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The 70 best movies on Amazon Prime Video (September 2022)

Finding the best movies on Amazon Prime Video can be a hair-pulling experience when you consider the sheer glut of weird and (often) wonderful movie titles lurking in its cavernous 7,000-plus catalog. It truly is awe-inspiring once you get scrolling, with films spanning nearly 100 years and covering every conceivable genre. Well, consider us your hardhat and headlamp (are we laying this caving analogy on too thick?) as we explore the depths for you each week to find the best movies the streaming service has to offer. We update this post weekly, so check back often. For a full roundup of everything new to Amazon Prime Video this month, check out Rick Marshall’s list as well.

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+.

Heathers (1989) new
72 %
r 103m
Genre Comedy, Crime
Stars Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty
Directed by Michael Lehmann
In the ’80s and ’90s, no one did “rebellious teen” like Christian Slater and Winona Ryder, and their dark-as-hell 1988 black comedy Heathers is exhibit A. The antithesis of John Hughes’ cheerier fare, Heathers turns the high-school clique trope on its head. Veronica Sawyer (Ryder) is part of her Ohio school’s popular crew, along with the Heathers three: Duke (Shannen Doherty), McNamara (Lisanne Falk), and clique leader, Chandler (Kim Walker). Veronica has had it with the mean-girls act, but when she falls hard for the broody new kid, J.D. (Slater), she learns just how dark and rebellious he can be when the Heathers start turning up dead. 
Train to Busan (2016) new
Train to Busan
73 %
Genre Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction, Action
Stars Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-seok
Directed by Yeon Sang-ho
Zombie apocalypse movies and TV shows come and go (and some stay way, way too long — The Walking Dead, we’re looking at you), but some are so good and unique that they linger in your psyche. South Korea’s Train to Busan is one such memorable film. It tells the story of divorced father Seok-woo (Gong Yoo), whose work-obsessed lifestyle is taking its toll on his young daughter, Su-an (Su-an Kim), so the pair board a train from Seoul to Busan to visit Su-an’s mother. But wouldn’t you know it, all hell breaks loose when a strange virus suddenly grips the country, turning everyone infected into frenzied, blood-hungry zombies … and it’s found its way onto the train. With some absolutely stunning action sequences, Train to Busan not only explores the chaos of everyone-for-themselves mass hysteria but also how humans band together when in need.  
The Blair Witch Project (1999) new
The Blair Witch Project
81 %
r 81m
Genre Horror, Mystery
Stars Rei Hance, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard
Directed by Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

When I saw The Blair Witch Project in the theaters in 1999, one of my friends threw up in the aisle. Was there beer involved? Most definitely. But the queasiness had less to do with that than the jarring, shaky nature of the hand-held filming style that this found-footage indie horror was shot in. A sleeper hit made on a shoestring, The Blair Witch Project is, as far as the audience is concerned, a film put together with the recovered footage found in the woods of Maryland’s Black Hills a year after three student filmmakers, Heather, Michael, and Joshua, disappeared while making a documentary about the fabled Blair Witch. Its haunting scenes string together the mystery, and panic and dissent wriggle their way into the group as they get lost in the woods. Is there really a Blair Witch? Or are they their own worst nightmare?

Let the Right One In (2008) new
Let the Right One In
82 %
r 115m
Genre Horror, Drama
Stars Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar
Directed by Tomas Alfredson
Based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Swedish horror author John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In is one of the most unique vampire movies ever made. It’s a dark story of love and acceptance under macabre circumstances, but it’s oddly touching nonetheless. Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) is a 12-year-old boy who is bullied relentlessly at school. He lives with his mother in a duplex in suburban Sweden. Eli (Lina Leandersson) is a pale, peculiar girl who only visits Oskar at night, and the pair develop a close bond. While Oskar plots his revenge on his classmates, strange, gruesome murders start happening in the neighborhood, which Eli, who is much more than she appears to be, may have something to do with. This film is in Swedish with English subtitles.
An American Werewolf in London (1981) new
An American Werewolf in London
55 %
r 97m
Genre Horror, Comedy
Stars David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne
Directed by John Landis
If you had to choose one werewolf movie to watch in your entire life, it’s this one. A horror cult classic, legendary writer-director John Landis (Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Coming to America) used some of the era’s best makeup and special effects artists to bring to life this story of American tourists David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne), who are traveling the English countryside when they’re attacked by a wolf-like creature in the night. Jack is killed, but David survives, only to discover that he is turning into a vicious lycanthrope that will unleash unspeakable horrors come the next full moon. Jack, who appears to David in visions as a decayed corpse, tells David that he must die to end the werewolf cycle, but David’s fallen in love with Alex (Jenny Agutter) and must find another way to break the curse — and stop killing basically everyone he comes across in London.
Role Models (2008) new
Role Models
61 %
r 99m
Genre Comedy
Stars Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks
Directed by David Wain
OK, so it’s no I Love You, Man, but Role Models is still Paul Rudd-adorable, and with all the R-rated hilarity we’ve come to expect from the one-time Sexiest Man Alive. In this classic redemption comedy, Rudd and Seann William Scott star as Danny and Wheeler, respectively, a couple of man-child losers faced with jail time if they don’t put in some community service hours with the local Big Brothers-style organization, Sturdy Wings. Danny is paired with the medieval LARP-obsessed Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), while Wheeler must mentor the vulgar Ronnie (Bobb’e J. Thompson), who can’t stop looking at girls’ boobs. Will Danny and Wheeler learn something valuable from their “littles” and avoid jail time? Will Danny win back his girlfriend Beth (Elizabeth Banks)? This film is worth it just for Rudd’s meme-worthy coffee shop scene where he destroys the barista over their ridiculous size naming conventions.
Hard Eight (1997) new
Hard Eight
78 %
r 102m
Genre Drama, Crime
Stars Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson’s feature film directorial debut is one of those dark and mounting crime dramas where you know something bad is hiding in plain sight, but you’re not quite sure what it is. An expansion of Anderson’s Cigarettes and Coffee short film, the late Philip Baker Hall (who passed away earlier this summer) stars as Sydney, a seasoned professional gambler who has raised John (John C. Reilly) up from homelessness to become his protégé in Reno. Things go off the rails when John impulsively marries Clementine (Gwyneth Paltrow), a prostitute, and the pair find themselves in trouble after one of Clementine’s clients doesn’t pay up. Samuel L. Jackson costars as John’s friend Jimmy, who knows some of Sydney’s dark secrets.
Legally Blonde (2001) new
Legally Blonde
59 %
pg-13 96m
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Matthew Davis
Directed by Robert Luketic
Don’t make the mistake of underestimating Legally Blonde like the classmates, and even the faculty, of Harvard Law School did with Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) in this genre-defining comedy. The sorority girl and fashionista appears, on the outside, to be nothing more than a stereotypical blonde bimbo. But when Elle follows her aspiring politician ex-boyfriend, Warner Huntington III (Matthew Davis), to the prestigious school to prove to him that she has the smarts to be with him, she not only proves to everyone that looks can be deceiving but happens to find her true calling in the world of law along the way. Luke Wilson and Jennifer Coolidge also star in this 2001 classic, as well as the 2003 sequel, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, which is also streaming on Prime Video.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Silence of the Lambs
85 %
r 119m
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Stars Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn
Directed by Jonathan Demme

In 1992, The Silence of the Lambs was it, the biggest movie of the year, sweeping all the major categories at the Academy Awards, including Best Actor, Actress, Director, Screenplay, and Picture, setting up jokes about fava beans and chianti till the end of time. Directed by Jonathan Demme and based on the chilling novel by Thomas Harris, The Silence of the Lambs shadows soon-to-be FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) as she is yanked from the academy to interview former psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Sir Anthony Hopkins), a convicted serial killer and cannibal who is locked up at a Baltimore hospital for the criminally insane. A trainee in the behavioral science unit, the FBI hopes Clarice can convince Lecter to help them find and capture Buffalo Bill, a serial killer on the loose who’s been abducting young women. But Lecter’s quid-pro-quo mind games with Clarice press the young agent to give up her innermost secrets in return.

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
How to Train Your Dragon
75 %
Genre Fantasy, Adventure, Animation, Family
Stars Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson
Directed by Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
Not every DreamWorks animated film is an instant classic, but How to Train Your Dragon lives up to the hype and exceeds it. Based on a book with the same name, How to Train Your Dragon follows a young Viking boy named Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) as he realizes that dragons can be partners to humanity instead of their deadly enemies. By a process of experimentation and several leaps of trust, Hiccup trains and bonds with a small dragon named Toothless, which ultimately changes his world forever. The stunning animation is still stunning a decade after this film came out. It spawned a franchise, but this is still the best movie in the trilogy.

Weekend at Bernie's (1989)
Weekend at Bernie's
32 %
pg-13 97m
Genre Comedy, Crime
Stars Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Catherine Mary Stewart
Directed by Ted Kotcheff

Sure, actors like Brando, Denzel, Pacino, and Day-Lewis are thespians of the highest order, commanding audiences with nuclear-strength dramatic skill. It is known. But no one, I mean no one, plays dead like Terry Kiser. In this classic ’80s comedy, Larry (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard (Jonathan Silverman) are two corporate-climbing financial bros desperate to impress their boss, Bernie Lomax (Kiser). When Bernie invites them to his swanky Hamptons beach house for the weekend, the boys see it as their big chance. But things get, um, weird when Larry and Richard arrive to find Bernie dead, the apparent victim of a mob hit. In an attempt to not let Bernie’s rigor mortis stand in the way of their good time (and not be suspected of his killing), the guys throw a hat and sunglasses on the corpse in a hilariously-morbid marionette act to buy them some time to figure things out. To say that Kiser’s performance is stiff is an understatement, but in the best possible way.

Skyfall (2012)
81 %
pg-13 143m
Genre Action, Adventure, Thriller
Stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem
Directed by Sam Mendes
2012’s Skyfall kicks things off with one hell of an opening action sequence, complete with helicopters, dirt bikes, and a crazy train-top fight through the mountain passes of Istanbul in which our hero, secret agent James Bond (Daniel Craig), is seemingly killed. Whew. One of the best of Craig’s 007 tenure, Skyfall pretty much keeps this pace throughout, as the past mistakes of MI6 director M (Judi Dench) catch up with her, compromising agents and the entire organization. With a new intelligence head installed (Ralph Fiennes) and M banished, she turns to Bond, Miss Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), and the gadgetry of Q (Ben Whishaw) to help get to the bottom of things, which leads them to the sinister Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), who has a dark past of his own.

Fight Club (1999)
Fight Club
66 %
r 139m
Genre Drama
Stars Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter
Directed by David Fincher
When David Fincher’s Fight Club punched its way into the mainstream at the turn of the millennium, it fed directly into the psyche of post-’90s dudes still raging against the machine and grappling with their life choices to sit in a cubicle for eight hours a day. Edward Norton’s narrator is one such minion, stuck in a dead-end job with a boss he hates and so broken that he becomes a support-group tourist just to treat his unrelenting insomnia. Until he meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), a slightly unhinged soap salesman who teaches our unnamed narrator how to break free of the corporate machine, shed his capitalistic belongings, and feel again. How do they achieve this enlightenment? We can’t really talk about it, but it involves angsty men beating each other bloody in the basement of a bar. This organized underground club for fighting that the pair creates spreads like wildfire across the country and quickly spirals out of control as Tyler’s anarchist agenda threatens to go too far.
Fight Club (1999) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers

Crazy Heart (2009)
Crazy Heart
83 %
Genre Drama, Music, Romance
Stars Jeff Bridges, Colin Farrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Directed by Scott Cooper
Jeff Bridges snagged his one and only Oscar win (among seven noms) for his performance in this 2009 drama as Otis “Bad” Blake, a washed-up country music star in the twilight of his life living at the bottom of a bottle. When a young music journalist named Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal) arrives on the scene to interview Blake, it sparks a romance that inspires him to clean up his act and start writing music again. Colin Farrell is also impressive as Tommy Sweet, a country singer and former pupil of Blake’s whose star is on the rise and who gives Blake chance to write for him. But old habits die hard for the weathered troubadour in this booze- and ballad-soaked tear-jerker of a film about the hard road to redemption.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
92 %
pg-13 179m
Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Action
Stars Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen
Directed by Peter Jackson
Prepare yourself for Amazon’s new original Tolkien series The Rings of Power by reminding yourself how epic Peter Jackson’s trilogy from 2001 to 2003 was, all of which are streaming on Prime Video right now. The journey kicks off with The Fellowship of the Ring, in which young hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) is entrusted with the mysterious One Ring, an all-powerful ring that, if it returns to its evil owner, Sauron, he’ll use it to usher Middle Earth into an era of darkness and destruction. Frodo’s got some backup on his journey to destroy the ring in the fires of Mount Doom, though, not just from his hobbit friends, but from a fellowship of protectors from across the land, including the ranger Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Legolas the elf (Orlando Bloom), Gimli the dwarf (John Rhys-Davies), and the wizard Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen). Follow this up with The Two Towers and The Return of the King and consider your oath fulfilled.
Leaving Las Vegas (1995) new
Leaving Las Vegas
82 %
r 111m
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue, Julian Sands
Directed by Mike Figgis
If your only point of reference to Nicolas Cage is Andy Samberg’s hilarious impersonation on SNL, the National Treasure films, or even Cage’s own sendup of himself in the excellent The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, then get ready to have that notion destroyed. Cage deservedly won the Best Actor Oscar for his role as alcoholic screenwriter Ben Sanderson, whose life and career are at rock bottom, so he heads to Las Vegas to literally drink himself to death. There he meets a beautiful prostitute, Sera (Elisabeth Shue), and the two enter into a unique agreement to not judge or interfere with each other’s life choices. But Ben’s dark downward spiral proves even too dark for Sera as she struggles with her respect for his wishes and her growing feelings for him. Shue also received a Best Actress nod from the Academy for her superb performance, as did director/screenwriter Mike Figgis.
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 Lost City (2022)
The Lost City
60 %
pg-13 112m
Genre Action, Adventure, Comedy
Stars Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe
Directed by Adam Nee, Aaron Nee
The Lost City is a throwback to a genre of cheesy ’80s adventure rom-coms that are easy to watch, full of beautiful locales, and feature movie stars who are easy on the eyes. Taking more than a few cues from the Kathleen Turner/Michael Douglas romp Romancing the Stone, Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum embody this film’s main characters as famous romance-adventure novelist Loretta Sage and her Fabio-like cover hunk Alan Caprison. But there’s more to Loretta’s writing than steamy love scenes, as her books may contain some real clues to the whereabouts of a priceless archaeological treasure, one that the sinister collector Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe) will stop at nothing to find, including kidnapping Loretta to help him. 
The Lost City | Official Trailer (2022 Movie) – Paramount Pictures
Licorice Pizza (2021)
Licorice Pizza
90 %
r 133m
Genre Drama, Comedy
Stars Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
The fact that this is a Paul Thomas Anderson film should really tell you all you need to know (just watch it), but here goes: In this Oscar-nominated, coming-of-age comedic drama, Alana Haim (of American indie rockers Haim, who’ve had several music videos directed by Anderson) makes her film debut as Alana Kane, a young woman who finds herself reluctantly falling in love with the much younger Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman, son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, whom Anderson worked with on several films), a 15-year-old actor. In true PTA fashion, the film is full of delightfully funny and quirky moments and characters as Alana and Gary traipse around the San Fernando Valley flirting, trying to make each other jealous, starting businesses together, and interacting with an ensemble cast of characters played by Sean Penn, Bradley Cooper, Tom Waits, and others — you know, normal Paul Thomas Anderson stuff.
Serpico (1973)
81 %
r 130m
Genre Crime, History
Stars Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet’s classic biographical cop drama comes to Prime Video this month and it shouldn’t be missed if you want to see the performance that galvanized Al Pacino as a legit movie star. Adapted from Peter Maas’ biography of the same name, Serpico tells the true story of NYPD detective Frank Serpico (Pacino), a good cop at a time when corruption ran rampant in the department. Frank’s unwillingness to fall in line often made him the target of his colleagues, who’d frequently send him into harm’s way, especially after he blows the whistle on the racket. Frank’s actions lead to the founding of the Knapp Commission, a massive investigation to take the whole thing down.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
The Devil Wears Prada
62 %
pg-13 109m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt
Directed by David Frankel
Ah, magazines, remember them? Back in the day, young, aspiring journalists would climb over each other to land coveted internships at prestige publications, often to find themselves being nothing more than gofers for some top dog. Well, that’s more or less the premise of The Devil Wears Prada, where Anne Hathaway stars as Andy, a talented journalism school grad aiming well below her abilities who finds herself swept up in the glamorous world of Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), the Anna Wintour-esque editor-in-chief of fashion-elite Runway magazine. Call it a cautionary find-yourself tale, as Andy must learn what’s more important to her — success at all costs or the people she cares about most. Emily Blunt co-stars as Andy’s feisty competition, Emily, and Stanley Tucci is amazing as Miranda’s under-appreciated art director Nigel.
Neil Young - Heart of Gold (2006)
Neil Young - Heart of Gold
85 %
pg 99m
Genre Documentary, Music
Stars Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ben Keith
Directed by Jonathan Demme
As a feature filmmaker, Jonathan Demme is more widely known for his huge blockbuster hits, such as Philadelphia and The Silence of the Lambs (for which he won a Best Director Oscar). But Demme’s career is also full of short films and documentaries about a wide range of bands and musicians, ranging from Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads to UB40, New Order, and Bruce Springsteen. In 2006, Demme went at it again, this time documenting legendary Canadian-American musician Neil Young during a two-night stint at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Largely a beautifully-shot concert film in which Young performs some of his greatest hits, like Harvest Moon, Far From Home, and Heart of Gold, the film also mixes in some fascinating interview footage with Young and his band as well as some rare performances.
The Fighter (2010)
The Fighter
79 %
r 116m
Genre Drama
Stars Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams
Directed by David O. Russell
Christian Bale and Melissa Leo both won Oscars for their supporting roles in this 2010 action biopic about the real-life story of Lowell, Massachusetts welterweight boxer Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg). After a devastating loss, Micky contemplates hanging up his gloves as his relationship with Charlene (Amy Adams) gets stronger and a rift between his mother/manager (Leo) and troubled half-brother/trainer Dicky (Bale) grows. Micky gets a second chance with a new team away form his dysfunctional family, and mounts a comeback and prepares for a title shot. But in this uplifting tale of redemption, can Micky do it without his family?
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
The Talented Mr. Ripley
76 %
r 139m
Genre Thriller, Crime, Drama
Stars Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law
Directed by Anthony Minghella

Based on the popular 1955 novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr. Ripley is a chilling crime thriller about stolen identity that’s beautifully shot by director-screenwriter Anthony Minghella is some of the most beautiful and exotic places on earth, almost as if to balance out the evil being committed. Matt Damon is Tom Ripley, a New York City social climber who’s sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law), the spoon-fed son of a wealthy shipping magnate who’s been dodging returning home to join the family business. But when Tom gets a taste of Dickie’s lavish lifestyle and beautiful friends (including Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett), he devises a more sinister plot.

Office Space (1999)
Office Space
68 %
r 89m
Genre Comedy
Stars Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman
Directed by Mike Judge
Okay, so we know that Apple TV’s Severance has taken the office space to a whole weirder level, but more than 20 years ago Mike Judge (Beavis and Butthead, Silicon ValleyIdiocracy) nailed the drudgery of office culture right on the malfunctioning printer with this classic workplace comedy. Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) is a disgruntled software programmer at the vapid and grey-cubicled company Initech, where he works and commiserates with his work friends Samir Nagheenanajar and Michael Bolton (no relation). In the middle of a hypnotherapy session to get him out of his funk, the doctor keels over and dies, leaving Peter stuck in a permanent state of blissful don’t-give-a-shit-ness, that he brings with him to the office with joyful audacity — he even finds the courage to ask out the cute waitress at the nearby restaurant (Jennifer Aniston) he’s had a crush on. But things get out of hand when Peter, Samir, and Michael’s scheme to bilk Initech out of thousands of dollars backfires leaving them all fearing for their futures.

Gladiator (2000)
67 %
r 155m
Genre Action, Drama, Adventure
Stars Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen
Directed by Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott’s epic Roman action drama was a powerhouse in 2000, raking in 12 Oscar noms and five wins, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe. A ripped Crowe stars as Maximus Decimus Meridius, the celebrated general of emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris), whose demented son, Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), murders him to take the throne. Commodus orders the death of Maximus and his family, but Maximus escapes, however not in time to save his wife and son. Exiled and thought dead, Maximus is sold to slavers where he is forced to fight for his freedom as a gladiator, which eventually brings him back to Rome where he might get his chance to exact his revenge on Commodus.

WarGames (1983)
77 %
pg 114m
Genre Action
Stars Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood
Directed by John Badham
In 1983, the United States and Soviet Union were still locked in the throes of the Cold War, where the world was living in the shadow of the threat of nuclear war. WarGames was one of several politically poignant films of the era, attempting to underscore the futility of nuclear war and also introducing some of the earliest nods to artificial intelligence, hacker culture, and its role in global threats. In his first starring role, Matthew Broderick plays high school hacker David Lightman, whose proficiency with computers not only gets him into his school’s system to change his grades but accidentally finds him connected to NORAD’s supercomputer, WOPR (War Operation Plan Response), with which David starts a seemingly innocent game of “Global Thermonuclear War.” All seems fun until everyone realizes that WOPR thinks it’s real, and David, with the help of his friend Jennifer (Ally Sheedy) and WOPR’s original architect, Stephen Falken (John Wood), must teach the computer that no one wins in nuclear war.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
61 %
pg-13 119m
Genre Comedy
Stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd
Directed by Adam McKay

You really can’t go wrong when the top-billed cast of the comedy you’re watching is Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner. In this sequel to 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Ron (Ferrell) and his dimwitted news team are back in the spotlight after making a splash on New York’s first 24-hour news channel, GNN. But Ron’s got problems: His marriage to Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) is on the rocks after she, again, one-ups him for a prestigious anchor position on the nightly news, and his ego is so bruised he’s neglecting their son; he’s got stiff competition from the dashing Jack Lime (James Marsden); and he goes blind. All in a day’s work for Ron Burgundy.

No Time to Die (2021)
No Time to Die
68 %
pg-13 163m
Genre Adventure, Action, Thriller
Stars Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Rami Malek
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga
It seemed as though Daniel Craig’s final romp as the world’s most famous secret agent would never arrive after being delayed by the pandemic. And while it isn’t the best of Craig’s five films, it is a satisfying denouement for fans of the franchise. After the events of Spectre, Bond has retired from the double-o life in Jamaica, until his old CIA pal Felix (Jeffrey Wright) drags him back in to the life, which puts him up against his old MI6 associates, including the new 007, Nomi (Lashana Lynch). Of course, their investigating uncovers a nefarious plan by a sinister villain (Rami Malik), and along the way, some secrets about Bond’s lover, Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), including one that will drastically change Bond’s priorities forever.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
77 %
pg 82m
Genre Documentary
Stars Jiro Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Yoshikazu Ono
Directed by David Gelb
This is a beautiful and often frustrating documentary about Japan’s Jiro Ono, considered to be the greatest sushi chef who ever lived. We say “frustrating” for a couple of reasons: One, because of Jiro’s relentless and obsessive pursuit of perfection, it’s sometimes hard to watch someone create such mind-boggling dishes that are at the peak of the industry (his Toyko restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, was the first sushi restaurant in the world to achieve three Michelin stars), yet still seem unfulfilled — perhaps that’s what makes him so great, though. The second frustrating point about the critically-acclaimed film is that it makes you want to eat everything on the screen, but you can’t. All jokes aside, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a sweetly-told story of the then 85-year-old Jiro (he’s 96 now), his life and career, and the legacy that his two sushi chef sons, Yoshikazu and Takashi Ono, must take up and continue while carving their own paths as well.

Tombstone (1993)
50 %
r 130m
Genre Western, Action
Stars Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott
Directed by George P. Cosmatos
With all the hype surrounding the upcoming jet fest that is Top Gun: Maverick and the anticipation of Val Kilmer’s reprisal of his iconic Iceman character, it got us thinking about one of Kilmer’s other most notable roles as the gun-slinging Doc Holiday in this 1993 Western. Kurt Russell stars as retired lawman Wyatt Earp who is dragged back into the law enforcement racket after one of his sons is killed and the other left handicapped by an outlaw gang led by Curly Bill Brocius (Powers Boothe). With the help of his longtime friend Holiday, Earp dons the U.S. Marshall’s badge again to exact his revenge.

Emergency (2022)
73 %
r 105m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Stars Donald Watkins, RJ Cyler, Sebastian Chacon
Directed by Carey Williams
Sadly, in our racially-inequitable society, the truth often takes a back seat to the way things look, and for college students Kunle (Donald Elise Watkins), his best friend, Sean (RJ Cyler), and their roommate Carlos (Sebastian Chacon), things look bad. During a night of epic Spring Break partying, Kunle and Sean return to their room to find a drunk, semi-conscious white girl on their living room floor, while an oblivious Carlos is in his room gaming. Do they call the police? As Sean astutely points out, “they’re just going to see three brown guys hanging over this little white girl.” What follows is a darkly funny and suspenseful string of events as the boys try to get the girl to the hospital. [/dt_media
Saint Maud (2020)
Saint Maud
83 %
r 85m
Genre Drama, Horror, Mystery
Stars Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle, Lily Frazer
Directed by Rose Glass
Save this one for a weekend night without the kids. Welsh newcomer Morfyyd Clark is chilling as Maud, a young nurse with a dark past and an unsettling devotion to God. When Maud takes a job as a hospice nurse to Amanda (Jennifer Ehle), a once vibrant and celebrated dancer dying from cancer, Maud takes it upon herself to save Amanda’s soul. The reclusive and defiant Amanda isn’t having any of Maud’s religious nonsense, which might just be Amanda’s undoing as Maud descends further into Exorcist-level madness. A remarkable first feature for writer-director Rose Glass, Saint Maud has garnered rave reviews, netting two BAFTA award nominations and two Independent Film Awards wins in 2021.

Troll Hunter (2010)
Troll Hunter
61 %
pg-13 103m
Genre Fantasy, Horror
Stars Otto Jespersen, Glenn Erland Tosterud, Johanna Mørck
Directed by André Øvredal
Trolls are real! At least that is what a group of Volda University student filmmakers (Thomas, Johanna, and cameraman Kalle) discover when they venture into the wilds of Norway to investigate some recent bear poachings. There, they meet the mysterious Hans (Otto Jespersen), who turns out to have a very specific set of skills — he’s a troll hunter, employed by a clandestine Norwegian government agency to hunt down the very real mythical giants and three-headed monsters. Cleverly presented as a Blair Witch-style found-footage documentary, the English-subtitled Troll Hunter is “pieced together” in a “rough cut” of a film that documents the three filmmakers’ journey. It’s a delightfully scary, and oftentimes funny, horror full of jumpy camera footage, terrifying night vision scenes, and some amazing digitally created creatures.

All the Old Knives (2022)
All the Old Knives
62 %
r 102m
Genre Thriller, Action
Stars Chris Pine, Thandiwe Newton, Jonathan Pryce
Directed by Janus Metz Pedersen
Chris Pine and Thandie Newton steam things up in this spy thriller about two CIA operatives who meet again years after the events of a job they did together in Vienna, where they were not only colleagues but lovers as well. Some new information about a potential mole in the operation, which surrounds the events of a terrorist hijacking, materializes, and Henry (Pine) and Celia (Newton) are forced to recount the operation, as well as their love affair, to get to the truth about both. Told in flashback scenes and filled with all the intense spy stuff you’d expect from bestselling espionage novelist Olen Steinhauer (The Tourist, Berlin Station), we’re along for the ride as we try to figure out for ourselves who the mole is — is it Celia? Is it Henry? Were they playing each other the whole time, or was it real? All the Old Knives also stars the excellent Laurence Fishburne and Jonathan Pryce.
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.
Raging Bull (1980)
Raging Bull
89 %
r 129m
Genre Drama, History
Stars Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorcese’s Raging Bull is a stunning, gritty piece of iconic cinema that tells the tumultuous story of real-life middleweight boxer Jake La Motta (Robert Deniro). Based on La Motta’s own 1970 memoir, Raging Bull: My Story, the film shadows the violent, unhinged man whose fits of uncontrolled rage were as prevalent outside of the ring as they were in it. De Niro won his second Oscar for his performance as La Motta, whose jealousy and paranoia destroyed his marriage to his wife Vickie (Cathy Moriarty), his relationship with his brother Joey (Joe Pesci), and landed him in trouble with the law and the Mob. It’s a powerful character study that’s less about boxing and more about the destructive life and downfall of a troubled man.   
Master (2022)
66 %
r 99m
Genre Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Stars Regina Hall, Zoe Renee, Talia Ryder
Directed by Mariama Diallo

Regina Hall (Nine Perfect StrangersInsecure) stars in this social thriller/horror about an elite New England university that’s as old as the country itself and has just as many dark secrets. Hall plays Gail Bishop, the school’s new headmaster and the first Black person to hold the position. A Black student, Jasmine Moore (Zoe Renee), arrives as a freshman and is soon subjected to anonymous racist attacks that she is convinced are being done by an ancient presence from the school’s past — turns out the school was built on the site of some Salem-era witch trials. As Gail and Jasmine learn to navigate the school’s elite politics and privilege, they uncover the truth about the school and just how tied to its past it really is.

Master - Official Trailer | Prime Video
Blackfish (2013)
83 %
pg-13 83m
Genre Documentary
Stars Dean Gomersall, Samantha Berg, John Jett
Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Documentary filmmaking’s power as an agent of awareness and societal change is undeniable, and those making them with passion and determination should be applauded. Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s unsettling but eye-opening documentary, Blackfish, shines a light on the controversial practice of holding killer whales in captivity, highlighting the story of one animal in particular, Tilikum, a performing Orca at SeaWorld Orland, who was responsible for the deaths of three humans between 1991 and 2010. Cowperthwaite’s documentary tracks Tilikum’s life from his capture in the wilds of Iceland (which is recalled with poignant emotion and regret by one of its participants) and advocates that Orcas are intelligent, sentient beings that should not be living in tanks and used for human entertainment. 
Blackfish Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Documentary Movie HD
Lucy and Desi (2022)
Lucy and Desi
73 %
pg 102m
Genre Documentary
Stars Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Lucie Arnaz
Directed by Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler’s stunning love letter to legendary television power couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz digs deep with Poehler gaining access to some never-before-seen footage of the pair to help tell the incredible story of their rise to entertainment royalty. Poehler’s documentary feels as though it’s being narrated by Lucy and Desi themselves, with the help of rare home movies and cassette audiotapes the couple made over the years, and insightful and touching interviews with, among others, their daughter Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, Desi Arnaz Jr., Norman Lear, Carol Burnett, Charo, and Bette Midler. Lucy and Desi is a timeline of a remarkable legacy that spans from their early days in show business and their marriage, through the transition from radio to TV, the creation and explosive success of I Love Lucy and their production company, Desilu, to their eventual divorce. It even touches on the difficult period in Lucy’s life where she was accused of being a member of the Communist party. And if Poehler’s superb film isn’t enough Lucy and Desi for you, Amazon is also home to Aaron Sorkin’s excellent dramatized film Being the Ricardos, starring Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem.
Lucy and Desi - Official Trailer | Prime Video
I Want You Back (2022)
I Want You Back
61 %
r 111m
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Jenny Slate, Charlie Day, Scott Eastwood
Directed by Jason Orley
Sometimes a good romantic comedy is just the kind of light fare you need for a chill weekend evening. I Want You Back is a new Amazon Original that checks all the rom-com boxes. Peter (Charlie Day) and Emma (Jenny Slate) are heartbroken strangers who meet when they’ve both just been dumped by their respective partners who have moved on. Down in the dumps, Peter and Emma become friends and commiserate over drinks, which, in pure rom-com fashion, hatches into a scheme to infiltrate and break up their exes’ new relationships and win them back. I Want You Back is a fun, edgy-at-times rom-com of “the love you’re looking for is right in front of your face” variety, but Day and Slate have great on-screen chemistry, and the film’s supporting cast, including Gina Rodriguez, Scott Eastwood, and Pete Davidson, make for a fun ride.    
The Terminator (1984)
The Terminator
84 %
r 108m
Genre Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
Stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn
Directed by James Cameron
Long before James Cameron sank the Titanic and started dreaming up distant worlds with cool blue warriors fighting off Big Unobtanium, he already had a whole other post-apocalyptic world under his belt with the Terminator franchise. And this is the one that started it all. In a future where artificial intelligence has turned against humanity, sparking an all-out man-versus-machine war, the machines turn to time travel to gain the upper hand. When an unstoppable Terminator cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is sent back in time from 2029 (doesn’t seem that far away now) to 1984 to preemptively kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), the mother of future freedom fighter John Connor, the resistance sends one of their own, Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), to protect Sarah and stop the metal killing machine. This one is classic ’80s sci-fi and shouldn’t be missed.
Train to Busan (2016)
Train to Busan
73 %
r 118m
Genre Action, Horror, Thriller
Stars Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-seok
Directed by Yeon Sang-ho
Korean horror movies are a special kind of scary. They range from deeply psychological to disturbingly supernatural to freaky monsters and beyond. Train to Busan is unique in that it adds a bullet train to the mix — a bullet train full of zombies. Seok-woo (Gong Yoo) is a businessman and divorced father in Seoul who is attempting to get his young daughter, Soo-an (Su-an Kim), home to her mother in Busan. It’s just a two-hour trip, but when an apocalyptic zombie outbreak starts rapidly spreading across the country, all hell breaks loose. It starts with one infected passenger making it on the train, and before you know it, it’s overrun with flesh-hungry walkers. With passengers quarantined in the front and back cars of the zombie-filled train, Seok-woo, Soo-an, and a handful of other passengers band together to make it to Busan alive — or, rather, un-un-dead.
Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (2022)
Hotel Transylvania: Transformania
46 %
pg 88m
Genre Animation, Family, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
Stars Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kathryn Hahn
Directed by Derek Drymon, Jennifer Kluska
If your kids are fans of the first three of Sony’s hugely popular Hotel Transylvania animated movies, then they’ll find this final installment, which has so far received mixed reviews, just as cute and fun as its predecessors. Originally set for a theatrical release in October of last year, Sony pulled the plug amidst rising COVID-19 cases and sold the distribution rights to Amazon. True to its pedigree of colorful animation, a thumping soundtrack, and punny monster sight gags, Transformania sees its main character, Drac (previously voiced by Adam Sandler, but here taken over by Brian Hull who does a solid impersonation), about to retire and leave the hotel to his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) and her human hubby Johnny (Andy Samberg). Things go haywire when Johnny is transformed into a fire-breathing monster while Drac is zapped into human form, and the two must journey into the jungles of South America to find a special crystal to turn them back. As viewers have come to expect from the franchise, Transformania is laced with themes of acceptance and forgiveness in its world where monsters and humans live together despite their differences.
Hotel Transylvania: Transformania – Official Trailer | January 14
Being the Ricardos (2021)
Being the Ricardos
60 %
r 132m
Genre Drama, History
Stars Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem, J.K. Simmons
Directed by Aaron Sorkin
Lucille Ball remains one of the greatest comediennes of all time. Her sitcom, I Love Lucy, which she created and starred in with her husband Desi Arnaz, aired from 1951 to 1957 and is considered to be one of the most groundbreaking television shows to have ever aired, pioneering production and format techniques still in use today. But I Love Lucy wasn’t all grape-crushing, chocolate-eating gags and fun. In Aaron Sorkin’s week-in-the-life dramatized biopic, we go behind the scenes with Lucy (Nicole Kidman) and Desi (Javier Bardem), on set and in their personal lives, during the production week of an episode of the iconic sitcom as the couple’s personal and professional lives are put to the test, in front of a live studio audience.  
The Usual Suspects (1995)
The Usual Suspects
77 %
r 106m
Genre Drama, Crime, Thriller
Stars Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Spacey
Directed by Bryan Singer

A film with one of the most compelling twists of all time, director Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects is the story of a group of hardened criminals, Hungarian mobsters, and a ghostly mastermind known as Keyser Soze, who may or may not exist. After a docked ship mysteriously explodes in San Pedro Bay killing 27 bad people, one of only two survivors, con artist Roger “Verbal” Kint (Kevin Spacey), recounts the entire story to U.S. Customs agent Dave Kujan (Chazz Palminteri) in an LA police station. Told in flashbacks, Verbal’s story is tall, involves drugs and jewels, and includes his crew of five, including Keaton (Gabriel Byrne), McManus (Stephen Baldwin), Fenster (Benicio Del Toro), and Hockney (Kevin Pollak). “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist,” Verbal tells Kujan. But who is Keyser Soze? Is he the Devil? The Usual Suspects will have you asking the same questions.

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (2021)
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
63 %
pg-13 111m
Genre Drama, History
Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy, Andrea Riseborough
Directed by Will Sharpe

Based on the true story of turn-of-the-century English artist Louis Wain, whose paintings and illustrations of cats depicted our feline friends with psychedelic colors and imagery that no one had ever seen in the early 1900s, prompting many to believe that Wain suffered from schizophrenia. Benedict Cumberbatch depicts the eccentric artist with power and control, but by his side as Wain descends slowly into madness is the equally-powerful Claire Foy (The Crown) as Wain’s wife Emily. It’s their deep love for one another that helps keep Wain above water during a dark time in Wain’s, and the country’s, life. “How you’ve managed to conjure images of such delight in such a dark time, I don’t know,” Wain’s boss (Toby Jones) at the Illustrated London News tells him. While not a critical darling, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain will definitely add some color to your movie night.

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
It's a Wonderful Life
pg 130m
Genre Drama, Family, Fantasy
Stars James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore
Directed by Frank Capra
A classic Christmas movie with an iconic James Stewart performance, It’s a Wonderful Life follows George Bailey (Stewart), a banker in the town of Bedford Falls who is preparing to throw himself off a bridge. An angel named Clarence (Henry Travers) appears to save George, and takes him on a journey through the most important moments in George’s life, showing him all the good things he’s done for other people despite the costs to himself. It’s a Wonderful Life is a charming story about perseverance in the face of an often cruel universe and the value of relationships.
My Name Is Pauli Murray (2021)
My Name Is Pauli Murray
73 %
pg-13 91m
Genre Documentary
Stars Patricia Bell-Scott, Dolores Chandler, Brittney Cooper, Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Directed by Julie Cohen, Betsy West
From the same directing team behind 2018’s Oscar-nominated RBGMy Name Is Pauli Murray is the long-overdue telling of the life and influence of pioneering lawyer, civil and women’s rights activist, poet, and priest Pauli Murray. The film is a tribute to the largely unsung hero, the struggles they faced as a non-binary African American, and the legal contributions they made arguing for gender and race equality, most notably with the passing of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment in 1968, which outlawed discrimination based on sex. Murray’s influence on the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is highlighted throughout the documentary, which, like RGB, is destined for Oscar greatness.
The Mad Women's Ball (2021)
The Mad Women's Ball
72 %
Genre Drama, Thriller
Stars Lou de Laâge, Mélanie Laurent, Emmanuelle Bercot
Directed by Mélanie Laurent
The perfect dark and disturbing psychodrama thriller for the coming weather, The Mad Women’s Ball was adapted for the screen by French actress and director Mélanie Laurent, who most will remember as Shoshana, who takes her glorious revenge on the Nazis is Quentin Tarantino’s brilliant Inglorious Basterds. Based on Victoria Mas’s 1977 novel Le bal des folles, the film follows Eugénie (Lou de Laâge), a young woman who is committed to Paris’ Salpêtrière psychiatric hospital in the late 1800s because she can talk to the dead. Laurent plays Geneviève, the Salpêtrière’s head nurse, who bears witness to the dark and often barbaric “treatments” administered by head neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot (Grégoire Bonnet), which include parading the asylum’s female patients out in front of the public in a grotesque “ball.” Luckily for Eugénie and the other “mad women,” Geneviève has different plans. Not for the faint of heart, The Mad Women’s Ball is a chilling but satisfying watch.
Everybody's Talking About Jamie (2021)
Everybody's Talking About Jamie
62 %
pg-13 115m
Genre Music, Drama, Comedy
Stars Max Harwood, Sarah Lancashire, Lauren Patel
Directed by Jonathan Butterell
If you’re in need of a fun, fabulous, feel-good movie this weekend, this West End stage play-turned-feature film will likely have you not just off the couch, but setting up a runway in your living room. Originally based on Jenny Popplewell’s popular TV movie, Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, this Amazon Original Movie is an adaptation of the stage musical from the same team – director James Butterell, composer Dan Gillespie, and lyricist Tom McRae. Sixteen-year-old Sheffield high schooler Jamie New (Max Harwood) has big dreams of becoming a drag queen. And while his chosen path is unconventional and even frowned upon by his classmates, his own father (Ralph Ineson), and the locals, Jamie gets nothing but support from his loving mum (Sarah Lancashire), best friend, Pritti (Lauren Patel), and old drag legend Miss Loco Chanelle (Richard E. Grant), who agrees to teach Jamie all he knows about drag. Full of big, bold, and colorful musical numbers (there’s a lot of dancing on desks going on), if Everybody’s Talking About Jamie doesn’t help you shake off the fall funk, you may want to check your pulse.

Annette (2021)
67 %
r 140m
Genre Drama, Romance, Music
Stars Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg
Directed by Leos Carax
If you’re among the multitude of people whining that everything’s been done before or that remakes and re-imaginings are all anyone does anymore, then for that reason alone, Annette is worth a try. We’re not saying you’re going to like it. The critics seem to be pretty divided on this one, with many praising it for its originality, while others call it too odd for its own good. But risky performances from two Hollywood greats, Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard and the twice-nominated Adam Driver, make Annette already worth the price of your Prime membership. With a story and original music (yes, it’s a rock opera with lots of singing, so buckle up) written by Ron and Russell Mael of the quirky ’80s pop band Sparks (who are kind of having a moment right now with the Edgar Wright documentary about them, The Sparks Brothers), Annette follows the love journey of a most unlikely couple, Henry (Driver), a harsh stand-up comedian, and Ann (Cotillard), a beautiful and world-famous opera singer, whose lives in the spotlight are rocked with the arrival of their daughter, Annette, who has mysterious abilities. Intrigued?

Val (2021)
73 %
r 109m
Genre Documentary
Stars Val Kilmer, Jack Kilmer, Mercedes Kilmer
Directed by Leo Scott, Ting Poo
Whether the Val Kilmer in your mind’s eye is him in some of his iconic roles like Top Gun‘s Iceman, The Doors‘ Jim Morrison, or Batman Forever‘s caped crusader, or you kept up with the ’80s heartthrob into his later, quieter career for films such as Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang and beyond, one thing is for sure — you’ve never seen Val Kilmer like this. Fascinating and often heart-wrenching, Val is an Amazon Original autobiographical documentary assembled by the actor and directors Leo Scott and Ting Poo from more than 40 years of home video recordings Kilmer obsessively took throughout his life and career — including behind-the-scenes footage with Tom Cruise, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, and more. Now in his ’60s and recovering from throat cancer surgery that has left him with the need to speak through a voice box on his trachea, Kilmer’s doc is a deep look inward at his life, his rise and fall from fame, his personal triumphs and failures, and, ultimately, his coming to terms with all of it.
The Tomorrow War (2021)
The Tomorrow War
45 %
pg-13 138m
Genre Action, Science Fiction, Adventure
Stars Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons
Directed by Chris McKay
In what should have brought audiences to the theater in droves, this end-of-the-world action-adventure from one of the guys behind The Lego Movie (Chris McKay) is getting the Amazon Original treatment because of that pandemic thing we’ve all been dealing with. But don’t let that fool you — there’s enough explosive action here to impress even in your living room. The Tomorrow War is kind of a Terminator in reverse, where instead of forces from a future war coming to battle it out in the present, this time, the good guys fighting an alien invasion in 2051 come back in time to recruit soldiers and civilians to join the fight in the future before humankind is wiped out. Chris Pratt stars as Dan Forester, a high school teacher with some serious gun skills who is among the recruits crossing time to save the world.
Pinocchio (2019)
6 %
pg-13 125m
Genre Fantasy, Adventure, Drama
Stars Federico Ielapi, Roberto Benigni, Marine Vacth
Directed by Matteo Garrone
Italian author Carlo Collodi’s classic children’s story dates back to 1881, and since then, it’s been reimagined and adapted countless times in print, on television, for the stage, and in film — perhaps most notably in Disney’s 1940 animated movie. With this most recently released feature version, Italian filmmakers Matteo Garrone and Massimo Ceccherini use live-action, stunning CGI, and some pretty fantastic costumes and makeup to once again tell the tale of a lonely carpenter, Gepetto (Roberto Benigni), who creates a wooden boy puppet who magically comes to life. Pinocchio‘s universal themes of perseverance through adversity, honesty, and redemption ring true in Garrone’s adaptation as well, as the boy puppet heads out into the film’s bizarre world of animal tricksters, blue fairies, and gigantic fish to learn the lessons he needs to get back to Gepetto and realize his dream of becoming a real boy.
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021)
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things
61 %
pg-13 99m
Genre Fantasy, Romance
Stars Kathryn Newton, Kyle Allen, Jermaine Harris
Directed by Ian Samuels
Heavily in line with the time-loop movies that this cute coming-of-age romantic comedy itself references, The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is like Groundhog Day or Edge of Tomorrow (without all the death and aliens) for a new generation. Mark (Kyle Allen) is your typical teenager trying to figure life out, except that he seems to be the only one aware that he’s living the same day over and over again — he argues with his dad over his future, plays video games with his clueless best friend, and, like Bill Murray’s Phil Connors, learns the routine so well he can do little things like rescue folks from their everyday annoyances. Mark seems content in his loop, and then he meets Margaret (Kathryn Newton), who, as if fate planned it, is also stuck in the same unremarkable day. Now with something more to live for, the pair revel in their predicament and, of course, fall for each other. Written by The Magicians author Lev Grossman, The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is a sweet exploration of youth and the fear that comes with taking that leap of faith to get out of our own ruts and move forward with life.
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things - Official Trailer
Sylvie's Love (2020)
Sylvie's Love
74 %
pg-13 114m
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Aja Naomi King
Directed by Eugene Ashe
Can we all just agree that Tessa Thompson is great in just about everything she’s in? Alright, then. In this dreamy period melodrama by Eugene Ashe, Thompson plays Sylvie, an aspiring television producer in late ’50s-early ’60s New York. While working in her dad’s record shop, Sylvie meets Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha), a talented up-and-coming jazz saxophonist with big dreams of his own. Robert takes a job in the store and the two begin a friendship that blossoms into love, despite Sylvie having a fiancé who is away at war. But as Robert’s career begins to take off and Sylvie is torn between her own ambitions and obligations, the two go their separate ways … for a little while, anyway. The pair eventually meet again, with Sylvie, having overcome many of the struggles of the era’s racism and women’s rights obstacles to become a successful TV producer, and Robert’s career skyrocketing. Is the love still there? Can and will they pick up where they left off? Sylvie’s Love is a refreshing take on the over-done love-conquers-all trope and is a romantic must-watch.
One Night in Miami... (2020)
One Night in Miami...
83 %
r 114m
Genre Drama
Stars Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge
Directed by Regina King
In actress Regina King’s excellent directorial debut, she takes Kemp Powers’ screenplay of his own stage play and turns it into a riveting drama. One Night in Miami is a fictionalized ponderance of a real-life meeting that happened in Miami Beach in 1964 in which famous friends Cassius Clay (Eli Goree), who earlier that night just beat Sonny Liston for the world championship, Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben -Adir), singer Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.), and football star Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge) gathered to enjoy each other’s company, debate, and discuss their roles in affecting change in Black America. Each star holds his own portraying such cultural heavyweights, and the film mixes beautifully shot sequences of their individual lives and achievements with fly-on-the-wall ensemble scenes that give you a sense of what it might have been like being in the room with these icons.
Herself (2020)
70 %
r 97m
Genre Drama
Stars Clare Dunne, Molly McCann, Ruby Rose O'Hara
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd
Get ready for a tear-jerker of a drama that’s full of both pain and beautiful redemption in this Amazon Original film that won the Human Rights Film Award at last year’s Dublin International Film Festival. Actress Clare Dunne, who co-wrote the film with Shameless U.K. writer Malcolm Campbell, is Sandra, a mother of two in Dublin who, after escaping her abusive husband, finds herself on the cusp of homelessness. Told with care and often intense reality by The Iron Lady director Phyllida Lloyd, Sandra eschews Ireland’s bureaucratic social housing system and decides to try to build her own house DIY-style — all she needs is a bit of land. As Sandra’s friends and strangers alike pitch in to help rebuild (literally) her life, it’s hard not to get swept up in this touchingly unique story.
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.
Sound of Metal – Official Trailer | Prime Video
I'm Your Woman (2020)
I'm Your Woman
63 %
r 120m
Genre Drama, Crime
Stars Rachel Brosnahan, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Arinzé Kene
Directed by Julia Hart
Premiering in October at this year’s virtual edition of AFI Fest, this gritty 1970s-era crime drama features Mrs. Maisel as you’ve never seen her before. The marvelous Rachel Brosnahan trades swing dresses and handbags for bellbottoms and handguns in I’m Your Woman, playing Jean, the bored suburban housewife of Eddie (Bill Heck), a hustler and thief with some shady associates. Jean learns just how shady when Eddie shows up one night with an infant, declaring “he’s our baby,” and then disappears a couple of days later, triggering a series of events that has Jean terrified, confused, and on the run from gun-toting henchmen. Jean’s only respite from the madness is Cal (British-Nigerian actor Arinzé Kene), who shepherds Jean and baby to a safe house where his wife, Teri (Marsha Stephanie Blake), and father, Art (Frankie Faison), teach her how to navigate her new life on the lam. Dripping with ’70s style, loud wardrobe choices, boat-sized cars, and a groovy Motown soundtrack, I’m Your Woman is a great way to time-warp out of your daily grind.
I'm Your Woman - Official Trailer
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020)
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
68 %
r 96m
Genre Comedy
Stars Sacha Baron Cohen, Maria Bakalova, Tom Hanks
Directed by Jason Woliner
There are very few performers in the world who can switch gears so expertly as Sacha Baron Cohen. Comedian, actor, and activist, in the last two years, Cohen has navigated the roles of famous Israeli spy Eli Cohen in The Spy and American “Yippy” activist Abby Hoffman in The Trial of the Chicago 7 (both on Netflix). But perhaps his greatest role of all is Borat. Cohen’s clueless reporter from Kazakhstan is back for another go at America in this sequel to 2006’s Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. After spending 14 years in prison, Borat is released not only to find that he has a daughter, Tutar (Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova), but that he must return to the U.S. to redeem the reputation of his homeland by gifting the feral Tutar to Mike Pence. Along the way, Cohen, of course, resumes his pranking of Trump-era America, but with his cover mostly blown from the first film, much of the task lands on the brilliant Bakalova, who delivers some bewilderingly-awkward situations and poignant political skewering.

Chi-Raq (2015)
77 %
r 127m
Genre Drama, Crime, Comedy
Stars Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes
Directed by Spike Lee
Aristophanes’ classic Greek comedy Lysistrata gets a modern update in this 2015 film directed by Spike Lee. The film follows a group of women who decide to withhold sex from their partners until they agree to curb the gang violence plaguing their Chicago neighborhood. Told in a mixture of music and verse, the film stars Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Teyonah Parris, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Honey Boy (2019)
Honey Boy
73 %
r 94m
Genre Drama
Stars Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe
Directed by Alma Har'el
Shia LaBeouf’s debut script is directed by Alma Har’el and follows the life of child actor Otis Lort as he rises through young success to self-destructive Hollywood star. Navigating fame and his abusive, alcoholic father proves to be next to impossible as their contentious relationship crumbles across the course of a decade. LaBeouf also stars in this semiautobiographical tale that draws from his experience with his father.
The Handmaiden (2016)
The Handmaiden
84 %
Genre Thriller, Drama, Romance
Stars Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo
Directed by Park Chan-wook
From Korean director Park Chan-wook, award-winning director of OldboyThe Handmaiden is an intense, pulse-pounding crime drama set in the early 1900s during the Japanese occupation of Korea. The film follows two women — a young Japanese lady on a secluded estate, and the Korean woman who is hired as her new handmaiden. Little does the former know, though, that the latter is conspiring with a con man to defraud the woman out of her inheritance.
The Handmaiden - Official US Trailer | Amazon Studios
You Were Never Really Here (2017)
You Were Never Really Here
84 %
r 89m
Genre Thriller, Drama
Stars Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov
Directed by Lynne Ramsay
This Amazon Original was nominated for four 2019 Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature and Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix). Phoenix stars as a traumatized veteran who harnesses his trauma into hunting down missing girls for a living. However, as his nightmares begin to overtake him and he continues to get in over his head, he begins to uncover a conspiracy that threatens to destroy or save him, depending on the paths he takes.
You Were Never Really Here – Official Trailer | Amazon Studios
Cold War (2018)
Cold War
90 %
r 89m
Genre Drama
Stars Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc
Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
Paweł Pawlikowski’s gorgeous historical drama Cold War follows Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and Zula (Joanna Kulig), a music director and singer respectively, who meet and fall in love in Poland after the end of World War II. As the years drag on and the Soviet grip over Eastern Europe tightens, the two drift across borders, in and out of each other’s lives. Their turbulent romance, set against a backdrop of paranoia and repression, is messy but moving. Filmed in stark black and white, Cold War is a beautiful film full of masterfully composed shots.
The Big Sick (2017)
The Big Sick
86 %
r 120m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter
Directed by Michael Showalter
Comedian Kumail Nanjiani and comedy writer Emily V. Gordon adapted their real-life love story for film in The Big Sick, a charming romantic comedy that was one of Digital Trends’ favorite movies of 2019 and helped score Nanjiani and Gordon their own Apple TV+ show. The movie begins with Kumail (playing a loosely fictionalized version of himself) struggling to build a stand-up career, mining his Pakistani background for material. After a run-in with a heckler named Emily (Zoe Kazan) turns into a one-night-stand and eventually a relationship, the two start to run into troubles. For starters, Kumail’s parents want him to settle down with a Pakistani woman, leading them to break up. Making things even more complicated, an infection leaves Emily in a coma. While visiting Emily in the hospital, Kumail meets her parents, Terry (Ray Romano) and Beth (Holly Hunter), learning more about them and Emily as he processes his own feelings.
Blow the Man Down (2019)
Blow the Man Down
72 %
r 90m
Genre Drama, Mystery, Comedy
Stars Morgan Saylor, Sophie Lowe, Margo Martindale
Directed by Danielle Krudy, Bridget Savage Cole
Blow the Man Down is a dark comedy and a hidden gem that arrived on Amazon Prime under the radar earlier this year. Morgan Saylor and Sophie Lowe co-headline the film as feuding sisters Mary Beth and Priscilla Connolly, respectively. When Mary Beth kills a man who tried to harm her, Priscilla decides that blood is thicker than water and she helps her sister cover up the evidence. Unfortunately for the Connolly sisters, secrets are hard to keep in a small town, and they never quite know who they can trust. Margo Martindale also has a terrific supporting turn as Enid Nora Devlin, a local brothel owner who may know too much.
Paterson (2016)
90 %
r 118m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Barry Shabaka Henley
Directed by Jim Jarmusch
The stakes aren’t particularly high for Paterson the film. But for Paterson himself, they’re everything. Adam Driver stars as the title character, a man who works as a bus driver. But in reality, Paterson is a poet who hasn’t learned to fully accept that aspect of himself. The entire movie takes place over the course of a week, and we see the daily routine of both Paterson and his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). But when the pattern breaks and misfortune strikes, it will take a minor miracle to get Paterson back on the right track.

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