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.
Reacher (February 4)
Based on Lee Child’s popular book series Jack Reacher, the all-new eight-episode thriller is an adaptation of Child’s debut novel, Killing Floor. Set amidst the backdrop of a seemingly quaint (that is anything but) town of Mangrave in Georgia, the series stars Alan Ritchson as the iconic Reacher, with Malcolm Goodwin and Willa Fitzgerald as his allies.
PHAT Tuesdays (February 4)
The docuseries takes a deep-dive into the influential renaissance of Black stand-up comedy through PHAT Tuesdays – a showcase started by Guy Torry in the 90s that helped launch the careers of several artists. Featuring Snoop Dogg, Anthony Anderson, Tichina Arnold and Regina King, among others, the series is directed by Reginald Hudlin and executive produced by Torry himself.
I Want You Back (February 11)
What happens when two recently-dumped thirty somethings hatch up a plan to win back their exes? A comedy of errors, and unexpected results. Directed by Jason Orley, the romantic comedy stars an ensemble cast of Charlie Day, Jenny Slate, Gina Rodriguez, Scott Eastwood and Manny Jacinto.
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel: Season 4 (February 18)
The Primetime Emmy-award winning comedy returns with its fourth season as Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) continues to shatter patriarchy and gender norms with her comic talent. The latest season sees Midge landing a gig where she has complete autonomy. However, her passion and commitment to her craft makes way for unwelcome rifts with her family and friends.
La Leyenda Blanca [Real Madrid docuseries] (February 11)
A docuseries chronicling the history of Real Madrid. The series will take a look at the biggest highlights of the club through its stories past as well as present, with exclusive images and testimonials from fans, players and experts.
The Bold Type: Season 1-5 (February 13)
Created by Sarah Watson, the dramedy series is inspired by the life and times of Joanna Coles, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. It centres upon Jane Sloan (Katie Stevens), Kat Edison (Aisha Dee), and Sutton Brady (Meghann Fahy) – three best friends living in New York, working at a fictional global women’s magazine – as they navigate and juggle with their life, careers and relationships.
Chicago Med: Season 5-6 (February 18)
The medical drama series, created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead, revolves around the doctors, nurses and hospital staff at the fictional Gaffney Chicago Medical Center, who strive to overcome all personal and professional challenges to save the lives of their patients. The series stars Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya DaCosta, Torrey DeVitto and Colin Donnell, among others.
Killing Eve: Season 4 (February 27)
The spy thriller series returns for its final season, head written by Laura Neal. Based on Luke Jennings’ novel series, Villanelle, the Golden Globes and Emmy award winning series stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer as an intelligence investigator and dangerous assassin respectively, who in their cat-and-mouse chase, develop a mutual obsession with one another.
Kimi (February 15)
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the thriller film revolves around an agoraphobic woman (Zoe Kravitz) who finds some recorded evidence of a heinous crime she is compelled to report. However, in order to do so and seek justice, she must face her biggest fear and step out of her house.
The Many Saints Of Newark (February 19)
A prequel to David Chase’s crime drama series, The Sopranos, the film, directed by Alan Taylor and written by Chase himself alongside Lawrence Konner, follows a gang war that takes place amidst the 1967 riots in Newark, New Jersey. The narrative showcases the occurrences from the point of views of Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola) and his teen nephew, Tony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini) – a character popularised by his late father James Gandolfini in the original series.
A Quiet Place 2 (February 24)
Directed by John Krasinski (The Office), the post-apocalyptic horror film is a sequel to the 2018 film, A Quiet Place. It takes off from the proceedings of its predecessor, continuing to follow the Abbott family as they fight to survive in a world now inhabited by blind extra-terrestrial creatures with hypersensitive hearing – attacking anyone who makes a noise. The film stars Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, among others.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (February 24)
The third instalment of the popular animated monster comedy comprises a star cast that includes Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez and Kevin James. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and written by Tartakovsky and Michael McCullers, the film focuses on Count Dracula, who falls in love while on a vacation in a cruise with his family and friends. The glitch? The potential love of his life is related to his arch rival, Abraham Van Helsing.
From The Archive:
American Hustle (2013)
Inspired by the FBI Abscam operation in the late 1970s, the black comedy stars an ensemble cast comprising Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner. The plot centres upon two con artists, who are summoned by the FBI and forced to carry out an elaborate sting operation to expose the corrupt – including the city’s Mayor.
The Big Short (2015)
Adam McKay’s biographical dramedy is a classic based on Michael Lewis’ book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, which explained the financial crisis of 2007-08 in the United States and the circumstances that triggered it. Starring the likes of Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Steve Carrell and Melissa Leo – to name a few – the Academy Award winning film details complex financial concepts in a way that the audience is easily left bewildered by its brilliance.
The documentary followed entrepreneur and author Sibil Fox Richardson, as she fought for the release of her husband, who was serving a 60-year prison sentence for being involved in a robbery. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020, director Garrett Bradley went on to become the first African-American woman to win the US Documentary Directing Award.
The Death Of Stalin (2018)
Directed by Armando Iannucci, the political satire was based on the French graphic novel, La Mort de Staline. Starring Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine and Rupert Friend, among others, the black comedy depicted the constant power struggle between the Council of Ministers to become the next Soviet leader post the death of dictator Joseph Stalin.
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