April's movie slate is shaping up to be one of the year's most eclectic. In one month alone, you can see Judd Apatow's new pandemic-era parody, a critically-acclaimed documentary about dairy cows, the latest Liam Neeson action movie, and a "biopic" about Céline Dion.

This month also marks the debut of Morbius, the vampire superhero movie featuring Jared Leto that has been delayed six times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plus a sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog and the third installment in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

Scroll on for more on all of the movies hitting theaters and digital platforms in April.

Better Nate Than Ever

High School Musical: The Musical - The Series showrunner Tim Federle adds another song and dance-filled Disney offering to his resume with an adaptation of his own book, Better Nate Than Ever. The musical follows 13-year-old outcast Nate (newcomer Rueby Wood) as he sneaks away to the Big Apple to pursue his dream of becoming a Broadway star. Lisa Kudrow co-stars as Nate's eccentric long-lost Aunt Heidi.

Watch It: On Disney+ streaming April 1

The Bubble

During the pandemic, Judd Apatow co-wrote and directed a movie about making a movie during the pandemic. The Bubble follows the cast and crew of Cliff Beasts 6 as they attempt to shoot a franchise blockbuster about flying dinosaurs whilst inside a production bubble. Karen Gillan, Iris Apatow, Fred Armisen, Maria Bakalova, David Duchovny, Keegan-Michael Key and Leslie Mann star.

Watch It: On Netflix streaming April 1


Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters -- the superhero-verse with Tom Hardy's Venom but without Tom Holland's Spider-Man -- grows by one anti-hero with Jared Leto's Morbius the Living Vampire. In the comics, he's part of Blade's rogues gallery. Here, he's Dr. Michael Morbius, who cures his rare blood disorder but develops a taste for blood. Matt Smith plays the villainous Dr. Loxias Crown, aka Hunger.

Watch It: Only in theaters starting April 1

All the Old Knives

Based on spy novelist Olen Steinhauer's 2015 bestseller, this cat-and-mouse thriller features Chris Pine and Thandiwe Newton as CIA operatives and former lovers who reunite for dinner to reminisce on old times -- and to revisit a past mission that was compromised by a mole within the agency. Danish filmmaker Janus Metz directs from a script Steinhauer adapted himself.

Watch It: On Amazon Prime Video streaming April 8


Perhaps you heard about this one when it premiered during last year's Cannes Film Festival: The unofficial biopic in which an actress in her 50s plays Céline Dion at every stage of her life, from childhood until middle age. The character is called "Aline Dieu" here, but director, co-writer and star Valérie Lemercier does, in fact, embody the singer both as a 5-year-old and at the highest reaches of superstardom.

Watch It: Only in theaters starting April 8


Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Michael Bay's Ambulance, a high-speed actioner that sees the actor playing a career criminal who teams up with his adoptive brother (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) to pull off the biggest bank heist in L.A. history. Their getaway car? A hijacked ambulance carrying a wounded police officer and the attending EMT (Eiza González).

Watch It: Only in theaters starting April 8


Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrea Arnold (Wasp (2003), winner of the Best Live Action Short Oscar) is known for female-fronted dramas like Fish Tank and American Honey -- along with season two of HBO's Big Little Lies -- but now, she turns her lens to non-fiction with her debut documentary, described as an "intimate portrait of one dairy cow's life."

Watch It: In theaters and on VOD on April 8

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

The Sonic sequel promises to be bigger, bolder and even more video game-y than its predecessor: The cast of CGI critters is bigger (introducing Colleen O'Shaughnessey's Tails with Idris Elba's Knuckles), Jim Carrey's Doctor Eggman mustache is definitely bolder, and the whole movie revolves around a magical green emerald that some will recall from playing Sega in the '90s.

Watch It: Only in theaters starting April 8

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

To stop Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald (now played by Mads Mikkelsen) from taking over the world, Albus Dumbledore calls on Magizoologist Newt Scamander, his brother Theseus, Newt's assistant Bunty, Ilvermorny professor Lally Hicks and muggle baker Jacob Kowalski. David Yates is once again at the helm, directing from a script written by J.K. Rowling and longtime Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves.

Watch It: Only in theaters starting April 15

The Bad Guys

Being good never looked so bad in the latest from DreamWorks Animation, a family-friendly flick about a crew of animal criminals who decide to attempt the impossible and actually change their stripes, feathers, scales and everything else. The voice cast is a who's who of mom and dad's favorite actors: Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Craig Robinson, Anthony Ramos and Awkwafina.

Watch It: Only in theaters starting April 22

The Northman

The Witch and The Lighthouse director Robert Eggers swaps spooky stories and seaside jokes for revenge in this saga about a Viking prince seeking justice for his slain father. (The Northman is based on the Scandinavian legend of Amleth, which inspired Shakespeare's Hamlet.) Alexander Skarsgård stars as Amleth, with Ethan Hawke and Nicole Kidman as his parents, King Aurvandil and Queen Gudrún. Anya Taylor-Joy, Willem Dafoe and Björk also star.

Watch It: Only in theaters starting April 22

Petite Maman

What if you could meet your parents when they were your age? Director Céline Sciamma's take on this age-old question sees an 8-year-old encounter another young girl in the woods near her family home. That girl is, it turns out, her own mother as an 8-year-old, and a friendship blossoms between the two. Petite Maman was highly considered as France's Oscars submission for Best International Feature Film.

Watch It: Only in theaters starting April 22

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Nicholas Cage is taking on the role of a lifetime: Nicolas Cage. The meta-comedy stars the Oscar winner as a worst-case scenario version of himself, who accepts a $1 million offer to attend the birthday party a billionaire superfan (played by Pedro Pascal). Unfortunately, said fan is also a notorious drug lord, meaning that Nic Cage must utilize all of his Hollywood training to make it out alive.

Watch It: Only in theaters starting April 22


IFC Midnight debuted Finnish director Hanna Bergholm's horror movie during this year's Sundance, which tells you it's equal parts high-brow and terrifying. Hatching centers on a 12-year-old girl who rescues a strange egg from the woods and cares for it -- and the nightmarish monster that hatches from it.

Watch It: In theaters and on VOD on April 29


Having staked his claim on action flicks with the likes of Taken, Non-Stop and A Walk Among Tombstones, Liam Neeson has another bullet in the chamber with Memory. This time, he's an expert assassin seeking vengeance on traffickers and battling memory loss, with Guy Pearce as the FBI agent attempting to track him down. Memory hails from Casino Royale and The Protégé director Martin Campbell.

Watch It: Only in theaters starting April 29


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