An Amazon Prime membership’s benefits go way beyond giving you super-speedy deliveries for free – there’s also a fantastic streaming video service included, offering up loads of movies and TV shows for instant viewing.
Like Netflix, Amazon is constantly adding fresh eyeball fodder to its streaming library, so much so that it can be difficult to keep up with all the new stuff. So, as we do with Netflix each month, we’ve decided to dedicate a regularly-updated article to what’s new – as long as we deem it worth watching, of course.
Looking for the latest thing to stream? Read on, and allow us to guide you through all the best recent additions.
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Note: the newest stuff is at the top of the list, with material getting progressively older as you scroll down.
Rogue One director Gareth Edwards made his name with this low-budget oddity, which looks all set to be a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller about huge aliens roaming the Earth before revealing itself to be a character study of two people forced into an unusual relationship and onto a strange journey; it’s far more Werner Herzog than Michael Bay.
Don’t get us wrong, you'll still find some huge aliens to gawp at – but there’s a lot more to Monsters than sheer spectacle alone.
Blinded by the Light
A feel-good ode to the universal cross-cultural power of rock ‘n’ roll, Blinded by the Light is the story of a British Pakistani boy growing up in 1980s Luton – and how he found an outlet for his frustrations, fears and passions through the music of Bruce Springsteen.
Directed by Bend it like Beckham’s Gurinder Chadha and based on the coming-of-age memoir Greetings from Bury Park, Blinded by the Light finds just the right balance of nostalgia, romance, sentimentality, comedy and drama to be the ideal midweek watch.
If you’re in the mood for some vintage mid-period Al Pacino (with merely a modicum of scenery-chewing) allow us to humbly recommend this very diverting 1993 Brian De Palma thriller.
Having cast Pacino as a Cuban in Scarface, De Palma now puts him in the equally unlikely shoes of Puerto Rican ex-con Carlito Brigante, out of prison early on a technicality and determined to go straight. The New York underworld has other plans, and soon Carlito is running a nightclub and dealing with all sorts of undesirables – including Sean Penn’s sleazebag lawyer and a bunch of Italian mobsters. Will he ever achieve his dream of retiring to the Caribbean with his childhood sweetheart? The way is certainly not clear.
Alexander Payne’s brilliantly observed comedy drama see Jack Nicholson playing against type as Warren Schmidt, a stoic, introverted insurance executive shambling into retirement in America’s Midwest. When an unexpected event turns his life upside down, he decides to climb into his RV and embark on an impromptu road trip to California to attend – and prevent – his daughter’s wedding to an oafish waterbed salesman. Needless to say, Warren discovers that he still has plenty to learn about himself, even in old age – and not all of it is pretty.
Now that Nicholson has himself retired from acting, About Schmidt is a great opportunity to see him at his very best, and proof that he’s a far more versatile actor than many give him credit for.
A devastating family tragedy leads to young American Dani (Florence Pugh, fantastic as always) accompanying her boyfriend and his college buddies on a trip to remote rural Sweden. Their destination? A folk festival celebrating the summer solstice, which Dani sees as an opportunity to fix their relationship troubles and, perhaps, start to exorcise her own demons.
The reality turns out to be far weirder, with director Ari Aster taking the travellers and us viewers alike on a disturbing psychedelic trip into ancient pagan rituals, mental illness and a climax that’s almost impossible to forget. Like Aster’s previous movie Hereditary, Midsommar is an intelligent, well-crafted horror with sprinkles of awkward comedy and farce – and one you’ll want to talk over with your friends once the credits have rolled.
The best-loved, boldest and baldest captain of the USS Enterprise makes a long overdue return to our screens in this Amazon exclusive 10-part series. That’s right: almost 20 years after last playing Jean-Luc Picard, the incomparable Patrick Stewart is heading back into space.
Picard is now retired, mourning lost friends and making wine rather than exploring the far reaches of the galaxy, but something is about to drag him back to the stars. A much more contemplative and slow-paced series than the action-packed Star Trek: Discovery, it features a number of old faces likely to delight Prime-subscribing Trekkies: Data, Troi, Riker and even Borg-turned-goodie Seven of Nine all return.
A spin-off from the Jason Bourne movie series, Treadstone delves into the murky world of CIA black ops, in particular the creation of a gaggle of elite sleeper agent assassins that don’t even know they’re elite sleeper agent assassins. Look out for bone-crunching bust-ups, shadowy spymasters and conflicted killers trotting across the globe like so many murderous Instagram influencers.
Dragged Across Concrete
S. Craig Zahler’s previous movies, Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99, were not for the faint of heart – if you like your cinema gutsy and brainy (i.e. with plenty of both splattered around), these artfully made B movies are probably right up your street.
Dragged Across Concrete, which stars Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn as disgruntled cops seeking an off-the-books payday, is perhaps a little less gore-drenched, but boasts the same naturalistic neo-noir style – long takes, restrained acting and hard-boiled dialogue – punctuated by outbursts of extreme violence. It doesn’t always make for a pretty watch, but as dark, gritty thrillers go, you won’t find many better.
The Expanse (S4)
Having saved this superb space opera series from an untimely cancellation at the hands of original makers SyFy, Amazon appears to have inundated its showrunners with enough cash to up its production values as it “expands” (yeah, we went there) into uncharted parts of the cosmos in this fourth season.
The Expanse’s sobering vision of a near-future solar system colonised by rival factions is what’s known as “hard sci-fi”: mercilessly rooted in actual science and as eye-opening as it is narratively enthralling. If you like the idea of Game of Thrones in space, this show is crying out to be your next box-set binge.
The Disaster Artist
James Franco directs and stars in this retelling of the making of the best bad movie ever committed to film: Tommy Wiseau’s The Room. Franco’s turn as the enigmatic, vaguely vampiric Wiseau (Where is he really from? How old is he? Where does all his money come from?) is frightening accurate, while his real-life brother Dave plays Greg Sestero, the wide-eyed wannabe who somehow becomes embroiled in Wiseau’s opus of awful acting, bizarre plotlines and frankly distressing love scenes.
While Franco has wisely made The Disaster Artist accessible for everyone, those who have seen The Room will likely get much more of a kick out of it. It’s also an incredible piece of work in its own right, somehow transcending its all-round dreadfulness to become something almost magical. Seek it out if you can.