The best new film and TV shows in April 2023

Grab the popcorn – here are the new releases, ranging from comedies to comic book heroes.

While we love a good night out at FACT, we also love to chill and watch a film or TV show. Whether you’re after documentaries or dramas, there’s something to suit all tastes. Plus, there are plenty of A-listers including Ben Affleck, Chris Pratt, Keanu Reeves and Priyanka Chopra Jones. Here are the best new film and TV shows in April. 

Air: Courting a Legend: 6 April 

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are reunited in this drama about the GOAT, Michael Jordan. The film shares how shoe salesman Sonny Vaccaro worked with Nike on one of the brand’s most famous collaborations, Michael Jordan’s Air Jordan. The project has Jordan’s blessing, and looks set to be a hit. Plus, it stars Chris Tucker, Jason Bateman and Viola Davis.

Three Musketeers: 6 April 

All for one and one for all. Alexandre Dumas’ novel goes from the page to screen. Viewers will be transported back to the early 17th century in this adventure movie. The story follows Charles D’Artagnan, who is believed to be dead after attempting to save a woman from being kidnapped. When he reaches Paris, he befriends the Three Musketeers along the way. The cast includes Eva Green, Vincent Cassel and Francois Civil.

Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves: 20 April  

“Here’s the thing, we’re a team of thieves”, declares Edgin played by Chris Pine. He’s joined by Fast and Furious’ Michelle Rodriguez, Bridgerton’s finest Regé Jean Page and the romcom lead turned villain Hugh Grant. We follow the group as they go on a quest to retrieve a lost relic, but things go predictably wrong. The old-school adventures are accompanied by a rocking soundtrack – Led Zepellin’s A Whole Lotta Love, anyone?

Love Again: 20 April 

Love Again is making sure it hits the widest demographic with this romantic drama. We never imagined seeing Canada’s finest Celine Dion and Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra Jones starring in the same movie, but we’re not complaining. After a woman’s fiancé dies, she texts his old number, and soon reconnects with a new person. Your hearts will go on. And on.

The Covenant: 20 April 

Director Guy Ritchie is trading flat caps for khakis. The film follows Sergeant John Kinley on his last tour of duty in Afghanistan. The team’s unit is ambushed on patrol, which leads to an unexpected series of events, as Kinley aims to extract a translator from the warzone. The film stars Antony Starr, Alexander Ludwig, Jake Gyllenhaal and Dar Salim. 

The Super Mario Bros: 20 April 

 Mario, Luigi and the family-friendly characters are making their way from video games to the big screen. The new movie features the voices of Chris Pratt as the Italian plumber, and Anya Taylor Joy as Princess Peach. The story sounds all too familiar, as it follows Mario and Luigi as they as they try to save the princess.

John Wick: Chapter 420 April 

A broody Keanu Reeves can mean only one thing: John Wick is back. This time, the comic book hero is on the path to defeating The High Table. Watch as he battles it out against a new enemy, who has powerful allies across the globe. The cast includes Donnie Yen, Lance Reddick and Scott Adkins. 

Lewis Capaldi: How I’m Feeling Now: 5 April 

Fans of the singer Lewis Capaldi are in for a treat. This new documentary follows his journey from a teenager to a viral superstar. His debut song Bruises notched up 25 million plays on Spotify – all before he was signed. Today, he is a Grammy nominated artist and is even performing in Dubai on 7 October. The show will be available on Netflix.

Transatlantic: 7 April 

It’s 1940s Marseilles, and war has broken out. The American journalist Varian Fry is on a high-stakes mission to help 2,000 refugees. The film is based on a true story, and follows Varian as he attempts to help people leave France. Plus, his clients include the likes of Hannah Arendt, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and Marc Chagall. The show will be on Netflix.

Tiny Beautiful Things: 7 April 

If you love a true story, then stream Tiny Beautiful Things. The show stars Kathryn Hahn as Clare Strayed. While the advice columnist is busy giving advice to others, her own life is falling apart. We follow her through her divorce, and a trip down memory lane. The show will be available on Hulu.

The Last Thing He Told Me: 14 April 

The New York Times Bestseller of the same has been turned into a TV show. Jennifer Garner swaps the big screen for the small screen. She stars as Hannah, a woman who is on the hunt for her recently missing husband. Plus, it has been created by Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine. The show will be available on Apple TV+. 

Dead Ringers: 21 April 

David Cronenberg’s 1988 psychological thriller gets a modern-day makeover. The series switches the lead characters from male to female, and stars Rachel Weisz as the twins Elliot and Beverly Mantle. The pair work as genealogists and fool patients by swapping roles, often with horrific results. The show will be available on Amazon Prime Video.

Indian Matchmaking: 21 April 

Love it or hate it, this reality show has gotten people talking. Watch as Sima Taparia (aka Sima aunty) pairs people up, not just for dating but marriage. The matchmaker works her magic across Dehli, London and New York. Plus, we’re imagining she’ll be giving her clients her meme-worthy advice: “you need to lower your expectations”.  

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