April’s Best Movies, TV Shows, Books, and Music

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welcome to culture dogInsideHook’s deep dive into the most important cultural events of the month, pop and otherwise.

Apart from a few interesting indie and horror films (basically, mandy), the past decade has not been kind to Nicolas Cage’s acting career. In this meta-take, Cage stars as a fictionalized version of his more eccentric self, who accepts a million-dollar offer to attend a superfan’s birthday party…but finds himself working undercover. for the CIA. (4/22, rooms)

More new movies coming to the small and big screen: Apollo 10 1/2: A Childhood in the Space Age (4/1, Netflix); The bubble (4/1, Netflix); Metal Lords (4/8, Netflix); Ambulance (4/8, rooms); Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets (4/15, halls); We’re all going to the world’s fair (04/22, VOD); The man from the north (4/22, halls); The survivor (04/27, HBO)

HAPPY TO SEE YOU AGAIN: barry

After an enforced three-year hiatus, Bill Hader’s dark comedy – about an assassin who dabbles in comedy while trying unsuccessfully to hide his past and avoid dealing with a Chechen mob – returns. The second season ended with acting coach Gene Cousineau (Henry Winkler) realizing it was Barry who killed his girlfriend, a police detective. (4/24, HBO)

More returning TV series/specials: Close enough (4/7, HBO Max); A dark lady sketch show (4/8, HBO); The Kardashians (4/14, Hulu); You better call Saul (4/18, AMC); Russian doll (4/20, Netflix); The stewardess (04/21, HBO Max)

Oscar-winning directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin (Free Solo, The Rescue) document the first crewed mission on US soil since 2011, following astronauts and Mission Control (and Elon Musk) as a SpaceX team heads to and returns from the International Space Station. (4/7, Netflix)

More new documentaries and specials: The Grammys (4/3, CE); Discovering Benjamin Franklin (4/4, PBS); Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off (4/5, HBO); Cow (4/8, VOD/theatres); Our major national parks (04/13, Netflix); Bill Maher: #adult (4/15, HBO); They call me magic (04/22, AppleTV+)

Based on the bestselling 2013 novel by Lauren Beukes, this Apple TV adaptation centers on Kirby Mazrachi (Elisabeth Moss), a woman trapped in an ever-changing reality who tries to find and stop a time-traveling killer by killing young women. (04/29, AppleTV+)

More new series: slow horses (4/1, AppleTV+); Deputy Tokyo (4/7, HBO Max); 61st street (4/10, AMC); hard cell (4/12, Netflix); To kill him (4/14, Peacock); Anatomy of a Scandal (04/15, Netflix); Outdoor beach (4/15, Prime Video); Roar (04/15, AppleTV+); The first lady (4/17, Showtime); The baby (4/24, HBO); Gas lighting (4/24, Starz); The man who fell to earth (4/24, Showtime); We own this town (4/25, HBO); The offer (04/28, Paramount+); Under the banner of heaven (04/28, Hulu)

“Sea of ​​Tranquility” by Emily St. John Mandel

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Emily St. John Mandel’s follow-up to Station Eleven also tackles a global pandemic, but also involves a mystery that takes place over a 500-year timeline. (4/5)

More new books: (4/5) From Manchester With Love: The Life and Opinions of Tony Wilson by Paul Morley; The candy house by Jennifer Egan; Portrait of a thief by Grace D. Li (4/19) The Librarian of Memory: And Other Dirty Computer Stories by Janelle Monae

The mysterious, masked alt-country singer made waves with his 2019 debut Pony. Three years later, he returns with Broncosan album tinged with elements of bluegrass, rock and psychedelia — and, curiously, two collaborations with Chris Stracey of Australian electronic duo Bag Raiders. (4/5)

More new music: (4/1) hot red peppers; Miley Cyrus; PUP (4/8) Father John Misty; Jack White; The Linda Lindas; Vince Staples (4/15) Jewel; Kurt Vile (4/22) DC Fountains; Old Crow Medicine Show; Bonnie Raitt (4/29) Bloc Party; Rammstein

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