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Even now, at the height of the streaming wars, Netflix cranks out an astonishing amount of original content — for just about every genre and taste. This month alone, there’s a sequel to the historical saga The Last Kingdom set in 10th-century England and a dramedy series in which Steven Yeun and Ali Wong blow up a petty parking-lot grievance into an epic battle of revenge. And the usually buttoned-up comic John Mulaney takes the mic for the first time since all his personal drama dropped about his stint in rehab, divorce and insta-fatherhood.
Read on for our picks of the best movies and specials coming to Netflix in April:
Coming April 1
The Mauritanian (2021)
In this eye-opening drama based on a true story, Jodie Foster, 60, plays a lawyer hired to defend a Mauritanian man (Tahar Rahim, The Looming Tower) who was held at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp for 14 years even though no charges were ever brought against him.
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Coming April 6
Beef, Season 1 (Netflix Original)
No, this limited series is not another meat-focused cooking show. Instead, the dramedy follows a blue-collar guy (The Walking Dead alum Steven Yeun) and a well-to-do suburban housewife (Ali Wong, Always Be My Maybe) who get so consumed by a road rage incident that each becomes embroiled in ever-more-outlandish acts of revenge.
Coming April 7
Transatlantic (Netflix Original)
Cory Michael Smith (Gotham) stars as Varian Fry, a real-life American journalist who helped to get thousands of anti-Nazi refugees — including artists Marc Chagall and André Breton — out of occupied France during the early years of World War II.