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New to Netflix US in April. This Month's Best New Additions Based on Books

How many times has this happened to you? 

You finally have time to watch that movie you’ve been hearing about. You’ve already added it to your Netflix list, so all that's left to do is find it and press play. But alas, when you open the list, it isn’t there. It's gone, as if it never existed in the first place.

Netflix giveth and Netflix taketh away.

Yes, it’s a hard lesson to learn. For reasons beyond mortal understanding, every month tons of great stuff leaves Netflix.

But for all the excellent content that's removed every month, lots of amazing new things are added.

Today, we focus on the positive and highlight the best book-related movies and TV shows that will be making their Netflix debut this month.


Note: This list applies to Netflix US only.

Schindler's List

In one of the worst genocides in human history, six million Jews were killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. That number would have been even higher, were it not for the actions of one heroic industrialist. German-born businessman Oskar Schindler saved the lives of thousands of Jewish refugees by employing them in his factories. Moving and immediate, Thomas Keneally’s Booker Prize-winning 1982 novel tells Schindler’s story in fascinating detail.

Steven Spielberg directed the 1993 adaptation, producing what is arguably his masterwork. Shooting in a black and white documentary style, the Oscar-winning movie is harrowing and heartbreaking. 

Available on Netflix: April 1st

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The BFG

The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) is no ordinary giant. In typical Roald Dahl fashion, this one distinguishes himself from others of his ilk by being not bone-crunching and blood-thirsty, but gentle, caring, and well, Friendly. Also, unlike his savage brethren, he does not like to eat children. Finding a friend in Sophie, a little orphaned girl, the two set out on a far-reaching adventure to London and beyond.

The second Spielberg adaptation on this list, the 2016 film version didn’t break box office records, but it’s still a lovingly crafted adaptation of the children’s classic and boasts a great performance from Mark Rylance.

Available on Netflix: April 6th

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Slam

Nick Hornby, author of About a Boy and High Fidelity, has developed an entire literary genre of his own with his authentic and funny portrayals of everyday people and their everyday problems. His first foray into YA territory is no different. Warm and witty, Slam tells the story of Sam, a 16-year-old skateboarder who gets a rude awakening when he learns that his girlfriend is pregnant.

Hornby is no stranger to the big screen. His work has been adapted many times before, to varying degrees of success. This time, Italian director Andrea Molaioli’s adaptation swaps out the book's setting of London for Rome. Despite the change in scenery and language, the heart and soul of the story still remain as strong as ever.

Available on Netflix: April 15th

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#Girlboss

Sophia Amoruso went from small time crook and dumpster diving teen to successful entrepreneur, CEO, and bestselling author. Irreverent, authentic, and timely, her amazing autobiography is a must read.

If the Netflix series based on the book, starring Britt Robertson, is half as entertaining and addictive as Amoruso’s debut, this will be yet another binge-worthy addition to the streaming giant's already packed stable.

Available on Netflix: April 21st

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The Prestige

Christopher Priest's 1995 novel uses some of the finest literary slight of hand ever seen on the page. Spanning multiple timeframes while spinning a circular, shifting and complex narrative, this tale of dueling magicians is unique, foreboding and mysterious.

The great Christopher Nolan helmed the 2006 feature film starring Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale. Nolan pulls off the ultimate magic trick here, delivering a faithful and hugely entertaining adaptation of the labyrinthian book. And where else can you see the on-screen Wolverine versus Batman match-up that fans have been clamoring for since the internet was invented? 

Available on Netflix: April 21st

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QUEEN OF KATWE: One Girl's Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion

The incredible true story of Phiona Mutesi was just begging to be adapted into a film. Born and raised in the dilapidated Ugandan slum of Katwe, by the age of fifteen Mutesi was her country's national chess champion. Competing in prestigious chess competitions worldwide, she continued to pursue her dream of becoming a chess grandmaster.

This inspiring underdog story is as feel-good as they come, and the 2016 film version doubles-down on the greatness with amazing performances from stars Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo.

Available on Netflix: April 25th

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