16 of the best films on Amazon Prime UK right now
It’d be unfair to director Ben Wheatley to say this is a switch-your-brain-off, shoot-‘em-up because the 70s style, sweary charm and OTT choreography of this A+ B movie, set almost entirely in a Boston warehouse in which an arms deal goes very, very wrong, elevates it above mere Reservoir Dogs rip-off. Free Fire won’t change your life but it will allow you to watch extremely attractive people killing each other via increasingly chaotic methods.
What We Do In The Shadows
Most ideas for sketches or short films don’t stretch to a full length comedy but this one – squabbling vampire flatmates from Taika Waititi, Jermaine Clement and their mates – really lands. What We Do In The Shadows is silly to the extreme, as you’d expect from the Eagle vs Shark/Flight of the Conchords alums. You’ll probably end up quoting the chores ’n’ corpses dialogue and if you get obsessed, you can watch the 28 minute original on YouTube. Iconic.
The Imitation Game
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the genius mathematician Alan Turing during the darkest days of World War II. It follows his efforts to decode the Nazi code machine Enigma and the creation of Colossus, the code breaking machine credited as a model for the general-purpose computer. Also starring Keira Knightley, it’s an beautifully crafted biopic that captures his genius, eccentricity and the tragedy that befell him.
Ma (Brie Larson) and her young son Jack (Jason Tremblay), held captive by a serial rapist and abuser, live within the confines of a small shed. Room follow the pair as they attempt to carve out an existence wider and less crushing than the one imposed upon them. Neither a horror nor a crime thriller, Room is a film about imagination and freedom, and the complexities of human relationships.
Manchester by the Sea
Manchester by the Sea has a very depressing plot, but it is as beautiful as it is sad. The film follows Lee, played by Casey Affleck, back to his old hometown. Estranged from his ex-wife and now burdened with his nephew, Lee has to pick up the pieces of his old life. The film tackles big issues boldly. Surprisingly, it still manages to be funny and awkward. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan, it has been one of 2017’s critically acclaimed releases.
Published at Fri, 21 May 2021 14:56:00 +0000