2001:A Space Odyssey + 15 more movies and shows hitting Netflix this month

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Apr 2, 2016, 8:55 AM EDT

Every month, Netflix makes changes to its ever-popular streaming service, and that means while we unfortunately must lose some movies and shows, we also gain some. So, to help you plan your time on the couch, we like to give you a heads-up when new genre movies and shows land.

Last month we got the thriller arrival of Season 2 of Daredevil, and while there's nothing quite that momentous out this month, there's plenty to watch, including 2001: A Space OdysseyThe Running Man and a new Kong animated series.

Check out the latest genre movies and shows hitting Netflix below. What will you be watching?


2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Stanley Kubrick's seminal collaboration with Arthur C. Clarke is one of the greatest, and most-discussed, science fiction films ever made. If you've never seen it, rest assured it's one of the essential. If you've already seen it, it's so essential that you should make time to see it again.



A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Kubrick followed up 2001 with another genre picture, this time delving into a dark near future in which roving street gangs terrorize England with a wave of violence and debauchery. It's one of the most controversial films of the 1970s, and contains some of Kubrick's most stunning, if horrifying, images.



The Princess Bride (1987)

I'm betting you've seen The Princess Bride. In fact, I'm betting you've seen The Princess Bride many, many times. I'm also betting you definitely want to watch The Princess Bride again.



Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Tim Burton's new adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic novel might not be as beloved as Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but it still features some dazzling visuals, and it might just be better than you remember.



Cujo (1983)

One of the more brutally realistic Stephen King adaptations, Cujo isn't supernatural horror. It is, however, one of the better films made from the Master of Horror's canon, and features one of the most powerful third acts in '80s horror.



Deep Impact (1998)

As you may recall, 1998 was the year we got two different films about Earth facing global destruction at the hands (?) of an asteroid. Armageddon had all the flash, but Deep Impact was the more cerebral of the two, and though it doesn't necessarily have that MIchael Bay bombast, it does have some very interesting sci-fi storytelling.



The Phantom (1996)

We tend to forget about The Phantom when we discuss superhero movies, in part because many genre fans' '90s cult hero film of choice seems to be The Rocketeer. Billy Zane's turn as one of the original comic book heroes is still worth watching, though, if not as a good film (I'm not saying it's not), then as an anthropologically interesting look at the state of superhero films before tentpoles took over.



The Right Stuff (1983)

Arguably the best film about the space program ever made, this epic biopic isn't supernatural at all, but it is a beautiful chronicle of the earliest days of NASA spaceflight, covering everything from Yuri Gagarin's history first spaceflight to the final U.S. Mercury mission. If you're a space nerd, this is a must-watch.



The Running Man (1987)

Sometimes, I forgot just how many Stephen King adaptations came out of the 1980s, and The Running Man remains one of the most interesting. It's one of the great sci-fi cult classics of the age, and a perfect midnight movie.

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Scrooged (1988)

Sure, we're a few months past Christmas, but I'll watch Bill Murray in anything, and that goes double when you cast him in a modern take on a Christmas classic. Plus, you've got Richard Donner directing, a haunting score by Danny Elfman, and a supporting cast that includes Karen Allen and Carol Kane. Scrooged is endlessly replayable.



V for Vendetta (2005)

There's not a single Alan Moore adaptation that hasn't deeply divided fans, and V for Vendetta is no different. The Wachowski Sisters' take on his totalitarian future Britain does feature a captivating pair of lead performances, though, and some beautifully constructed action.



Hush (2016), Available April 8

Just weeks after its premiere at South by Southwest, this intimate horror thriller hits Netflix. There's nothing supernatural about it, but it is built on a clever premise. What if an attacker decides to stalk a lone woman who can't hear him or speak? The trailer is absolutely blood-chilling. Hopefully the rest of the film lives up to it.

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Kong: King of the Apes (2016), Available April 15

While we wait for Kong: Skull Island to arrive, we get this new take on the iconic creature in the form of an animated series. In the year 2050, Kong is framed by an evil genius who wants to take over the world with robotic dinosaurs. Though he's now a wanted fugitive, the King of the Apes realizes only he can save the world from this menace. Sounds fun.


Lost Girl, Season 5 (2015), Available April 17

The sexy supernatural drama ended its American run just a few weeks ago. If you missed it, you can catch the final season on Netflix later this month.



The Messengers (2015), Available April 17

This short-lived CW series attempting a new take on the Biblical apocalypse. Viewers didn't respond, but now you have a chance to check it out and see if you find an underrated gem.



Minions (2015), Available April 24

The Despicable Me spinoff that ruled the lives of kids all over America last summer hits Netflix, so the kids can watch it again and again and again.