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.
Debuting on Amazon Prime, this 2021 release is part legal drama, part political polemic. It tells the true story of Mohamedou Slahi, the eponymous Mauritanian and a victim of the United States’ directionless War on Terror. Accused of being a recruiter for the 9/11 hijackers, but never actually charged with any crime, Slahi (played superbly by the BAFTA-nominated Tahar Rahim) finds himself in Guantanamo Bay and at the mercy of the authorities’ “enhanced” interrogation techniques. When his cause is taken up by Jodie Foster’s crusading lawyer, she uncovers the truth behind the secretive, extra-legal American prison, and decides winning Slahi’s case isn’t just about freeing one innocent man, but defending the rule of law itself.
Christopher Nolan’s recreation of the British and French armies’ evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940 is an audio-visual masterpiece, richly served with moments of both quiet grandeur and epic spectacle.
With comparatively little dialogue, few CGI effects and an enemy that’s never directly seen, Nolan conjures up the hopelessness of the surrounded British Expeditionary Force, trapped between the sea and the German army and prey to horrifying attacks from the air, and the heroism of soldiers, sailors, pilots and civilians caught up in a desperate situation. Hans Zimmer’s score, meanwhile, remains a masterclass in understated power.
Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to District 9 boasts a starrier cast in Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, but retains the earlier film's mix of gritty sci-fi and social conscience. When Damon's downtrodden worker suffers a lethal dose of radiation, he realises his only hope is to get to one of the Med-Bays used by the upper classes. Only problem is, the upper classes have abandoned Earth for a luxurious orbital space station – and they’re not about to let any old pauper in. Come for the spectacular visuals, stay for the scathing political message.
Call Me By Your Name
Taking place over one long 1980s northern Italian summer, Call Me By Your Name is a coming-of-age story about an outwardly precocious teenager (Timothée Chalamet) who falls for an older American (Armie Hammer) that comes to stay at his family’s holiday home.
To reveal any more would spoil the joy of this wonderful movie, which drifts warmly, hazily and lazily along like the perfect summertime. One of the few popular movies about a gay relationship that doesn’t use the sexuality of its participants as a plot point, it conveys a universality that puts it among the finest films of the past few years.
Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman brings another of his comic books to the screen. This animated series concerns a young superhero coming to terms with his newfound powers – and dealing with the fact that his dad is the most powerful and famous masked crusader on the planet. Stephen Yuen, J.K. Simmons, Sandra Oh, Mahershala Ali and Mark Hamill are among the all-star voice cast.
I Care a Lot
Proof that it’s possible to make an engaging film even when none of the characters are “good” or particularly likeable, I Care A Lot stars Rosamunde Pike as legal guardian Marla Grayson, a ruthless, driven predator who makes a killing by exploiting the elderly people she’s supposed to be looking out for. Her latest ward (Dianne Wiest) looks like a goldmine, but turns out to be a doorway to trouble – thanks to some unlikely connections with the criminal underworld. Peter Dinklage and Eiza González also star in this viciously black but deliciously enjoyable comedy.
We’re probably not telling you anything you don’t already know, but the original Jurassic Park is a near-perfect blockbuster movie that pioneered special effects without becoming mere cinematic spectacle. Steven Spielberg’s mastery of pacing, camera, editing and sound is on full display here, as the resurrected attractions in a dinosaur theme park take advantage of a cascading series of disasters to turn on their captors.
The uninspired sequels (the first two of which you can also stream on Amazon) have shown that there’s much more to making a great movie than a great idea (what if dinosaurs and humans could interact?), but this is a rare occasion when a mega-budgeted box office smash feels full of heart.
A team of astronauts on the ISS rendezvous with a satellite carrying soil samples from Mars, delighted when they discover microscopic signs of life within. That joy swiftly turns to concern when the Martian organism, dubbed “Calvin”, turns out to be intelligent, resourceful, capable of rapid growth and determined to stay alive – no matter the cost to its new captors. It’s b-movie stuff really, but with a strong cast (including Ryan Reynolds, Jack Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson), excellent visual effects and some disturbing twists and turns, this tense creature feature doesn’t disappoint.
In this disaster movie, the stakes couldn’t be higher: with an interstellar “planet killer” comet on course to wipe out almost all life on Earth, our hero Gerard Butler must get his estranged wife (Morena Baccarin) and young son to the safety of an underground bunker in (yes, you guessed it) Greenland.
It’s true that there’s nothing particularly original going on here, but Greenland is a finely-honed race-against-time thriller that successfully conveys the magnitude of its threat. From violent looters to failing technology to flaming rocks from the sky, Butler and Baccarin find themselves beset with an array of perils – even before the coming impact that may wipe out humanity completely.
The oft-overlooked 1997 thriller stars Kurt Russell and Kathleen Quinlan as Jeff and Amy, a married couple driving through the US Southwestern desert as they relocate from the East Coast to start a new life in California. When their car’s engine dies, a passing trucker offers Amy a lift to the next payphone, but when Jeff eventually finds his way to the meeting spot she’s nowhere to be found, the locals don’t seem keen on helping him find her – and there’s the distinct sense that something darker is going on. And it is, of course!
Breakdown works thanks to Russell’s relatable everyman performance, the quiet malignancy of the late J.T. Walsh as the film’s antagonist and writer-director Jonathan Mostow’s relentless up-cranking of tension.