Needle in a Timestack (2021)
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- Needle In A Timestack (2021) -- Sci-fi starring Leslie Odom Jr. A marriage is challenged when a time traveler gets involved in their lives.
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Best Amazon Prime Video Original films
Being the Ricardos (2021)
This biographical drama based on the relationship between I Love Lucy and Desi Arnaz embodies the actress and comedian, bringing heart to the couple's complex romantic and professional relationship.
Louis Wain's Electrical Life (2021)
This biopic examines Louis Wain, an English artist who takes in a stray kitten and creates surreal cat paintings that made him famous.
Small Axe (2020)
This is a great anthology that does not 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. They're all directed by Steve McQueen, who's tasked with crafting sentences like Mangrove, based on the Mangrove Nine trial of Black Panther's Letitia Wright.
Sound of Metal (2019)
The film's compelling sound result draws you to the heart of Ruben's new life in the deaf community and his familiarity with American Sign Language.
Selah and the Spades (2019)
This is the first film that you're interested in in the dark-things-happen-at-boarding school genre. Here's where Selah and the Spades might be. A senior leads a faction called the Spades who sell drugs to other students, but so must find the right candidate to continue her legacy.
Shia LaBeouf wrote the screenplay for this autobiographical film about a child actor and his relationship with his father. We follow Otis, who's traumatized after days on set accompanied by his father, a former rodeo clown. LaBeouf actually plays Honey Boy's character, giving him even more psychological layers.
Pawel Pawlikowski's historical story follows lovers from different backgrounds and temperaments. Zula is an ambitious young singer faking a peasant identity, while Wiktor is a jazz musician holding auditions for a state-sponsored folk music ensemble.
King Lear (2018)
King Lear is a play adaptation of the Shakespeare play, but two powerful forces are assisting him in finding it. Not to mention Florence Pugh, an Anthony Hopkins actor and the Black Widow character.
Pass Over (2018)
Note that this Spike Lee film is technically a recorded stage play; yet it captures cinematic genius in part due to their memorable performances from Jon Michael Hill and Julian Parker.
Lee Chandler's story will bring punch after punch as well as excellent performances from Michelle Williams.
In a trademark Jim Jarmusch style, this low-key indie narrows in on the finer details of regular life with a distinct sense of humor.
Black Box (2020)
This spectacular directorial debut from Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr. presses the same emotional buttons as a Black Mirror episode. It focuses on Nolan Wright (Mamoudou Athie), a man who survives a car crash, but now has amnesia.
You'll want to avoid a nightmare movie from Luca Guadagnino, the ultimate lead teacher in Berlin.
Jamie (2021) is discussed by every person.
This coming-of-age musical drama is based on Jamie Campbell's true story. Peppered with songs from the stage musical's original score, Everybody's Talking About Jamie will inspire you to shine.
Guava Island (2019)
Donald Glover, his brother Stephen Glover, and Hiro Murai are all on the hook. The free-spirited Deni Maroon, a musician who lives with Kofi, is voiced by none other than Rihanna.
The Mad Women's Ball (2021)
Melanie Laurent directs, co-writes and stars in this emotional French thriller set in the late 19th century. Laurent is Genevieve, a nurse who attempts to free Eugenie (Lou de Laage), a woman who is detained in the mental asylum if her family learns to communicate with spirits.
The Coen Brothers meet Wes Anderson in this dark comedy thriller directed by two brilliant young female leads. Set in a snowy fishing town in Maine, Blow the Man Down follows sisters, played by Morgan Saylor and Sophie Lowe, who try to hide the body of a man after he attacked him and she fought back.
A psychological thriller starring a pre-Joker Joaquin Phoenix? Yeah, more people need to watch You Were Never Really Here. Lynne Ramsay's masterful take on a story about a hitman who's hired to rescue a politician's daughter, is harsh, brutal and mercifully straight to the point, running at a taut 90 minutes.
The Handmaiden is a must-watch thriller for people who've been attempting to get into South Korean films thanks to Parasite.
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021)
The Map of Tiny Perfect things is a rom-com about the lives of its protagonists through a time loop. Katheryn Newton and Kyle Allen are both stars as Margaret and Mark, both of whom live together each other on the same day.
The Vast of Night is a curious indie sci-fi film written by Andrew Patterson, who is well-versed in clever ways. Short, sweeping shots carry us after two young radio operators discover an audio frequency they think 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.
Uncle Frank (2020)
What do you want to do with Paul Bettany in your life? Of course you do, especially 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 niece and college student Beth (Sophia Lillis from the It movies and I Am Not Okay With This). The pair travel across America to attend a funeral, Frank is grappling with whether to let his partner Wally (Peter Macdissi)
Films for Borat Subsequent Film (2020)
After serving as a journalist and television personality from Kazakhstan, Borat is back to his own side of the country as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic.
The entire young ensemble is fantastic, fending for themselves against the Duke, played by the brilliant Eddie Izzard. Boy Scouts confront Attack the Block, cussing and eat a tangled local fauna
The perfect comedy, yes, but Brittany Runs a Marathon also hits close to home, focusing on things we're all obsessed with: food, body image, and exercise. Brittany, played by Jillian Bell, starts running, taking all the necessary steps toward the life-changing finish line. Watch it from your couch, then be inspired to head outside for a jog.
A young news show host with a white-faced screenplay, Late Night is a dynamic comedy that is enjoyable. Despite being a strong anchor for the upcoming show, Mindy Kaling is a fan.
Sylvie's Love (2020)
The film, which opens in the '60s in New York City, features Sylvie and Robert, who have had a chance to reconnect later in the day. Both works in music, and the film's soundtrack, featuring Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and more, helps guide you to the uplifting place.
Kumail Nanjiani, who co-wrote the movie based on his real-life romance with Emily V. Gordon, has been put in an induced coma. Although Kumail gets to know her worried parents at the hospital, his own Pakistani family keeps arranging dates for him.
Criminal conduct is a crime.
I'm Your Woman (2020)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan portrays the mobster as a neo-noir in the 1970s, but it follows in a remarkably constant ritm, giving you time to absorb the profound implications of Jean's new situation.
The Lost City of Z, which was created by British adventurer Percy Fawcett, is a mustache. The film features Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland, all in a beautiful and naive manner.