What’s New on VOD for April 2020

What’s New on VOD for April 2020
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Welcome to the voluptuous new world of VOD, folks — a world where hot new titles once slated for a theatrical release come straight to your semi-quarantined homes and every movie once scheduled for the summer is suddenly on your doorstep or in hibernation.

Is it ideal? No. Cinephiles everywhere are mourning the loss of the theater experience. But we movie lovers also find ourselves in an unprecedented, perpetual movie marathon situation, so it’s not all bad. Theaters will be back eventually, and in the meantime, while we’re busy not going outside, we can hunker down with some fresh fare and long-awaited post-theatrical arrivals.

April is a pretty terrific month for VOD releases. There’s plenty of junk to go around, as usual, but it’s a unique month. It’s our first full month of a primarily locked down, COVID-19-aware United States. As a result, distributors are experimenting with VOD tactics and expediting releases, which means there’s a lot to chew on. Below, you’ll find a table with all the releases, but first, a few highlights.

Celebrated Film Festival Titles

Calling on the ghosts of such festivals as Toronto, Venice, Berlin, Telluride, and the past two Sundances, April offers a stately crew of indie darlings. They include a stark, heartbreaking tale of an underage teen getting an abortion: Eliza Hittman’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always (April 3rd), which collected awards at Sundance and Berlin before a very brief limited theatrical release last month.

There’s also Malgorzata Szumowska’s stunningly gorgeous horror picture The Other Lamb (April 3rd), which premiered at Toronto last fall. Also from Toronto, we now get meaty men smacking bodies in period piece candlelight in the form of Justin Kurzel’s as yet unreleased True History of the Kelly Gang (April 24th).

Other standouts include the Sundance premiere To the Stars (April 24th) and Kitty Green’s Harvey Weinstein-inspired drama The Assistant (April 28), which had a brief but celebrated limited release at the end of January following its debut at Telluride last fall.

Doc Life

April is a promising month for new documentaries, too, many of which could spill over into the festival fare slot above. There’s Slay the Dragon (April 3rd), which covers the mundane yet catastrophic political process of gerrymandering. And don’t sleep on the basketball film A Kid From Coney Island (April 7th) or Roberto Minervini’s What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? (April 7th), two docs that for one reason or another offer the serious potential for an engrossing at-home screening.

Bonafide Badassery

Two theatrical releases, in particular, will be landing on VOD in April that were well-received for their no holds barred badassery. Underwater (April 14th) sees the likes of Kristen Stewart and Vincent Cassel gearing up in aquatic super suits — absurdly large, and bulky enough to qualify for intentionally ironic praise — to plunge into the deep unknown of the ocean where horrifying creatures dwell. And Bad Boys For Life (April 21st) is…well, have you seen the other two Bad Boys movies? Also, I need to mention True History of the Kelly Gang again because it overwhelmingly exceeds the badassery inclusion requirements.

Butt Boy

Need I say more? (No, but really, it’s better than you think. And out on April 14th)

Without further ado, the list:

Date Movie Genre
April 1 Impractical Jokers: The Movie Comedy
April 3 Almost Love Rom-com
April 3 Brahms: The Boy II Horror
April 3 Lazy Susan Comedy
April 3 Never Rarely Sometimes Always Drama
April 3 Rogue Warfare: The Hunt Action
April 3 Slay the Dragon Documentary
April 3 The Other Lamb Horror
April 7 Cats Musical
April 7 Dead by Dawn Horror
April 7 Dolittle Adventure
April 10 Sea Fever Thriller
April 10 Stray Dolls Crime
April 10 The Lost Husband Romance
April 10 Trolls World Tour Animation
April 12 Mortal Combat Legends: Scorpion’s revenge Animation
April 14 Butt Boy Sci-fi
April 14 Green Rush Thriller
April 14 Just Mercy Drama
April 14 The Rhythm Section Thriller
April 14 Underwater Horror
April 17 Abe Family
April 17 Bad Therapy Comedy
April 17 Behind You Horror
April 17 The Quarry Crime
April 21 Bad Boys for Life Action
April 21 IP Man 4: The Finale Action
April 21 Like A Boss Comedy
April 21 The Last Full Measure War
April 21 The Turning Horror
April 21 Why Don’t You Just Die! Comedy
April 24 To the Stars Drama
April 24 True History of the Kelly Gang Drama
April 28 Dreamkatcher Horror
April 28 Guns Akimbo Action
April 28 The Assistant Drama

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