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Prime Video: The 30 Best Films to Watch

Prime Video: The 30 Best Films to Watch

Hotel Transylvania 4 (2022)

Amazon Prime Video does not have a ton of new weekly releases every month.

A video original or a movie from the vault is often knocking down and deserves to be put on your radar, according to CNET's full list of best Amazon Prime Video Original movies.

What to Watch this week (January 10-16)

Here are some of this week's highlights.

Wednesday is a good day for everyone.

  • Squadgoals (2018) -- Comedy about five boys who find connection with each other while dealing with school, love and family problems.

Thursday is a good day.

  • The Master (2012) -- Psychological drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Joaquin Phoenix.

Friday is the day of the day.

  • Hotel Transylvania 4 Amazon Original Movie (2021) -- Computer-animated monster comedy with Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez among the voice cast.

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Best Amazon Prime Video Original movies

Dramatic.

Being the Ricardos (2021)

The actress and comedian, Aaron Sorkin, embodies the relationship between I Love Lucy and Desi Arnaz. It features Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem as both Ball and Arnaz. Expect breakneck dialogue, memorable lines and rich repartee.

Louis Wain's Electrical Life (2021)

This biopic about Louis Wain is a look-out tribute to a man who took in a stray kitten and is reminiscent of Cumberbatch's sanity.

Small Axe (2020)

A sublime anthology that doesn't drop the ball across its five films. Small Axe is a collection of distinct stories about the lives of West Indian immigrants in London from the '60s to the '80s.

Sound of Metal (2019)

The film's stunning sound has been cast in several categories, including best picture and best film editing. Ruben, a punk-metal drummer, is forced to quit his job in the deaf community and to learn American Sign Language.

Selah and the Spades (2019)

The Spades is a process that is needed to continue running, with Selah being considered a senior in the cinema. Tayarisha Poe's unique lens shows some of the most exciting things to come.

Honey Boy (2019)

Shia LaBeouf directed the screenplay for this autobiographical film about a child actor and his relationship with his father. Otis is traumatized after days on set accompanied by his father, a former rodeo clown. LaBeouf really plays Honey Boy's character, giving him even more psychological layers.

(2018) Cold War

Pawel Pawlikowski's historical thriller is set in a ravaged post-World War II Poland, featuring Zula as a jazz musician auditioning for a state-sponsored folk music organization. The politics are handled elegantly, and the black-and-white visuals are precise and beautiful.

King Lear (2018)

The Shakespeare play, directed by King Lear, features two powerful forces: Florence Pugh and Anthony Hopkins in the Black Widow scene.

Pass Over (2018)

The film from Spike Lee is technically a recorded stage play, but it captures cinematic pleasure in large part due to the talented musicians Jon Michael Hill and Julian Parker.

(2016): Manchester by the Sea

As a result of Kenneth Lonergan's journey through Manchester by the Sea, you'll be able to see him kicking after punch.

Paterson (2016)

In contrast to Jim Jarmusch's idiosyncratic character who live in a New Jersey city, Paterson dives into personal difficulties and the new paths that are traced around him.

Horror

Black Box (2020)

This impressive directorial debut from Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr. uses the same emotional qualities as a Black Mirror episode. It focuses on Nolan Wright (Mamoudou Athie), a man who survives a car crash, but now has an amnesia, and he uses it for experimental purposes.

Suspiria (2018)

Tilda Swinton is the head teacher at the prestigious Berlin dance school. You'll be happy with the twisted treat.

Dramatique, musical

Jamie (2021) is a joke about everyone.

This coming-of-age musical drama is based on Jamie Campbell's true story and features the titular act of the stage musical.

Guava Island (2019)

Donald Glover, his brother Stephen Glover, and Hiro Murai are both voices in this film. Deni Maroon, a musician who lives with Kofi, is unable to sing, but overall it's just catchy and sweet enough to make a point.

Thriller

The Mad Women's Ball (2021)

Melanie Laurent directs, co-writes, and stars in this emotional French thriller set in the late 19th century. Genevieve is a nurse who attempts to free Eugenie (Lou de Laage), a woman who is committed to a mental asylum when her family learns she communicates with spirits.

Blow the Man Down (2019)

In this black comedy thriller starring Morgan Saylor and Sophie Lowe, the Coen Brothers meets Wes Anderson. It's a stunning story that explores town matriarchs' secrets while still being explored.

You Are Never Really Here (2017)

How is it possible to watch You Were Never Really Here, like Lynne Ramsay's stunning take on a novel about a hitman who rescues a politician's daughter in a taut 90 minutes?

The Handmaiden (2016)

The Handmaiden is a must-watch documentary that focuses on human behavior. Featuring explicit scenes from South Korean films, Parasite is an excellent way to get your attention.

Sci-fi

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021)

The Map of Tiny Perfect things is a rom-com exploring the lives of its protagonists through a time loop. Katheryn Newton and Kyle Allen star as Margaret and Mark, two teens repeating the same day over and over again. Their meet cute is a reminder that someone is left to swim in a pool with a beach ball.

The Vast of Night (2019)

The Vast of Night, a curious indie sci-fi flick from debut director Andrew Patterson, is engaging in narrative. Short, sweeping shots take us after two young radio workers examine a frequency they believe could be traced to aliens. The distinctive 1950s New Mexico setting, and characters delivering monologues with the smooth intonations of those on radio, all create an eerie atmosphere with satisfying payoff.

Comedy

Uncle Frank (2020)

Paul Bettany is good enough to live in your life, particularly since WandaVision is done and dusted. Try Uncle Frank, a road flick set in the 1970s about a gay man and his relationship with his family, including Beth (Sophia Lillis from the It movies and I Am Not Okay With This) and a comedy with sharp edges, Uncle Frank lays you on an assuring positive note.

Moviefilm (2020) from Borat Subsequent (2020)

In Borat 2, or Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Borat is returning to the United States to offer his daughter Tutar (played by a revelatory Maria Bakalova) to Vice President Mike Pence during the 2020 presidential election -- and the COVID-19 pandemic. Prepare to cringe at the doubled-down political incorrectness before succumbing to the outrageous laughs.

Duked! (2019)

A teen comedy-horror-thriller with a smile of social commentary. What a combo! Get Duked! follows three slacker students, one nerd and their mundane teacher as they travel to the Scottish Highlands to win an award involving navigating the area using just a paper map. Everything becomes a little more humbling as the four teens meet Attack the Block, while Get Duked! is chaos walking, cussing, and eating questionable local fauna.

A Marathon (2019) in Brittany is running.

Brittany takes all the time to get away from home while focusing on food, body image, and exercise. She starts running, weighing and adopting a consistent diet.

Late Night (2019)

The writer and actor Mindy Kaling creates a lively news show room that is on the decline. It is not preachy, but it is a good thing to watch it.

Romance

Sylvie's Love (2020)

Sylvie's Love is a classic old-fashioned love story, but its dewy romance is remarkably refreshing. This film features Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, and other notable characters.

The Big Sick (2017)

Kumail Nanjiani, a real-life romance with Emily V. Gordon, has written The Big Sick. He is also a down-to-earth and heartbreaking story of a former interracial couple.

Criminal activity

I'm Your Woman (2020)

This novel, directed by Rachel Brosnahan, explores racial tensions and privileges, while ensuring that her husband is on the run.

Adventure

The Lost City of Z (2016)

The Lost City of Z is based on Percy Fawcett's life as a British adventurer. It then gets you into the Amazon rainforest on the quest for an ancient lost city. If the film's staging for adventure isn't enticing enough, it stars Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, and Tom Holland... with a mustache.

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