Some of our picks for April include fan-favorite superhero films and documentaries showcasing the makings of talented artists and musicians. Such inspiring and uplifting stories encourage viewers to unleash the hero within all of us.
Spider Man: No Way Home
The record shattering phenomenon, “Spider Man: No Way Home” is now available to stream digitally. For the first time ever, Spider Man’s identity is revealed, bringing his superhero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world and releases the most powerful villains. With over 80 minutes of bloopers and behind-the-scenes moments from cast members, “Spider Man: No Way Home” will also be available on 4K Ultra HDTM, Blu-RayTM and DVD April 12. Rated PG-13.
Pinecone & Pony
Based on New York Times best-selling author Kate Beaton’s book, “The Princess and the Pony,” “Pinecone and Pony” is an 8-episode animated comedy for kids and families. With the help of her best friend Pony, a young girl named Pinecone (voiced by Mariah Nash) learns that there’s more than one way to be a warrior. Together, Pinecone and Pony show the world how to challenge expectations, and how life can be a fun-filled adventure. All episodes of “Pinecone & Pony” premiere exclusively on Apple TV+ on April 8.
The Croods: Family Tree
Based on the blockbuster DreamWorks Animation film, The Croods: A New Age, “The Croods: Family Tree” returns for a second season. Join the Croods and the Bettermans as they learn to live together on a farm and overcome obstacles. Episodes of this season include a daddy-daughter day, choosing a new Thunder Sisters Queen, and the parents of the Crood Family deciding to take separate staycations. The second season of “The Croods: Family Tree” arrived to Peacock and Hulu April 5.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Returning for another adventure, “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” follows Sonic (Ben Schwartz) after his move to Green Hills. Eager to prove that he is a true hero, Sonic is put to the test when Dr. Robotnik returns with his new partner, Knuckles (Idris Elba) in search for an emerald that has the power to destroy civilization. Along with his sidekick Tails, Sonic embarks on an adventure to find the emerald before it gets in the wrong hands. “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” premieres in theaters April 8. Rated PG.
The Choir and the Conductor
Oscar winner Freida Mock tells the story of visionary conductor, Anne Tomlinson in “The Choir and Conductor.” The documentary highlights Tomlinson’s extraordinary impact on children through the world-renowned Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. With a special feature from alumna Billie Eilish, this film unfolds the celebration of music and its healing power for children’s well-being during unsettling times and addresses cutbacks in the arts. A screening of “The Choir and the Conductor” will premiering at the Laemmle Glendale on April 9 at 1 p.m. Tickets available to purchase online.
Seventeen Power of Love: The Movie
Directed by Oh Yoon-dong, the documentary, “Seventeen Power of Love: The Movie” features members of the popular K-Pop group, SEVENTEEN. With over 2 billion streams and selling over 10 million albums, SEVENTEEN has become one of the biggest groups ever due to their formidable synchronization, choreography, and teamwork. SEVENTEEN’s devoted fans (known as “CARAT”) and music lovers across the globe will view powerful performances, in-depth interviews with the group’s members, and experience commentary regarding the group’s past and present, as well as the future they will create. “Seventeen Power of Love: The Movie” will premiere at select cinemas on April 20 and April 23.
For more film and TV suggestions, check out our March New on Screen roundup.