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 Courier (August 2nd)
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as businessman Greville Wyne in the true story of a man recruited by the intelligence as a spy in order to defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis. It’s now upto him, and his Soviet source, to put an end to a nuclear confrontation. Directed by Dominic Cooke, the cast of the historical spy drama includes Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan and Jessie Buckley, among others.
Cruel Summer: Season 1 (August 6th)
Kate, a popular, young, much-admired teen suddenly goes missing. On a seemingly unrelated note, Jeanette, an awkward teenager who once aspired to be like Kate, goes on to take her place –becoming the new town sweetheart. However, things take a turn for the worse within a summer, when she, in the public eye, transforms into the most-despised person in America. Told over the course of three summers, the thriller, created by Bert V. Royal, is co-produced by Jessica Biel.
Star Trek: Lower Decks – Season 2 (August 12th)
The animated series, created by Mike McMahan, focuses on the support crew of one of Starfleet’s least important ships – the USS Cerritos. Set in the year of 2380, Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome), Brad Boimler (Jack Quaid), Tendi (Noel Wells), alongside their bridge crew, must find a way to strike a balance between their personal and professional lives – even when their ship is far too often rocked by a multitude of sci-fi anomalies.
Modern Love: Season 2 (August 13th)
For those missing the charm of romantic tales, the anthology series returns with a second season, exploring the many forms of love – right from the love for self to the fairy-tale romances, and then some more. Written and directed by John Carney, the series is based on The New York Times column of the same name. The star cast this season includes Kit Harington, Lucy Boynton, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Tom Burke, Zoë Chao, Minnie Driver, Grace Edwards and Dominique Fishback, among others.
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time (August 13th)
The Japanese sci-fi anime, written and co-directed by Hideaki Anno, returns for its fourth – and final – film in the Rebuild of Evangelion series of the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise. As Shinji Ikari struggles to keep going – losing his will to live – he finds himself arriving at a place that, to his surprise, teaches him the meaning of hope. The Instrumental Project is finally in place thereafter, giving him one last shot at preventing the Final Impact.
Godzilla Vs Kong (August 14th)
The long-awaited monster film, directed by Adam Wingard, stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry and Shun Oguri, among others. The fourth chapter in Legendary’s MonsterVerse, the story revolves around the mayhem on Earth as King Kong is moved out of his containment zone as Godzilla resurfaces. Humanity now hangs in the balance as the king of fear clashes with king of might.
Nine Perfect Strangers (August 20th)
Based on author Liane Moriarty’s 2018 novel of the same name, the drama series follows nine strangers who come together in a 10-day retreat at Tranquillum House, a health and wellness resort. However, their stay isn’t as straightforward as expected, as several secrets unfold – not just about the guests, but also the resort’s host. Created by David E. Kelley and John Henry Butterworth, the show stars Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, Samara Weaving and Luke Evans, among others.
Kevin Can F**k Himself: Season 1 (August 27th)
Annie Murphy returns in a dark comedy alternating between traditional multi-camera sitcom and single-camera drama. The series, created by Valerie Armstrong, follows the life of Allison, a stereotypical sitcom wife – smart and pretty – but is married to Kevin, a shallow, often sexist and self-centred man. As she comes face-to-face with a dark reality, she decides to take control and escape from an unhappy, confined life.
From The Archive:
Killing Eve (2018-)
Calling all Phoebe Waller-Bridge fans in the house. The spy-thriller series, created by the genius of Waller-Bridge, follows the journey of Eve, an intelligence investigator in-charge of capturing an international assassin and mastermind, Villanelle. When their paths align, the women find themselves obsessed with one another. Their focuses shift from their tasks in hand as they become deeply invested in discovering more about each other.
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Directed by Steven Spielberg, the witty, pseudo-biographical crime film is based on the autobiography of American fraudster Frank Abagnale, who posed as various characters – including a pilot, a doctor and a prosecutor – to perform successful cons worth millions of dollars. All this, before turning 19. Chronicling Abagnale’s cat-and-mouse chase with an FBI agent, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks as the primary characters.
If you are craving for a light, breezy dramedy to pull you through a hard day, this film serves you well. Literally and figuratively. Revolving around the life of Chef Carl Casper, who loses his job as head chef in a popular restaurant after a clash of opinions. He wants to innovate, they want him to stick to the books. When he goes to meet his ex-wife and son to his hometown, he reconnects not only with food, but with family too.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Wes Anderson hits the ball out of the park with his first stop-motion animation film, perhaps best suited for adults. Based on Roald Dahl’s children’s novel of the same name, the film revolves around Mr. Fox – a family man, who goes back to his old ways of farm raiding, unable to resist his animal instincts. As the farmers retaliate, he must find a way to save his family and community. Watch out for the voice artistes, which include George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, and Anderson himself.
Written and directed by Michael Haneke, the Academy Award winning French-language romantic drama focuses on an elderly couple in their eighties, Anne and Georges, who are now retired piano teachers. As tragedy strikes, an exasperated Georges finds himself wilfully, though a tad irritably, becoming Anne’s caretaker after the latter suffers from a stroke. The hard-hitting film, starring Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant, was screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Palme d’Or.
Wild Tales (2014)
If you like anthologies, look no further. The BAFTA Award-winning Argentine black comedy was written and directed by Damian Szifron. The anthology comprised six short films – all standalones – brought together with common themes of violence and revenge. Starring Ricardo Darín, Oscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia and Érica Rivas, among others, the film also received a Goya Award for the Best Spanish Language Foreign Film.
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