Looking for a great movie to watch on Amazon Prime tonight? On TV Tonight lists this best movies to watch on Amazon Prime Video this month.
10. DOORS OPEN
What we think: This one has a great British cast lead by Shetland’s David Henshall as Mike McKenzie, a bored, self-made millionaire who is disdainful of private art collectors and is interested when art expert Professor Gissing suggests that they, along with banker Allan Cruikshank, devise a plan to swap priceless paintings from the national gallery owned by a banking conglomerate for clever forgeries. The forgeries will be left behind, giving the impression that the thieves abandoned their haul when they fled. Mike brings on board another old friend, small time crook Charlie Calloway, but Charlie is in debt to a gang boss and that’s when plans begin to go awry. It is down to Mike’s former girlfriend, Laura, to save the situation. Being set in the art world, this is a bit different from the usual heist scenarios.
Director: MARC EVANS
Cast: DOUGLAS HENSHALL, STEPHEN FRY, KENNETH COLLARD, LENORA CRICHLOW, BRIAN MCCARDIE, PHILIP WHITCHURCH
9. THE PEACOCK SPRING
What we think: Filmed in India, Rumer Godden’s story has been adapted and directed by the Jewel in the Crown team. It’s 1959, and a widowed official with the United Nations in Delhi, India brings his two daughters from England to live with him. Tension between 15-year-old Una and Alix, a Eurasian woman acting as governess soon erupts, as Una suspects her father’s motives. Una turns to an Indian poet for solace and her involvement with him leads to complications that upset the household. Naveen Andrews is seen in his third film role as the poet Ravi.
Director: CHRISTOPHER MORAHAN
Cast: PETER EGAN, JENNIFER CARON HALL, HATTIE MORAHAN, NAVEEN ANDREWS
8. SEVEN STAGES TO ACHIEVE ETERNAL BLISS
What we think: The original title for this odd black comedy was Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss by Passing Through the Gateway Chosen by the Holy Storsh, which must be one of the longest film titles ever. One of the main reasons for viewing this film is Taika Waititi as the guru, Storsh. This is a strange story, certainly not an Oscar winning film, but it’s a new take on the crime genre. The strange occurrences all take place when a small-town couple finds the perfect apartment in LA, except there’s one catch: the apartment is home to the ritualistic suicides of a deranged cult. Be warned: this one is weird.
Director: VIVIENO CALDINELLI
Cast: KATE MICUCCI, SAM HUNTINGTON, TAIKA WAITITI, DAN HARMON, BRIAN POSEHN, MINDY STERLING
7. THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK
What we think: The best part about this drama is that it features New York City in all its glory. It’s a coming-of-age story where Thomas Webb, the son of a publisher and his artistic wife, has just graduated from college and is trying to find his place in the world. Moving from his parents’ Upper West Side apartment to the Lower East Side, he befriends his neighbour W.F., a shambling alcoholic writer who dispenses worldly wisdom alongside healthy shots of whiskey. Thomas’ world begins to shift when he discovers that his long-married father is having an affair with a seductive younger woman. Determined to break up the relationship, Thomas ends up sleeping with his father’s mistress, launching a chain of events that will change everything he thinks he knows about himself and his family. Jeff Bridges is a treat as the shambolic writer W.F., which he does so well.
Director: MARC WEBB
Cast: CALLUM TURNER, KATE BECKINSALE, PIERCE BROSNAN, CYNTHIG NIXON, JEFF BRIDGES, KIERSEY CLEMONS, TATE DONOVAN
6. A FATAL INVERSION
What we think: Douglas Hodge and Jeremy Northam are extremely young in this crime drama based on Ruth Rendell’s novel, where Adam (Hodge) inherits a country house from his great uncle, he and his friend Rufus (Northam) decide to spend the summer there instead of abroad. An odd assortment of ‘house guests’ turns up through different means and it’s an uneasy mix at best. A decade afterwards, the bodies of a young woman and an infant are discovered in the woods behind the house. As the police investigate, they naturally look to Adam as former owner of the house, and what happened all those years before starts to catch up with him.
Director: TIM FYWELL
Cast: DOUGLAS HODGE, JEREMY NORTHAM, RACHEL JOYCE, SAIRA TODD, PATRICIA KERRIGAN, GORDON WARNECKE, MICHAEL SIMKINS
5. SOUND OF METAL
What we think: For anyone who loves music this is a situation those with tinnitus dread, but for a musician it would be devastating. Keeping at bay his inner demons by devoting himself to art, metal drummer, Ruben, has been living for the moment for the past four years. Then, while on tour with his lead-singer/girlfriend, Lou, Ruben realises that his hearing is rapidly deteriorating. As this sudden hearing loss turns his world upside down, and numbing fear paired with angry denial take over, Ruben reluctantly accepts to join a small deaf community overseen by Joe, a compassionate Vietnam War veteran. Now, Ruben needs to find some solid ground, understand that being deaf is not a handicap and that deafness isn’t something to fix, but his acceptance of his new life will prove to be a difficult road. Riz Ahmed aka Riz MC is excellent in the role of Ruben.
Director: DARIUS MARDER
Cast: RIZ AHMED, OLIVIA COOKE, PAUL RACI, LAUREN RIDLOFF, MATHIEU AMALRIC, CHELSEA LEE, TOM KEMP
What we think: The talented Damian Lewis (also starring in Billions) brings compassion and empathy to his role as DI Anthony Carter, who works in the police Human Trafficking Unit and on his office wall he has photos of children brought into the country on false expectations. One of those children is Rosemary aged 11 – the same age as Anthony’s daughter – who, on arrival from Lagos, she believes for an education, but she will be sold as a house servant and scared into superstitious submission by her handlers. Anthony’s job is not only oppressive, but it can also be dangerous – as his wife is threatened by traffickers – and sadly, some of these children will never see freedom and their homeland again.
Director: JUSTIN CHADWICK
Cast: DAMIEN LEWIS, YUSRA WARSAMA, GLORIA OYEWUMI, WUNMI MOSAKU, VICKY MCCLURE, JESSIE CLAYTON
3. FLOWERS OF THE FOREST
What we think: Kelly Macdonald appears here in her first role following Trainspotting and is joined by an excellent British cast. Two young children are brought to Janet Hinton, a social worker in the Scottish Highlands. When both she and an independent expert become convinced that the children are part of a ritual child abuse network, the small community is thrown into disarray. This is a thought-provoking story, but the end is abrupt and doesn’t really reach a conclusion.
Director: MICHAEL WHYTE
Cast: LIA WILLIAMS, PAULINE COLLINS, ANNETTE CROSBIE, KELLY MACDONALD, CLIVE RUSSELL
2. THE COURIER
What we think: If you miss those days of the cold war, this will meet the brief. Benedict Cumberbatch, who seems to be in everything at the moment, stars as in this suspenseful drama where a letter is received by MI6 stating the concern of Russian government operative Penkovsky about world safety and his anxiety about a nuclear war. Emily Donovan, a CIA Agent reaches out to MI6 Agent Dickie Franks, who recruits British salesman Greville Wynne to be their spy as he travels to Moscow for business interests. He and Penkovsky form a friendship, which goes beyond their espionage activities. This film is based on a true story.
Director: DOMINIC COOKE
Cast: BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, MERAB NINIDZE, RACHEL BROSNAHAN, ANGUS WRIGHT, ANTON LESSER, JESSIE BUCKLEY
1. BEING THE RICARDOS
What we think: During one production week of “I Love Lucy” — from Monday table read through Friday audience taping — Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) face a series of personal and professional crises that threaten their show, their careers and their marriage, in writer-director Aaron Sorkin’s behind-the-scenes drama. Kidman transforms into the comedic legend in this well-received mini-biopic.
Director: AARON SORKIN
Cast: NICOLE KIDMAN, JAVIER BARDEM, J.K. SIMMONS, NINA ARIANDA