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12 great movies leaving Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max at the end of April 2022

May is only a hair’s breadth away, which means there are plenty of movies to release at the end of the month before they get shuffled off by your favorite streaming service. Still not sure what to take off your to-watch list this week? Do not worry; We’ve compiled our list of the best movies to watch through the end of April.

Neo-noir thrillers Mulholland driver and romantic comedies moon strike sci-fi movies about the brain like Infinite Sun of the Spotless Mind and like classic action movies blood sports and RockThere are plenty of great entertainment to choose from.

Here are the 13 best movies you should watch before they hit the airwaves in late April.


blood sports

Image: Canon International

If martial arts films are celebrations of bodies in motion, few examples are better than Jean-Claude Van Damme’s vehicle. blood sports. Van Damme plays U.S. Army Captain Frank Dux, a skilled martial artist who is invited to an underground fighting tournament in Hong Kong. When he is not allowed to join his superiors, Dux goes anyway and as a result 1) two army investigators (including Forest Whitaker) follow him to Hong Kong; 2) Dux falls in love with a journalist (Leah Ayres) investigating the tournament; and 3) Dux fighting many men.

Claims to be based on the fabricated achievements of the real Frank Dux, blood sports rather, it is seen as an effective display of Van Damme’s charisma, on-screen fighting skill, and good looks, as well as the incredible performance of all-time action villain Bolo Yeung as the villain Chong Li. Get ready for plenty of awesome examples of JCVD ​​splits. –Pete Volk

blood sports leaves HBOMax. April 30.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Bram Stoker's Dracula: Dracula (gary old man) holds a lantern

Picture: Sony Pictures

Gary Oldman isn’t the name most people think of when you think of actors who exude the unearthly sex appeal and monstrous disposition one would expect from the iconic Count Dracula. That’s what makes Francis Ford Coppola’s performance in the 1992 horror fantasy so remarkable, Oldman’s out-of-character portrayal of brooding bloodsucking liar versus heroic Jonathan Harker opposite Keanu Reeves makes him the star of the show. one of the film’s most memorable incarnations. Rely on forever put on screen.

The film’s stunning hands-on sets, combined with designer Eiko Ishioka’s elaborate costumes and some notable supporting performances from Anthony Hopkins and Tom Waits, Bram Stoker’s Dracula It is one of the most unique films in Coppola’s critically acclaimed oeuvre. —Toussaint Egan

Bram Stoker’s Dracula leaves netflix May, the 1st

Infinite Sun of the Spotless Mind

Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Image: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Written by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, I think to finish), Michel Gondry’s quirky sci-fi romantic drama Infinite Sun of the Spotless Mind Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet star as a dysfunctional couple who have all memories of each other erased after a messy breakup. Despite this, the pair find themselves inadvertently, thankfully unaware of their shared past.

Faced with this revelation, they are forced to confront not only the question of what they mean to each other, but also the question of whether it is better to love and know the heartache or not. never have known such love. . With a beautiful score composed by Jon Brion, endless sunshine A capricious, surreal and poignant tribute to the permanence of love in the absence of memory and in the presence of grief. -YOU

Infinite Sun of the Spotless Mind leaves peacock May, the 1st

impersonation of life

In Imitation of life (1959), Lora (Lana Turner) and Annie (Juanita Moore) are seated opposite each other at a table.

Image: Universal Images

1959 drama by Douglas Sirk impersonation of life It follows the story of Lora (Lana Turner), an aspiring actress and single mother, her black maid Annie (Juanita Moore), and her teenage daughters Susie and Sarah. As Lora struggles to build her career, Annie is heartbroken over her relationship with her daughter, who struggles with her identity and wants to come out white. Told over ten years, The Circus’ latest film is a poignant and devastating portrait of love and parenthood at the intersection of race, class and gender, and a gripping study in cinematic storytelling. -YOU

impersonation of life leaves Criterion channel April 30.

moon strike

Loretta (Cher) and Ronny (Nicolas Cage) in Moonstruck.

Image: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

The joy is in the little moments moon strike. A mother prepares perforated eggs for her daughter. An older couple exchange before the conversation boils down to endless expressions of love. An old man sunbathes in the moonlight with his five adorable dogs.

After an unhappy engagement and marriage, a widow (Cher) is convinced that her unhappy first marriage is doomed to bad luck. When a suitor (Danny Aiello) proposes, she accepts, but falls in love with her brother (Nicolas Cage).

Warm ensembles that feel lived in, loving depictions of food (the egg in the hole has since come to be known colloquially as “moon eggs”) and romance, fun family conversations (“old man, you give those dogs another plate of my food “I’ll kick you to death!”) and complementary lead performances from a confident Cher and an intense Cage, moon strike A touching and hilarious romantic comedy about superstition, love and family. –PV

moon strike leaves HBOMax. April 30.

Mulholland driver

Rita (Laura Harring) and Betty (Naomi Watts) look uncomfortable in a theater on Mulholland Drive.

Image: Criteria Channel

David Lynch’s haunting Los Angeles masterpiece mixes genres, settings (originally conceived as a TV show), dreams and nightmares, and even people for the perfect stirring pan. Naomi Watts plays a woman who recently moved to Los Angeles with dreams of becoming an actress; He meets an amnesiac (Laura Harring) and tries to help her uncover the mystery behind her amnesia. One of Lynch’s finest films and an unforgettable cinematic dream, Mulholland driver It will circle around in your mind like the famous street to which it gives its name. –PV

Mulholland driver leaves Criterion channel April 30.

mysterious men

mystery men team

Photo: Universal Pictures

A goofy cape comedy about a group of little superheroes who must save the day when a Superman proxy (Greg Kinnear) goes missing. mysterious men It’s a surprisingly sharp critique of the intersection of capitalism and superhero culture, and it’s also nothing more than a few fart jokes. With an entertaining cast that includes Ben Stiller, Wes Studi, William H. Macy and many more, the one and only feature from the acclaimed commercial director is pure riot. –PV

mysterious men leaves peacock May, the 1st

Shrek and Shrek 2

Shrek holding his wife Fiona's hand in Shrek 2

Photo: Dream Works Animation

The influence of the Shrek series on 21st century pop culture is undeniable. The first movie was bizarre, extremely sarcastic, and totally obvious. kiss my ass He played a key role in shifting the tone from Western animation to bold comedies, nonetheless, to the Disney empire that DreamWorks didn’t really believe in. And hey, that’s actually pretty funny! The original film looks like a very directed shot at Disney, but the second film which took Hollywood glam and glam as its target and so…seemingly personal, really shines.

Plus, no one needs an excuse to watch the “I Need a Hero” scene. —Petrana Radulovic

Shrek and Shrek 2 Go netflix and hulu April 30.

Rock

Sean Connery as John Patrick Mason giving a thumbs up in The Rock (1996).

Image: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

A classic Michael Bay movie and a classic 90s action flick, Rock Sean Connery plays the best of Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris in an action thriller set in Alcatraz. When a group of rogue Marines led by a charismatic general (Harris) steal chemical weapons and take over the iconic prison island, the FBI sends in its top chemical weapons expert (Cage) and a former MI6 agent ( Connery) to save the day. . As in many of Bay’s films, it’s a harrowing story about forgotten people hidden beneath the big bang and tough-guy machismo: in this case, Harris’s most sympathetic motive is to get money. for its soldiers and the families of the men who died in secret government missions. will not recognize. Sure, his sympathetic purpose is thwarted by his extreme methods, but it lives up to this kind of movie. –PV

Rock leaves Amazon Prime Video April 30.

City

An armed robber in a scary latex nun mask.

Picture: Warner Bros. Pictures

2010 American crime thriller by Ben Affleck City Charlestown follows the story of a team of bank robbers living in Boston. After a successful heist, things get complicated when the leader of the group, Doug (Affleck), realizes that he is in love with Claire (Rebecca Hall), the assistant manager of the bank they have taken hostage and that they left unscathed. As Doug tries to reconcile his feelings for Claire with his obligations to his partners, FBI Special Agent Adam Frawley (Jon Hamm) is ruthless in his mission to bring Doug and his crew to justice.

With a series of great performances, fierce shootouts, a gripping climax and a sober ending, City Another stunning achievement in Affleck’s directing career. -YOU

City leaves netflix May, the 1st

twelve monkeys

Bruce Willis stars in Terry Gilliam’s 1995 science fiction film. 12 monkeys Like James Cole, a government prisoner in 2035 who is sent back in time to stop a man-made virus from destroying humanity. Having been accidentally transplanted several years before the virus arrived, James, Dr. Elle is deemed insane by Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe) and placed in a mental institution. Fleeing the facility, James must uncover the identity of the leader behind the mysterious anarcho-environmental group, the Army of Twelve Monkeys, before they destroy the planet. Inspired by Chris Marker The Pier and the notorious dispute between Universal Pictures and architect Lebbeus Woods, 12 monkeys A thrilling apocalyptic drama with an ending that will stun viewers. -YOU

12 monkeys leaves peacock May, the 1st


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12 great movies leaving Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max at the end of April 2022

May is just a hair’s breadth away, which means there’s a swath of movies to stream before they’re shuffled off of your favorite streaming service at the end of the month. Still deciding what to knock off your to-watch list this week? Don’t worry; we’ve pulled together our list of the best movies to stream by the end of April.
From neo-noir thrillers like Mulholland Drive and romantic comedies like Moonstruck to cerebral sci-fi films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and classic action movies like Bloodsport and The Rock, there’s plenty of great entertainment to choose from.
Here are the 13 best movies you need to watch before they leave streaming at the end of April.
Bloodsport

Image: Cannon International
If martial arts movies are celebrations of bodies in motion, there are few better examples than the Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle Bloodsport. Van Damme plays U.S. Army Captain Frank Dux, a skilled martial artist who is invited to an underground fighting tournament in Hong Kong. When he is not given permission by his superiors to attend, Dux simply goes anyway, resulting in 1) two army investigators (including Forest Whitaker) pursuing him to Hong Kong; 2) Dux falling for a journalist (Leah Ayres) investigating the tournament; and 3) Dux fighting a lot of dudes.
Purportedly based on the apocryphal accomplishments of the real Frank Dux, Bloodsport is instead best viewed as an effective display of Van Damme’s charisma, screen-fighting ability, and good looks, and for the incredible performance of all-time action baddie Bolo Yeung as the villainous Chong Li. Be prepared for many, many impressive instances of JCVD doing the splits. —Pete Volk
Bloodsport leaves HBO Max on April 30.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Image: Sony Pictures
When you think of actors who exude the unearthly sex appeal and monstrous inclination one would expect from the iconic Count Dracula, Gary Oldman isn’t exactly the first name that would leap to most folks’ minds. That’s what makes his performance in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 horror fantasy so remarkable, as Oldman’s out-of-character portrayal of the sullen blood-sucking libertine opposite Keanu Reeves’ performance as the heroic Jonathan Harker makes for one of the most memorable incarnations of the Count to ever be put on screen.
Combined with the film’s gorgeous practical set designs, elaborate costumes courtesy of designer Eiko Ishioka, and some notable supporting performances by Anthony Hopkins and Tom Waits, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is one of the most unique films in Coppola’s highly celebrated body of work. —Toussaint Egan
Bram Stoker’s Dracula leaves Netflix on May 1.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Image: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Written by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, I’m Thinking of Ending Things), Michel Gondry’s quirky sci-fi romantic drama Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind stars Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet as a dysfunctional couple who arrange to have all memories of each other erased following a messy breakup. Despite this, the pair inadvertently meet each other again, blissfully unaware of their shared past.
When they’re confronted with this revelation, they are forced to face not only the question of what they mean to one another, but also whether it is better to love and know heartache or never to have never known such a love in the first place. With a beautiful score composed by Jon Brion, Eternal Sunshine is a whimsical, surreal, and moving ode to the persistence of love in the absence of memory and presence of grief. —TE
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind leaves Peacock on May 1.
Imitation of Life

Image: Universal Pictures
Douglas Sirk’s 1959 drama Imitation of Life follows the story of Lora (Lana Turner), an aspiring actor and single mother, her Black live-in housekeeper Annie (Juanita Moore), and their young daughters Susie and Sarah. As Lora struggles to build her career, Annie finds herself heartbroken by the relationship with her daughter, who struggles with her identity and wants to pass for white. Told over the span of a decade, Sirk’s final film is a poignant and devastating portrait of love and parenthood at the intersection of race, class, and gender and a stirring work of cinematic storytelling. —TE
Imitation of Life leaves Criterion Channel on April 30.
Moonstruck

Image: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
The joy is in the smaller moments in Moonstruck. A mother cooks an egg-in-a-hole for her daughter. An older couple trades barbs with each other before the conversation shifts on a dime to expressions of eternal love. An elderly man basks in the moonlight with his five adorable dogs.
A widow (Cher) is convinced her ill-fated first marriage was doomed by bad luck after a hasty engagement and wedding. When a suitor (Danny Aiello) proposes, she accepts, but ends up falling for his estranged brother (Nicolas Cage) instead.
With warm sets that feel lived-in, loving depictions of food (the egg-in-a-hole has since been colloquially dubbed “Moonstruck Eggs”) and romance, hilarious family conversations (“Old man, you give another plate of my food to those dogs, I’m going to kick you till you’re dead!”), and complementary lead performances by an assured Cher and an intense Cage, Moonstruck is a touching, uproarious romantic comedy about superstition, love, and family. —PV
Moonstruck leaves HBO Max on April 30.
Mulholland Drive

Image: The Criterion Channel
David Lynch’s haunting LA masterpiece blends genres, mediums (it was initially intended as a TV show), dreams and nightmares, and even people for a perfect stew of unsettlement. Naomi Watts plays a woman who has recently moved to Los Angeles with dreams of becoming an actress; she meets an amnesiac (Laura Harring) and attempts to help her uncover the mystery behind her memory loss. One of Lynch’s finest movies and an unforgettable cinematic dream, Mulholland Drive will twist and swerve its way through your mind just like the famous street it’s named after. —PV
Mulholland Drive leaves Criterion Channel on April 30.
Mystery Men

Photo: Universal Pictures
A silly cape comedy about a group of minor superheroes who have to save the day when a Superman stand-in (Greg Kinnear) goes missing, Mystery Men is a surprisingly sharp critique of the intersection of capitalism and superhero culture that is also not above a few fart gags. With a hilarious ensemble cast that includes Ben Stiller, Wes Studi, William H. Macy, and many, many more, the acclaimed commercial director’s one and only feature film is an absolute riot. —PV
Mystery Men leaves Peacock on May 1.
Shrek and Shrek 2

Photo: DreamWorks Animation
There is no denying the sheer impact the Shrek series has had on 21st-century pop culture. The first movie was an oddball, a deeply cynical and totally obvious fuck you to the Disney empire that DreamWorks didn’t even really have faith in, and yet it played a major role in shifting the tone in Western animation into edgy comedies. And hey, it’s actually deeply funny! The original feels like a very directed jab at Disney, but the second movie, which chooses the glamor and glitz of Hollywood as its target and thus doesn’t seem as … personal, really shines.
Also, no one needs an excuse to watch the “I Need a Hero” scene. —Petrana Radulovic
Shrek and Shrek 2 leave Netflix and Hulu on April 30.
The Rock

Image: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
A classic Michael Bay flick and a classic ’90s action movie, The Rock stars Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, and Ed Harris at their respective over-the-top bests in an Alcatraz-set action thriller. When a group of rogue Marines led by a charismatic general (Harris) steals chemical weapons and takes control of the iconic prison island, the FBI sends its top chemical weapons expert (Cage) and a former MI6 agent (Connery) in to save the day. Like many Bay movies, hidden under the big explosions and tough-guy machismo is a moving story about forgotten people: in this case, Harris’ mostly sympathetic cause to get money for his soldiers and the families for men who died on secret missions the government won’t recognize. Of course, his sympathetic cause is undercut by his extreme methods, but that’s par for the course for this kind of flick. —PV
The Rock leaves Amazon Prime Video on April 30.
The Town

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures
Ben Affleck’s 2010 American crime thriller The Town follows the story of a crew of bank robbers living in Charlestown, Boston. Following a successful heist, things become complicated for the group’s leader, Doug (Affleck), when he finds himself falling in love with Claire (Rebecca Hall), the assistant manager of the bank, who they had taken hostage and left unscathed. As Doug attempts to reconcile his feelings for Claire with his obligations to his partners, FBI Special Agent Adam Frawley (Jon Hamm) is relentless in his mission to bring Doug and his crew to justice.
With a host of fantastic performances, fierce gunfights, a captivating climax, and a sobering denouement, The Town is yet another stunning accomplishment in Affleck’s career as a director. —TE
The Town leaves Netflix on May 1.
Twelve Monkeys

Bruce Willis stars in Terry Gilliam’s 1995 sci-fi film 12 Monkeys as James Cole, a prisoner of the state in the year 2035, who is sent back in time to prevent a human-made virus from devastating humanity. Accidentally transported several years before the virus’s arrival, James is deemed insane by Dr. Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe) and incarcerated at a mental asylum. Escaping the facility, James must uncover the identity of the leader behind the mysterious anarcho-environmentalist group the Army of the Twelve Monkeys before it dooms the planet. Inspired by Chris Marker’s La Jetée and the subject of an infamous lawsuit between Universal Pictures and architect Lebbeus Woods, 12 Monkeys is a thrilling apocalyptic drama with a gut-punch of an ending that will leave audiences reeling. —TE
12 Monkeys leaves Peacock on May 1.

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12 great movies leaving Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max at the end of April 2022

May is just a hair’s breadth away, which means there’s a swath of movies to stream before they’re shuffled off of your favorite streaming service at the end of the month. Still deciding what to knock off your to-watch list this week? Don’t worry; we’ve pulled together our list of the best movies to stream by the end of April.
From neo-noir thrillers like Mulholland Drive and romantic comedies like Moonstruck to cerebral sci-fi films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and classic action movies like Bloodsport and The Rock, there’s plenty of great entertainment to choose from.
Here are the 13 best movies you need to watch before they leave streaming at the end of April.
Bloodsport

Image: Cannon International
If martial arts movies are celebrations of bodies in motion, there are few better examples than the Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle Bloodsport. Van Damme plays U.S. Army Captain Frank Dux, a skilled martial artist who is invited to an underground fighting tournament in Hong Kong. When he is not given permission by his superiors to attend, Dux simply goes anyway, resulting in 1) two army investigators (including Forest Whitaker) pursuing him to Hong Kong; 2) Dux falling for a journalist (Leah Ayres) investigating the tournament; and 3) Dux fighting a lot of dudes.
Purportedly based on the apocryphal accomplishments of the real Frank Dux, Bloodsport is instead best viewed as an effective display of Van Damme’s charisma, screen-fighting ability, and good looks, and for the incredible performance of all-time action baddie Bolo Yeung as the villainous Chong Li. Be prepared for many, many impressive instances of JCVD doing the splits. —Pete Volk
Bloodsport leaves HBO Max on April 30.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Image: Sony Pictures
When you think of actors who exude the unearthly sex appeal and monstrous inclination one would expect from the iconic Count Dracula, Gary Oldman isn’t exactly the first name that would leap to most folks’ minds. That’s what makes his performance in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 horror fantasy so remarkable, as Oldman’s out-of-character portrayal of the sullen blood-sucking libertine opposite Keanu Reeves’ performance as the heroic Jonathan Harker makes for one of the most memorable incarnations of the Count to ever be put on screen.
Combined with the film’s gorgeous practical set designs, elaborate costumes courtesy of designer Eiko Ishioka, and some notable supporting performances by Anthony Hopkins and Tom Waits, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is one of the most unique films in Coppola’s highly celebrated body of work. —Toussaint Egan
Bram Stoker’s Dracula leaves Netflix on May 1.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Image: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Written by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, I’m Thinking of Ending Things), Michel Gondry’s quirky sci-fi romantic drama Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind stars Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet as a dysfunctional couple who arrange to have all memories of each other erased following a messy breakup. Despite this, the pair inadvertently meet each other again, blissfully unaware of their shared past.
When they’re confronted with this revelation, they are forced to face not only the question of what they mean to one another, but also whether it is better to love and know heartache or never to have never known such a love in the first place. With a beautiful score composed by Jon Brion, Eternal Sunshine is a whimsical, surreal, and moving ode to the persistence of love in the absence of memory and presence of grief. —TE
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind leaves Peacock on May 1.
Imitation of Life

Image: Universal Pictures
Douglas Sirk’s 1959 drama Imitation of Life follows the story of Lora (Lana Turner), an aspiring actor and single mother, her Black live-in housekeeper Annie (Juanita Moore), and their young daughters Susie and Sarah. As Lora struggles to build her career, Annie finds herself heartbroken by the relationship with her daughter, who struggles with her identity and wants to pass for white. Told over the span of a decade, Sirk’s final film is a poignant and devastating portrait of love and parenthood at the intersection of race, class, and gender and a stirring work of cinematic storytelling. —TE
Imitation of Life leaves Criterion Channel on April 30.
Moonstruck

Image: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
The joy is in the smaller moments in Moonstruck. A mother cooks an egg-in-a-hole for her daughter. An older couple trades barbs with each other before the conversation shifts on a dime to expressions of eternal love. An elderly man basks in the moonlight with his five adorable dogs.
A widow (Cher) is convinced her ill-fated first marriage was doomed by bad luck after a hasty engagement and wedding. When a suitor (Danny Aiello) proposes, she accepts, but ends up falling for his estranged brother (Nicolas Cage) instead.
With warm sets that feel lived-in, loving depictions of food (the egg-in-a-hole has since been colloquially dubbed “Moonstruck Eggs”) and romance, hilarious family conversations (“Old man, you give another plate of my food to those dogs, I’m going to kick you till you’re dead!”), and complementary lead performances by an assured Cher and an intense Cage, Moonstruck is a touching, uproarious romantic comedy about superstition, love, and family. —PV
Moonstruck leaves HBO Max on April 30.
Mulholland Drive

Image: The Criterion Channel
David Lynch’s haunting LA masterpiece blends genres, mediums (it was initially intended as a TV show), dreams and nightmares, and even people for a perfect stew of unsettlement. Naomi Watts plays a woman who has recently moved to Los Angeles with dreams of becoming an actress; she meets an amnesiac (Laura Harring) and attempts to help her uncover the mystery behind her memory loss. One of Lynch’s finest movies and an unforgettable cinematic dream, Mulholland Drive will twist and swerve its way through your mind just like the famous street it’s named after. —PV
Mulholland Drive leaves Criterion Channel on April 30.
Mystery Men

Photo: Universal Pictures
A silly cape comedy about a group of minor superheroes who have to save the day when a Superman stand-in (Greg Kinnear) goes missing, Mystery Men is a surprisingly sharp critique of the intersection of capitalism and superhero culture that is also not above a few fart gags. With a hilarious ensemble cast that includes Ben Stiller, Wes Studi, William H. Macy, and many, many more, the acclaimed commercial director’s one and only feature film is an absolute riot. —PV
Mystery Men leaves Peacock on May 1.
Shrek and Shrek 2

Photo: DreamWorks Animation
There is no denying the sheer impact the Shrek series has had on 21st-century pop culture. The first movie was an oddball, a deeply cynical and totally obvious fuck you to the Disney empire that DreamWorks didn’t even really have faith in, and yet it played a major role in shifting the tone in Western animation into edgy comedies. And hey, it’s actually deeply funny! The original feels like a very directed jab at Disney, but the second movie, which chooses the glamor and glitz of Hollywood as its target and thus doesn’t seem as … personal, really shines.
Also, no one needs an excuse to watch the “I Need a Hero” scene. —Petrana Radulovic
Shrek and Shrek 2 leave Netflix and Hulu on April 30.
The Rock

Image: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
A classic Michael Bay flick and a classic ’90s action movie, The Rock stars Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, and Ed Harris at their respective over-the-top bests in an Alcatraz-set action thriller. When a group of rogue Marines led by a charismatic general (Harris) steals chemical weapons and takes control of the iconic prison island, the FBI sends its top chemical weapons expert (Cage) and a former MI6 agent (Connery) in to save the day. Like many Bay movies, hidden under the big explosions and tough-guy machismo is a moving story about forgotten people: in this case, Harris’ mostly sympathetic cause to get money for his soldiers and the families for men who died on secret missions the government won’t recognize. Of course, his sympathetic cause is undercut by his extreme methods, but that’s par for the course for this kind of flick. —PV
The Rock leaves Amazon Prime Video on April 30.
The Town

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures
Ben Affleck’s 2010 American crime thriller The Town follows the story of a crew of bank robbers living in Charlestown, Boston. Following a successful heist, things become complicated for the group’s leader, Doug (Affleck), when he finds himself falling in love with Claire (Rebecca Hall), the assistant manager of the bank, who they had taken hostage and left unscathed. As Doug attempts to reconcile his feelings for Claire with his obligations to his partners, FBI Special Agent Adam Frawley (Jon Hamm) is relentless in his mission to bring Doug and his crew to justice.
With a host of fantastic performances, fierce gunfights, a captivating climax, and a sobering denouement, The Town is yet another stunning accomplishment in Affleck’s career as a director. —TE
The Town leaves Netflix on May 1.
Twelve Monkeys

Bruce Willis stars in Terry Gilliam’s 1995 sci-fi film 12 Monkeys as James Cole, a prisoner of the state in the year 2035, who is sent back in time to prevent a human-made virus from devastating humanity. Accidentally transported several years before the virus’s arrival, James is deemed insane by Dr. Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe) and incarcerated at a mental asylum. Escaping the facility, James must uncover the identity of the leader behind the mysterious anarcho-environmentalist group the Army of the Twelve Monkeys before it dooms the planet. Inspired by Chris Marker’s La Jetée and the subject of an infamous lawsuit between Universal Pictures and architect Lebbeus Woods, 12 Monkeys is a thrilling apocalyptic drama with a gut-punch of an ending that will leave audiences reeling. —TE
12 Monkeys leaves Peacock on May 1.

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