With summer upon us, blockbusters are the order of the day – but Amazon Prime Video is spending June savouring some of cinema’s smaller dramatic treats, from Drew Barrymore’s Miss You Already, Dane DeHaan’s Life and Nanni Moretti’s latest.
Laughs, though, can be found in the second season of Channel 4’s Catastrophe, one of the best TV shows of last year, and there’s action aplenty in Amazon’s biggest, loudest star: Preacher, the downright bonkers adaptation of Garth Ennis’ graphic novel.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Amazon Prime Video in June 2016:
Preacher: Season 1 – 6th June
Space. Texas. Vampires. AMC’s hugely entertaining adaptation of Garth Ennis’ graphic novel is quite unlike anything else on TV at the moment. Dominic Cooper stars as a preacher named Jesse Custer, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power. Jesse, his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy come together and when they do, they are thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Ruth Negga plays Tulip and Joseph Gilgun (This Is England, Misfits) plays Cassidy. The talent behind the team is just as impressive, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg producing and Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) on board as showrunner. Episodes arrive every Monday from 6th June, within 24 hours of their US debut. Episode 1 is already available.
Catastrophe: Season 2 – 1st June
How do you follow up the first season of a romantic sitcom that managed the tricky task of being funny, rude, sweet and brazenly honest? Keep going. Season 2 of Catastrophe continues the tale of Rob and Sharon as they do just that, despite the addition of another obstacle: a baby. She’s feeling down and put-upon. He’s putting up with her mother and can’t even pronounce their child’s name. It sounds so familiar on paper, but Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan make it caustically fresh on screen. thanks to a non-stop series of arguments and romantic apologies that tackle such minute issues that they become as absurdly funny as they are recognisable. If the couple’s writing is sharp, their tongues are even more so: Season 1’s raunchy banter emphasised the pair’s charm, but Season 2 highlights their ingenuity for insults. Wonderfully mature yet perpetually childish, the result is a perfectly judged tribute to the beauty of commitment in all its ugliness.
No Escape – 4th June
Owen Wilson stars in this thriller about an American family who find themselves caught in the middle of a coup in their new Southeast Asia home. They frantically look for a safe escape from an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed.
Casual: Season 2 – 8th June
Season 1 of Hulu’s original comedy series, which stars Michaela Watkins and Tommy Dewey, is already on Amazon Prime Video. Season 2 arrives every Wednesday, within 24 hours of its US release, starting with a double-bill of Episode 1 and 2. Exec Produced by Jason Reitman and created by Zander Lehmann, the show follows what happens when bachelor and dating-app creator Alex (Tommy Dewey, The Mindy Project) and his newly divorced psychologist sister Valerie (Michaela Watkins, New Girl) live under one roof again. Together, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating (online and off) while raising Valerie’s teenage daughter, Laura (Tara Lynne Barr, Acquarius).
Elvis Costello – Detour Live – 12th June
Amazon builds its music library with this concert from last year recorded at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
A Walk in the Woods – 18th June
Bill Bryson returns to the USA, where he decides the best way to reconnect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with an old friend. Robert Redford stars as the author, while Nick Nolte plays his friend – a rare chance to see two screen legends go head to head.
Life – 25th June
Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson deliver astonishingly good performances in this underrated drama about Life photographer Dennis Stock, who is assigned to take pictures of Hollywood actor James Dean. Photography veteran Anton Corbijn shoots it with impeccably composed style.
Mia Madre – 25th June
Nanni Moretti’s latest lands on Amazon Prime Video. Margherita Buy stars as an Italian film director, whose mother is dying in the hospital – something that finds her torn between art and life.
Miss You Already – 25th June
Catherine “Twilight” Hardwicke directs this deliberately low-key tale of two best friends (Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette), which sees one start a family and the other fall ill.
Other new releases coming soon to Amazon Prime Video in June 2016
TURN: Washington’s Spies: Season 3: Episode 6
TURN: Washington’s Spies: Season 3: Episode 7
TURN: Washington’s Spies: Season 3: Episode 8
TURN: Washington’s Spies: Season 3: Episode 9
Necessary Evil: The Super-Villains Of Dc Comics
Happy Feet 2
TURN: Washington’s Spies: Season 3: Episode 10
Earth To Echo