The 9 best movies to see in April 2022 in cinemas and streaming – from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 to The Bubble

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Spring may be here and the clocks may have changed, but rarely do April evenings reach the hot summer highs of June or July.

So that means there’s likely still plenty of time to catch up on the latest movies, especially once the April showers roll in.

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Luckily, there’s plenty to keep moviegoers entertained this month, whether they choose to hit the movies or stick around to stream a new release.

Here are the best movies coming out in April 2022, in cinemas and on streaming platforms.

Apollo 10½

What is that? This coming-of-age sci-fi animated film written, directed and produced by Richard Linklater was shot in live-action and then animated using a technique similar to rotoscoping.

Linklater teams up again with Jack Black, for a film set during the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969 and explores children’s fantasies on Earth about the event.

When can I watch it? April 1st

Better Nate than ever

What is that? This musical family comedy film is described as a coming-of-age story involving musical theater and Broadway.

The story centers on the titular Nate Foster, an unpopular 13-year-old middle schooler from Pittsburgh who has his sights set on one day becoming a Broadway music star.

When Nate is repeatedly overlooked and never gets the starring roles he deserves, he and his best friend Libby sneak off to pursue their life’s dreams in the Big Apple.

When can I watch it? April 1st

The bubble

What is that? Fancy a smart comedy with an all-star cast and directed and co-written by one of the genre’s leading exponents?

If so, look no further than The Bubble. It’s the brainchild of Judd Apatow, the man behind films like Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and stars Karen Gillan, Fred Armisen, David Duchovny and Leslie Mann as the cast and crew of the successful Cliff Beasts film franchise.

During the coronavirus pandemic, they travel to England to shoot the sixth installment but, of course, it doesn’t quite go as planned.

When can I watch it? April 1st

sonic the hedgehog 2

What is that? The sequel to 2020’s Sonic the Hedgehog, Ben Schwartz returns as the voice of Sonic, with the rest of the cast including James Marsden, Idris Elba and Jim Carrey also returning.

The movie follows Sonic and Tails as they try to stop Doctor Eggman and Knuckles the Echidna from finding the Master Emerald.

When can I watch it? April 1st

All the old knives

What is that? This upcoming thriller stars Chris Pine, Thandiwe Newton and Laurence Fishburne, and tells the story of former lovers and spies Henry and Celia, who meet over dinner to reminisce about their time together at the Vienna train station.

The conversation shifts to the disastrous hijacking of Royal Jordanian Flight 127, which resulted in the death of all on board.

This failure haunts the CIA to this day, and Henry seeks to close the book on this seedy chapter.

When can I watch it? April 8

Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets

What is that? The latest in the Harry Potter spin-off film series, Dumbledore’s Secrets is set several years after the events of the Crimes of Grindelwald.

It sees Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander and Jude Law’s Albus Dumbledore prepare to face Grindelwald’s shadowy figure in battle.

Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen stars as the villain, succeeding Johnny Depp, who quit the Harry Potter prequel series after losing a High Court battle against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

When can I watch it? April 8

The man from the north

What is that? The epic Viking saga The Northman, filmed at Belfast Harbor Studios in late 2020, is set to hit theaters in April 2022.

From lighthouse director Robert Eggers, it’s set in turn-of-the-10th century Iceland and stars Alexander Skarsgård as the Viking prince Amleth, who sets out on a mission for revenge after his father is murdered by his uncle.

When can I watch it? April 15

The unbearable weight of massive talent

What is that? This dark comedy action film stars Nicolas Cage as a fictionalized version of himself, who reluctantly accepts a million dollar offer to attend a billionaire super fan’s birthday party.

When things take a crazy turn, Nic is forced to become a version of some of his most iconic and beloved characters in order to free his wife and daughter from the fan, who is a notorious drug lord.

When can I watch it? April 22

Downton Abbey: A New Era

What is that? Downton Abbey: A New Era is the highly anticipated cinematic return of the global period drama phenomenon that follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants.

The film, written by Julian Fellowes, takes the familiar faces to the south of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess’ newly inherited villa as they try to evade a camera crew at Downton.

When can I watch it? April 22

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