35 best new Netflix movies and shows coming in April 2020

Never Have I Ever on Netflix. Photo courtesy Netflix
Never Have I Ever on Netflix. Photo courtesy Netflix /
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31. Jem and the Holograms

Release Year: 2015

Directed By: Jon M. Chu

Starring: Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko, Aurora Perrineau, Juliette Lewis, Ryan Guzman, Molly Ringwald, Nathan Moore, Barnaby Carpenter, Ryan Hansen, Quddus, Kesha, Hana Mae Lee, Katie Findlay, Eiza González; cameos by Jimmy Fallon, Dwayne Johnson, Alicia Keys, Chris Pratt

Release Date: Thursday, April 16

There’s no way around it: Most families will be spending April social distancing since schools have been shutdown. After attempting to keep the kids focused on schoolwork, there’s only so much to do to keep them entertained indoors, away from their friends. This month’s new releases don’t bring much for the little ones, but there’s never a lack of youth programming on Netflix (or Disney+, for that matter). But some kids might be into Jem and the Holograms.

Based on the 1980s animated series called Jem created by Christy Marx, Jem and the Holograms stars Aubrey Peeples as Jerrica “Jem” Benton, a timid teenage with a talent for singing and songwriting. Jem’s dreams of stardom suddenly become reality when she joins the band Jem and the Holograms along with her sister Kimber (Stefanie Scott) and two foster sisters Aja (Hayley Kiyoko) and Shana (Aurora Perrineau). The band receives a boost from Rio (Ryan Guzman) and his CEO mother Erica (Juliette Lewis) to find their voice and inspire the world with their music.

Jem and the Holograms comes from director Jon M. Chu, who also directed such movies as Step Up 2: The Streets, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Now You See Me 2 and Crazy Rich Asians. Upon release, the film garnered a mostly negative reception from critics, earning an unremarkable 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, making $2.3 million against a $5 million budget. But those numbers don’t mean much to the fans and target audience. Give the film a second chance with the whole family when it begins streaming on Netflix on April 16.