These are the Amazon Prime Video releases you need to know about this April.
Amazon Prime is constantly adding new TV shows and films to its platform. And, while this is great and all, it can leave us positively paralysed by choice when it comes to selecting something to watch over a weekend.
With that in mind, we’ve made a point of cherry-picking the very best from the many, many titles on offer.
Here is just a small taste of all the goodness that you will be able to stream on Amazon Prime this April, including The Mauritanian, Flashforward, Love Fraud, and Best Picture nominee The Sound Of Metal.
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And don’t worry: we’ll be sure to keep this list fully stocked and updated with all the must-see titles as and when they’re announced.
There has been a great deal of awards buzz around this film, which sees defence attorney, her associate and a military prosecutor uncover a far-reaching conspiracy while investigating the case of a suspected 9/11 terrorist imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The Mauritanian is available to stream from 1 April.
This critically acclaimed documentary examines the brutal murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared shortly after entering Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul.
The Dissident is available to stream from 1 April.
With a 95% ‘fresh’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this film straddles the sci-fi and romcom genres as it weaves a tale of two wedding guests who slowly begin falling for one another after finding themselves stuck in a time loop.
Palm Springs is available to stream from 9 April.
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Created by Little Marvin and executive produced by Lena Waithe, this controversial horror anthology series follows a Black family in the 1950s when they move from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighbourhood during the period known as The Great Migration.
Them: Covenant is available to stream from 9 April.
After the entire world’s population blacks out for approximately 2 minutes, an elite FBI task force is formed to investigate what caused the global blackout.
Flashforward is available to stream from 12 April.
Sound of Metal
In this Best Picture nominee, Riz Ahmed stars as a heavy-metal drummer whose life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.
Sound Of Metal is available to stream from 12 April.
This four-part documentary follows the search for one man, Richard Scott Smith. Why? Well, because he has spent 20 years using the internet and his dubious charms to prey upon unsuspecting women in search of love — conning them out of their money and dignity.
Love Fraud is available to stream from 30 April.
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The Breakfast Club
Starring Molly Ringwald, this John Hughes favourite sees five high school students, all with different mindsets, arrive at the school library on a sunny Saturday morning for detention. At first, they hate each other. Big time. As the hours drift by and they start to get to know one another, though, their egos fade, their preconceptions of one another prove false, and they slowly become something not unlike friends.
The Breakfast Club is available to stream from 1 March.
The Witches, starring Anjelica Huston and Rowan Atkinson, is an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book of the same name. And, yes, it terrified us as kids. Following Luke Eveshim and his grandma, Helga on holiday, it sees our young hero come face-to-face with a group of child-killing witches at a seaside resort. And the consequences of this are… well, pretty dire, quite frankly.
The Witches is available to stream from 1 March.
This utter doozy of a story takes us back to 1979, when militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, and take 66 American hostages. Amid the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge with the Canadian ambassador. Knowing that it’s just a matter of time before the refugees are found and likely executed, the U.S. government calls on extractor Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) to rescue them.
His plan? To pose as a Hollywood producer scouting locations in Iran and train the refugees to act as his “film” crew, obviously.
Argo is available to stream from 3 March.
Coming 2 America
This much-anticipated sequel sees newly-crownedKingAkeem (EddieMurphy) andhis trustedconfidanteSemmi (ArsenioHall) embarkonanall-newhilariousadventurethathasthem traversing the globe from their great African nation of Zamunda to the borough of Queens, New York – where it allbegan.
Coming 2 America is available to stream from 5 March.
How To Be Single
After four years of college, Alice (Dakota Johnson) decides she needs a break from her long-term boyfriend Josh. Excited and ready for new challenges, the eager grad moves to New York to take a job as a paralegal. Helping her navigate her way through an unfamiliar city is Robin (Rebel Wilson), a fun-loving, wild co-worker who enjoys partying and one-night stands. With Robin as her freewheeling guide, Alice can now learn how to get free drinks, meet men and find out (drum roll, please) how to be single.
How To Be Single is available to stream from 23 March.
The Notebook has long been held up as one of the greatest romantic movies of our time. From the schmaltzy ending, to that sizzling kiss in the rain, the Nicholas Sparks drama is packed full of iconic scenes – and Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling’s performance has inspired a lot of fans to “love one another with all my heart and soul” over the years. So, yeah, we’re probably going to be streaming the hell out of it when it lands on Prime Video this month.
The Notebook is available to stream from 24 March.
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This nail-biting series, starring Whoopi Goldberg and James Marsden, is set in an not-so-distant future, where our world has been ravaged by a killer virus and its survivors find themselves locked in a struggle between good and evil.
New episodes of The Stand air on Sundays via Starzplay.
Soulmates sends us rocketing 15 years into the future when science makes a discovery that changes the lives of everyone on the planet – a way to find your soulmate. All it takes is one simple test.
Soulmates will become available from 8 February.
In this sci-fi romance, Owen Wilson and Salma Hayek believe they are living in a simulated reality. When their newfound “Bliss” world begins to bleed into the “ugly” world, though, they must decide what’s real and where they truly belong.
Bliss will become available from 5 February.
Starring Gerard Butler, Greenland is yet another disaster movie about a comet heading for Earth.
Greenland will be available to stream from 5 February.
Escape From Pretoria
Daniel Radcliffe takes the lead in this drama as a man imprisoned for working on behalf of the African National Congress, who soon determines to escape from the notorious Pretoria Prison.
Escape From Pretoria will be available to stream from 26 February.
I Care A Lot
Rosamund Pike is back at her villainous best in this film, which sees her star as a shady legal guardian. For years, she’s forced elderly people into care homes and stripped them of their cash. Her power is undeniable. But she soon finds herself in hot water when she tries to bilk a woman who has ties to a powerful gangster…
I Care A Lot is available to stream from 19 February
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This Is Us: Season 5
Kevin and Randall’s troubled relationship will also be explored in season five takes centre stage in the fifth season of This Is Us, as well as Rebecca’s ailing health and battle with dementia.
And don’t worry: the big-hearted drama won’t be skipping over the ups and (let’s face it, mostly) downs of 2020 when it returns, including Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement.
A new episode will drop on Amazon Prime Video every Thursday, starting 7 January.
The Rental sees two couples on an oceanside getaway grow suspicious that the host of their seemingly perfect rental house may be spying on them. And you can guess what happens next: their celebratory weekend trip turns into something far more sinister.
Essentially, it’s a horror film about an Airbnb stay gone wrong, as well-kept secrets are exposed and the four old friends come to see each other in a whole new light.
The Rental will be available to stream from 22 January.
After We Collided
Based on the 2014 new adult fiction novel of the same name by Anna Todd, and the sequel to After, this romantic drama seesTessa find herself struggling with her complicated relationship with Hardin; she faces a dilemma that could change their lives forever.
After We Collided is available to stream from 1 January.
One Night In Miami
Set on a fictional night in 1964, One Night in Miami follows a young, brash Cassius Clay as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center the new Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World.
One Night In Miami will be available to stream from 15 January.
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Tessa Thompson stars as the eponymous Sylvie in this romantic drama, which sees her character embark upon a summer romance with a saxophonist who takes a summer job at her father’s record store in Harlem. When they reconnect years later, though, they discover that their feelings for each other have not faded with the years.
Sylvie’s Love is available to stream from 1 January.
Please note that all other titles on this list became available to stream on Amazon Prime Video before January 2021.
The Wilds – which has been described as being “part survival drama, part dystopic slumber party” – explores the past and present struggles of a group of young women from radically different backgrounds after an airplane crash leaves them stranded on a deserted island.
Essentially, it’s very Lost meets Pretty Little Liars, and we’re into it.
Shaun Of The Dead stars Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are teaming up again for a hilarious tale of paranormal investigators called Truth Seekers.
Parasite – as in, yes, Bong Joon-ho’s 2020 Oscars winner – isn’t just a comedy: it’s a powerful takedown of modern society, too. Because, as it examines the symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan, it forces us to confront our beliefs around wealth, greed, and class discrimination.
Set during World War I, 1917 follows two British soldiers as they receive seemingly impossible orders: to cross over into enemy territory and deliver a message that could potentially save 1,600 of their fellow comrades.
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The Craft (2020)
Assemble your coven, because Zoe Lister-Jones’ reboot of 90s classic The Craft is coming to Amazon Prime – and just in time for Halloween, too!
“A remake of the 1996 supernatural teen thriller,” reads the official synopsis. “When starting at a new school, Hannah befriends Tabby, Lourdes, and Frankie and quickly becomes the fourth member of their Clique. Hannah soon learns that she somehow brings great power to the quartet.”
Starring Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, and Zoey Luna as our bewitching quartet, it’s worth noting that the reboot is produced by horror movie giant Blumhouse Productions, which means it has the potential to be a little spookier than the original.
The Boys: Season 2
The old adage “never meet your heroes” feels all too relevant when it comes to Amazon Prime’s The Boys (aka one of the streaming platform’s best TV shows to date).
Based on the 2006-12 comic book series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, the satirical series plunges us headfirst into a world in which superheroes dominate the culture, their stories told in films and their faces plastered all over merchandise.
The first season, of course, ended on a cliffhanger. Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) – aka the leader of the show’s eponymous band of vigilantes waging war against corrupt corporate-owned superhero team The Seven – was dumped on the doorstep of his wife.
As in, yeah, the wife he believed to be dead. Interesting, huh?
In season two, the fight is even more brutal as so-called super terrorists enter the fray, and sensitive real-world issues are tackled head-on.
Don’t worry, though: the show may be darker and grittier, but it remains as hilarious as ever, too.
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Bend It Like Beckham
We all know the story: Jess (Parminder Nagra) bends the rules so that she can achieve her dream of becoming a professional footballer.
Despite her obvious skills on the pitch, though, her traditional parents refuse to even consider it and want her to hang up her football boots, find a nice boy and learn to cook.
Essentially, feel-good fun – with starring turns from Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, too.
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Look, we know what you’re thinking: how could this ever compare to the original Jumanji?
Well, we’re here to tell you that this adventure film – starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black – is every bit as fun as the classic we all know and love.
And, better still, it gives the story a modern twist as four students are drawn to the jungle world of Jumanji via a magical video game.
Will they finish the game and return to the real world? Or will they remain trapped as their avatars forever?
Charlize Theron produces – and stars in – Bombshell’s recount of the Fox News scandal in which numerous female staffers accused Roger Ailes of sexual harassment and misconduct.
Theron stars as divisive Conservative high-profile anchor Megyn Kelly. Nicole Kidman, meanwhile, is Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America who was bumped off a primetime slot when she dared to address the sexism at the establishment and sues Ailes himself for sexual harassment. Then there is Margot Robbie’s Kayla, aka the only one of the three women who is not an actual person but a combination of real women who spoke up.
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War Of The Worlds
Coming to Amazon Prime on 12 September, this sci-fi film follows dockworker Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) as he struggles to build a positive relationship with his two children, Rachel (Dakota Fanning) and Robbie (Justin Chatwin).
When his ex-wife, Mary Ann (Miranda Otto), drops them off at Ferrier’s house, it seems as though it will be just another tension-filled weekend.
However, when electromagnetic pulses of lightning strike the area, the strange event turns out to be the beginning of an alien invasion, and Ferrier must now protect his children as they seek refuge.
This Amazon Prime series – helmed by Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn – follows a group of die-hard comic fans, who meet online and bond over their obsession with a seemingly fictional comic called (you guessed it) ‘Utopia’.
However, it’s not long before they wind up unearthing hidden meanings within the comic book’s pages, predicting threats to humanity. And these are not just the makings of a conspiracy; they are very real dangers coming alive right now in their world.
Cue the group embarking on a high-stakes adventure, bringing them face-to-face with the comic’s famed central character, Jessica Hyde, who joins them on their mission to save the world… or so they assume.
Oh yeah: Hyde is harbouring a deep secret of her own. Gulp.
You can find out more about Utopia – coming to Amazon Prime on 25 September – here.
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Hanna: Season 2
Based on Joe Wright’s 2011 action film starring Saoirse Ronan, the first season of Amazon Prime Video’s Hanna proved extraordinarily popular with fans of the streaming platform.
For those who don’t know the story already, the show focuses on an enigmatic teenager, Hanna (Esmé Creed-Miles), who has been raised in total seclusion in the remote woods of Eastern Europe. Hidden between the trees, she spent her entire young life training to fight those who hunt her and her mercenary father, Erik Heller (Joel Kinnaman).
Why? Well, in season one, we saw her survivalist skills put to the test when rogue CIA operative, Marissa Wiegler (Mireille Enos) stumbled into her woodland hideaway. As in, the very same Marissa who once worked with Erik to create an army of genetically-weaponised girls (dubbed the Utrax Regenesis).
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That’s right: Erik isn’t Hanna’s biological father. Once upon a time, when he was still the main recruiter of pregnant mothers for the programme, he met and fell in love with Hanna’s mother. Tragically, she died while they escaped trying to protect Hanna as a baby, leaving him to raise the little girl alone in the Polish wilderness. Phew.
Season two of Hanna is predicted to pick up where the first left off: Erik injured, Hanna on the run from the operatives who seek to destroy her. However, many believe it will also heavily focus on Hanna’s ‘sisters’ and their progress as trainees within the programme, too.
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My Big Fat Greek Wedding
We all know and love the story of Toula, a Greek woman trying to come to terms with her heritage, who falls in love with a non-Greek man, and has to convince her family to accept him.
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Directed by Francis Amat, this documentary – which took four years to make – explores the lives and experiences of some of the world’s most extraordinary female athletes, charting their journey from small child with a large racket, to ranked player, to WTA number one in the world, and beyond.
Featuring contributions from more than 20 number one ranked tennis players, expect to see interviews with international superstars such as Billie Jean King, Martina Hingis, Tracy Austin, Evonne Goolagong, Kim Clijsters, Chris Evert, and Martina Navratilova.
Together, these women paint an inspiring tale of perseverance, and provide not just a unique insight into the mind of the professional athlete, but a single, unified narrative of modern-day sporting heroics, too.
Absentia: Season 3
In season three, heroine Emily Byrne (Stana Katic) is serving out the final days of her FBI suspension . But, when an international criminal case hits too close to home, she is forced to join forces with her ex-husband, special agent Nick Durand (Patrick Heusinger) in a bid to confront the larger conspiracy brewing.
How To Build A Girl
How To Build A Girl – based on Caitlin Moran’s non-fiction memoir of the same name – introduces us to Johanna Morrigan (Beanie Feldstein), a young Wolverhampton local who’s struggling to get to grips with the “incredible unfolding” that comes with puberty. We see her figure out what to call her vagina, teach herself about masturbation, battle her raging hormones and navigate all the usual issues that come with being a teenage girl.
Desperate to get out of her home town and make a name for herself, she eventually moves to London, where she reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde, a fast-talking lady sex-adventurer and music critic. Gaining notoriety as an enfant terrible, she has finally figured out how to build a girl – but is this the girl she wanted to build?
You can find out everything there is to know about this star-studded film here. In the meantime, you can watch the trailer for yourself below:
Knives Out – 31 July
The Thrombey family is gathered at their rural compound when a murder most foul takes place. Who is the guilty party? And will they get away with it? Director Rian Johnson’s new film assembles an all star cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette and Ana de Armas to investigate.
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More on Amazon Prime Video in 2020
The following titles don’t have release dates, but are coming out in 2020:
This year, Amazon Prime will provide live and exclusive coverage of the top Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tournaments.
Follow the inexorable march and eventual clash between the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II, leading to the annihilation of an empire and tragic downfall of a civilisation that took centuries to build, but less than two years to destroy.
Truth Seekers is a horror-comedy series about a team of part-time paranormal investigators who team up to uncover and film ghost sightings across the UK, sharing their adventures on an online channel for all to see. As they stake out haunted churches, underground bunkers, and abandoned hospitals with their array of homemade ghost-detecting gizmos,their supernatural experiences grow more frequent,more terrifyingand even deadly,as they begin to uncover a conspiracy that could bring about Armageddon for the entire human race.
The Boys: Season 2
What happens when superheroes, who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods, abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good? It’s the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about “The Seven”, and their formidable Vought backing.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond
The show focuses on the first generation raised in the zombie apocalypse. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad.
In this dystopian slumber party, we follow a group of teenage girls from radically different backgrounds after an airplane crash leaves them stranded on a deserted island.
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