Finally a year or so, Netflix and Apple TV+ were the ones vying for the most prestigious movie offerings (congrats, CODA!) but that doesn’t mean other streaming services don’t have great deals. Like Amazon Prime. The streamer was one of the first to round up favorite film festivals and other favorites, and they’re all still there in the library, so if they slipped your mind the first time, now’s the time to catch up. .
Our selection of the top 10 movies on Amazon Prime is below. Plus, before you ask, all the movies in our guide are included with your Prime subscription – there’s no rental involved. Once you’ve reviewed your fill, check our listings for best movies on netflix and the best movies on Disney+ if you are looking for something else to look at. We also have a guide to best shows on amazonand also if you’re in the mood.
Bill and Ted Face the Music
Nearly three decades after they were destined to embody utopia in their music, William “Bill” Preston, Esq., and Ted “Theodore” Logan are instead still hiring musicians whose interdependent friendships endanger their marriages. When an emissary from the future shows up in present-day California to warn Bill and Ted that time is running out to fulfill their destiny, the unfortunate duo attempt to time-jump to steal their unwritten world-saving song from their own future. themselves while their daughters Billy and Thea try to save the timeline by hiring the greatest musicians in history. Like any aging rock band, seeing the Wyld Stallyns again is like listening to their biggest hits – a trip to hell, encounters with historical figures, walks into the far future – but it’s all presented with such warmth, humor, and even a few clever formula remixes. that it’s still a delight. With Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves brilliantly reprising their iconic roles and an ending that lifts but doesn’t too much cheesy, Face to face with music is a fun reunion tour and a reminder to be great for each other.
Is it possible to be nostalgic for a time and place where you may never have been? licorice pizzaPaul Thomas Anderson’s 1970s ode to the San Fernando Valley is a compelling argument for yes. The coming-of-age comedy-drama follows 15-year-old actor Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman) and 25-year-old photographer Alana Kane (Alana Haim) as they strike up an unlikely friendship. It’s a film of misadventures laced with self-reflection as perfectly matched protagonists ricochet through waterbed sales, criminally misguided identities and violent run-ins with film producer Jon Peters, all with a time-perfect soundtrack and hazy light. half-forgotten Californian summer. There’s poignant dialogue throughout and the small but brilliant observations of human behavior you’d expect from Anderson, but it’s the director’s ability to take viewers back in time that makes it a modern masterpiece.
For inspiration, artist Anthony (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) turns to the urban legend of the Candyman. Fascinated by chilling rumors of summoning an evil spirit by repeating his name five times in front of a mirror, Anthony soon builds a horrific collection of work, grieving his curator friend Brianna (Teyonah Parris) as he sinks deeper into a cycle of injury and murder. , and a horror that spans centuries. Available for newcomers and longtime fans alike – with plenty of nods to cult classics, including the original Candyman Tony Todd. like reprising its iconic role with a clever twist – it’s updated Candyman sees director Nia DaCosta revisit the themes of gentrification, social exclusion, and racism that the 1992 original was based on, crafting smart, relevant, contemporary horror for a new generation.
Arrival 2 America
Relying on nostalgia to add new entries to long-dormant series can be a risky business, but Eddie Murphy’s return to the role of Prince – now King – Akim Zamunda more than three decades after 1988 Arrival in America shows the right way. Returning to the US in search of the son he never knew existed, Akim – and the audience – are reunited with familiar faces from the first film before director Craig Brewer (Hustle and flow) reverses the formula and tests the American characters with a trip to Zamundu. With a clearer, smarter and more global scenario than the original, Arrival 2 America defies the odds of being a comedy sequel worthy of its predecessor’s reputation.
Director Ron Howard’s latest film assembles a top-notch cast, including Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell and Joel Edgerton, to stage a 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue when a Thai youth soccer team and their assistant coach are trapped in a flooded cave system. . As international child rescue efforts ramp up, the difficulties of navigating underwater caves become more dangerous, and Howard masterfully captures every dangerous, claustrophobic moment. Incredibly intense film with skillfully shot water scenes. thirteen lives is evidence of one of the most difficult rescues ever carried out.
Jennifer Hudson plays the queen of soul in this biopic about the life and times of Aretha Franklin. Directed by Liesl Tommy Respect follows Franklin from her youth in Michigan, through her burgeoning gospel and jazz career, and finally to the mainstream breakthrough that led to her becoming one of the world’s most successful performers. However, this is not pathos. Tommy documents Franklin’s downfalls as impressively as her upswings, from family conflicts to professional burnout, self-destruction and addiction struggles. A beautifully shot film that perfectly captures every era of Franklin’s life with the perfect costumes and designs from that time. Respect also boasts a fantastic supporting cast including Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Titus Burgess and Mary J. Blige, and of course a phenomenal soundtrack.
One night in Miami…
Based on the play of the same name. One night in Miami…follows four icons of culture, music and sports — Malcolm X, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and Muhammad Ali — at the height of the civil rights movement, a turning point in their lives and careers. Meeting in a motel room following Ali – then Cassius Clay – heavyweight victory over Sonny Liston in 1964, the four men discuss their role in the movement and society at large, while the audience knows the weight of history is bearing down on them. The tight confines of much of the film reflect its theatrical roots, but this feature-length directorial debut by Regina King perfectly captures the cast’s extraordinary personalities. Kingsley Ben-Adir is amazing as Malcolm X, and Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr. and Eli Goree as Brown, Cook and Ali are utterly compelling.
Like any other offer from A24 (Witch, Ancestral, Midsommar), the directorial debut of Pink Glass. Saint Maud it is an ethereal cerebral horror film. In it, Morfydd Clark plays Cathy, a sad and lonely girl who left her job for unknown reasons. When she begins caring for a terminally ill woman who is everything she isn’t – cheerful, free-spirited – Cathy, now named Maude, is enchanted. However, things begin to spiral out of control when Maud becomes convinced she’s been sent to save a young woman’s soul.
Produced by Amazon, Report is a compelling description of the US Senate’s investigation into the CIA’s “extended interrogation” program – how it came about, who knew about it, and how the CIA manipulated the facts to prove its effectiveness. Adam Driver plays Daniel Jones, a lead investigator who has blazed an increasingly lonely path to the truth, battling political resistance and CIA interference along the way. Driver, in his habit these days, is great, and the film’s 82 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes is well deserved.
The sound of metal
When punk rock drummer and recovering drug addict Reuben begins to lose his hearing, it threatens to turn his life upside down. Faced with an impossible choice between giving up his hearing or giving up his career, Reuben begins to spiral until his girlfriend Lou checks him into deaf rehab, forcing him to confront his own behavior as well as the future he faces. Riz Ahmed is in great shape as the restless Reuben, while Olivia Cooke’s turn as Lou, who suffers from her own demons, including self-mutilation, is breathtaking. Appropriate enough The sound of metal also features an incredibly subtle use of sound – and lack of it – as director Darius Marder creates one of the best dramas in years.