These are the Amazon Prime releases you need to know about.
Amazon Prime is constantly adding new TV shows and films to its platform. And, while this is great and all, it can leave us positively paralysed by choice when it comes to selecting something to watch over a weekend.
With that in mind, we’ve made a point of cherry-picking the very best from the many, many titles on offer.
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And don’t worry: we’ll be sure to keep this list fully stocked and updated with all the must-see titles as and when they’re announced.
The Boys: Season 2
Based on the 2006-12 comic book series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, the satirical series plunges us headfirst into a world in which superheroes dominate the culture, their stories told in films and their faces plastered all over merchandise.
The first season, of course, ended on a cliffhanger. Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) – aka the leader of the show’s eponymous band of vigilantes waging war against corrupt corporate-owned superhero team The Seven – was dumped on the doorstep of his wife.
As in, yeah, the wife he believed to be dead. Interesting, huh?
In season two, the fight is even more brutal as so-called super terrorists enter the fray, and sensitive real-world issues are tackled head-on.
Don’t worry, though: the show may be darker and grittier, but it remains as hilarious as ever, too.
Bend It Like Beckham
We all know the story: Jess (Parminder Nagra) bends the rules so that she can achieve her dream of becoming a professional footballer.
Despite her obvious skills on the pitch, though, her traditional parents refuse to even consider it and want her to hang up her football boots, find a nice boy and learn to cook.
Essentially, feel-good fun – with starring turns from Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, too.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Look, we know what you’re thinking: how could this ever compare to the original Jumanji?
Well, we’re here to tell you that this adventure film – starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black – is every bit as fun as the classic we all know and love.
And, better still, it gives the story a modern twist as four students are drawn to the jungle world of Jumanji via a magical video game.
Will they finish the game and return to the real world? Or will they remain trapped as their avatars forever?
Charlize Theron produces – and stars in – Bombshell’s recount of the Fox News scandal in which numerous female staffers accused Roger Ailes of sexual harassment and misconduct.
Theron stars as divisive Conservative high-profile anchor Megyn Kelly. Nicole Kidman, meanwhile, is Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America who was bumped off a primetime slot when she dared to address the sexism at the establishment and sues Ailes himself for sexual harassment. Then there is Margot Robbie’s Kayla, aka the only one of the three women who is not an actual person but a combination of real women who spoke up.
Fancy learning more about the Oscar-nominated film? You can read Stylist’s review of Bombshell here.
War Of The Worlds
Coming to Amazon Prime on 12 September, this sci-fi film follows dockworker Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) as he struggles to build a positive relationship with his two children, Rachel (Dakota Fanning) and Robbie (Justin Chatwin).
When his ex-wife, Mary Ann (Miranda Otto), drops them off at Ferrier’s house, it seems as though it will be just another tension-filled weekend.
However, when electromagnetic pulses of lightning strike the area, the strange event turns out to be the beginning of an alien invasion, and Ferrier must now protect his children as they seek refuge.
This Amazon Prime series – helmed by Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn – follows a group of die-hard comic fans, who meet online and bond over their obsession with a seemingly fictional comic called (you guessed it) ‘Utopia’.
However, it’s not long before they wind up unearthing hidden meanings within the comic book’s pages, predicting threats to humanity. And these are not just the makings of a conspiracy; they are very real dangers coming alive right now in their world.
Cue the group embarking on a high-stakes adventure, bringing them face-to-face with the comic’s famed central character, Jessica Hyde, who joins them on their mission to save the world… or so they assume.
Oh yeah: Hyde is harbouring a deep secret of her own. Gulp.
Hanna: Season 2
Based on Joe Wright’s 2011 action film starring Saoirse Ronan, the first season of Amazon Prime Video’s Hanna proved extraordinarily popular with fans of the streaming platform.
For those who don’t know the story already, the show focuses on an enigmatic teenager, Hanna (Esmé Creed-Miles), who has been raised in total seclusion in the remote woods of Eastern Europe. Hidden between the trees, she spent her entire young life training to fight those who hunt her and her mercenary father, Erik Heller (Joel Kinnaman).
Why? Well, in season one, we saw her survivalist skills put to the test when rogue CIA operative, Marissa Wiegler (Mireille Enos) stumbled into her woodland hideaway. As in, the very same Marissa who once worked with Erik to create an army of genetically-weaponised girls (dubbed the Utrax Regenesis).
That’s right: Erik isn’t Hanna’s biological father. Once upon a time, when he was still the main recruiter of pregnant mothers for the programme, he met and fell in love with Hanna’s mother. Tragically, she died while they escaped trying to protect Hanna as a baby, leaving him to raise the little girl alone in the Polish wilderness. Phew.
Season two of Hanna is predicted to pick up where the first left off: Erik injured, Hanna on the run from the operatives who seek to destroy her. However, many believe it will also heavily focus on Hanna’s ‘sisters’ and their progress as trainees within the programme, too.
Watch the trailer for yourself below:
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
We all know and love the story of Toula, a Greek woman trying to come to terms with her heritage, who falls in love with a non-Greek man, and has to convince her family to accept him.
Directed by Francis Amat, this documentary – which took four years to make – explores the lives and experiences of some of the world’s most extraordinary female athletes, charting their journey from small child with a large racket, to ranked player, to WTA number one in the world, and beyond.
Featuring contributions from more than 20 number one ranked tennis players, expect to see interviews with international superstars such as Billie Jean King, Martina Hingis, Tracy Austin, Evonne Goolagong, Kim Clijsters, Chris Evert, and Martina Navratilova.
Together, these women paint an inspiring tale of perseverance, and provide not just a unique insight into the mind of the professional athlete, but a single, unified narrative of modern-day sporting heroics, too.
Absentia: Season 3
In season three, heroine Emily Byrne (Stana Katic) is serving out the final days of her FBI suspension . But, when an international criminal case hits too close to home, she is forced to join forces with her ex-husband, special agent Nick Durand (Patrick Heusinger) in a bid to confront the larger conspiracy brewing.
How To Build A Girl
How To Build A Girl – based on Caitlin Moran’s non-fiction memoir of the same name – introduces us to Johanna Morrigan (Beanie Feldstein), a young Wolverhampton local who’s struggling to get to grips with the “incredible unfolding” that comes with puberty. We see her figure out what to call her vagina, teach herself about masturbation, battle her raging hormones and navigate all the usual issues that come with being a teenage girl.
Desperate to get out of her home town and make a name for herself, she eventually moves to London, where she reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde, a fast-talking lady sex-adventurer and music critic. Gaining notoriety as an enfant terrible, she has finally figured out how to build a girl – but is this the girl she wanted to build?
You can find out everything there is to know about this star-studded film here. In the meantime, you can watch the trailer for yourself below:
Knives Out – 31 July
The Thrombey family is gathered at their rural compound when a murder most foul takes place. Who is the guilty party? And will they get away with it? Director Rian Johnson’s new film assembles an all star cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette and Ana de Armas to investigate.
Read our review of this excellent movie here.
More on Amazon Prime Video in 2020
The following titles don’t have release dates, but are coming out in 2020:
This year, Amazon Prime will provide live and exclusive coverage of the top Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tournaments.
Follow the inexorable march and eventual clash between the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II, leading to the annihilation of an empire and tragic downfall of a civilisation that took centuries to build, but less than two years to destroy.
Truth Seekers is a horror-comedy series about a team of part-time paranormal investigators who team up to uncover and film ghost sightings across the UK, sharing their adventures on an online channel for all to see. As they stake out haunted churches, underground bunkers, and abandoned hospitals with their array of homemade ghost-detecting gizmos, their supernatural experiences grow more frequent, more terrifying and even deadly, as they begin to uncover a conspiracy that could bring about Armageddon for the entire human race.
The Boys: Season 2
What happens when superheroes, who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods, abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good? It’s the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about “The Seven”, and their formidable Vought backing.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond
The show focuses on the first generation raised in the zombie apocalypse. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad.
In this dystopian slumber party, we follow a group of teenage girls from radically different backgrounds after an airplane crash leaves them stranded on a deserted island.
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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.