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Best movies on Amazon Prime Video to watch now

No-one wants to scroll endlessly, so we've picked the best movies on Amazon for you.

Candyman
Published: Thursday, 19th May 2022 at 2:52 pm
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While other streaming services might remain more popular, few have a film library to rival Amazon Prime Video, which boasts an excellently varied catalogue that encompasses all sorts of eras and styles.

Whether you're after a classic comedy like Some Like It Hot, a 2000s action hit like Hot Fuzz or an indie masterpiece like Fargo, the streamer should have something for you, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Recently the library was handed another major boost, with the news that all 25 official Bond films – including the most recent entry in the franchise No Time to Die – have now been added to the platform. That's a lot of classics to sink your teeth into!

And Prime Video has also continued to put out several high-quality original movies, with Arthurian drama The Green Knight and uplifting musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie among the pick of the bunch last year.

There are also plenty of other recent films available for subscribers to stream for free, including The Father, The Courier and 2020's Best Picture Oscar winner Parasite. Horror fans will have plenty to pick from too, with 2021's Candyman now streaming exclusively on Prime Video.

Every single film on the list below has been hand-picked by RadioTimes.com's team of film experts, so you will know exactly which movies you should dive into when you next open Amazon Prime Video.

You can also tweet us @RadioTimes if you want to recommend your own favourite for the list.

Our Amazon Prime Video pages (including best Amazon shows) will be updated regularly, so keep this page bookmarked as we'll have fresh recommendations you absolutely don't want to miss.

For those wanting something a bit different, we’ve also created shortlists of the best Netflix movies and the best Netflix series, as well as your guide to Disney Plus.

Last updated 19th May 2022

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  • Candyman

    • Horror
    • Thriller
    • 2020
    • Nia DaCosta
    • 91 mins
    • 15

    Summary:

    A sequel to the horror film Candyman (1992) that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began.

    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

    How to watch
  • Hot Fuzz

    • Action
    • Comedy
    • 2007
    • Edgar Wright
    • 115 mins
    • 18

    Summary:

    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.

    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

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  • Some Like It Hot

    • Comedy
    • Drama
    • 1959
    • Billy Wilder
    • 116 mins
    • U

    Summary:

    Classic comedy starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. Chicago, 1929, the era of Prohibition and tough racketeers. When two underemployed musicians witness the St Valentine's Day Massacre, they nearly become victims themselves. Their only escape is a jazz band heading for Florida, but there's a problem - it's an all-girl orchestra.

    Why watch Some Like It Hot:

    Billy Wilder was the man behind many of the greatest films of Hollywood's Golden Age – including Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, and The Apartment – but this uproarious comedy might just be the best of the bunch. Set during prohibition era USA, the plot concerns two down on their luck musicians who find themselves on the run after accidentally witnessing the St Valentine's Day Massacre.

    Naturally, they look to get out of town as quickly as possible – but it soon emerges that their only chance to do so is by joining an all-women orchestra, meaning they'll have to adopt some convincing disguises if they're to escape a grizzly fate. All sorts of hilarious hijinks ensue, especially after they're introduced to Marilyn Monroe's talented performer Sugar "Kane" Kowalczyk.

    Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon all turn in superb performances, and Wilder's dialogue is typically quick-witted throughout. "Nobody's perfect" is the famous final line – but this film is exactly that. - Patrick Cremona

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  • Fargo

    • Comedy
    • Drama
    • 1995
    • Joel Coen
    • 94 mins
    • 18

    Summary:

    Oscar-winning black comedy thriller from the Coen brothers, starring Frances McDormand, William H Macy, Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare. Car salesman Jerry Lundegaard arranges to have his wife kidnapped in order to extort some money from his wealthy father-in-law. But when the kidnapping fails to go as planned, the heavily pregnant local police chief Marge Gunderson is soon on the trail.

    Why watch Fargo? :

    Picking a favourite Coen brothers film is just about an impossible task for a cinephile, but quirky crime flick Fargo is undoubtedly one of the standouts in their impeccable filmography. The 1996 film is a perfectly crafted thriller that also happens to be one of the pair's most amusing pieces of work, with their offbeat and sometimes twisted sense of humour never far from the surface.

    Set in snowy Minnesota – and cheekily claiming to be based on a true story – the film follows Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare as a pair of bumbling amateur kidnappers who are involved in a doomed extortion plot initiated by mild-mannered car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H Macy). All the performances are expertly pitched, but it's Frances McDormand as heavily pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson who really steals the show – and indeed she won her first Academy Award for her efforts.

    The shocking bursts of violence are brilliantly offset by good-natured scenes of peaceful domesticity, and the film also features some of the most enjoyable lines of dialogue of all time – often delivered in deliberately over-egged Minnesotan accents. Across four seasons, Noah Hawley's TV spin-off has played brilliant homage to the film, but the small screen version has never quite topped the original. - Patrick Cremona

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  • No Time to Die

    • Action
    • Thriller
    • 2020
    • Cary Fukunaga
    • 163 mins
    • 12A

    Summary:

    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.

    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

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  • The Green Knight

    • Action
    • Drama
    • 2021
    • David Lowery
    • 130 mins
    • 15

    Summary:

    A fantasy retelling of the medieval story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

    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

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  • Everybody's Talking About Jamie

    • Drama
    • Comedy
    • 2021
    • Jonathan Butterell
    • 115 mins
    • 12A

    Summary:

    Feature film adaptation of the musical about a teenager from Sheffield, England who wants to be a drag queen.

    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

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  • Palm Springs

    • Comedy
    • Fantasy
    • 2020
    • Max Barbakow
    • 90 mins
    • 15

    Summary:

    Stuck in a time loop, two wedding guests develop a budding romance while living the same day over and over again.

    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

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  • A Hard Day's Night

    • Comedy
    • Musical
    • 1964
    • Richard Lester
    • 84 mins
    • PG

    Summary:

    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.

    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

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  • The Father

    • Drama
    • Mystery
    • 2020
    • Florian Zeller
    • 97 mins
    • 12A

    Summary:

    A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.

    Why watch The Father?:

    Prepare yourself for a tearjerker - The Father is in no way an easy watch. However, it is a worthwhile one, with a deftly put together look at the world through the eyes of a dementia sufferer. Directed by Florian Zeller, who is adapting his own stage play here, the film follows Anthony, an elderly man whose dementia causes him confusion and distress.

    Throughout the film, Anthony's world shifts, with sequences seeming to play out again and again, time bending and repeating itself and even faces swapping. Anthony is played by Sir Anthony Hopkins, who won an Oscar for his work here, while Olivia Colman plays his daughter Anne.

    The Father is likely to hit home for anyone whose life has been touched by dementia, as it tells a simple story in the most compassionate yet heartbreaking way possible. Meanwhile, the performances alone make the film worth your time, with two Oscar-winning actors giving it their all. - James Hibbs

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  • The Courier

    • Drama
    • History
    • 2020
    • Dominic Cooke
    • 112 mins
    • 12A

    Summary:

    Businessman Greville Wynne is asked by a Russian source to try to help put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

    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

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  • Sound of Metal

    • Drama
    • Music
    • 2019
    • Darius Marder
    • 101 mins
    • 15

    Summary:

    A heavy-metal drummer's life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.

    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

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  • The Mauritanian

    • Drama
    • Thriller
    • 2020
    • Kevin Macdonald
    • 129 mins
    • 15

    Summary:

    Mohamedou Ould Slahi fights for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years.

    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

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  • Parasite

    • Thriller
    • Drama
    • 2019
    • Bong Joon-ho
    • 132 mins
    • 15

    Summary:

    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.

    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

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  • I Care a Lot

    • Comedy
    • Crime/detective
    • 2020
    • J Blakeson
    • 118 mins
    • 15

    Summary:

    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.

    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

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  • Suicide Squad

    • Action
    • Drama
    • 2016
    • David Ayer
    • 117 mins
    • 15

    Summary:

    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 Leto

    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

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  • Molly's Game

    • Documentary and factual
    • Drama
    • 2017
    • Aaron Sorkin
    • 134 mins
    • 15

    Summary:

    Drama based on a true story starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner. Following a career-ending injury, skier Molly Bloom makes ends meet as a waitress. However, after discovering the world of high-stakes poker, she builds her own gambling empire, which makes her rich - and attracts a major federal investigation.

    Why watch Molly's Game?:

    Based on an incredible true story, Molly's Game is a 2017 film that sees Jessica Chastain in the role of Los Angeles poker queen Molly Bloom. A former skier who becomes the leader of a regular high-rolling poker game, Molly is an engaging and charismatic character who comes up against the dark underbelly of Hollywood. One of the most memorable characters is Michael Cera's Player X, a badly behaved composite character that is based on several real-life movie stars who played in Molly's game. Idris Elba, Kevin Costner and Chris O'Dowd also appear, making this a highly star-studded affair.

    With a typically tight script from Aaron Sorkin (who also makes his directorial debut behind the camera), Molly's Game is a film that ticks along at pace and packs in a lot of tension. As well as offering a unique perspective on the lives of mega-star millionaires, Molly's Game also veers into crime drama territory as the FBI become increasingly interested in Molly. Chastain earned a Golden Globe for her performance in the title role, which mixes charisma and chaos wonderfully well. Sorkin's script was also much-touted on the awards circuit, picking up nominations at the Oscars, the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs. - Rob Leane

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  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    • Documentary and factual
    • Drama
    • 2013
    • Martin Scorsese
    • 172 mins
    • 18

    Summary:

    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.

    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

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  • Back to the Future

    • Action
    • Comedy
    • 1985
    • Robert Zemeckis
    • 111 mins
    • PG

    Summary:

    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?

    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

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  • Legally Blonde

    • Comedy
    • Drama
    • 2001
    • Robert Luketic
    • 92 mins
    • 12

    Summary:

    Comedy starring Reese Witherspoon. Valley girl Elle's life will be perfect with a marriage proposal from her boyfriend Warner before he leaves for university. But Warner's worried that Elle's frivolity will damage his political ambitions and ends the relationship. Determined to prove there's more to her than hair and make-up, the blonde bombshell follows Warner to Harvard.

    Why watch Legally Blonde?:

    Elle Wood proves that hair colour does not define you in 2001 smash hit, Legally Blonde. Reese Witherspoon takes the lead role as the wannabe lawyer who’s outfits are as sharp as her intelligence. Throughout the comedy, Elle must overcome stereotypes put on women with blonde hair and prove she’s good enough to be at Harvard Law School all the while strutting around in her fierce pink heels.

    This comedy is so much more than its jokes (mainly coming from the simply fantastic Jennifer Coolidge). Legally Blonde genuinely inspired a legion of would-be female lawyers to go to law school and get their degrees. Plus, there’s a third film on the way in May 2022 so there’s never been a better time to check in with Elle. Grab your fluffy pink pen and take notes! - Helen Daly

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  • Les Misérables

    • Musical
    • Drama
    • 2012
    • Tom Hooper
    • 151 mins
    • 12A

    Summary:

    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.

    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

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