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After a somewhat tumultuous end to 2017, it’s perhaps no surprise that Amazon Prime Video isn’t off to the highest profile start in 2018 – its newly acquired Stana Katc thriller, Absentia, and Mozart in the Jungle Season 4 will both premiere in February – but scratch beneath the surface and there are still a number notable titles to kick-start your year.
That’s partly thanks to weekly episodes of Vikings and The Grand Tour, but it’s also thanks to Amazon’s own film slate, wth one of 2017’s best – The Big Sick – finally available to stream. Here’s what’s coming soon to Amazon Prime Video UK in January 2018:
Cord and Tish’s Rose Parade Special (Live) – 1st January
Amazon and Funny or Die are teaming up to live-stream The Rose Parade in California, hosted by Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan. It will stream live on Amazon Prime Video from 4pm GMT on New Year’s Day.
Inception – 3rd January
Christopher Nolan’s mind-blowing sci-fi literally folds Paris in on itself to achieve the director’s ambitious, imaginative aims: to dissect dreams, reality and memories within the constraints of a mainstream blockbuster. The form struggles at times to keep hold of the content – and that’s exactly the point. If you’ve never seen it, here’s your chance. If you already have, see it again.
Miss Sloane – 8th January
Jessica Chastain stars in this drama about Elizabeth Sloane, who remains one of the most sought-after lobbyists in Washington, D.C. When asked to help oppose a bill that imposes regulations on firearms, she instead joins a small firm that represents the backers of the law – a stance that earns her powerful new enemies and puts her career in jeopardy.
Where the Wild Things Are – 10th January
It’s hard to know what Warner Bros. were expecting when they hired Spike Jonze to adapt Maurice Sendak’s beloved picture book, but what they got was less a kids’ movie and more a mature study of childhood, complete with strong adult cast (Catherine Keener, Paul Dano, James Gandolfini), stunning visuals and lots of furry beasts. Adorable, endearing and breathtakingly moving.
Taken: Season 2 – 13th January
The sister of Bryan Mills (Clive Standen), a former Green Beret, is killed in a shootout with terrorists sent by a Mexican drug lord whose son was killed by Mills during one of his missions. Mills heads out for revenge, but is recruited by Christina Hart (Jennifer Beals), the Deputy Director of National Intelligence. Episodes arrive weekly, within 24 hours of their US debut.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – 17th January
The first, and best, in Peter Jackson’s astonishingly epic trilogy based on the Tolkein books is always worth re-watching.
The Path: Season 3 – 19th January
The third season of Hulu’s The Path continues to follow the mysterious world of the cult-like Meyerist Movement as it tries to make sense of Doctor Meyer’s mysterious departure. With Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan and Hugh Dancy all on fine form, things only become more twisted and ambiguous in this deliciously complex drama. Episodes arrive weekly, following their US release.
The Big Sick – 20th January
Written by Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley), this charming romance is based on their real life relationship, following a Pakistani-American comedian, Kumail, whose relationship with his girlfriend, Emily (Zoe Kazan), has to overcome the headwind of their culture clash – and a significant illness. With a supporting cast that includes Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, Michael Showalter’s superb comedy deftly balances laughter and tears with a winning, sincere heart.
Goodfellas – 31st January
“I’m funny how? I mean, funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you?”
Cloud Atlas – 31st January
Adapted from the best-selling novel by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas is an exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future. As one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. The result is a mind-blowing, moving and stunning epic – a straight-up modern masterpiece.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Amazon Prime Video UK in January 2018:
A Dog’s Purpose
Lucifer: Season 3, Episode 11
The Hangover Part II
Interview with a Vampire
V for Vendetta
Vikings Season 5, Episode 7
Life in Pieces: Season 3, Episode 9
The Grand Tour Season 2, Episode 5
Lucifer: Season 3, Episode 12
Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood
Vikings Season 5, Episode 8
Life in Pieces: Season 3, Episode 10
The Grand Tour Season 2, Episode 6
Lucifer: Season 3, Episode 13
From Paris With Love
Murder at 1600
The Bucket List
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Vikings Season 5, Episode 9
Life in Pieces: Season 3, Episode 11
The Grand Tour Season 2, Episode 7
Taken: Season 2, Episode 2
Lucifer: Season 3, Episode 14
Red Riding Hood
Jackie Chan’s First Strike
Vikings Season 5, Episode 10
The Path Season 3, Episode 2
The Grand Tour Season 2, Episode 8
Taken: Season 2, Episode 3
Lucifer: Season 3, Episode 15
Gone with the Wind
How the West Was Won
National Lampoon’s European Vacation
Romeo Must Die
The Dukes of Hazzard
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