April is the month for vengeance, it seems. This month offers at least two movies in which an anonymous young man — played in one by Dev Patel and in another by Bill Skarsgård — puts his particular set of skills to use punishing the people responsible for killing his family. Overall, April's slate is chock-full of genre fare, from reality-bending sci-fi (Bertrand Bonello's The Beast), to classic horror (Radio Silence's Abigail), to a domestic drama about Bigfoots (the Zellner brothers' Sasquatch Sunset), to name a few. That is in addition to the newest releases from Oscar-nominated filmmakers Alex Garland and Luca Guadagnino.

Below, find A.frame's guide to all of the new movies available on the big screen and on streaming platforms this April.

The Beast

Based on a 1903 novella by author Henry James, The Beast is set in a near future reality where artificial intelligence rules everything and human emotions are seen as a threat to society. When Gabrielle (Léa Seydoux) chooses to "purify" her DNA by erasing all strong emotions from her current and previous lives, her connection to Louis (George MacKay), a man she has had multiple past romances with, is put to the test. Written and directed by French filmmaker Bertrand Bonello, the drama switches between realities in 1910, 2014, and 2044 as it ponders the question: What hurts more — love or the avoidance of it?

Watch it: In theaters April 5.

Monkey Man

Oscar-nominated actor Dev Patel (Lion) makes his feature directorial debut with this action thriller, in which he also stars as Kid, a young man who embarks on a violent quest for vengeance against the men responsible for his mother's death. Along the way, he becomes an unlikely savior to all of the poor and powerless people who have been oppressed by the city's sinister elite. Monkey Man is getting a theatrical release thanks to the efforts of Jordan Peele (the Oscar-winning writer of Get Out and four-time nominee), a fierce champion of Patel's vision and one of the film's producers.

Watch it: In theaters April 5.

The First Omen

First-time feature filmmaker Arkasha Stevenson is bringing one of horror's most iconic franchises back to life with The First Omen. The film is a prequel set before the events of Richard Donner's 1976 classic The Omen, which starred Gregory Peck and Lee Remick and won the Oscar for Best Original Score for composer Jerry Goldsmith. The First Omen stars Nell Tiger Free as an American nun who is sent to work at an orphanage in Rome, where she discovers an insidious plot to bring about the birth of evil incarnate. The cast also includes Tawfeek Barhom, Sonia Braga, Ralph Ineson, and Oscar nominee Bill Nighy.

Watch it: In theaters April 5.


Another actor making her directorial debut, Brittany Snow wrote and helms Parachute, which premiered at last month's SXSW Film Festival. The drama, starring Courtney Eaton and Thomas Mann, is about a twentysomething navigating a new romance shortly after she completes a stint in rehab. "When I was young, there wasn't a narrative movie about depression as it manifested into struggles with food and body issues," Snow tells A.frame. "Hopefully, this movie will cultivate a community going through similar feelings of leaving yourself, and normalize a needed conversation around it."

Watch it: In theaters April 5.

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Civil War

What would happen if California and Texas allied together to secede from the United States? That's the sobering premise of Oscar-nominated writer-director Alex Garland's (Ex Machina) latest feature. Civil War follows a trio of wartime journalists (played by Cailee Spaeny, Wagner Moura, and Oscar nominee Kirsten Dunst) as they risk their lives traveling across a dystopian America to document the war in real-time. The cast is rounded out by Stephen McKinley Henderson, Sonoya Mizuno, Nick Offerman, and Oscar nominee Jesse Plemons.

Watch it: In theaters April 12.

Sasquatch Sunset

Jesse Eisenberg and Riley Keough are utterly unrecognizable in what is guaranteed to be one of the year's most unique movies. The slice-of-life creature feature casts the pair as members of a family of Sasquatches and documents a dizzying array of tragedies and miracles that they experience over the course of a year. Sasquatch Sunset, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is the latest comedic oddity from Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter directors David and Nathan Zellner. The latter also stars in the film, which counts Midsommar and Beau is Afraid filmmaker Ari Aster among its producers.

Watch it: In theaters April 12.


Looks truly are deceiving in Abigail. A modern reimagining of the 1936 Universal Classic Monsters movie Dracula's Daughter, the horror flick centers on a group of would-be criminals who kidnap the daughter of a powerful crime boss, only to discover that, as they iconically put it, "We kidnapped a f**king vampire... a ballerina vampire!" The film marks Radio Silence directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett's follow-up to last year's Scream VI, and stars Melissa Barrera, Dan Stevens, Kathryn Newton, Giancarlo Esposito, and the late Angus Cloud.

Watch it: In theaters April 19.

We Grown Now

Writer-director Minhal Baig's follow-up to 2019's Hala is a coming-of-age story set in the early 1990s at Chicago's famous Cabrini-Green housing complex. Newcomers Blake Cameron James and Gian Knight Ramirez star as Malik and Eric, young friends who dream of a life beyond the public housing project. Lil Rel Howery, S. Epatha Merkerson and Jurnee Smollett co-star in the drama, which won the Changemaker Award at last year's Toronto International Film Festival.

Watch it: In select theaters April 19, everywhere April 26.

Boy Kills World

How far would you go to avenge the ones you love? The answer is in the title of Boy Kills World, which follows the titular Boy (Bill Skarsgård), a deaf warrior trained by a mysterious shaman, as he sets out to exact bloody justice on the murderers who killed his family. Did we mention that Skarsgård's Boy has a literal inner voice courtesy of H. Jon Benjamin? The loony action thriller marks the directorial debut of Moritz Mohr and counts Sam Raimi as a producer, with a cast that includes Jessica Rothe, Michelle Dockery, Andrew Koji, Famke Janssen, and Sharlto Copley.

Watch it: In theaters April 26.


The hyper-competitive world of professional tennis serves as the backdrop for a sexy drama from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Luca Guadagnino. Challengers revolves around a love triangle between best friends Art (West Side Story's Mike Faist) and Patrick (La chimera's Josh O'Connor) and rising star Tashi Duncan (Zendaya). Zendaya also serves as a producer on the film, which comes from a script by Justin Kuritzkes and sees Guadagnino reuniting with his regular cinematographer, Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, and Oscar-winning composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Watch it: In theaters April 26.

Also out in April: Música (on Prime Video April 4), Chicken for Linda! (in select theaters April 5), Girls State (on Apple TV+ April 5), Housekeeping for Beginners (in select theaters April 5), How to Date Billy Walsh (on Prime Video April 5), The People's Joker (in theaters April 5), The Old Oak (in theaters April 5), Scoop (on Netflix April 5), Food, Inc. 2 (special screenings April 9), Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (in theaters April 12), The Greatest Hits (on Hulu April 12), LaRoy, Texas (in theaters April 12), Hard Miles (in theaters April 19), The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare (in theaters April 19), Rebel Moon — Part Two: The Scargiver (on Netflix April 19), Spy x Family Code: White (in theaters April 19), Downtown Owl (on digital April 23), Breathe (in theaters April 26), Cash Out (in theaters April 26), The Feeling That the Time For Doing Something Has Passed (in theaters April 26), Humane (in select theaters April 26), Stress Positions (in select theaters April 26), Uncropped (in theaters April 26), and Unsung Hero (in theaters April 26).