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STREAMTOWN — Hundreds of titles come and go every month on your favorite streaming service and it's impossible to know what all is out there. What should I watch? What should I skip? What hidden gems are out there I didn't even know about?
I'm here to hopefully help with some of those questions. Here is a list of the best new streaming titles this April on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+ and HBO Max.
'How to Train Your Dragon' (available now)
If your family is anything like mine, you've already seen "How to Train Your Dragon" a million and a half times. And if you're still anything like my family, that doesn't matter because we'll be watching it again on Netflix.
The film is the first in what ended up being one of the better animated film franchises in a very long time. While I think all the films in the series are great, the original may still be my favorite.
'Inception' (available now)
I don't have a lot to say about this one. ... That's a lie — a huge lie as a matter of fact. I have so much to say about "Inception" that it hurts.
"Inception" very well may be my favorite movie of all time, and I love watching it whenever I get a chance. I think it is such a brilliantly paced, crafted and executed movie that it's hard for me to find any flaws with it.
I know many of you do not feel the same way I do, and that's OK. All that matters is "Inception" is on Netflix, which means I can give my Blu-ray copy a rest for a little while.
'Sherlock Holmes' and 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' (available now)
We have been promised a third Sherlock Holmes film from director Guy Ritchie for some time. But Ritchie has passed the reins on to another director and, as of right now, there is no release date for the third installment. But thanks to Netflix, we can get all we can handle of the first two films now that they are both streaming on the service.
'Austenland' (available now)
The 2013 film "Austenland" isn't incredibly well-known. But if you want a few laughs and enjoy some romance, then it's worth checking out on Hulu.
Co-written and directed by local filmmaker Jerusha Hess, the movie follows a hopeless romantic as she visits a Jane Austen theme park in hopes of finding love.
'Runaway Jury' (available now)
Sometimes you just need a good courtroom thriller to spice up your weekend, and Hulu has an answer for you. "Runaway Jury" is a movie full of twists and turns that will keep entertained and guessing until the end. Based on the John Grisham novel this movie is too often forgotten and is a great addition to the author's catalogue of novels turned movies.
'Shanghai Noon' (available now)
If you feel like laughing and having a grand old time one of these nights, then Amazon Prime has a couple of new options for you.
First up is the western, buddy comedy "Shanghai Noon." The late '90s and early 2000s loved teaming Jackie Chan up with an American actor to get into all kinds crazy situations, but my personal favorite is this one.
Owen Wilson and Chan work brilliantly together, and the movie has lots of laughs and some great action.
'Date Night' (available now)
Another comedy new to Prime is "Date Night." It stars two brilliant comedians, Tina Fey and Steve Carrell, and is pretty darn hilarious. A case of mistaken identity and a couple of dirty cops forces a boring married couple on a chase through New York City in a tale that is equal parts hilarious and exciting. "Date Night" is a great choice for a date night-in.
'Moon Knight' (various release dates)
The newest Marvel series "Moon Knight" has started streaming on Disney+, and new episodes drop weekly. You can read my review of the series and see why I think it's worth giving a shot, if you're age-appropriate, that is.
ESPN '30 for 30' (various release dates)
I am a sports fan, so I love ESPN's "30 for 30" documentaries. But the truth is, you don't have to be a sports fan to appreciate these films. They're stories full of intrigue and drama that just happen to involve sports.
'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' (available now)
For my money, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is one of the most underrated and under-the-radar films out there. Directed by and starring Ben Stiller, this movie is gorgeous in its cinematography and its message. It's funny, heartfelt, inspiring and will just make you feel good. Now you can experience all of those emotions while watching the movie on HBO Max.
What are some of your favorite new titles? Let us know in the comments.