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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.

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Published: Thursday, 21st July 2022 at 4:35 pm
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Amazon Prime Video's line-up of movies just gets better by the week, with a real variety to sink your teeth into this upcoming weekend.

If you fancy a blockbuster there's plenty of display, from Spider-Man: into the Spider-Verse to Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, but if you're looking for something a bit different then why not check out an acclaimed foreign language drama, like Parasite or The Hunt?

Fans of comedy aren't at all short changed by the streamer either, and if you've just come from seeing Thor: Love and Thunder at the cinema why not continue the trend and dive into some more Taika Waititi with What We Do in the Shadows?

If that's not your favourite type of comedy then never fear - there's always The Big Sick, Little Miss Sunshine or Prime Original Palm Springs, which is a time-loop rom-com with Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti.

Other favourites available for you to check out right now include David Fincher's Fight Club, mythical epic The Green Knight, legacy horror sequel Candyman and uplifting musical Everybody's Talking about Jamie.

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 21st July 2022

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  • The Hunt

    • Drama
    • Thriller
    • 2012
    • Thomas Vinterberg
    • 110 mins
    • 15

    Summary:

    Drama from the director of Festen, starring Mads Mikkelsen. Lucas, a kindergarten teacher, is falsely accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour by one of the children in his care and is abruptly ostracised by the local community. Even those closest to Lucas begin to doubt his innocence, as he becomes trapped in an increasingly nightmarish situation.

    Why watch The Hunt?:

    If you've seen and enjoyed the astonishing Danish film Another Round starring Mads Mikkelsen, then its well worth revisiting this earlier entry into director Thomas Vinterberg's oeuvre which also stars Mikkelsen. It follows Lucas, a primary school teacher who becomes the target of a hate campaign after he is accused of sexually abusing the child of one of his friends.

    It's a dark and oftentimes gruelling exploration of some really difficult questions, but the film is engaging and Mikkelsen's performance is never not mesmerising, keeping you at arms length and allowing for a level of doubt around the character's true nature. It's a tense watch which keeps you consistently on edge and is all the better for doing so. - James Hibbs

    How to watch
  • 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

    How to watch
  • 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

    How to watch
  • The Big Sick

    • Drama
    • Comedy
    • 2017
    • Michael Showalter
    • 115 mins
    • 15

    Summary:

    Romantic comedy based on a true story, starring Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan. A man attempts to keep his new relationship with a woman secret from his traditional Muslim family. When she is put into a medically induced coma, he realises he has to step up and admit how he really feels.

    Why watch The Big Sick?:

    Kumail Nanjiani stars in and co-wrote this funny, heartfelt film which is loosely based on his own life, and his relationship with his wife and co-writer Emily V Gordon. In the film, Kumail meets Emily and falls in love with her, but she ends the relationship when she discovers that he doesn't think it can go anywhere because of pressure from his Pakistani American family.

    When she then suffers from a lung infection and is placed in an induced coma, Kumail spends time by her bedside getting to know her parents, who have their own thoughts and feelings about how the relationship ended. It's a tonally well-balanced movie, never slipping too broadly into the comedy or the other way into the heart-ache, but landing right in the middle for a film which will leave you with plenty of laughs and a warm feeling when all is said and done. - James Hibbs

    How to watch
  • Fight Club

    • Comedy
    • Drama
    • 1999
    • David Fincher
    • 133 mins
    • 18

    Summary:

    Satirical drama starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. Meeting by chance, soap salesman Tyler Durden and a frustrated office worker conceive the Fight Club, where disaffected young men seeking release from their frustrations can beat each other up with bare knuckles. Their idea is hugely successful, but as Tyler becomes a cult hero, his actions grow increasingly reckless.

    Why watch Fight Club?:

    The film that launched a thousand sayings, theories and obsessions, David Fincher's Fight Club remains a seriously impressive accomplishment. Starring Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden and Edward Norton as the unnamed narrator, the film lives and dies on its twist – and thankfully it very much lives, in a rug pull for the ages.

    Exploring themes including conflict, commercialism, violence and nihilism, the film has been both hugely influential and controversial ever since it debuted in 1999, and just earlier this year was censored in China for its ending.

    If you haven't seen it and want to know what all the fuss is about, it's available now on Prime Video, and remains well worth your time as one of Fincher's boldest films, which also stars Helena Bonham Carter in a mesmerising supporting role. - James Hibbs

    How to watch
  • Little Miss Sunshine

    • Comedy
    • Drama
    • 2006
    • Jonathan Dayton
    • 98 mins
    • 15

    Summary:

    Oscar-winning road-movie comedy starring Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell and Toni Collette. When his seven-year-old daughter has the opportunity to appear in a California beauty pageant, strung-out father Richard embarks on an eventful journey by road in his VW van. Also along for the ride are Richard's dysfunctional family, in particular his foul-mouthed, heroin-abusing father.

    Why watch Little Miss Sunshine?:

    Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, and Alan Arkin star in this sweet and affecting tragicomic road movie which inspired a whole genre of independent comedy films.

    It follows a family trying to get their youngest child across the country in time for a beauty pageant in which she is meant to compete. The family includes a grandfather with a drug habit, a son who has taken a vow of silence and an uncle who has recently attempted suicide.

    The film somehow manages to balance its tragic and its comedic tones perfectly, dealing with seriously heavy subject matter yet somehow still managing to make the jokes land with full force. - James Hibbs

    How to watch
  • What We Do in the Shadows

    • Comedy
    • Fantasy
    • 2014
    • Jemaine Clement
    • 81 mins
    • 15

    Summary:

    Horror comedy starring Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. Viago is a centuries-old vampire who shares a flat with three fellow bloodsuckers in present-day Wellington in New Zealand. The quartet struggles to fit into a modern world of paying rent and staying fashionable, until young Nick is turned into a vampire and decides to help them to adjust.

    Why watch What We Do in the Shadows?:

    If you're only familiar with the hugely popular series of the same name but haven't seen this 2014 film, stop what you're doing and log into Prime immediately. This riotous comedy from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement sees them star alongside Jonathan Brugh as a trio of vampires living in a house-share, whose simple lives are documented in mockumentary style.

    It's the film that really launches Waititi into the big time and it's easy to see why: the whole cast are on top form, the gags are consistently hilarious and the mockumentary style gets new life here after being so extensively used over the years.

    The spin-off series, which stars Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry and Natasia Demetriou is a riotous follow-up and a very worthy successor, but you really have to see this original film to understand just how well-realised this unlikely franchise was from the very start. - James Hibbs

    How to watch
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    • Action
    • Comedy
    • 2017
    • Jake Kasdan
    • 114 mins
    • 12

    Summary:

    Fantasy adventure starring Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart and Jack Black. Four high-school students discover a dusty 1990s video game and are sucked into its world as the characters they chose. They soon discover that if they lose their three "lives" in the game, they will be killed in real life. In order to survive, they must complete the game and break its curse.

    Why watch Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle?:

    A legacy sequel to 1995's Jumanji wasn't necessarily on many people's lists of dream follow-ups and, when the trailer dropped for this instalment, which stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black, it's fair to say that audiences were skeptical.

    However, the film managed to absolutely thwart those expectations, production a funny, heartfelt adventure that went on to become a box-office behemoth and a favourite with both audiences and critics, relaunching the franchise in a way no one could have predicted.

    The whole cast pull their weight in hilariously, purposefully miscast roles (playing the video-game avatars of children) but it's Jack Black that truly steals the show, as the avatar for popular high-school girl Bethany. - James Hibbs

    How to watch
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    • Comedy
    • Drama
    • 2014
    • Wes Anderson
    • 95 mins
    • 15

    Summary:

    Comedy starring Ralph Fiennes and Edward Norton. The distinguished concierge at the renowned Grand Budapest Hotel inherits a priceless painting from a deceased guest. When he is accused of her murder, he can only depend on his loyal bellboy to help restore his reputation.

    Why watch The Grand Budapest Hotel?:

    Some people claim that Wes Anderson only makes one type of film and, while he may have his own signature style, this film makes clear that that's not true – as it's clearly superior to all the rest.

    A brilliant concoction of surrealism and dry wit, along with Anderson's trademark chocolate box visuals, the film follows Tony Revolori's Zero as he meets Ralph Fiennes' Monsieur Gustave H, a concierge who ends up being framed for the murder of a wealthy dowager.

    It was nominated for nine oscars and won four, very deservingly. At a tight 100 minutes the film never outstays its welcome, and instead lets you zip along an absurd ride accompanied by a host of beloved actors, all of whom are clearly having an absolute whale of a time. - James Hibbs

    How to watch
  • Dunkirk

    • War
    • Drama
    • 2017
    • Christopher Nolan
    • 102 mins
    • 12

    Summary:

    Second World War drama starring Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh. During the 1940 British evacuation at Dunkirk, three individuals each fight to survive. As young soldier Tommy waits to escape the wartorn beach, a civilian sailor from Weymouth aids in the rescue efforts, while a Spitfire pilot provides air support and gains a singular perspective on the chaos taking place below.

    Why watch Dunkirk?:

    This Christopher Nolan epic was nominated for eight Oscars andc while it might not be the most riveting piece when it comes to character or dialogue, if you're looking for sheer tension, accurate battle recreations and absolute technical mastery, look absolutely no further.

    Starring Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Harry Styles in his film debut, amongst others, it follows the Dunkirk evacuation during World War Two through three time periods, portraying the fight from both land, sea and in the air.

    The visuals are absolutely spectacular, with much of the actions created in camera rather than using special effects, and some sequences are completely breathless. As history lessons go, this one is certainly thrilling, and marks out Nolan's versatility as a filmmaker following his previous projects in the superhero and sci-fi realms. - James Hibbs

    How to watch
  • (500) Days of Summer

    • Comedy
    • Drama
    • 2009
    • Marc Webb
    • 91 mins
    • 12A

    Summary:

    Romantic comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. When new girl Summer Finn starts work in his office, it's love at first sight for Tom Hansen. But is their relationship doomed because of Summer's belief that real life always gets in the way of true love?

    Why watch (500) Days of Summer?:

    When this indie rom-com broke onto the scene back in 2009 it really broke open ideas about just what a rom-com would be, opening up opportunities for invention within a genre which for a long time had become fairly formulaic.

    The film charts a doomed relationship in a non-linear fashion, as we jump around the 500 days between when Tom, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, met Summer, played by Zooey Deschanel, and when he eventually got over her.

    The characters may both be deeply aggravating in their own ways, but that's the whole point - meanwhile, the film has an easy comic charm as it also doles out some life lessons along the way. Fans have disagreed heartily online about who is the villain or hero of the piece, but in truth if you can get your audience that invested in a film, then it must be doing something right.

    How to watch
  • Paddington

    • Comedy
    • Family
    • 2014
    • Paul King (2)
    • 91 mins
    • PG

    Summary:

    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.

    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

    How to watch
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    • Fantasy
    • Drama
    • 2018
    • Bob Persichetti
    • 111 mins
    • PG

    Summary:

    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...

    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

    How to watch
  • 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
  • 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

    How to watch
  • 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

    How to watch
  • 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

    How to watch
  • 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

    How to watch
  • 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

    How to watch
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    How to watch
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