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.
Harlem (December 3)
Written and executive produced by Tracy Oliver, the comedy series revolves around four best friends living in Harlem, New York City – the mecca of Black American culture. They are ambitious, stylish and inseparable, navigating their lives, careers, relationships and dreams. It stars Meagan Good, Jerrie Johnson, Grace Byers and Shoniqua Shandai.
Inside Edge Season 3 (December 3)
Starring Richa Chadha, Vivek Oberoi, Aamir Bashir and Tanuj Virwani, the sports drama series follows the trials and triumphs of the fictional Mumbai Mavericks – a T20 cricket franchise playing in the PowerPlay League. This season, the show ventures into the world of international cricket, peeking into the lives of the players, the association, the corrupt and the game behind the game.
Bali: The Victim (December 9)
Directed by Vishal Furia (Lapachhapi, Chhorii), the Marathi-language horror film revolves around a single father (Swapnil Joshi) whose life takes a turn for the worse after his son collapses and is eventually hospitalised for further diagnosis. Odd events start occurring inside the hospital, as a spirit called Elizabeth – residing in the abandoned side of the building – threatens to take over their lives.
Encounter (December 10)
Starring Riz Ahmed and Octavia Spencer, the sci-fi film, directed by Michael Pearce, is based on the life of a decorated marine who goes on a rescue mission to save his sons from what seems like an alien invasion. Their journey takes them to uncharted, dangerous territories, forcing them to leave their lives as they’d known it, for good.
Jean-Claude Van Johnson (December 15)
A name that was synonymous with action movies comes out of his retirement to assume the role of his alter-ego: an undercover agent called Johnson, and face his greatest enemy till date. The series, created by Dave Callaham and executive produced by Ridley Scott, stars Damme in the titular role, alongside Kat Foster and Phylicia Rashid.
With Love (December 17)
Created by Gloria Calderon Kellett, the five-episode multi-holiday romantic series revolves around a pair of siblings – Lily (Emeraude Toubia) and Jorge (Mark Indelicato) – who resolve to find love and purpose. Each episode follows the siblings as they navigate love during different holidays through the year.
Being The Ricardos (December 21)
Written and directed by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin, the biographical drama features Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem as actors Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The film provides a glimpse into the power couple’s complex personal and professional relationship during a particularly critical production week of their classic sitcom, I Love Lucy.
Yearly Departed (December 23)
The second instalment of the comedy special is back, this time to bid goodbye to everything 2021. Featuring an all-female line-up of artists including Jane Fonda, Chelsea Peretti, Aparna Nancherla, Meg Stalter, Dulce Sloan and X Mayo, the show will be hosted by Yvonne Orji.
The Wheel Of Time (Concludes on Dec 24)
Created by Rafe Judkins, the epic fantasy series is based on a woman named Moiraine (Rosamund Pike), belonging to a powerful organisation of women who can use magic. In the small town of Two Rivers, her path collides with five young men and women, sparking a world-spanning journey.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses (Concludes on Dec 20)
The biggest fans of the Harry Potter series go head-to-head, representing each of the four Hogwarts houses. The winning team then takes away the coveted House Cup. Hosted by Helen Mirren, the series features some special appearances including Pete Davidson, Simon Fisher-Becker and Luke Youngblood.
From The Archive:
Parks And Recreation (2009-2015)
The political satire mockumentary sitcom features Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in a fictional town in Indiana. She, along with the town’s other public officials, take up sundry projects in an attempt to make their city a better place. Created by Emmy Award winning executive producers and writers Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, the series also stars Nick Offerman, Rashida Jones, Paul Schneider, Chris Pratt and Aziz Ansari, among others.
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)
The dramedy, starring Shia LaBeouf, Zack Gottsagen and Dakota Johnson, among others, revolves around the aftermath of Zak (Gottsagen) – a young man with Down syndrome – escaping a care facility to pursue his dreams of becoming a pro wrestler. He stumbles upon a fisherman (LeBeouf), who he eventually befriends. As they embark on a fascinating journey, Zak’s caretaker at the facility (Johnson) takes it upon herself to track him down and return him to safety.
Notting Hill (1999)
‘Tis the time for Christmas cheer and what’s better than to indulge in some nostalgic, good ol’ classics? Starring Hugh Grant and a radiant Julia Roberts, the Roger Michell romantic drama is the story of a bookstore owner and a superstar, who happens to walk into his shop. Sparks fly, feelings grow, and a star-crossed romance for the ages is served.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the Canadian drama was adapted from Wajdi Mouawad’s play of the same name. The film follows a pair of twins from Canada, who travel to their mother’s native country in the Middle East to unveil her past amidst a tumultuous civil war. The film, starring Lubna Azabal, Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, and Rémy Girard, was premiered at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals in 2010, and was the recipient of eight Genie Awards, including Best Motion Picture.
The comedy-drama, written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino, follows the story of two best friends who reflect on their lives while vacationing in the Swiss Alps. The film, premiering at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, starred Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda, Rachel Weisz and Paul Dano.
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