Not got enough time to go the cinema any time soon? Luckily, this month is jam packed of great stuff releasing on streaming on Netflix, HBO and more.

Andrew Scott stars in a new adaptation of The Talented Mr Ripley, Robert Downey Jr. stars in history thriller The Sympathiser, and Colin Farrell stars in detective drama Sugar–and that’s just a few examples of what’s on the way in April. For the best things to watch on streaming this month, read on:

Ripley

A new, miniseries adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr Ripley, Netflix’s latest drama sees Fleabag star Andrew Scott follow in the footsteps of Matt Damon to become the enigmatic Tom Ripley, a scammer who can’t quite be pinned down. Tom is one of the most skilled grifters and con men in New York, but when he’s approached for a job by a wealthy father looking to bring his errant son home, he senses a truly lucrative opportunity. Tom is asked to find the spoiled Dickie Greenleaf (Lovesick’s Johhny Flynn) and convince him it’s time to give up his independent life in Italy and start working for the family business. Along with Dickie’s friend Marge Sherwood (The First Lady’s Dakota Fanning), they’ll become a rather odd trio with unexpected results.

Releases: 5.4.24

The Sympathiser

The Sympathiser

Newly minted Oscar winner Robert Downey Jr. crosses to the small screen for HBO’s The Sympathiser (based on the novel of the same name) in which the MCU and Oppenheimer actor plays multiple roles. Downey Jr. may be the big draw, but the centre of the story is a character known as “The Captain”, played by Cowboy Bebop actor Hoa Xuande. Set during the Vietnam War, The Captain is a secret plant from the communist North Vietnam who goes undercover in the US aligned South Vietnam army. Forced to flee to America as the war comes to an end, The Captain is instructed to spy and report back on his new surroundings to his Viet Cong contacts. But over the course of this stylish espionage thriller, he’ll struggle between his old loyalties and the tempting new life in America.

Releases: 14.4.24

Dead Boy Detectives

Dead Boy Detectives

Dead Boy Detectives, coming to Netflix this month, is a supernatural detective series that’s adapted from the DC comics characters, who were co-created by Neil Gaiman and Matt Wagner. Edwin Paine (George Rexstrew) and Charles Rowland (Jayden Revri) are both young teenagers who died at some point in the past, and decided to shun crossing into the afterlife and instead remain on Earth. Now ghosts, the Dead Boy Detectives become a mystery solving duo, investigating crimes that involve the supernatural. The two best friends will encounter plenty of weird creatures and paranormal incidents, and the cast also includes Kassius Nelson, Ruth Connell, Lukas Gage and Jenn Lyon.

Releases: 25.4.24

Fallout

Fallout

If you love your apocalypse with a dose of dark comedy and some 50s retro-futurism, then Fallout is worth checking out. Based on the hugely popular and influential video game franchise, Fallout stars Ella Purnell (Yellowjackets) as a young woman, Lucy, who’s lived underground in a vault for her entire life, after the world was ravaged by nuclear war. When she leaves to enter the surface world for the first time, Lucy will have to find a way to survive against brutal conditions, opportunistic gangsters and strange mutants. The Amazon Prime series also features a cast that includes The Hateful Eight actor Walton Goggins, And Just Like That…’s Sarita Choudhury, and Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan.

Releases: 11.4.24

The Jinx Part Two

When it comes to true crime documentaries, few are held in as much esteem as The Jinx, a 2015 HBO series that focuses on convicted murderer Robert Durst. Known among other things for the fact that Durst was sensationally arrested the day before the finale aired, a follow-up didn’t seem certain- until now. The Jinx: Part Two will continue the story began in the first season, with new insights, witnesses and twists to the story. In the nine years since, Durst died in prison in 2022, but the makers of the documentary continued investigating the case and the killer’s various crimes. The six parter is the documentary to beat this month, and possibly this year.

‌Releases: 22.4.24

Sugar

Sugar

A stylish crime drama that harkens back to classic noir films, Sugar is a new Apple TV+ series that stars Colin Farrell, and drops this month. John Sugar is an enigmatic, grizzled private detective who decides to make his way back to LA after tackling a case in Japan. He’s asked to find the missing daughter of a powerful Hollywood producer, who has disappeared without a trace and with no-one knowing where she could have gone. Sugar has a rogue streak, often being uncompromising in his methods to find answers, and is battling his own private demons. In the course of his investigation, Sugar will uncover secrets of the producer’s family and associates, while trying to supress his troubles.

Releases: 5.4.24


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