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The best movies on Amazon Prime Video (September 2023)

The new arrivals from Warner Bros. Pictures dominated many of the top slots in the best movies on Amazon Prime Video this month. While Elvis and The Batman ranked among the most popular movies on Prime Video, an unexpected Warner Bros. film surpassed both in the final week of September. Those Who Wish Me Dead, which premiered simultaneously on Max and in theaters in 2021, has defied the odds by becoming a sleeper hit on Prime Video. Of course, it helps that the film has Angelina Jolie in the leading role.

Prime Video’s other major addition this week is Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant, an action thriller that is currently No. 1 on Amazon’s movie chart. This Jake Gyllenhaal-led film may not have dominated the box office, but it’s found an audience on Prime Video.

Every month, Prime Video adds new and classic titles to its lineup of movies. Sometimes, those updates come at unexpected times and with little advance notice. That’s why we make it a point to update our list of the best movies on Amazon Prime Video every week. When you stick with us, you’ll always be able to find something fun to watch on Prime Video.

We’ve also put together guides to the best shows on Prime Video, the best movies on Hulu, the best movies on Netflix, the best new movies to stream, and the best movies on Disney+.

Editor’s Pick

Guy Ritchie's The Covenant (2023) new

Guy Ritchie's The Covenant
63 %
r 123m
Genre War, Action, Thriller
Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Dar Salim, Sean Sagar
Directed by Guy Ritchie

Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant takes place in the not-too-distant past of 2018, during the War in Afghanistan. Despite initially distrusting his new interpreter, Ahmed (Dar Salim), Master Sergeant John Kinley (Jake Gyllenhaal) comes to respect him because of the way that Ahmed looks out for his troops. And when Kinley is incapacitated and his fellow soldiers are killed, Ahmed rises to the occasion and personally fights the Taliban to get Kinley to safety.

Ahmed’s act of heroism doesn’t win him favor with the U.S. government, which fails to take Ahmed and his family to safety even as the Taliban hunt them down for revenge. Kinley is so outraged by the injustice that he returns to Afghanistan to personally save Ahmed… if he can.

Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) new

Those Who Wish Me Dead
59 %
r 100m
Genre Thriller, Action
Stars Angelina Jolie, Finn Little, Jon Bernthal
Directed by Taylor Sheridan

Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan directed and co-wrote Those Who Wish Me Dead, which features Angelina Jolie in the leading role as Hannah Faber, a smokejumper who is traumatized by her recent failure to save one of her colleagues and some innocent victims during a forest fire.

Hannah gets her opportunity for redemption when she chances upon Connor (Finn Little), a young boy who witnessed two assassins, Jack (Aidan Gillen) and Patrick (Nicholas Hoult), fatally injure his father, Owen (Jake Weber). Connor possesses the evidence that could send a crime boss to jail, and the assassins will do anything to prevent that…including lighting a forest fire to smoke Hannah and Connor out of hiding. Somehow, Hannah must overcome both killers and get Connor to safety.

A Million Miles Away (2023) new

A Million Miles Away
62 %
pg 121m
Genre Drama, History
Stars Michael Peña, Rosa Salazar, Julio Cedillo
Directed by Alejandra Márquez Abella

Prime Video’s new movie, A Million Miles Away, was originally a Netflix film before landing at Amazon. And it reached No. 1 on Prime Video’s movie chart in the U.S. in its debut week. The film is based on the autobiography of José M. Hernández, who became the first-ever Mexican-American astronaut at NASA.

Michael Peña plays Hernández, while Rosa Salazar plays his wife, Adela Hernández. The biopic chronicles Hernández’s journey from being child in a struggling migrant family to his education, training, and family life on his way to achieving a dream that few have ever attained. This is an inspirational tale, and it really is emotionally moving at times.

A Thousand and One (2023) new

A Thousand and One
81 %
r 116m
Genre Drama
Stars Teyana Taylor, William Catlett, Josiah Cross
Directed by A.V. Rockwell

Very few people saw A Thousand and One when it was in theaters in early 2023, but you might be hearing a lot more about it during Oscar season. Teyana Taylor headlines this drama as Inez de la Paz, a woman who is determined to provide for her 6-year-old son, Terry (Aaron Kingsley Adetola), despite abandoning him years earlier.

With Terry’s consent, Inez kidnaps him from foster custody and does her best to raise him alongside her husband, Lucky (Will Catlett). As Terry grows into a teen (Aven Courtney) and a young man (Josiah Cross), he discovers that he may truly have a future. But a secret from Inez’s past may destroy their family.

Inside (2023) new

53 %
r 105m
Genre Drama, Thriller
Stars Willem Dafoe, Gene Bervoets, Josia Krug
Directed by Vasilis Katsoupis

Willem Dafoe is such a natural movie villain that it’s rare to see him hold down a film as the protagonist. Inside casts Dafoe as an elite art thief named Nemo, and he is truly passionate about his work. But during a heist to rob a very wealthy art collector, Nemo finds himself trapped by the high-tech security system of a Manhattan high-rise penthouse.

The most alarming thing about this is that no one comes inside the penthouse after the lockdown. That’s why Nemo spends weeks without food, and only some access to water. This luxury apartment has become his prison, and now Nemo has to find a way out in order to simply survive.

Sitting in Bars with Cake (2023) new

Sitting in Bars with Cake
65 %
pg-13 120m
Genre Romance, Comedy, Drama
Stars Yara Shahidi, Odessa A'zion, Bette Midler
Directed by Trish Sie

How’s this for a fun way to meet people? Jane (Yara Shahidi) bakes cakes and her best friend, Corinne (Odessa A’zion), convinces her to bring them to bars to attract single guys and increase Jane’s social skills and confidence. And it works so well that Jane and Corinne do it again and again.

Sitting in Bars With Cake is loosely based on a true story, and it takes a darker turn when Corinne is stricken with a life-threatening sickness. Although Jane attempts to stand by her friend, the burden of Corinne’s diagnosis may compromise their bond.

Elvis (2022)

64 %
pg-13 159m
Genre Drama, Music, History
Stars Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge
Directed by Baz Luhrmann

Director Baz Luhrmann’s love for musical extravaganzas is once again on full display in Elvis, one of the big hits of 2022. Austin Butler won rave reviews for his performance as Elvis Presley, but the movie also belongs to Tom Hanks who portrays Elvis’ mentor and manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

The film chronicles Elvis’ life from a young child to a rock and roll icon, as well as his romance with his eventual life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge). Regardless of the ups and downs in Elvis’ life, his legend is secure even after his death. And this may be the best biopic that the King has ever received.

The Batman (2022)

The Batman
72 %
pg-13 177m
Genre Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Stars Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano
Directed by Matt Reeves

Every generation seems to get their own Batman, and Matt Reeves’ The Batman has one of the youngest Dark Knights to date as Robert Pattinson steps into the title role. In this complete reboot of the franchise, Batman is still early in his career as a serial killer calling himself Riddler (Paul Dano) terrorizes Gotham City while mobsters like Carmine Falcone (John Turturro) have a stranglehold on the city.

Batman finds an ally in James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright), and perhaps a kindred spirit in Selina Kyle (Zoë Kravitz). But for Batman to become the hero he needs to be, he will have to rise above his limitations.

Champions (2023)

50 %
pg-13 124m
Genre Comedy
Stars Woody Harrelson, Kaitlin Olson, Cheech Marin
Directed by Bobby Farrelly

Champions only had a short stay in theaters earlier this year, but it’s already raced to No. 1 on Prime Video’s most popular movies list. Similar to The Mighty Ducks, Champions features Woody Harrelson as a disgraced basketball coach named Marcus, who manages to avoid a stint in prison for drunk driving by coaching a basketball team for players with learning disabilities.

Marcus has a lot to offer his new team in terms of playing basketball, but he also has a lot to learn about being a decent human being. As Marcus becomes a part of the team’s lives, he becomes close to one of his players, Johnny (Kevin Iannucci), and he romantically pursues Johnny’s sister, Alex (Kaitlin Olson). However, changing his ways proves to be extremely difficult for Marcus, and he may lose his newfound personal connections.

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023)

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
72 %
pg-13 134m
Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy
Stars Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Justice Smith
Directed by John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein

The D&D franchise got a fresh start on the big screen with Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, which casts Chris Pine and Michelle Rodriguez as a pair of close friends, Edgin Darvis and Holga Kilgore, respectively. After being betrayed by their former friend, Forge Fitzwilliam (Hugh Grant), Edgin and Holga escape prison and plot to reunite with Edgin’s daughter, Kira (Chloe Coleman).

After reconnecting with a sorcerer of dubious talent, Simon Aumar (Justice Smith), Holga and Edgin recruit Doric (Sophia Lillis) to help them rob Fitzwilliam in the heist of a lifetime to force him from power. However, they soon find that Forge is involved with a plan that threatens everyone in Neverwinter, and only Edgin’s group can stop it from happening.

Chinatown (1974)

92 %
r 130m
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Stars Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston
Directed by Roman Polanski

Chinatown did not win the Best Picture Oscar for 1974, but as the film closes in on its 50th anniversary, it remains one of the greatest movies ever made. Jack Nicholson further cemented his Hollywood legend status as down-on-his-luck private investigator J. J. “Jake” Gittes. When Jake is hired by Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her cheating husband, the real Evelyn (Faye Dunaway) reveals that Jake has been set up and now her husband has been discredited and murdered.

As Jake closes in on answers, suspicion falls on Evelyn’s estranged father, Noah Cross (John Huston), and a land deal that someone is willing to kill in order to protect. But the surprises are far from over for Jake, as he’s forced to wonder if he can trust Evelyn.

Galaxy Quest (1999)

Galaxy Quest
67 %
pg 101m
Genre Comedy, Science Fiction, Adventure
Stars Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman
Directed by Dean Parisot

Few films have ever married comedy and sci-fi as effectively as Galaxy Quest did over two decades ago. Somehow, it manages to both parody Star Trek while also acting as a love letter to that franchise. Tim Allen stars as Jason Nesmith, an actor who once headlined the Galaxy Quest TV series as Commander Peter Quincy Taggart. The show was so convincing to the alien Thermians that they recruit Jason to protect them on a mission in space.

Jason’s estranged cast members — Gwen DeMarco (Sigourney Weaver), Alexander Dane (Alan Rickman), Fred Kwan (Tony Shalhoub), Tommy Webber (Daryl Mitchell), and Guy Fleegman (Sam Rockwell) – believe that Jason is taking a lucrative gig without them. But when they reunite with Jason, they soon discover that they’re on a real interstellar adventure. And they may not be able to go home.

Red, White & Royal Blue (2023)

Red, White & Royal Blue
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Taylor Zakhar Perez, Nicholas Galitzine, Uma Thurman
Directed by Matthew López

The premise of Amazon Prime Video‘s movie Red, White & Royal Blue is a bit far-fetched: the son of the U.S. President, Alex Claremont-Diaz, must befriend his hated rival, Prince Henry, to smooth over relations between America and England. Their forced partnership quickly becomes something more, and they embark on a secret romance that, if exposed, could ruin Alex’s mother’s chances of re-election and threaten the British Monarchy.

Red, White & Royal Blue is the rare rom-com that’s actually kind of romantic and funny. As played by relative newcomers Taylor Zakhar Perez and Nicholas Galitzine, Alex and Henry have a classic love/hate relationship that carries on the rom-com tradition of the two leads grudgingly falling in love with each other as the movie progresses. Red, White & Royal Blue won’t rock your world like Oppenheimer or even Barbie, but it’s a charming diversion from a real world that has far too few buttercream cake fights and romantic walks in the moonlight.

The Imitation Game (2014)

The Imitation Game
73 %
pg-13 113m
Genre History, Drama, Thriller, War
Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode
Directed by Morten Tyldum

In this summer of Oppenheimer, it’s worth looking back at a similarly themed World War II biopic, The Imitation Game. This film is a dramatization of the life of Alan Turing, the man who created a machine that could decode the wartime messages sent by Germany’s infamous Enigma Machine.

The MCU’s Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch, headlines the film as Turing. Keira Knightley also stars in the movie as Joan Clarke, the woman who loved and married Turing, and who also greatly contributed to the machine. But even Clarke’s support and Turing’s own accomplishments can protect him when the secret of his homosexuality comes out during a very unforgiving era.

2 Guns (2013)

2 Guns
55 %
r 109m
Genre Action, Comedy, Crime
Stars Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton
Directed by Baltasar Kormákur

In two weeks, Denzel Washington will be back in action mode with The Equalizer 3. Perhaps that’s why Prime Video has added 2 Guns to its film library. In this 2013 action thriller, Washington plays Robert “Bobby” Trench, a criminal working alongside Michael “Stig” Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) for a drug lord named Manny “Papi” Greco (Edward James Olmos).

Bobby and Stig plan to rob Papi of millions of dollars, but what they don’t know is that they are both undercover. Bobby works for the DEA, and Stig is a Navy SEAL. With so much money on the line, both men have been ordered to betray each other. But Bobby and Stig soon find that even their superiors can’t be trusted. All they really have is each other.

Bones and All (2022)

Bones and All
74 %
r 131m
Genre Drama, Horror, Romance
Stars Taylor Russell, Timothée Chalamet, Mark Rylance
Directed by Luca Guadagnino

Believe it or not, Bones and All is not an elaborate plot to lure a disgraced actor back from the Cayman Islands. It really is a cannibal romance story starring Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell as young lovers, Lee and Maren, who share certain urges to eat human flesh. The film treats cannibals as if they were vampires, and they know each other by scent.

If it wasn’t for the great chemistry between Chalamet and Russell, this wouldn’t work at all. But sometimes chemistry is all it takes to make a romance movie click, even if the cannibal angle is really reaching at times.

No Country for Old Men (2007)

No Country for Old Men
91 %
r 122m
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Stars Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin
Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Writers and directors Joel and Ethan Coen were in peak form for their adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men. This was 2007’s Oscar-winner for Best Film, and it’s arguably one of the greatest movies of this century. Josh Brolin stars as Llewelyn Moss, a man who stumbles across a fortune in drug money after a deal gone wrong. Unfortunately for Moss, the money belongs to criminals who have sent a hitman, Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), to retrieve it.

Bardem’s performance makes Chigurth a villain for the ages. And the local sheriff, Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), soon finds himself overwhelmed by the violence that Chigurth and Moss leave in their wake.

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Inglourious Basterds
69 %
r 153m
Genre Drama, Thriller, War
Stars Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz
Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Given the way events play out in Inglourious Basterds, you may get the impression that Quentin Tarantino hates history. But it’s more like Tarantino loves history, he just won’t let it get in the way of telling his story. Brad Pitt headlines the large cast as Lieutenant Aldo Raine, the leader of an all-Jewish brigade that is working behind enemy lines during World War II.

Aldo and his men, including Sergeant Hugo Stiglitz (Til Schweiger), Sergeant Donny Donowitz (Eli Roth), and more have a vendetta against the Nazis and Standartenführer Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) in particular. When an even bigger target presents itself, the Basterds put their lives on the line to finish their mission.

Knock at the Cabin (2023)

Knock at the Cabin
63 %
r 100m
Genre Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Stars Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Perhaps there’s a knock, knock joke somewhere in the premise for Knock at the Cabin, but M. Night Shyamalan’s movies aren’t really built for humor. This story is about a young girl named Wen (Kristen Cui), and her two dads, Eric (Jonathan Groff) and Andrew (Ben Aldridge). Their idyllic vacation is cut short when four intruders hold them captive and make an incredible claim.

Leonard Brocht (Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista), Sabrina (Nikki Amuka-Bird), Redmond (Rupert Grint), and Adriane (Abby Quinn) really believe that the world will end if someone in Wen’s family isn’t sacrificed. And they’re willing to give their lives to prove it.

Babylon (2022)

60 %
r 189m
Genre Drama, Comedy
Stars Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Diego Calva
Directed by Damien Chazelle

Director Damien Chazelle (La La Land) took a big swing with Babylon, a high-budget period film set during Hollywood’s transition away from silent movies in the 1920s. Brad Pitt headlines the movie as Jack Conrad, an actor whose star power is on the wane as actress Nellie LaRoy (Barbie‘s Margot Robbie) lands her big break.

Manuel “Manny” Torres (Diego Calva) has Hollywood ambitions of his own, and he forges a connection with Nellie while riding his own wave of success in the studio system. But the path to fame is rocky, and Nellie may suffer a serious fall before ever fully achieving her dreams.

Till (2022)

79 %
pg-13 131m
Genre Drama, History
Stars Danielle Deadwyler, Jalyn Hall, Frankie Faison
Directed by Chinonye Chukwu

Till was largely overlooked by moviegoers in 2022 despite being a powerful look back at a very ugly period in our nation’s history. In 1955, a Black boy named Emmett Till (Jalyn Hall) allegedly whistles at a white woman, Carolyn Bryant (Haley Bennett). This quickly escalates out of control as Till was kidnapped, beaten, and lynched over the perceived offense.

Mamie Till (Danielle Deadwyler) is devastated at the loss of her son. Devastated and angry. Rather than letting Emmett’s death be buried, Mamie pushes to get justice for her murdered son, even when the law seemingly can’t hold his murderers accountable.

Once Bitten (1985)

Once Bitten
64 %
pg-13 94m
Genre Comedy, Horror, Romance
Stars Jim Carrey, Lauren Hutton, Karen Kopins
Directed by Howard Storm

A few years before he hit it big, a very young Jim Carrey headlined the horror comedy, Once Bitten. Within the film, Carrey portrays Mark Kendall, a high school student who is frustrated by his girlfriend, Robin Pierce (Karen Kopins), who doesn’t want to have sex with him.

That leaves an opening for the Countess (Lauren Hutton), a beautiful vampire who has to drink the blood of a virgin three times before Halloween in order to maintain her ageless beauty. Mark falls under the Countess’ spell far too easily, and Robin is alarmed to witness Mark’s strange and bizarre behavior as he slowly becomes a vampire.

A Quiet Place Part II (2021)

A Quiet Place Part II
71 %
pg-13 97m
Genre Science Fiction, Thriller, Horror
Stars Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds
Directed by John Krasinski

After the stunning success of A Quiet Place, director and star John Krasinski continued the story of the Abbot family in A Quiet Place Part II. Following the events of the first movie, Lee (Krasinski) is dead and his widow, Evelyn (Emily Blunt), is the only adult left who can protect their children, Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and Marcus (Noah Jupe).

When Evelyn and her kids encounter a family friend, Emmett (Cillian Murphy), they receive a clue that there may be a sanctuary where they can hide from the aliens that have invaded Earth. But even if the Abbots can reach safe haven, they may face threats from both the aliens and their fellow humans.

The Truman Show (1998)

The Truman Show
90 %
pg 103m
Genre Comedy, Drama
Stars Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich
Directed by Peter Weir

The Truman Show may be Jim Carrey’s best movie, and it’s a story that seems even more timely in the streaming age. Carrey plays Truman Burbank, a man who has been the star of his own TV show since the day he was born. However, no one has ever told Truman the truth, and everyone around him is an actor, including his wife, Hannah (Laura Linney).

Truman’s life is guided by the director, Christof (Ed Harris), a man who controls every aspect within a self-contained dome. But once Truman begins questioning the reality of his life, he’s willing to do anything to uncover the truth.

Interstellar (2014)

74 %
pg-13 169m
Genre Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction
Stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
Directed by Christopher Nolan

Director Christopher Nolan delivers again in Interstellar, one of the best sci-fi movies of the last decade. In the near future, Earth is dying and humanity desperately needs a new home. Former NASA pilot Joseph Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) reluctantly leaves his children, Murphy “Murph” Cooper (Mackenzie Foy) and Tom Cooper (Dune: Part Twos Timothée Chalamet), behind to join Dr. Amelia Brand (Anne Hathaway) on a search for an inhabitable world.

Unfortunately for Cooper, time passes differently for him in space as his children grow older on Earth. And if Cooper ever wants to make it back home, he needs to solve a scientific mystery that has haunted Murph (Jessica Chastain) for years.

Armageddon Time (2022)

Armageddon Time
74 %
r 114m
Genre Drama
Stars Banks Repeta, Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong
Directed by James Gray

Armageddon Time is a prestige drama that was released last year, and it takes place in 1980. The story focuses on Paul Graff (Banks Repeta), a young Jewish boy who befriends an African-American student named Johnny Davis (Jaylin Webb). When Paul and Johnny are caught breaking the rules at school, Paul’s parents, Esther (Anne Hathaway) and Irving Graff (Jeremy Strong), put him in a prep school.

While Paul and Johnny try to maintain their friendship, the former is stunned by the racism of his new classmates. Only Paul’s grandfather, Aaron Rabinowitz (Anthony Hopkins), argues that Paul should stand up for his friend. But as tragedy looms for this family, Paul will have to find his own way.

TÁR (2022)

92 %
r 158m
Genre Drama, Music
Stars Cate Blanchett, Nina Hoss, Noémie Merlant
Directed by Todd Field

In the movie that bears her name, Lydia Tár (Cate Blanchett) has all of the power and fame she could ever dream about. Tár reveals that Lydia has used her success as a composer and conductor to become a crossover celebrity with her own book and more trappings of fame.

Lydia even has a devoted wife, Sharon Goodnow (Nina Hoss), and they are raising a daughter named Petra (Mila Bogojevic). But that’s not enough for Lydia, and she uses and abuses her power to satisfy her own needs. As Lydia’s secrets begin to come back to haunt her, everything she has gained is on the verge of slipping away from her grasp.

Creed III (2023)

Creed III
73 %
pg-13 116m
Genre Drama, Action
Stars Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Jonathan Majors
Directed by Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan makes his directorial debut with Creed III, which theoretically could work as the end of the Rocky movies. At this point in his life, Adonis “Donnie” Creed (Jordan) has pretty much done everything he wanted in boxing, so he retires to spend more time with his wife, Bianca Taylor-Creed (Tessa Thompson), and their daughter, Amara (Mila Davis-Kent).

Unfortunately for Donnie, the good times end when his former friend, Damian “Diamond Dame” Anderson (Jonathan Majors), renters his life. Years ago, Dame was sent to prison, and it was largely Donnie’s fault. Now that Dame is back, he’s going to push Donnie until he gets the chance for payback in the ring. And this may not be a fight that Donnie can win.

Violent Night (2022)

Violent Night
55 %
r 112m
Genre Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Stars David Harbour, John Leguizamo, Beverly D'Angelo
Directed by Tommy Wirkola

Director Tommy Wirkola’s Violent Night is essentially Succession meets Die Hard on Christmas Eve with Santa Claus (David Harbour) as the unlikely action hero. This is the real Santa, and he’s just over Christmas at this point in his life. During a stop at the mansion of the insanely wealthy Gertrude (Beverly D’Angelo), Santa doesn’t even pay any attention to the rivalry between her adult children, Jason (Alex Hassell) and Alva (Edi Patterson).

However, Jason’s daughter, Trudy (Leah Brady), is a true believer in Christmas. And it’s for Trudy’s sake that Santa is spurred into action when this wealthy family is held hostage by a man calling himself Mr. Scrooge (John Leguizamo) and his Christmas-themed goons. Now it’s time for Santa to give these naughty criminals more than just a piece of coal.

Three Thousand Years of Longing (2022)

Three Thousand Years of Longing
60 %
r 108m
Genre Drama, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Stars Tilda Swinton, Idris Elba, Erdil Yaşaroğlu
Directed by George Miller

Literature is filled with stories about genies tricking mortals into making wishes that ultimately harm them. This is something that Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) is keenly aware of in Three Thousand Years of Longing. Alithea is an aging British scholar who hasn’t quite worked out what she wants from life. But Alithea isn’t sure she can believe what she sees and hears when she suddenly finds herself face-to-face with a real Djinn (Idris Elba) who wishes to be free from his enslavement.

To win Alithea’s trust and to entice her to make three wishes, the Djinn shares his centuries-long tale of heartbreak and desire. And much to Alithea’s surprise, this inspires her to make a major change in her life.

She Said (2022)

She Said
74 %
r 129m
Genre Drama, History
Stars Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kazan, Patricia Clarkson
Directed by Maria Schrader

She Said was a flop in theaters, but it appears to be finding its audience online now that it’s on Prime Video. Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan star as New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, respectively. And together, they’ve stumbled upon the story of a lifetime that can take down Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein (Mike Houston).

Despite Weinstein’s numerous victims over the decades, Twohey and Kantor have an extremely difficult time getting anyone to go on the record about his sexual misconduct. Even A-list actresses are reluctant to share their names. And when Weinstein learns about the report, he throws numerous obstacles into its path and tries to derail it. But this is the birth of a movement that not even Weinstein could stop.

Jurassic World Dominion (2022)

Jurassic World Dominion
38 %
pg-13 147m
Genre Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
Stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern
Directed by Colin Trevorrow

Jurassic World Dominion is the end of the Jurassic World trilogy, and the big attraction is the reunion of Jurassic Park’s Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), and Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) as they confront a potential ecological disaster that was engineered by Biosyn’s CEO Lewis Dodgson (Campbell Scott).

As for Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Clare Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), they have more personal stakes. Biosyn has kidnapped their adoptive daughter, Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon), and the offspring of Owen’s raptor, Blue. It’s going to take an Avengers-level team-up to solve this crisis.

Air (2023)

73 %
r 112m
Genre Drama, History
Stars Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman
Directed by Ben Affleck

Prepare for the origin story of Michael Jordan’s shoes. Don’t worry, Air is more compelling than it sounds. And while it is the story of how the Air Jordan sneakers came into being, it’s also the story of how executives at Nike realized that teaming up with Jordan was a once-in-a-generation opportunity. But first, they have to convince Jordan’s mother, Deloris Jordan (Viola Davis).

Ben Affleck directed the film and stars as Phil Knight, one of the co-founders of Nike. At Phil’s behest, talent scout Sonny Vaccaro (Matt Damon) is tasked with turning around the company’s basketball operation. And as soon as Nike gets behind the Jordan pitch, the future of the company is on the line.

Judy Blume Forever (2023)

Judy Blume Forever
77 %
Genre Documentary
Stars Judy Blume, Molly Ringwald, Lena Dunham
Directed by Davina Pardo, Leah Wolchok

Perhaps the most amazing thing about Amazon Studios’ new documentary Judy Blume Forever is that the author herself, Judy Blume, is not only still alive, but she was able to be an active participant in the movie. The film essentially tells her life story, often in her own words, as it chronicles her journey from a housewife to a beloved children’s author whose books are still widely read.

Several famous commentators also share their thoughts about Blume, including Molly Ringwald, Lena Dunham, Anna Konki, Samantha Bee, Mary H.K. Choi, and Jacqueline Woodson. But the ones who really stand out are the ordinary women whose lives were deeply touched by Blume and her stories.

Ticket to Paradise (2022)

Ticket to Paradise
50 %
pg-13 104m
Genre Romance, Comedy
Stars Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Kaitlyn Dever
Directed by Ol Parker

There’s a simple reason why Ticket To Paradise is such an effective romantic comedy. George Clooney and Julia Roberts are so comfortable together onscreen that you can almost believe that they were married at one point. In the film, they play David and Georgia Cotton, a divorced couple whose marriage fell apart two decades earlier.

Despite their lingering resentment towards each other, David and Georgia make a pact to break up the impromptu wedding of their daughter, Lily (Kaitlyn Dever), and her fiancé, Gede (Maxime Bouttier). And while David and Georgia plot together, the tropical setting and their renewed partnership reawaken the old feelings that they used to have.

Ticket to Paradise | Official Trailer [HD]

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
51 %
pg-13 136m
Genre Adventure, Science Fiction, Action
Stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen
Directed by Luc Besson

Did you know that Star Wars and dozens of other films were greatly influenced by the French sci-fi comic Valérian and Laureline by Pierre Christin? However, the comic didn’t make it to the big screen until director Luc Besson adapted it into Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. True to its title, the space station Alpha is indeed the product of aliens from thousands of worlds, and it is kept under the watchful eye of the United Human Federation.

Two of the station’s primary operatives, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne), try to keep the peace before they unknowingly stumble upon a conspiracy that could bring down Alpha itself. Laureline also has her hands full keeping Valerian’s amorous intentions toward her in check, even though his attraction to her isn’t one-sided.

Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

Top Gun: Maverick
78 %
pg-13 131m
Genre Action, Drama

It’s not an exaggeration to say that Top Gun: Maverick is the most popular movie of 2022 and one of biggest blockbusters in years. And after cleaning up at the box office, the Top Gun sequel is coming in for a landing on Prime Video. Tom Cruise reprises his role as Capt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a test pilot-turned-instructor who doesn’t quite have the same fire that he had in the ’80s.

While teaching the next generation of Top Gun pilots, Maverick also finds himself in conflict with one of his students, Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of his late friend, Nick “Goose” Bradshaw. However, Maverick and his pilots will need to find common ground as they are drawn into a new mission with high stakes and breathtaking flying sequences.

Top Gun: Maverick | NEW Official Trailer (2022 Movie) - Tom Cruise

Nope (2022)

77 %
r 130m
Genre Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction
Stars Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Brandon Perea
Directed by Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele’s latest film, Nope, is an impressive blend of sci-fi and horror. Siblings OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) and Em Haywood (Keke Palmer) are on the verge of selling their father’s horse ranch when they realize that a UFO appears to be hanging around their property and devouring horses. With the assistance of a Fry’s Electronics tech, Angel Torres (Brandon Perea), they attempt to record footage of the UFO as a way to get rich.

Unfortunately for the unlikely trio, the aforementioned UFO is far more dangerous than they initially realized. And it’s not what they expected at all. Nope made DT’s list of the best movies of 2022, and there’s a good reason why: it’s entertaining and smart, which is a rare combination in blockbuster movies these days.

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (2021)

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
63 %
Genre Drama, History, Comedy
Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy, Andrea Riseborough
Directed by Will Sharpe
Benedict Cumberbatch portrays turn-of-the-century English artist Louis Wain in this colorful biopic about the eccentric artist who famously made a name for himself with depictions of cats using bright, psychedelic colors and imagery. Cumberbatch is joined in the cast by Claire Foy (The Crown), who plays Wain’s wife, Emily.

I Want You Back (2022)

I Want You Back
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Charlie Day, Jenny Slate, Scott Eastwood
Directed by Jason Orley
This lighthearted romantic comedy casts Charlie Day and Jenny Slate as heartbroken strangers whose chance encounter after being dumped leads them to formulate a crazy plan: They’ll each attempt to infiltrate the life of the other’s ex-partner and break up their new relationship. Silly, edgy, and fueled by the stars’ wonderfully funny chemistry, the film also features some great supporting roles for Gina Rodriguez, Scott Eastwood, and Pete Davidson.

Somebody I Used to Know (2023)

Somebody I Used to Know
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars Alison Brie, Jay Ellis, Kiersey Clemons
Directed by Dave Franco
Dave Franco and Alison Brie team up for this romantic comedy that casts Brie as a workaholic television producer who decides to return to her hometown after suffering a professional setback. The film is directed by Franco and co-written by him and Brie, and has her character reconnecting with her currently engaged first love (Jay Ellis). Their reunion sets off a series of events that has everyone getting in touch with who they are and who they really want to be in life and love.

Clue (1985)

Genre Comedy, Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Stars Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Madeline Kahn
Directed by Jonathan Lynn
The perfect blend of mystery and comedy, Jonathan Lynn’s big-screen adaptation of the popular Parker Brothers board game brought an all-star cast together for a classic whodunit story. Seven strangers are invited to a creepy mansion, and when one of them dies, the hijinks begin as the colorful cast of characters attempts to figure out the identity of the murderer in their midst. Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn, Martin Mull, Michael McKean, and Lesley Ann Warren lead the cast of the film, which famously features a set of alternate endings that explore the night’s events from different characters’ perspectives.

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

Manchester by the Sea
Genre Drama
Directed by Kenneth Lonergan
Casey Affleck won an Academy Award for his performance in this powerful drama about a man forced to confront the sins — and tragedies — of his past when his older brother dies, leaving his teenage son orphaned. Praised for its thoughtful, emotional script and the performances of Affleck and supporting actress Michelle Williams, the film also earned director Kenneth Lonergan an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Good Night Oppy (2022)

Good Night Oppy
65 %
pg 105m
Genre Documentary
Stars Angela Bassett, Steve Squyres, Jennifer Trosper
Directed by Ryan White

In the same way that audiences fell in love with Pixar’s cute Wall•E, watching Good Night Oppy elicits a similar response, drawing you into the gushy human emotion surrounding a robot roaming Mars 50 million miles away. But that’s because this documentary is as much about the people at NASA that made the Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover mission possible as it is about the rover itself. Narrated by Black Panther: Wakanda Forevers Angela Basset, Good Night Oppy tells the inspiring story of Opportunity, a six-wheeled, solar-powered vehicle that touched down on the Red Planet in January of 2004 and was supposed to roam and explore the landscape for a pre-determined 90 days. But beyond anyone’s expectations, Oppy’s mission endured for nearly 15 years before going dark. Told through interviews with many of the scientists and engineers on the project, as well as archival footage, this is a feel-good doc not to be missed.

Good Night Oppy - Official Trailer | Prime Video

American Animals (2018)

American Animals
68 %
r 117m
Genre Drama, Crime, Documentary
Stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner
Directed by Bart Layton
You know a movie’s gonna be good when it’s based on a true story and it’s as crazy as this. Barry Keoghan (DunkirkThe Killing of a Sacred Deer) and Evan Peters (American Horror Story, WandaVision) star as Spencer Reinhard and Warren Lipka, two students in Kentucky who get the idea of stealing a handful of rare, valuable books from the Transylvania University library, including a first edition of James Audubon’s Birds of America, which would sell for millions if they were to snag it. Together with their friends Eric Borsuk (Jared Abrahamson) and Chas Allen (Blake Jenner), they hatch an insane plan involving dressing up like elderly businessmen and restraining the librarian to make off with the books. The fact that a movie was made about it perhaps gives some insight into whether they were successful or not, but it happened, it’s bananas, and we’re all delightfully entertained by it.

Catherine Called Birdy (2022)

Catherine Called Birdy
71 %
pg-13 108m
Genre Adventure, Comedy
Stars Bella Ramsey, Billie Piper, Andrew Scott
Directed by Lena Dunham
If you like sassy, era-crossing period content such as Netflix’s Enola Holmes and Apple TV Plus’ Dickinson, then this adventure comedy from Girls‘ Lena Dunham might be perfect for you. Based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Karen Cushman, this passion project for Dunham stars Game of Thrones‘ Bella Ramsay (who’s also starring as Ellie in the upcoming The Last of Us series), who became a fan favorite for her depiction of feisty Lyanna Mormont, as the titular Lady Catherine, aka “Birdy,” a teenager in Medieval England. When her father, Lord Rollo (Andrew Scott), tries to marry her off to a long list of suitors to prevent the family’s financial ruin, Birdy uses her wit and cunning to stave them off in a battle for her independence.

Thirteen Lives (2022)

Thirteen Lives
63 %
pg-13 147m
Genre Drama, Thriller
Stars Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton
Directed by Ron Howard
After practice on June 23, 2018, 12 boys aged 11 to 16, teammates of the Thai junior football team Wild Boars, and their assistant coach, went in to the scenic Tham Luang Nang Non cave in northern Thailand and were trapped after heavy rain flooded the caves. The massive rescue effort drew worldwide attention, as a team of international divers traversed several kilometers to bring the boys out. Thirteen Lives tells this intense, nail-biting story, with Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, and Joel Edgerton playing three of the heroic divers who risked their lives to bring the team and their coach to safety.
Thirteen Lives - Official Trailer | Prime Video

The Vast of Night (2019)

The Vast of Night
84 %
pg-13 91m
Genre Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
Stars Sierra McCormick, Jake Horowitz, Bruce Davis
Directed by Andrew Patterson
This nostalgic throwback to classic sci-fi thrillers follows a young switchboard operator and a radio DJ whose discovery of a mysterious audio frequency sets off a series of discoveries that lead them deep into the unknown. The Amazon Studios film is the directorial debut of Andrew Patterson and has earned high praise from critics and streaming audiences alike for its suspenseful, low-budget spin on the genre.

Sound of Metal (2020)

Sound of Metal
82 %
r 121m
Genre Drama, Music
Stars Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci
Directed by Darius Marder
Sound of Metal doesn’t mess around, getting straight to the intense and terrifying moments that Ruben (Riz Ahmed), a drummer in a heavy metal duo with his girlfriend (the wonderful Olivia Cooke), starts to lose his hearing. It’s the little things we take for granted that director/screenwriter Darius Marder zeroes in on in the film’s opening minutes — the excruciating silence of a blender, the subtle drip of percolating coffee, or the shushing spray of a showerhead — all gone. But Sound of Metal isn’t about deafness, it’s a story about change and the journey we must take to embrace it, as Ruben enters a facility to help him learn to live with his deafness while also avoiding a relapse into his old life of drug abuse. It’s a beautiful film about life-changing loss and redemption and shouldn’t be missed.

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