Whats New on HBO Max in April 2021


Screenshot from The Nevers of a woman creating a ball of magical flame with her hands

Screenshot: The Nevers/HBO

The Nevers, HBO’s next bid for genre TV dominance, premieres April 11, carrying with it hopes it will generate, if not a Game of Thrones-level pop culture impact, than at least Lovecraft Country-level buzz. Unfortunately, the streamer hasn’t been able to generate any excitement based on the pedigree of its creative team, given the show was created (and the first season shepherded) by the now thoroughly canceled Joss Whedon who was fired left the production last year.

The trailer looks appealing enough—dig that lush Victorian era production design—and promises a plot filled with deep mythology and women punching things more than a tad reminiscent of the many flashback-heavy episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but I think it has a good shot of capturing eyeballs, given the warm reception that has greeted other recent series in a vaguely similar vein (persecuted underdogs with magical powers), from Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy and The Irregulars to the aforementioned Lovecraft Country.

HBO is also still trying to win your monthly fee by dropping new films on the service for a month, even as they enter theaters, and in April they are offering up Mortal Kombat (April 16), a second stab (ahem) at launching a film franchise based on the series of ultra-gory fighting games. This one looks extremely faithful to the source material, which is to say it appears to be about a fighting tournament populated by a bunch of grotesque-looking caricatures with supernatural powers and goofy monikers to match, who will stand around introducing themselves before they commence with killing one another. I may sound like I am suggesting this is a bad thing, but it is not. It is Mortal Kombat.

Here’s everything else coming to the service this month. Titles marked with (HBO) are available across all HBO platforms; everything else is exclusive to HBO Max.

What’s coming to HBO Max in April 2021

Coming soon (No date announced)

  • Isabel — Limited Series
  • Prodigal Son

April 1

  • A Shock To The System, 1990 (HBO)
  • Abandon, 2002 (HBO)
  • Adam’s Rib, 1949
  • All Is Lost, 2013 (HBO)
  • Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl
  • Barbarosa, 1982 (HBO)
  • Black Dynamite, 2009
  • Blindness, 2008 (HBO)
  • The Bodyguard, 1992
  • Boogie Nights, 1997
  • Bringing Up Baby, 1938
  • The Butcher’s Wife, 1991 (HBO)
  • Caddyshack, 1980
  • The Collection, 2012 (HBO)
  • The Color Purple, 1985
  • Dante’s Peak, 1997 (HBO)
  • Dark Shadows, 2012 (HBO)
  • Dead Silence, 2007 (HBO)
  • Dirty Harry, 1971
  • The Eagle Has Landed, 1977 (HBO)
  • Early Man, 2018 (HBO)
  • Easy Rider, 1969
  • Ella Enchanted, 2004 (HBO)
  • The Evil That Men Do, 1984 (HBO)
  • Eye For An Eye, 1996 (HBO)
  • Fear, 1996 (HBO)
  • genera+ion — Season 1 Part One Finale
  • Ghost Rider, 2007
  • Goodfellas, 1990
  • The Great Pottery Throwdown — Max Original Season 4 Premiere
  • Green Lantern, 2011
  • Hardball, 2001 (HBO)
  • Happy Endings
  • Haywire, 2012 (HBO)
  • In & Out, 1997 (HBO)
  • Kicking & Screaming, 2005 (HBO)
  • King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, 2017 (HBO)
  • Lassiter, 1984 (HBO)
  • Leatherface Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, 1990 (HBO)
  • Let’s Go To Prison, 2006 (HBO)
  • The Longest Yard, 1974 (HBO)
  • Man Up, 2015 (HBO)
  • Made for Love
  • The Mask of Zorro, 1998
  • The Man With The Iron Fists, 2012 (Unrated Version) (HBO)
  • Missing In Action 2 – The Beginning, 1985 (HBO)
  • Missing In Action, 1984 (HBO)
  • My Super Ex-Girlfriend, 2006 (HBO)
  • The Nanny
  • The Natural, 1984
  • Now, Voyager, 1942
  • One Day, 2011 (HBO)
  • Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment, 1985 (HBO)
  • Police Academy 3: Back In Training, 1986 (HBO)
  • Police Academy 4: Citizens On Patrol, 1987 (HBO)
  • Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach, 1988 (HBO)
  • Police Academy 6: City Under Siege, 1989 (HBO)
  • Police Academy: Mission To Moscow, 1994 (HBO)
  • Primal Fear, 1996 (HBO)
  • Reasonable Doubt, 2014 (HBO)
  • Red Dawn, 1984 (HBO)
  • The Return, 2006 (HBO)
  • Risky Business, 1983 (HBO)
  • Roger & Me, 1989
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 1939
  • Sneakers, 1992 (HBO)
  • Space Jam, 1996
  • Speed 2 Cruise Control, 1997 (HBO)
  • Spellbound, 2003 (HBO)
  • Stuart Little, 1999
  • The Shack, 2017 (HBO)
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, 2006 (HBO)
  • Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family, 2011
  • Wanderlust, 2012 (HBO)
  • The Warriors, 1979 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)
  • The Watch, 2012 (HBO)
  • White Noise, 2005 (HBO)
  • The Wild Life, 2016 (HBO)
  • Within, 2016 (HBO)
  • Wolves At The Door, 2017 (HBO)

April 2

April 3

  • Ted, 2012 (Unrated Version) (HBO)

April 4

  • Q: Into The Storm, — Documentary Series Finale (HBO)

April 5

  • Hard — Season 2 Finale (HBO)

April 6

  • Genndy Tartokovksy’s Primal, Season 1B

April 7

  • South Side, Season 1
  • Exterminate All The Brutes — Documentary Series Premiere (HBO)

April 9

  • Intemperie (Out In The Open), 2019 (HBO)
  • The Other Two, Season 1
  • A Tiny Audience — Season 2 Finale (HBO)

April 10

  • The New Mutants, 2020 (HBO)

April 11

  • The Nevers — Drama Series Premiere (HBO)

April 13

  • Our Towns — Documentary Premiere (HBO)

April 15

  • Infinity Train — Max Original Season 4 Premiere

April 16

  • Mortal Kombat — Warner Bros. Film Premiere, 2021

April 17

  • The Dark Knight Rises, 2012 (HBO)

April 18

  • Mare of Easttown — Limited Series Premiere (HBO)

April 20

  • Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)

April 22

  • 1,2,3 All Eyes On Me, 2020(HBO)
  • First Ladies, 2020
  • Princess Cut, 2020 (HBO)
  • Rizo, 2020 (HBO)

April 23

  • El Robo Del Siglo (Heist Of The Century) (HBO)
  • A Black Lady Sketch Show — Season 2 Premiere (HBO)

April 24

April 26

April 29

  • Looney Tunes Cartoons, Season 1D

What’s Leaving HBO Max in April 2021

April 11

April 15

  • Lego DC Shazam: Magic And Monsters!, 2020

April 30

  • 3 Godfathers, 1949
  • 9½ Weeks, 1986
  • Above The Rim, 1994 (HBO)
  • The Adventures Of Robin Hood, 1938
  • Adventures Of Tom Thumb And Thumbelina, 2002 (HBO)
  • After Hours, 1985
  • An American Werewolf In London, 1981 (HBO)
  • Beasts Of The Southern Wild, 2012 (HBO)
  • Being There, 1979
  • Bullitt, 1968
  • Bundle Of Joy, 1956
  • Can’t Buy Me Love, 1987 (HBO)
  • The Candidate, 1972
  • Cast Away, 2000 (HBO)
  • Catwoman, 2004
  • Chasing Liberty, 2004
  • Cheyenne Autumn, 1964
  • Cimarron, 1960
  • Critters 2, 1988
  • Critters 4, 1992
  • Dead Man Walking, 1995 (HBO)
  • Diner, 1982
  • Dirt, 2017
  • The Exorcist, 1973
  • Femme Fatale, 2002 (HBO)
  • Fool’s Gold, 2008
  • Get Carter, 1971
  • Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, 2019 (HBO)
  • Godzilla Vs. Kong, 2021
  • Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, 2011
  • The Green Mile, 1999
  • Grumpier Old Men, 1995
  • Grumpy Old Men, 1993
  • The Hangover Part II, 2011 (HBO)
  • A Hidden Life, 2019 (HBO)
  • The Hills Have Eyes II, 2007 (Extended Version) (HBO)
  • The Hills Have Eyes, 2006 (Extended Version) (HBO)
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 2012
  • The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, 2014
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, 2013
  • How The West Was Won, 1962
  • I Am Sam, 2002
  • The Invisible Man, 2020 (HBO)
  • Jojo Rabbit, 2019 (HBO)
  • Jonny Quest, 1964
  • Josie And The Pussycats In Outer Space, 1972
  • Josie And The Pussycats, 1970
  • Just Mercy, 2019 (HBO)
  • The Looney Tunes Show, 2011
  • Looney Tunes: Back In Action, 2003
  • Lying And Stealing, 2019 (HBO)
  • Ma, 2019 (HBO)
  • The Man Who Would Be King, 1975
  • Marvin’s Room, 1996 (HBO)
  • Mildred Pierce, 1945
  • Mister Roberts, 1955
  • My Blue Heaven, 1990
  • My Dog Skip, 2000
  • My Favorite Year, 1982
  • National Lampoon’s European Vacation, 1985
  • National Lampoon’s Vacation, 1983
  • The Neverending Story, 1984
  • New Jack City, 1991
  • New Looney Tunes, 2015
  • New York Minute, 2004
  • Of Mice And Men, 1992 (HBO)
  • Open Water 2: Adrift, 2006 (HBO)
  • Open Water, 2004 (HBO)
  • Paddington Bear, 1989
  • Patriots Day, 2016
  • Presumed Innocent, 1990
  • Pride And Prejudice, 1940
  • Private Benjamin, 1980
  • Red Tails, 2012 (HBO)
  • Reversal Of Fortune, 1990
  • Rio Bravo, 1959
  • Rise Of The Guardians, 2012 (HBO)
  • School Of Rock, 2003 (HBO)
  • Scooby-Doo And Scrappy-Doo, 1981
  • The Scooby-Doo Show, 1976
  • Scooby-Doo Where Are You!, 1969
  • The Secret Garden, 1993
  • She’s All That, 1999
  • Snakes On A Plane, 2006
  • Son Of The Mask, 2005
  • Space Cowboys, 2000
  • Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries, 1995
  • Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, 2005
  • Tom And Jerry (Classic), 1967
  • Tower Heist, 2011 (HBO)
  • Under Siege, 1992
  • Viva Las Vegas, 1964
  • We Bought A Zoo, 2011 (HBO)
  • What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?, 1962 (HBO)
  • Where The Wild Things Are, 2009
  • The Wild Bunch, 1969
  • The Wind And The Lion, 1975
  • The Yogi Bear Show, 1988