man Marvel

Rotten Tomatoes: 94% Critics, 91% Audience

Box Office: $585.2 million


2. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

It’s got killer tunes and quite possibly the weirdest characters ever, but somehow it works.


Rotten Tomatoes: 91% Critics, 92% Audience

Box Office: $773.3 million


1. (Tie) Captain America: Civil War (2016)

This movie was practically a better Avengers movie than Age of Ultron.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 90% Critics, 91% Audience

Box Office: $1.1 billion


1. (Tie) The Avengers (2012)

With an all-star cast including Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson, Marvel’s The Avengers managed to balance non-stop action with humor and wit.


Rotten Tomatoes: 92% Critics, 91% Audience

Box Office: $1.5 billion


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Top 7 Mila Kunis Movies and TV Shows You Need to Watch



Mila Kunis Movies and TV Shows

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]he’s cute. She’s sassy. She’s one of the hottest actresses around. But are there any Mila Kunis movies and TV shows that slipped under your radar?

Mila Kunis Movies and TV Shows

From hilarious comedies to psychological dramas, Kunis has had a well-rounded career. We’re choosing to ignore the little mishap that was Oz the Great and Powerful when praising her works, though.

Take a look out our top 5 Mila Kunis movies and TV shows you can’t miss:

1. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Mila Kunis Movies and TV Shows

Kunis is irresistible as the Hawaii-dwelling babe helping Jason Segel get over his ex-girlfriend (played by Kristen Bell). In addition to their adorable chemistry, who can forget Segel’s hilarious vampiric musical stylings?

2. That ’70s Show

Mila Kunis Movies and TV Shows

Okay, so you probably didn’t miss this one. But who doesn’t want an excuse to rewatch Mila Kunis in her breakout role as Jackie Burkhart?

3. Black Swan

Mila Kunis Movies and TV Shows

Kunis plays a ballerina opposite Natalie Portman in this psychological thriller. As the two girls compete to play the lead character in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, their dark and twisted sides begin to emerge. Of all the Mila Kunis movies and TV shows, this one is the most highly acclaimed. This film was nominated for five Oscars, and Portman earned a win for best actress.

4. Family Guy

Mila Kunis Movies and TV Shows

Mila Kunis herself doesn’t appear in this animated hit, but her voice does! She voices Meg Griffin, the unfortunate daughter in the Griffin family.

5. Bad Moms

Mila Kunis Movies and TV Shows

What’s motherhood really like? Well, Bad Moms shows that becoming a mother doesn’t always change people. In fact, sometimes it’s an excuse to have even more fun.

6. Friends with Benefits

Mila Kunis Movies and TV Shows

Okay, so this movie may not garner the critical acclaim of Black Swan, but it sure is fun. Plus, who wouldn’t like watching Justin Timberlake and Kunis flirting? Things get complicated when the two of them try to have fun by adding sex to their friendship.

7. Ted

Mila Kunis Movies and TV Shows

Even as the exasperated girlfriend, Mila Kunis manages to be endearing. When Mark Wahlberg wishes for his childhood teddy bear Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) to come to life, he finds himself still hanging out smoking pot and not getting much accomplished 30 years later. Kunis tries to get him back on track, but sometimes it takes drastic measures.

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