Amazon Prime Video has an exciting line-up for you this month. Here’s a list of what’s new on the platform and some older hidden gems.
The Flash (May 24)
After being struck by lightning, Barry Allen, a central police forensic scientist, wakes up from a coma only to discover that the blast has given him the power of super speed. Deciding on using his powers to fight against crime, Barry transforms into a superhero, The Flash.
Supergirl (May 31)
Escaping a fateful Kryptonian blast, Kara, Superman’s cousin, is sent to earth. Now stuck at a dead-end job, a critical crisis stirs Kara’s veiled powers as she gets inspired to use them for the greater good. Thereon, she adopts the alias of Supergirl, setting her way to save planet earth.
The Mauritanian (June 1)
Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian man imprisoned in a US military prison for six years without a charge or trial, fights for his freedom with a defense attorney and her associate. Starring Jodie Foster and Tahar Rahim, the critically-acclaimed film is based on a true story, adapted from Slahi’s memoir, Guantánamo Diary.
The Family Man Season 2 (June 4)
Srikant Tiwari, a regular middle-class man on the outside and a world-class spy on the inside, returns in the Raj & DK action-drama series. Now working in the private sector, he tries to prioritise and spend more time with his family. However, the emergence of a new enemy forces him to return to the Threat Analysis and Surveillance Cell.
Dom (June 4)
Victor Dantas is part of the police intelligence service. His son, Pedro, is on the path to becoming the leader of a tabloid-headlining gang that deals in cocaine. Directed by Vicente Kubrusly and Breno Silveira, the series follows their lives as they mirror and complement each other.
Sherni (June 18)
Directed by the maker of Newton, Amit Masurkar, the Vidya-Balan starrer Sherni is the story of a Forest Officer who strives to find balance in a world of man-animal conflict, while further seeking her true calling in a belligerent environment.
DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow (TBC)
Having seen the future — and desperately trying to prevent it from becoming a reality — time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a team of heroes and villains to prevent a dangerous, apocalyptic threat that not only puts the planet at stake, but all of time itself.
Oliver Queen, a spoilt billionaire, is presumed dead after his luxury yacht sinks. Stranded in a foreign island, he learns the reality of his inherited wealth, and embarks on a journey of change. Returning to his city as a changed man, and a vigilante, he takes it upon himself to eliminate the corrupt.
Thomas and Martha Wayne are murdered right in front of young Bruce Wayne. While Detective James Gordon, along with his partner, solve the case with ease, things are really not as simple as they seem. Driven by Bruce’s desire for justice, Gordon pledges to eradicate the corruption that caused the chain of events.
From The Archive:
The Mentalist (2008-2015)
A former ‘psychic,’ now working as a consultant for the California Bureau Of Investigation, Patrick Jane is smart, cocky and seems to have an incredible hunch about his surroundings. However, behind his breezy demeanour lies a traumatic past, and a deep-rooted desire to trace Red John, a serial killer who turned his life upside down.
Beautiful Boy (2019)
A sensitive tale of a father and son, and their changing dynamics as the son grapples with drug addiction, Beautiful Boy is shocking, moving, and ultimately cathartic. Starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet, the biographical film is based on two memoirs – Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, written by David Sheff, and Nic Sheff’s Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines.
Luca Guadagnino’s chilling supernatural horror Suspiria, inspired by the 1977 Italian classic of the same name, revolves around Susie Bannon, a young dancer who auditions at a prestigious academy based in Berlin. She manages to enrol and quickly climb the ranks. The glitch? The academy is run by a coven of witches.
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)
A professor, on his way home, finds an abandoned puppy in the middle of the road. He brings him home, and instantly forms an unbreakable bond, spanning their lifetimes. An adaptation of a 1987 Japanese film Hachikō Monogatari, which is actually based on a true story, the film is a heart-warming tale of a dog and his master. Bring in your tissue box for this one.
A Separation (2011)
Directed by Asghar Farhadi, the Oscar-winning Iranian drama revolves around a married couple facing a life-altering decision. While Simin, the wife, wants to move away from Iran to secure her daughter’s future, her husband Nader is reluctant to leave his ailing father alone. What ensues is a gripping, hard-hitting depiction of a marriage slowly falling apart.
A Fantastic Woman (2018)
The Spanish film, directed by Sebastian Lelio, is a beautiful, sensitive account of Marina, a transgender woman working as a singer in Chile. She is in love with an older man, who she eventually moves in with. However, she is soon overwhelmed with a soul-crushing grief, as the man dies after a sudden bout of sickness. Forced to now face his family – and unwanted societal judgements – she must fight for her rights, and emerge the fantastic woman that she is.
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