Best movies on Amazon Prime Video to watch now
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- Alex Garland
- 103 mins
Sci-fi thriller starring Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson. A young software programmer is given the opportunity to spend time at the home of his company's reclusive chairman. But when he arrives he discovers that he will be required to be part of a strange experiment.How to watch
Why watch Ex Machina?:
If you've recently seen Alex Garland's folk-horror Men in cinemas, or you've checked out his trippy sci-fi film Annihilation on Netflix, then you'll know that he's a director that likes to keep things heady, existential and thrilling.
While he'd written novels and screenplays for a long time before the release of Ex Machina, this was his directorial debut, and what a mark to make as a first-time filmmaker. Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac, this low-budget sci-fi about the perils of artificial intelligence takes it time to tell a thoughtful and riveting story, while not over-complicating things.
We may have seen elements of this story before, but Garland's visual flair and the strong performances all round make this a thrilling, and often chilling, triumph. - James Hibbs
- Paul King (2)
- 91 mins
Comedy starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Nicole Kidman, and featuring the voice of Ben Whishaw. A young bear from Peru with a love of all things British travels to London, but he soon finds himself lost and alone. He's taken in by the kind Brown family; however, not everyone in the big city is quite so welcoming.How to watch
Why watch Paddington?:
After his recent sketch for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, maybe the question should be why would you not watch Paddington? The marmalade-loving bear has always been a hugely charming creation, but realised in both this film and its sequel his appeal went stratospheric as audiences lapped up his small-scale, utterly optimistic adventures across a quaint vision of London.
Ben Whishaw stars as the titular bear – Colin Firth was originally on board but honestly, we now can't hear anyone else in the role. His co-stars include Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Nicole Kidman, who all fully commit to this tale of acceptance, positivity and family.
With the upcoming third film recently announced as being titled Paddington in Peru, there has never been a better time to catch up on the movie that started one of Britain's most popular modern franchises. - James Hibbs
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
- Bob Persichetti
- 111 mins
Animated action adventure featuring the voices of Shameik Moore and Jake Johnson. Teenager Miles Morales is bitten by a radioactive arachnid and develops superhuman abilities like those of local hero Spider-Man. When Spidey is taken out of action by villain Kingpin, Miles must step up to prevent an unstable supercollider from sending New York into another dimension. But he soon finds he's not the only spider-being in town...How to watch
Why watch Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse?:
Spider-Man: No Way Home might have made waves at the end of last year, but despite being a stellar entry in the web-slinger's catalogue it's still not the best Spidey film. No, that crown goes to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's animated masterpiece which is now available to stream on Prime Video.
The film focuses on Miles Morales, a teenager who gets bitten by a spider just like Peter Parker, only in this universe, his Parker dies at the hands of Kingpin. Miles then teams up with a host of Spider-people from across the multiverse in a battle to save reality.
With the gags coming thick, fast and consistently hilarious, this film leans in to the comedy but never forgets the heart. It's visual style is something to behold, managing to break out of the Disney/Pixar model of what on-screen animation should look like and producing something truly fresh. - James Hibbs
- Phyllida Lloyd
- 104 mins
Musical romantic comedy featuring the music of Abba, and starring Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan. On an idyllic Greek island, young Sophie Sheridan prepares to marry the man of her dreams. But a problem looks set to blight the big day as the bride doesn't know who her father is. So Sophie sends out invitations to three men who might fit the bill, hoping to solve the riddle once her guests arrive.How to watch
Why watch Mamma Mia!?:
Strap on your dancing shoes and take a chance on this life-affirming jukebox musical, which is the perfect Summer film to relax and unwind with.
Starring Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried and Pierce Brosnan's unforgettable singing voice, this adaptation of the on-stage ABBA musical hits all the right notes – it's funny, sweet and stacked with hits that you'll be singing along to throughout the 100-minute run-time.
The plot revolves around a bride-to-be inviting three men to her wedding, each of whom could potentially be her unknown father, but in all honesty the plot mechanics aren't the reason you watch. It's the songs, the stunning Greek island setting and the dance routines that keep this charming escapade afloat. There's no wonder its 2018 sequel was a smash hit – movies don't come much more feel-good than this. - James Hibbs
- Martin McDonagh
- 102 mins
Black comedy drama starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes. Having made a spectacular mess of their most recent assignment, contract killers Ray and Ken disappear to Belgium and await further instructions from their boss, Harry. But serious trouble is never far away from the disastrous duo.How to watch
Why watch In Bruges?:
Fans of the Oscar-winning Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri will know that writer-director Martin McDonagh isn't afraid to cut deep with both his comedy and his emotional gut punches, revelling in murky, often unlikable characters with rich backstories.
That's certainly the case with his feature-length debut In Bruges, which tells the story of two hitmen (Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) who go into hiding after a job gone very badly wrong.
With McDonagh's background in theatre it's unsurprising that his dialogue is razor sharp, while the Belgian setting certainly makes for a delightfully mismatched and picturesque backdrop to the insanity that is about to befall it. Ralph Fiennes as an enraged London hitman is the cherry on the cake, stealing every scene he's in as he gleefully chews the scenery. - James Hibbs
I Care a Lot
- J Blakeson
- 118 mins
A crooked legal guardian who drains the savings of her elderly wards meets her match when a woman she tries to swindle turns out to be more than she first appears.How to watch
Why watch I Care a Lot?:
If you enjoyed Rosamund Pike’s blood-curdling turn in Gone Girl, you’ll love her performance in this fast-paced thriller, which earned the British actress a Golden Globe earlier this year. Pike plays ruthless Marla Grayson, a woman appointed by the courts to act as the legal guardian of elderly people who need assistance to take care of themselves. The problem is, the people she chooses are absolutely fine – the only thing they have to be scared of is Grayson, who steals their money, puts them in a home and exploits them for her own purposes. But one day she picks the wrong elderly woman.
Her son is a gangster (played by Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage) and he’ll do whatever it takes to make sure his mum is OK. Cue a cat and mouse game, where both players will stop at nothing to get what they want. Impossible to predict and dealing with unsettling subject matter, I Care a Lot is a film that will get your heart pumping and keep you guessing until the very end. Refreshingly original and brought to life by brilliant performances, it’s real gem that you should add to your watchlist immediately. - Emma Bullimore
- Max Barbakow
- 90 mins
Stuck in a time loop, two wedding guests develop a budding romance while living the same day over and over again.How to watch
Why watch Palm Springs?:
Remarkable romcoms have become a rare commodity in the streaming era, with few modern movies managing to stand out in the endless sea of generic, paint-by-numbers “chick-flicks” regularly churned out by the countless platforms we subscribe to. Thankfully, Palm Springs – the sci-fi romcom starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti – swooped in last year to save the day, giving the genre a much-needed shot of adrenaline.
Best described as Groundhog Day meets Four Weddings and a Funeral, Palm Springs follows Sarah (Milioti), an apathetic maid-of-honour just trying to get through her sister’s California wedding when she finds herself trapped in a time loop with charming, care-free wedding guest Nyles (Samberg) and the pair are forced to relive the same day over-and-over again.
A fast-paced, hugely funny and refreshing take on the time loop concept, Palm Springs features stunning performances from Milioti and Samberg, an outstanding supporting cast made up of JK Simmons, Meredith Hagner, Camila Mendes and Peter Gallagher, and surprisingly twists that will have you returning for multiple viewings. - Lauren Morris
- Nia DaCosta
- 91 mins
A sequel to the horror film Candyman (1992) that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began.How to watch
Why watch Candyman?:
This 2021 horror reboot/sequel comes from executive producer Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) and is a continuation of 1992's horror classic. Directed by Nia DaCosta, who's set to helm upcoming Captain Marvel sequel The Marvels, it follows Anthony McCoy, an artist living in Chicago who hears an urban legend detailing the events of the original film and the gruesome supernatural killer Candyman. In exploring his legacy through his art, Anthony soon becomes entrapped by the same supernatural forces that surrounded Helen Lyle all those years ago.
The film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris, and includes a cameo appearance from original Candyman actor Tony Todd. The cast are all on top form in a film which includes all the blood-splattering you'd expect, but chooses to focus its main attentions on themes of gentrification, generational trauma and racial injustice. In turning the original's premise on its head, and deepening the mythology of the Candyman while still showing a reverence for what that first film achieved, the new movie may not be the scariest horror out there today, but it is one of the most thought-provoking and emotionally resonant. - James Hibbs
No Time to Die
- Cary Fukunaga
- 163 mins
James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.How to watch
Why watch No Time to Die:
For a limited time period, all 25 official Bond films are streaming free to Prime Video subscribers – and while that means a huge assortment of riches spanning back 60 years is now available, we've opted to highlight the most recent film in the franchise, 2021's much delayed No Time to Die.
Helmed by True Detective's Cary Fukunaga after original director Danny Boyle walked away from the project during production, the film serves as an exhilarating swansong to Daniel Craig's tenure as the iconic double-0 agent, complete with several stunning action set-pieces and a truly jaw-dropping conclusion that proved this franchise can still spring a shock.
The film is not without one or two problems – Rami Malek's villain Safin is hardly a standout in the Bond canon, for example – but it features just about everything else Bond fans could have hoped for during its epic runtime, including some terrific supporting performances from the likes of Jeffrey Wright and a scene-stealing cameo from Ana De Armas. – Patrick Cremona
The Green Knight
- David Lowery
- 130 mins
A fantasy retelling of the medieval story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.How to watch
Why watch The Green Knight?:
Dev Patel leads the cast of this acclaimed indie film, which is based on a 14th-century poem about Sir Gawain, nephew of the legendary King Arthur. While steeped in folklore, viewers should be warned that this isn't an action flick in the vein of Guy Ritchie's Legend of the Sword, but rather a more slow-paced and thoughtful drama which occasionally veers into completely surreal territory.
When the monstrous Green Knight appears before Arthur's court one day with an intriguing challenge. He offers any knight the chance to strike him with his axe, but only on the condition that he may return their blow one year later. Gawain jumps at an opportunity to prove himself, chopping off the mysterious creature's head, but not anticipating that it would survive the attack and go laughing into the night. The following year, he goes on a journey to find the Green Knight and settle their debt.
The Green Knight comes courtesy of director David Lowery, whose measured approach to the source material creates some truly atmospheric scenes, while the addition of Daniel Hart's haunting score often drives the tension to new heights. Patel gives an excellent performance in the lead role, portraying an unlikely hero who is flawed yet utterly compelling, with memorable supporting roles going to Barry Keoghan (Eternals), Joel Edgerton (The Underground Railroad), and Alicia Vikander (Tomb Raider). – David Craig
- Edgar Wright
- 115 mins
Action comedy starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. London policeman Nicholas Angel is reassigned to a sleepy rural village, but soon finds that the big city doesn't have a monopoly on crime.How to watch
Why watch Hot Fuzz?:
When it comes to action comedies, they don't come as acclaimed, widely appreciated and iconic as Hot Fuzz. Starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, this second in the Cornetto trilogy is director Edgar Wright at the height of his powers, masterfully crafting each sequence with such detail and care as to create an instant classic.
Pegg plays Nicholas Angel, a high-achieving and career driven Met Police officer who gets transferred from London because his success rate is making the rest of the squad look bad. He is sent to Sandford, a village in Gloucestershire whose small-town exterior and perfect image are hiding a very dark secret.
The comedy comes thick and fast, including some of the most memorable visual gags of all time, but the film still manages to retain its heart and prioritise character over all else. And when the action hits in that third act and the film goes all out, it's irrepressibly entertaining. - James Hibbs
Everybody's Talking About Jamie
- Jonathan Butterell
- 115 mins
Feature film adaptation of the musical about a teenager from Sheffield, England who wants to be a drag queen.How to watch
Why watching Everybody's Talking about Jamie?:
Amazon Prime Video bagged the exclusive rights to this film adaptation of the popular stage musical of the same name, which follows a 16-year-old boy who overcomes his bullies at school by forging a new identity as a drag queen. With the performative art being more popular than ever right now thanks to the likes of RuPaul, this is a story that's sure to resonate with many viewers – and remarkably, it's based on true events (see BBC Three documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16).
This incarnation features a different cast to the stage production, with newcomer Max Harwood taking the highly sought after title role and earning critical acclaim for his performance. The supporting cast includes familiar faces Sarah Lancashire, Ralph Ineson, Adeel Akhtar and Richard E Grant, while West End star Layton Williams and the real Jamie himself pop up in cameo appearances (so keep your eyes peeled).
Some critics took issue with the film's somewhat sugar-coated plot, as there's little in the way of tension over whether Jamie will achieve his dreams. However, for many viewers, I suspect that level of unbridled positivity and celebration is exactly what they're looking for. Indeed, if it's feel-good viewing your after, Jamie's uplifting story should have no trouble putting a smile on your face. – David Craig
A Hard Day's Night
- Richard Lester
- 84 mins
Musical comedy starring the Beatles in their movie debut. John, Paul, George and Ringo set off for London, where they are due to take part in a live TV show. But the antics of Paul's mischievous grandfather throw the performance into jeopardy. Includes the classic songs A Hard Day's Night, Tell Me Why, I Should Have Known Better, She Loves You, This Boy, Can't Buy Me Love, I Wanna Be Your Man and All My Loving.How to watch
Why watch A Hard Day's Night?:
More than 50 years after they split, The Beatles are firmly back in the spotlight right now following the release of Peter Jackson's acclaimed three-part documentary The Beatles: Get Back, which chronicles the Fab Four as they wrote, rehearsed and recorded their album Let It Be.
And if you enjoyed that, you could do a lot worse than giving their 1964 film A Hard Day's Night a try. Filmed and released at the height of Beatlemania, this classic comedy was the band's film debut, and follows them as they travel from Liverpool to London to perform various concerts – only for things to go awry when Ringo goes missing.
Packed with all sorts of hilarious antics – including the presence of a fictional, troublemaking version of Paul's grandfather – and some of The Beatles' most popular hits from the era, such as the title track, Can't Buy Me Love and She Loves You, this is a hugely entertaining film and is rightly regarded as one of the finest jukebox musicals of all time. – Patrick Cremona
- Dominic Cooke
- 112 mins
Businessman Greville Wynne is asked by a Russian source to try to help put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.How to watch
Why watch The Courier?:
Benedict Cumberbatch is on a roll of late, having just been nominated for an Oscar in The Power of the Dog and now on his way into the Multiverse of Madness as Doctor Strange. In this 2021 Cold War thriller, Cumberbatch plays Greville Wynne, a mild-mannered businessman who finds himself roped into the world of international espionage.
The film is based on an unbelievable true story, with Wynne couriering information from a Soviet source back and forth between London and the Soviet Union amid the Cuban Missile Crisis. As usual, Cumberbatch puts in fine work here, while Jessie Buckley makes a real impression with relatively limited screen time as Wynne's wife Sheila.
It's not the highest octane of thrillers, but its sobering look at the real life consequences of MI6's endeavour are deeply affecting. This is only director Dominic Cooke's second film, having mainly been known for theatre, but on the basis of his work here he has an eye for the filmic. For a slice of unbelievable, overlooked history, look no further. - James Hibbs
Sound of Metal
- Darius Marder
- 101 mins
A heavy-metal drummer's life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.How to watch
Why watch Sound of Metal?:
Riz Ahmed spent eight months of his life preparing for the lead role in this film, learning to play the drums and communicate in sign language. And it shows. Ahmed plays a punk metal drummer, Ruben living the dream – he’s out on the road with his girlfriend, Lou (Olivia Cooke) playing gigs and feeding off the adrenaline. They have music and each other, nothing else is required.
But he’s catapulted into a nightmare when he wakes up and discovers his hearing is rapidly declining as a result of a ruptured ear drum. Concerned the crisis will throw him back into his old patterns of drug abuse, Lou sends him to a deaf-friendly commune, where he must learn to accept his new life. The question is, can he ever lean into his new existence, or will he always pine for the way things were?
This unusually spiritual, soul-searching film was 13 years in the making, earned six Oscar nominations and was clearly a labour of love for everyone involved. If the test of a good movie is whether you’re still thinking about it a week later, The Sound of Metal passes with flying colours. And the central performance by Ahmed is just spell-binding. - Emma Bullimore
- Kevin Macdonald
- 129 mins
Mohamedou Ould Slahi fights for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years.How to watch
Why watch The Mauritanian?:
It may have been a year without big blockbuster screenings and red carpet premieres, but that hasn’t stopped Golden Globe-winning films, like Kevin Macdonald’s The Mauritanian, from reaching would-be cinema-goers at home. Based on the true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, this legal drama stars The Serpent’s Tahar Rahim as Slahi, a Mauritanian engineer who was detained without charge or trial by the US government at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years, during which time he was subjected to horrific torture techniques.
Featuring a heart-breaking and captivating performance from Rahim, The Mauritanian follows Slahi as he’s finally helped by pro-bono lawyers Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) who fight for years to get him the trial he deserves whilst dealing with redacted government documents, uncooperative officials and a passionate military prosecutor played by Benedict Cumberbatch. An enlightening watch, The Mauritanian tells Slahi’s remarkable and tragic story, shining a light on the cruelty of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” after 9/11 with a terrific turn from the award-winning Foster. - Lauren Morris
- Bong Joon-ho
- 132 mins
Drama starring Song Kang-ho and Lee Sun-kyun. The Kim family live hand-to-mouth on the edges of Seoul, until under-qualified son Ki-woo hustles his way into a job as a private tutor for the wealthy but gullible Parks. His parents and sister then devise an audacious con that results in the whole family being employed in the Park household. The Kims settle into their newly comfortable lifestyle, but an unexpected visitor threatens to disrupt everything.How to watch
Why watch Parasite?:
The first non-English language film to win Best Picture at the Oscars, South Korean black comedy Parasite re-wrote the record books when it was released in 2019. But beyond the awards glory (the movie ended up winning four Academy Awards, two BAFTAs and a Golden Globe), this is just a thoroughly entertaining watch. You’ll quickly settle into the subtitles as you learn about a struggling family of four – two parents and two twenty-something children – living in cramped conditions in the city.
One by one, they hustle their way into well-paid jobs with the unsuspecting Parks family, pretending to be qualified as an English tutor, an art therapist, a chauffeur and a housekeeper. It’s all harmless enough to start with, and they settle into their new way of life, pulling the wool over their employers’ eyes. But the caper soon turns into a dark, unsettling tale, as unexpected twists force the masquerading family to take drastic action – your heart will be in your mouth before the final credits roll. - Emma Bullimore
- David Ayer
- 117 mins
Following the death of Superman, intelligence officer Amanda Waller convinces Washington DC officials to let her assemble Task Force X, a team of lethal criminals. Deadshot, Harley Quinn and Killer Croc are among those strong-armed into a deadly mission involving an archaeologist possessed by a demonic witch. Fantasy adventure based on the DC Comics, starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared LetoHow to watch
Why watch Suicide Squad?:
It may not have the highest reviews, but there’s something ultimately very fun and weirdly charming about David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. A group of criminal misfits are tasked with saving the world following the death of Superman. If they succeed, their prison sentences will be shortened, but if not, they will die. Their mission is to defeat Enchantress (played by Cara Delevingne), but it won’t be easy, as she’s a powerful witch with powers beyond belief. Culturally, Suicide Squad proved to be enormous as it introduced us to Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn whose beloved character launched a thousand Halloween costumes.
The film might not have the strongest plot and some criticism was levelled at the bafflingly short amount of time Jared Leto’s much-hyped Joker appeared in the film, but the cast are electric and the soundtrack is certainly very catchy. It is also the first film in the DCEU to ever win an Academy Award (Best Make-up and Hairstyling). Plus, it’s worth catching up on Suicide Squad before watching the beloved Harley spin-off Birds of Prey and upcoming sequel The Suicide Squad, due later this year. - Helen Daly
The Wolf of Wall Street
- Documentary and factual
- Martin Scorsese
- 172 mins
Blackly comic drama based on a true story, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. With his dreams of wealth and a gift with words, Jordon Belfort rises through the ranks of Wall Street traders during the 1980s. But his success brings notoriety, and his increasingly shady activities attract the attention of the FBI.How to watch
Why watch The Wolf of Wall Street?:
Martin Scorsese brings the stock market to the big screen in The Wolf of Wall Street with surprisingly great success. Over the course of a fairly intense 180 minutes, we follow Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) as he climbs up the ranks in Wall Street, quickly becoming a successful - but corrupt - stockbroker. DiCaprio effortlessly portrays Belfort’s complex life, fuelled by sex, drugs and corruption - and was nominated for an Oscar for his performance.
The film itself echoes American Psycho and The Great Gatsby (not just because it shares a lead) as we see decadent portrayals of American life for a rich man which is not always what it seems on first appearance. Margot Robbie offers a stand-out performance as Belfort’s partner Naomi, while Jonah Hill surprises with a unique role for him. You’ll want to concentrate during this one, as the plot is fairly complex and at times the dialogue is quite dense. But you’ll be rewarded with a complete tale from one of the greatest storytellers Hollywood has ever had. - Helen Daly
Back to the Future
- Robert Zemeckis
- 111 mins
Sci-fi comedy adventure starring Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd. High-school student Marty McFly thinks his future is ahead of him, until the day he tries out Dr Emmett Brown's modified DeLorean car and travels back in time. Stranded in 1955, Marty meets his parents and unwittingly changes their destiny. Can he put things right and return to the future before it's too late?How to watch
Why watch Back to the Future?:
Join Marty and Doc on the adventure of a lifetime in Back to the Future on Amazon Prime. The Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale film brings time travel slap-bang into the 80s and is the epitome of that era. Teenager Marty (played by the charismatic Michael J. Fox) is too cool for school and plans to be a musician until his scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) shows him a whole new world, made possible by his trusted time-travelling DeLorean.
There truly isn’t a more charming movie to cheer you up on a dreary weekend. Marty and Doc are (quite literally) electric together and the humour is sweet. You’ll be singing Huey Lewis and the News tunes all day while dreaming of one day owning your own DeLorean. There’s a reason it’s a classic – it’s simply never aged. Yes it’s set in the 80s, but Back to the Future could be released today and it would still be as loved and would more importantly still be considered one of the greatest films ever made. - Helen Daly
- Tom Hooper
- 151 mins
Period musical based on the internationally successful stage show and the novel by Victor Hugo, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. In post-revolutionary France a criminal tries to make amends for his past by raising a young girl as his own. But the policeman who first put him away is unconvinced by the transformation and is determined to expose him.How to watch
Why watch Les Miserables? :
Victor Hugo’s glorious tale is brought to life once more in Tom Hooper’s musical adaptation. With a star-studded cast made up of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne and many more, this highly decorated film is unmissable. Hathaway picked up almost every award for her emotive and powerful portrayal of Fantine and it’s clear to see why she did.
You’ll need a tissue (or several) at hand for this emotional and highly melodramatic film. With rousing music, moments of genuine heartbreak and of course outstanding performances, Les Miserables is one you won’t want to miss – and if you’re anything like us, you’ll have the soundtrack on repeat for days after. - Helen Daly