The 7 best new movies on HBO Max in April 2022
A new month means new movies on your favorite streaming service, and HBO Max has plenty of new titles to browse in April. While there’s a lot to dig into, we’ve picked out seven newly added films that we think are definitely worth watching, across a wide range of genres, so there’s a little something for everyone. They include macabre dark comedies, Oscar-winning prestige dramas, hidden indie gems, and even a one-of-a-kind William Shakespeare adaptation.
Check out our list of the best new movies to watch on HBO Max in April below.
Tim Burton’s comedy classic is a great watch just about anytime. “Beetlejuice” revolves around a couple who die in a car accident (played by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) and become ghosts trapped inside their home, where they are forced to witness its sale and its renovation by a family left from the city. They enlist the help of a “bio-exorcist” named Beetlejuice (played by Michael Keaton), and all hell breaks loose (literally). The film is a colorful and inventive take on the afterlife, offering a dark and comedic spin on the undead.
If you’re in the mood for some true-story drama, director Bennett Miller’s 2005 Oscar-winning biopic “Captote” is a terrific watch. The film follows the events of the writing of Truman Capote’s seminal 1965 book ‘In Cold Blood’ as he investigates the harrowing murder that inspired the ‘non-fiction novel’. Philip Seymour Hoffman won the Best Actor Oscar for his stunning portrayal of the iconic author, and Catherine Keener plays famed author Harper Lee in the film.
For music fans, “Chicago” is a ball. Director Rob Marshall’s Oscar-winning adaptation of the Broadway musical brilliantly brings the beloved series to the screen, with Renee Zellweger playing the role of Roxie Hart – a murderous housewife who gains notoriety for the dead. suspicious of her husband. The story is told from Roxie’s point of view, leaving room for outlandish musical sequences that play out as though inside Roxie’s head. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere co-starred, and the film won six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for Zeta-Jones.
If you’re looking for a hidden gem, check out director Duncan Jones’ 2009 sci-fi film “Moon.” This thriller stars Sam Rockwell as a man nearing the end of a three-year solo on the moon in a mining operation. But with his return home in sight, he begins to encounter a personal crisis and he begins to wonder if everything he has been told about his operation is actually true. The stunning effects of the film are all the more impressive considering that it was made on an extremely shoestring budget and Rockwell delivers one of his best performances.
The big thrill
Go back to the 1980s with the comedy-drama “The Big Chill”. Released in 1983, this film was a very big problem, thanks in large part to its killer soundtrack and impressive ensemble cast. The story revolves around a group of friends reunited for the first time in 15 years after one of their friends dies by suicide. Released in 1983, the set includes Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place and Tom Berenger. “Indiana Jones” and “Star Wars” screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan co-wrote and directed the film.
Hailed by many as one of the best screenplays ever written, “Tootsie” is a comedy classic that’s held up extremely well decades after it was first released in 1982. Dustin Hoffman plays a talented actor with a reputation for being tough who has struggling to find work. When he dresses up as a woman and creates an actress named “Tootsie”, he suddenly lands a plum role on a popular soap opera and now has to keep the excitement going while Tootsie’s career takes off. Jessica Lange and Teri Garr co-star, while Sydney Pollack is directing.
Romeo + Juliet by William Shakespeare
“Mill Snape!” and “The Great Gatsby” filmmaker Baz Luhrmann still has a flair for the theater, which made him a brilliant candidate for the 1996 reimagining of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Aptly named “Romeo + Juliet,” the film retains much of Shakespeare’s dialogue but features contemporary settings and characters, trading swords for guns and Verona for “Verona Beach.” The freshly popular duo of Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes form a firecracker couple at the center of the film, and a hip soundtrack pairs well with Luhrmann’s fast-paced visual approach.