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.
Vikings (S6 Part II)
This long-running historical drama (think Game of Thrones with more face tattoos and fewer dragons) finally hits its home stretch with this final batch of episodes. Viewers who have been with it since its glorious early days back in 2013 will doubtless lament the fact that the saga is coming to an end – but unlike many series it’s at least signing off before it becomes totally irrelevant and/or careens off the rails.
Focussing on the reign of Bjorn Ironside and the adventures of his half-brothers Ivar and Ubbe, this final series (like the ones before it) takes plenty of huge liberties with real history in the name of entertainment, but succeeds through its crowd-pleasing representation of the spirit of Norse raiders and explorers.
A lot of the most memorable horror movies are memorable precisely because there’s some kind of killer (literally) gimmick in place, and that’s very much the case with Don’t Breathe. When a trio of teen tearaways breaks into the home of a blind old codger, they don’t count of him also being a ruthless ex-soldier with superhuman hearing, a vicious guard dog and a burning desire to keep the contents of his basement a secret. Cue an hour and a half of toe-curling tension.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Writer and director Martin McDonagh’s follow-up to In Bruges comes with a similar mix of pathos, violence and pitch-black comedy, as Frances McDormand’s grieving mother challenges the cops of her small southern US town to step up and catch her daughter’s murderer.
Such direct action – she purchases space on the titular three advertising billboards to publicly shame the police – brings her into conflict with Woody Harrelson’s respected chief and his bigoted, immature and angry deputy Sam Rockwell, sparking off a unpredictable sequence of events and an unforgettable conclusion. We won’t spoil any of that, but suffice to say the Oscars won by McDormand and Rockwell for their roles were well-earned, and this movie will likely stay in your head for a long time after the credits roll.
Mads Mikkelsen is, quite frankly, one of the most watchable actors of his generation, and never more so than when in the immaculate suits of this TV incarnation of cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter. As per the original books, Lecter is a psychiatrist brought in to assist FBI profiler Will Graham, but it's not long before the doctor is taking advantage of his position and manipulating the fragile Graham. This is pretty high-brow stuff, chock-full of startling imagery, Lynchian characters and dinner scenes that will make your stomach growl - a little unsettling once you know what's in most of them.
Already seen Jaws and fancy a more up-to-date cinematic take on the endlessly popular human-versus-shark trope? Then check out The Shallows, a stylish, sun-drenched thriller in which a carefree surfer dudette played by Blake Lively finds the perfect Mexican beach to catch a few waves: surrounded by jungle, it’s gorgeous, secluded, unspoilt – and watched over by a mean fish with a heck of an appetite. Engaged in a deadly battle of wills with the shark, Lively finds out just how far she can go to survive.
Genres get hacked up as much as the poor cast members in S. Craig Zahler’s brutal debut film, which starts out like a Western but slowly descends into a nightmarish horror – albeit one with some great comedic dialogue and character moments.
Kurt Russell leads a talented cast as an upstanding sheriff spurred into action when a group of cave-dwelling Native Americans kidnap two of his townspeople – and things don’t go particularly well from there. There’s an old-school video nasty feel to Bone Tomahawk that you don’t often see in modern movies (you’ll know the scene we’re referring to if you’ve seen it), not to mention a refreshing tendency to take its time, allowing you to get properly acquainted with its characters and its world.
Having previously delivered award-winning profiles of Amy Winehouse and Ayrton Senna, Asif Kapadia turns his documentarian gaze on the most mercurial footballer to ever grace the game: Diego Armando Maradona.
The Argentine magician’s recent death might make this superb 2019 film even more poignant, but Kapadia’s signature mix of voiceovers and archive footage tells a gripping story from the get-go. In some ways it’s a classic rags-to-riches tale: a poor kid from the slums of Buenos Aires winds up winning the World Cup and leading unfancied Napoli to a brace of Italian Serie A titles. But it’s also a Greek tragedy, with Maradona’s very human failings – hubris and need to be loved – setting this god-like figure on a path to self-destruction.
The Expanse (S5)
The fifth and likely penultimate season of Amazon’s fantastic sci-fi series has made landfall, giving seasoned fans and newcomers alike the perfect lockdown binge material. We won’t get into spoilers here, but The Expanse’s sweeping, multi-character story and its clever mix of intrigue, action and visual grandeur invite comparisons with Game of Thrones (albeit, you know, set in space), and this season sees old conflicts between uneasy allies Earth, Mars and the Belt threaten to reignite, even as much greater threats lurk in the darkness.
A film about fairies, fauns and fantastical underground kingdoms might not seem like prime scary movie fodder, but Mexican maestro Guillermo Del Toro’s knack of infusing reality with the otherworldly has never been more captivating than in Pan’s Labyrinth. Some of the beasts young Ofelia encounters as she attempts to complete the tasks set for her by the guardian of the labyrinth are the stuff of nightmares, while above ground her homicidal army general stepfather is arguably scarier than them all. Pan’s Labyrinth is like Narnia reimagined by Ernest Hemingway.
I’m Your Woman
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’s Rachel Brosnahan stars in this taut crime drama which is both set in and feels like it could have been made in the 1970s. And that’s a good thing! Brosnahan plays a disaffected woman who, when her criminal husband apparently goes missing after double-crossing his partners, must suddenly go on the run with their baby. Having never had to fend for herself before, she’s forced to learn a few things – and confront some uncomfortable truths about her life.