What to Watch on HBO Max in April - 'Mortal Kombat' and More

Superheroes come in all forms. See them all and more as we run down what to watch this month on HBO Max.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

What to Watch on HBO - "Mortal Kombat."

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Too many streaming movies and not enough time? We got your April covered with what to watch this month on HBO Max.

Not all superheroes wear capes, and some can even be found on a smaller scale working to improve our way of life. The major HBO Max releases explore it all this April. Read on for our three picks coming to the platform, and the full list of modern hits and nostalgic gems now available to watch or coming soon. Happy streaming!

The New Mutants - April 10th

After countless delays, including a few that were the result of the pandemic, it seemed like this X-Men entry would never see the light of day. Towards the end of 2020, however, it did to mixed results. Blending the horror and superhero genres, Josh Boone's "The New Mutants" had a great setup. But its many delays did not serve it well. Ultimately, "The New Mutants" failed to live up to growing expectations. At least it did deliver a better final outing for Fox's X-Men than what we got with "Dark Phoenix."

The New Mutants Poster

The New Mutants



August 28, 2020

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Our Towns - April 13th

Oscar-nominated filmmakers Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan take us deep into the heart of America. Based on the best-selling book and Atlantic series, Ascher and Jordan travel to the many small towns and cities that dot the USA. Each town has its own unique story to tell and the filmmakers take the time to focus on initiatives each town is taking to pave a way for the future.

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Our Towns


Mortal Kombat - April 23rd

Get over here! As you ice off from the monster fight in "Godzilla vs. Kong," get ready to throw down some more nostalgic punches. First-time director Simon McQuoid brings to life the classic arcade game "Mortal Kombat," while also serving up a solid reboot of the previous live-action films from the '90s. "Mortal Kombat" follows Cole Young (Lewis Tan), an MMA fighter who soon discovers his true legacy as a new member of the Earthrealm champions. It's not long before Young is attacked by the big bad, Sub-Zero, and will need to team up with other Kombat members to take him out (and not for dinner). Like all of Warner Bros. films this year, "Mortal Kombat" will debut in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously.

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Mortal Kombat



April 23, 2021

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What to Watch on HBO Max in April – Classic Hits & Modern Premieres

©Apparition / courtesy Everett Collection

©Apparition / courtesy Everett Collection

No matter your mood, HBO Max has something for everyone this month. If you're looking for something funny, you can't go wrong with the golf classic "Caddyshack," now streaming. Also now streaming is Michael Jai White's hilarious send-up of '70s Blaxploitation, "Black Dynamite." Later in the month look for Seth McFarlane's surprise 2012 hit "Ted." You can also get nostalgic with the original "Space Jam," as you ask yourself "what is going on with the trailer for the upcoming sequel?"

Looking for something to watch that's more thrilling and dramatic? HBO Max will also deliver. Right now you can order up Martin Scorsese's '90s mob hit "GoodFellas," or Paul Thomas Anderson's '70s throwback "Boogie Nights." You can catch Clint Eastwood weeding out those darn hippies in "Dirty Harry." Or you can ride the Southwest with those hippies as they seek spiritual truth in Dennis Hopper's indie classic "Easy Rider."

What to Watch on HBO Max - Complete List of Premieres

April 1 (A-M)

  • A Shock to the System (1990)
  • Abandon (2002)
  • Adam's Rib (1949)
  • All Is Lost (2013)
  • Barbarossa (1982)
  • Black Dynamite (2009)
  • Blindness (2008)
  • Boogie Nights (1997)
  • Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  • Caddyshack (1980)
  • Dante's Peak (1997)
  • Dark Shadows (2012)
  • Dead Silence (2007)
  • Dirty Harry (1971)
  • Early Man (2018)
  • Easy Rider (1969)
  • Ella Enchanted (2004)
  • Eye for an Eye (1996)
  • Fear (1996)
  • Ghost Rider (2007)
  • Goodfellas (1990)
  • Green Lantern (2011)
  • Happy Endings (2014)
  • Hardball (2001)
  • Haywire (2012)
  • In & Out (1997)
  • Kicking & Screaming (2005)
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)
  • Lassiter (1984)
  • Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)
  • Let's Go to Prison (2006)
  • Man Up (2015)
  • Missing In Action (1984)
  • Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
  • My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)

April 1 (N-Z)

  • Now, Voyager (1942)
  • One Day (2011)
  • Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985)
  • Police Academy 3: Back In Training (1986)
  • Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987)
  • Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach (1988)
  • Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989)
  • Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (1994)
  • Primal Fear (1996)
  • Reasonable Doubt (2014)
  • Red Dawn (1984)
  • Risky Business (1983)
  • Roger & Me (1989)
  • Sneakers (1992)
  • Space Jam (1996)
  • Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
  • Spellbound (2003)
  • Stuart Little (1999)
  • The Bodyguard (1992)
  • The Butcher's Wife (1991)
  • The Collection (2012)
  • The Color Purple (1985)
  • The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
  • The Evil That Men Do (1984)
  • The Longest Yard (1974)
  • The Man With the Iron Fists (2012)
  • The Mask of Zorro (1998)
  • The Natural (1984)
  • The Return (2006)
  • The Shack (2017)
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)
  • The Warriors (1979)
  • The Watch (2012)
  • The Wild Life (2016)
  • Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family (2011)
  • Wanderlust (2012)
  • White Noise (2005)
  • Within (2016)
  • Wolves at the Door (2016)

April 3

  • Ted (2012)

April 10

  • The New Mutants (2020)

April 13

  • Our Towns (2021) - HBO Original Documentary

April 17

  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

April 23

  • Mortal Kombat (2021) - HBO Max Exclusive

April 24

  • Dreamgirls (2006)

April 26

  • The Artist (2011)
Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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