Best new movies on Netflix this week: April 2 – 3, 2022

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The Rental is now on Netflix – Photo: IFC Films

Welcome to one of the best roundups of the best new movies on Netflix that we’ve been able to put together for quite some time. Thanks to the first of the month movie rotation and some excellent content from Netflix, there are plenty of movies to dive into over the weekend. Here’s our pick of the best new movies on Netflix for April 2, 2022.

Sixty-nine new movies and shows will hit Netflix on April 1, 2022, in case you missed it. There’s plenty to look at, so if you want the text list, visit our roundup, or for a complete rundown of what’s new on Netflix, head over to our hub page.

Last week’s list of the best new movies is worth checking out if there’s nothing for you in this list.

Now, without further ado, here are our favorite new movies on Netflix (US specific – regional availability with variation) for the weekend of April 2, 2022.

Hair (2013)

Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Director: Spike Jonze
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson
Author: Spike Jonze
Duration: 126 minutes
awards: 1 Oscar won. 83 wins and 186 nominations in total

We kick off our recommendations with an Oscar winner in the form of Her of 2013.

The Warner Brothers sci-fi film is unlike anything you’ll see and is a film about the well-known Turing test without explicitly mentioning it.

Set in Los Angeles, the film follows a card writer who begins to develop a romantic relationship with a rapidly evolving artificial intelligence operating system.


Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Youth (2022)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama
Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Zachary Levi, Jack Black, Glen Powell
Author: Richard Linklater
Duration: 97 minutes

Netflix had two major movie releases of its own this week and while The Bubble has soaked up the majority of the press, Apollo 10 1/2 is arguably one of Netflix’s most highly regarded hidden gems.

The hybrid animated series, which has received a certified new review on Rotten Tomatoes, sees a man recount his life as a 10-year-old growing up watching humanity’s journey to the moon.

Here’s the critical consensus for the new movie:

“The sweetly nostalgic Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood finds Richard Linklater repurposing visual and thematic ingredients in a deeply personal, freshly inspired way.”


Michael Clayton (2007)

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director: Tony Gilroy
Cast: George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson
Author: Tony Gilroy
Duration: 119 minutes
awards: 1 Oscar won. 28 wins and 114 nominations in total

Tilda Swinton took home an Oscar for her supporting role in this legal thriller, a new addition from Warner Brothers this week.

Written and directed by Gilroy, this impressive and gripping story follows a lawyer who uncovers the criminal cover-up that took place while investigating the effects of toxic agrochemicals.

It scored a NYT Critic’s Pick at the time of release and returns to Netflix on April 1 after being last streamed in 2018.


The imitation game (2014)

Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Director: Morten Tyldum
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode
Author: Graham Moore, Andrew Hodges
Duration: 114 min
awards: 1 Oscar won. 49 wins and 165 nominations in total

Arriving on Netflix last Monday, we see the return of The Imitation Game to Netflix US and if you haven’t caught it yet, be sure to take the time to get it up and running again.

Cumberbatch puts on an astonishing feat as he plays the aforementioned Turing who, along with a team of mathematicians, was able to break the elusive riddle code during World War II.


the rent (2020)

Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Director: Dave Franco
Cast: Dan Stevens, Alison Brie, Sheila Vand
Author: Dave Franco, Joe Swanberg, Mike Demskiz
Duration: 88 minutes
awards: 5 nominations

Our final pick for this week is a brand new movie that hasn’t appeared on Netflix before. Released by IFC Films, this mysterious horror film really seems to divide the audience right in the middle. We’ve seen absolutely rave reviews and some that don’t live up to the movie at all. This makes it a fascinating watch to see which side of the fence you are on.

Here’s what to expect if you decide to give it a spin:

“A dreamy weekend getaway in a beautiful and secluded seaside property takes a nightmarish turn for two couples when their secrets surface and fear creeps in.”

What’s your favorite new movie on Netflix US this week? Let us know in the comments below.