Amazon Prime subscribers, get ready for some prime lockdown viewing…
Updated on 15 April 2020: We’re all going to stay indoors for the forseeable future, thanks to the coronavirus lockdown. ,We definitely won’t be bored, though, as Netflix and Amazon Prime have unveiled everything they’re bringing to their respective streaming platforms for April – and there’s plenty to sink our teeth into.
Of course, once upon a time, Amazon Prime Video UK used to release a full list of the films and TV shows it was planning to add to the service every month. Nowadays, though, things are very different. Instead of a comprehensive list, we’re handed a list of highlights, which means we can’t tell you every single little thing that’s coming to the streaming platform this April.
What we can do, though, is point you in the direction of some of the shimmering gems up for grabs. Gems like, say, the new series of Outlander. Or intriguing drama Blow The Man Down. Or the critically-acclaimed Hustlers movie, starring none other than Jennifer ‘She Was Robbed Of That Oscar!’ Lopez. Or animated classics like Chicken Run. Or the much-anticipated Tales From The Loop. Or, y’know, Heidi Klum’s new fashion series, Making The Cut.
And so, without any further ado, we bring you just a taste of all the goodness that you can stream on Amazon Prime this April 2020.
Making The Cut
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it… Project Runway? No, it’s Making The Cut (as pictured above), which sees Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn team up for a brand-new global fashion TV competition series!
Boasting a whole bevy of famous guest judges (think Naomi Campbell, Nicole Richie, Joseph Altuzarra and Carine Roitfeld), Amazon has vowed that this reality show will make fashion accessible to a wide and global audience. And you know what? We can believe it.
Two episodes will drop each week until the finale on Friday 24 April. We’ll see you over on the #MakingTheCut hashtag, yeah?
Girl Most Likely
With all her hopes to be a famous playwright dashed, Imogene (played by none other than Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig) returns home to New Jersey. She must now face not only her eccentric mother and brother, but also deal with a few strangers in her house…
The Big Sick
Based on a true story, this film sees Pakistani comic Kumail meet and fall in love with heckler Emily at one of his stand-up shows. As their relationship blossoms, though, he begins to worry excessively about what his traditional Muslim parents (busily introducing him to prospective brides for an arranged marriage) will think of her. Then, Emily suddenly comes down with an illness that leaves her in a coma. Just like that, Kumail realises how much he cares about her, and soon finds himself developing a bond with her deeply concerned mother and father.
The Current War
Available from 1 April, The Current War sees Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) – the greatest inventors of the industrial age – engage in a battle of technology and ideas that will determine whose electrical system will power the new century.
Stylist’s very own Helen Bownass gave Hustlers a 5-star review, and for good reason. This black comedy drama sees Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez and Julia Stiles join forces to bring New York magazine’s 2015 article ‘The Hustlers at Scores: The Ex-Strippers Who Stole From (Mostly) Rich Men and Gave to, Well, Themselves’ to life.
Consider this essential viewing, and be sure to check it out when it lands on Amazon Prime on 3 April.
Borrowing elements from the video games Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2, this block buster hit from 2002 follows amnesiac heroine Alice (Milla Jovovich) and a band of Umbrella Corporation commandos as they attempt to contain the outbreak of the T-virus at a secret underground facility.
Blow The Man Down
Set in Easter Cove, a salty fishing village on the far reaches of Maine’s coast, sisters Mary Beth and Priscilla Connolly are trying to come to terms with the death of their mother. After a gruesome run-in with a dangerous man, though, they’re forced to go deeper into the town’s underbelly in a bid to uncover the local matriarchs’ darkest secrets.
A favourite with the Stylist team, Booksmart sees academic overachievers Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) have the rug pulled out from under them when they realise that keeping their noses to the grindstone hasn’t given them the leg-up on their high school peers they always believed it would. And so, on the eve of graduation, the best friends decide to make up for lost time and cram four years of not-to-be missed fun into one night. Expect pandemonium.
Set on a Yorkshire chicken farm in the 1950s, this film packs a surprise feminist punch in its tale of a young chicken who realises that she and her feathered friends’ lives are threatened by… dare we say, fowl play? Be inspired by her daring attempts to escape, although fair warning: this Aardman classic may turn you vegetarian if you aren’t already.
Based on the novel of the same name by Emma Jane Unsworth, Animals sees long-time friends and party-lovers Laura (Holliday Grainger) and Tyler (Alia Shawkat) navigate life and love in Dublin, Ireland. However, the girls find themselves drifting apart when Laura becomes engaged.
Future Man: Season 3
If you haven’t watched any of Future Man yet, where have you been? Starring Josh Hutcherson (yes, Peeta from The Hunger Games) as Josh Futureman, it tells the story of a janitor who is recruited by mysterious visitors to travel through time and prevent the extinction of humanity at the hands of an imminent super-race invasion. Classic.
If you put the hours in, we bet you can catch up with all the action before the third season lands on 3 April. Good luck.
Tales From The Loop
Based on the acclaimed art of Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag, Tales from the Loop is a beautifully slow-moving sci-fi. It tells the story of the people who live above ‘The Loop’, a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe – making things possible that were previously relegated only to science fiction.
Angel Has Fallen
In need of some mindless action? Us too, which is why we’re glad Gerard Butler’s Angel Has Fallen (the third in the ‘Fallen’ trilogy) is landing on the 4 April. This one sees Butler’s Mike Banning taken into custody by the FBI for the failed assassination attempt of the US president – which he had absolutely nothing to do with. It’s up to him to escape his captors, track down the real culprit and clear his name, before it’s all too late.
The Village follows the residents of one English village across the 20th century and their turbulent lives. Sounds dull, right? Trust us when we say it is not. Give it a go. You won’t be disappointed…
The Big C
Cathy Jamison (Love Actually’s Laura Linney) has always played by the rules. That is, of course, until she finds out she has cancer. Instead of giving up, though, Cathy decides to live it up. So prepare to feel all the feels in this critically-acclaimed TV series.
Outlander: Season 5
You’ll no doubt be aware that we here at Stylist are big fans of Outlander. Real big. Huge, in fact. As such, we’re busily counting down the days until the season five premiere of the time-travelling drama lands on Amazon Prime on 6 April.
Will Jamie make good on his promise to hunt down and kill Murtagh Fitzgibbons, we wonder? All will surely be revealed soon enough…
Selah And The Spades
Selah (Lovie Simone) is a senior at a Pennsylvania boarding school, where she leads a faction of students called the Spades who sell drugs to other students. Keen to find someone to replace her when she graduates, she soon fixates on Maxxie (Jharrel Jerome), and makes it her mission to train her up.
Please be aware that, when this lands on Amazon Prime on 17 April, it’ll be the first time it’s seen outside of the Sundance Film Festival.
Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park: The Lost World and Jurassic Park III
That’s right, folks: on 21 April, the original Jurassic Park trilogy is landing on Amazon Prime. If you needed any further persuasion to watch other than “dinosaurs”, you can find out how the first film proved itself to be the surprise feminist hit of the 90s here.
Bosch: Season 6
Bosch is Amazon Prime Video’s longest-running series, all about homicide detective Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver) and the many, many crimes he solves. This season sees him take on the case of a dead medical physicist and his missing radioactive material – missing radioactive material which could prove catastrophic to Bosch’s beloved Los Angeles.
How To Dress For The Apocalypse
Post-apocalyptic comedies are right up our street at the moment (we can’t think why!), so we’re here for this binge-worthy series. It follows a lovable and hapless leader as he learns to adjust to sharing his home with four unique and quirky apocalypse survivors, and promises some very silly moments.
On 24 April, Small Soldiers – starring a young Kirsten Dunst and warning the world about the dangers of blending military technology with (ahem) toys – will land on Amazon Prime. Mark the date in your diaries, stat.
This high-octane Chadwick Boseman film sees an embattled NYPD detective join a citywide manhunt for two young cop killers. As the night unfolds, though, new details come to light. And, as a conspiracy is slowly unveiled, our hero soon becomes unsure of who to pursue… and who’s in pursuit of him.
South Park: Season 22 (tbc)
Fancy binge-watching an entire season of South Park? Of course you do. This Emmy Award-winning animated series, all about four boys living in a screwed-up Colorado town, has proven it only gets better with age as it continues to satirise the world’s biggest issues with its usual dark, sadistic humour.
This article was originally published on 1 April, but has been updated throughout to include new titles.
Main image: Amazon Prime
Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.