Best Movies On Netflix - April 2017

Author Thumbnail BY Jon Arvedon - April 19, 2017
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Everyone has found themselves serving as the deer staring into the proverbial headlights of Netflix’s massive library of films at one point or another. With thousands of movies to choose from, it’s easy to find yourself spending hours browsing through film after film, genre after genre, to the point that you’re too tired to even watch anything at all.

Thankfully, we here at Epicstream have you covered, as we’ve combed through the deepest confines of Netflix’s library to bring to you the 25 best movies on Netflix for April 2017:

#1- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

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Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, C. Thomas Howell, and Robert MacNaughton

Despite being one of Steven Spielberg’s undisputed classics, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is often overlooked in favor of the director’s higher-caliber motion pictures, such as Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, and the like. Even Close Encounters of the Third Kind tends to get higher billing than E.T. as far as Spielberg’s alien-themed films go, but the latter manages to stand out thanks to the incredibly close-to-home story of a family torn apart by divorce, and a lonely boy who befriends a homesick creature from another world. Even though the film tackles some dark subject matter, though, it’s still jam-packed with wonder, imagination, and adventure, which makes E.T. a movie highly worth revisiting this month.

#2- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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Director: Gore Verbinski

Cast: Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, and Zoe Saldana

Nowadays, we see films based on comic books, toys, and even video games; but an amusement park ride? Surely Disney realized how much of a gamble Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was at the time, but against all odds, this film delivers. This is largely due to director Gore Verbinski’s superb execution of the film’s high seas, swashbuckling aesthetic, complimented by plenty of eerie, supernatural overtones. Additionally, Johnny Depp’s flamboyant performance as Captain Jack Sparrow results in a movie that’s sure to result in an all-around good time, no matter when you decide to give it a watch.

#3- Beasts of No Nation

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Director/Writer: Cary Joji Fukunaga

Cast: Abraham Attah, Idris Elba, Kurt Egyiawan, Jude Akuwudike, Emmanuel “King Kong” Nii, and Adom Quaye

Back before Netflix Original films were as commonplace as they are today, Beasts of No Nation managed to captivate viewers with its powerful story of a young West African boy who becomes a child soldier. Idris Elba delivers a bone-chilling performance as the charismatic leader Commandant, with Abraham Attah constantly threatening to steal the show as the young Agu. This certainly isn’t the type of film that will leave you with a smile on your face, but nonetheless, it’s a profound and compelling piece of cinema that absolutely deserves your attention.

#4- Kubo and the Two Strings

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Director: Travis Knight

Cast: Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei, and Matthew McConaughey

For years, LAIKA Studios has been cornering the market in terms of unique stop-motion animated films. However, Kubo and the Two Strings is a visual spectacle that’s in a league of its own and boasts a captivating story of a young boy named Kubo’s journey to defeat his mother’s corrupted sisters and his megalomaniac grandfather. Tackling such themes as loss and legacy, Kubo and the Two Strings is incredibly grounded on an emotional level, allowing the message of the story to truly sink in while the aesthetics astound throughout.

#5- Pulp Fiction

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Director: Quentin Tarantino

Cast: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Ving Rhames, Harvey Keitel, Maria de Medeiros, Rosanna Arquette, Bruce Willis

When you think of Quentin Tarantino, it’s hard not to immediately think of Pulp Fiction. After all, this is the film that shot him into the upper echelons of Hollywood, and arguably set the standard for non-linear storytelling, which has since become a staple of both movies and television. Winning an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, Pulp Fiction is an all-around classic, highly influential, and downright fun movie.

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Jon Arvedon was born and raised on the not-so-mean streets of Central Massachusetts. Jon uses his time consuming, collecting, and sharing all aspects of nerd culture. Follow Jon on Twitter @JonArvedon.
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