The Dark Knight Rises is released on Amazon Prime Instant Video this November, which is set to be another strong month for the subscription service.
Why? Not because of the superhero arrivals – although Warner Bros’ deal with Amazon means that animated Bat-fans and Hellblazer readers curious to see the new Constantine TV series will be happy – but because of an alien quietly touching down in the middle. An alien played by Scarlett Johansson…
Here are the top new releases coming soon to Amazon Prime in November.
The Dark Knight Rises – 1st November
Christopher Nolan’s third Batman flick not be as strong as the previous two but from Anne Hathaway’s slinky cat burglar to Tom Hardy’s physically intimidating Bane, it’s an epic conclusion to the trilogy.
Constantine Episode 2 – Saturday 1st November
With Constantine premiering in the UK directly on Amazon, a new episode is added to the streaming service every Saturday, within 24 hours of its US broadcast. The series, based on the Hellblazer graphic novels, follows John Constantine, an occult investigator who fights the forces of darkness. Read our review of Episode 1.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 – 1st November
Batman’s animated outings in recent years have been almost uniformly excellent. The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 is another strong addition to the line-up.
Crazy, Stupid, Love – 1st November
The male mid-life crisis has being having a moment in Hollywood for several years now. Crazy, Stupid, Love, which stars Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling, is a promising landmark on the road to the perfect redemption comedy-drama. With Emma Stone. Which makes it better.
Midnight in Paris – 7th November
Woody Allen fans longing for that proverbial return to form are more than rewarded with this delightfully funny ode to nostalgia, less a return to the good old days than a film about returning to the good old days. If time travel, Owen Wilson and a stunning Parisian backdrop don’t have you wooed, a madcap Luis Buñuel will. Silly, sentimental, charming.
Journey 2 – The Mysterious Island – 14th November
Does the world need a sequel to Journey to the Centre of the Earth? No, but this family adventure, starring Dwayne Johnson, large CGI insects and none other than Harry Palmer himself, is undemanding entertainment. Sometimes, The Rock and Michael Caine riding a giant bumble bee is just what the doctor ordered.
Under The Skin – 14th November
Studiocanal’s deal with Amazon Prime Instant Video is set to bring a wave of good titles to the streaming service, from The Imitation Game to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Under the Skin might be the best.
Scarlett Johansson plays an alien sent to Earth to drive around Glasgow in a van, with which she picks up a range of unsuspecting men to do… well, who knows? Jonathan Glazer’s mysterious sci-fi adopts a curiously alien perspective on the human race, creating a haunting, moving and stylish masterpiece. A film that sticks with you, to your insides, for an inhuman amount of time.
Ripper Street Season 3 – 14th November
Resurrected after its cancellation by the BBC, the third season of Ripper Street will start at 9pm on Friday 14th November exclusively for Amazon Prime Instant Video members. Season 3 returns to Ripper Street’s notorious ‘H’ Division, the police precinct charged with keeping order on the meanest beat imaginable: late Victorian Whitechapel. Matthew Macfadyen reprises his starring role as Detective Inspector Reid, with the eight-episode run picking up in 1894, four years after the culmination of Season 2.
A new episode will be released every Friday uncut, before the series’ broadcast on the BBC next year in an edited, one-hour format
Monsters, Inc. – 14th November
Are monsters more terrified of us than we are of them? That’s the cute starting point for Pixar’s fluffy flick, which sees John Goodman and Billy Crystal play a double-act of scarers, whose job is to make enough kids scream to provide power for the city. A beautiful piece of world-building and a cute slice of emotion make this a charming Disney adventure that’s definitely not terrifying.
Mulan – 14th November
Woman dresses as man. Woman joins army. Woman goes to fight against the Hun invasion. Disney’s Mulan retells this enjoyably progressive tale in typical House of Mouse style – with fantastical animation, a smattering of songs and Eddie Murphy as a talking dragon.
10 Years – 17th November
Never released in UK cinemas, Jamie Linden’s comedy arrives straight to Amazon in the UK. It stars Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Chris Pratt, Oscar Isaac and Justin Long as a group of friends about to attend their high school reunion – only to realise they’re not as grown up as they thought. Regardless of whether it’s good or not, Tatum, Pratt and Isaac together in the same film? We are so there.
Going The Distance – 28th November
Drew Barrymore and Justin Long play a couple trying to make their long-distance relationship work, following a casual fling in a bar. Geoff LaTulippe’s raunchy script delivers a deceptively mature tale of a relationship overcoming realistic obstacles, while Long and Barrymore’s chemistry feels equally genuine.
Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows – 28th November
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law reprise their roles as Holmes and Watson in Guy Ritchie’s sequel, but the show is stolen by Mad Men’s Jared Harris as the menacing Moriarty – the perfect antidote for anyone who didn’t like Andrew Scott’s villain in the BBC series.
The Town (2010) – 28th November
Who knew that Ben Affleck would one day prove to be a great director? Before Argo, The Town gave a massive clue. This intense crime drama sees Affleck play a thief who ends up in a relationship with the woman (Rebecca Hall) he robbed. The tension erupts in one of the best screen car chases in recent years.
The Informant! – 29th November
Matt Damon is hilarious is Steven Soderbergh’s strange-but-true thriller about espionage in the US corn industry.
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