What’s New on HBO: April 2018

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At the beginning of (and during) every month, HBO adds new movies and TV shows to its library. Below, you’ll find our recommendations for April 2018. For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on HBO and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub, which is updated throughout the month.

This Month’s Highlights

Available April 22

Because violent delights have violent ends (and Radiohead covers): Westworld

We’ll soon find out if Westworld is the Game of Thrones–esque juggernaut that HBO wants it to be, or if it’s more within the purview of sci-fi obsessives. This being Westworld, we don’t know much about the plot except that we’ll see more parks (like the samurai-themed Shogun World) and the fallout of the chaos sown in season one. Expect more puzzles and the endless theorizing that comes with them. Available April 22.

Available April 13

Because it’s always good to see something different on late night: Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas

HBO is giving a late-night series to Wyatt Cenac, one of the most idiosyncratic voices to come out of the Jon Stewart–era Daily Show. I’ve just got two questions: What will it look like, and what took them so long? Problem Areas has a great pitch: It’s a docuseries where Cenac hits the road to highlight important systemic issues around the country (and also, hopefully, explore solutions), as well as smaller problems that invite less practical solutions. Available April 13.

Available April 21

Because it’s better than you think: War for the Planet of the Apes

In a few years’ time, we’re going to look at the new Planet of the Apes trilogy as a milestone of blockbuster filmmaking. They’re thoughtful action films, restrained in their chaos and remarkably effective when they’re silent. At the very least, War for the Planet of the Apes deserves praise for being a franchise unicorn, a third film in a trilogy that is just as good, if not better, than the movies that came before it. With a powerfully reserved performances from both Andy Serkis and Woody Harrelson (and a delightful showing from Steve Zahn as scene-stealer Bad Ape), along with a nuanced plot about communication and humanity, War for the Planet of the Apes is a standout film from a year that was stuffed with standoutsAvailable April 21.

Full List

Noteworthy selections in bold.

Available April 1

• Absolute Power
Bad Boys II
• Damien Omen II
• Dinner for Schmucks
• Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat
• The Final Conflict
Final Destination
• The Final Destination
• From Hell
• The Italian Job
• Laurel Canyon
Nine to Five
• The Omen
• Omen IV: The Awakening
• Orphan
• Runaway Jury
• S.W.A.T.
• The Tale of Despereaux
• Yes Man
• The Least Worst Man
• Dear Renzo

Available April 2

King in the Wilderness

Available April 6

• Carpinteros (a.k.a. Woodpeckers)
• Vice Season 6 premiere

Available April 7


Available April 10

Andre the Giant

Available April 11

Destino: Rusia Series premiere

Available April 13

Sol de medianoche (a.k.a. Midnight Sun)
Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas series premiere

Available April 14

Elvis Presley: The Searcher Part 1 and Part 2

Available April 16

I Am Evidence

Available April 20

Zona Hostil (a.k.a. Rescue Under Fire)

Available April 21

War for the Planet of the Apes

Available April 22

Westworld season 2 premiere
• 24/7 Canelo-Golovkin 2

Available April 28

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

What’s New on HBO: April 2018