Hot on the heels of Outlander’s second season, Amazon Prime Video slows things down in May for a set of releases that mostly consists of older films, with a smattering of newer hits (such as Legend and The Raid 2). With the box set of Empire Season 1 and TURN: Washington’s Spies Season 3 both landing on the streaming service at the end of April, though, there’s still more than enough to stream.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Amazon Prime Video UK in May 2016:
Casual: Season 1 – 1st May
Exec Produced by Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) and created by Zander Lehmann, this Hulu original comedy 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). All 10 episodes of Season 1 arrive on Sunday 1st May, ahead of Season 2 premiering on Amazon in June. (For more on that, click here.)
TURN: Washington’s Spies: Season 3, Episode 2 – 4th May
AMC’s Revolutionary War spy thriller, starring Jamie Bell and based on Alexander Rose’s book, returned at the end of April for a third season exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. The third run continues every Wednesday throughout May, with episodes arriving within 48 hours of their US premiere. Bell reprises his role as Abraham “Abe” Woodhull, as the 10-episode season builds towards one of the most notorious moments in American history – the treasonous defection of Benedict Arnold (Owain Yeoman). Behind enemy lines on Long Island, former cabbage farmer Abe is a spy for the Patriots, reporting directly to George Washington (Ian Kahn). Embedded within the Continental Army, Benedict Arnold is seduced to become an informant for the British. As the consequences of their espionage ripple through the battlefield, the spy game becomes a race to see which mole will be unmasked first. For more information, click here.
Legend – 9th May
The only thing better than one Tom Hardy? Two of them. The actor is superb doubling up in this colourful period crime drama about the Kray twins.
Calvary – 11th May
“Killing a priest on a Sunday. That’ll be a good one.” That’s an unknown congregation member to Father James (Brendan Gleeson) one day in the confession box. Told he has one week to get his house in order, the priest finds himself facing death – for the price of other people’s sins. Blackly funny and movingly sincere, the result is a powerful story of a decent man coming to terms with his own mortality. Killing a bad priest? That’s nothing. Killing a good priest? That really does stay with you.
The Raid 2 – 11th May
This overblown sequel fails to live up to the taut, tense original, but it does boast one of cinema’s greatest car chases.
The Wild Bunch – 12th May
Sam Peckinpah’s film about an ageing outlaw gang in a changing frontier is an undeniable classic.
Spies Like Us – 12th May
Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase star in John Landis’ comedy about two government employees who sign up for the CIA to get out of their boring jobs – only to find themselves on a top-secret mission in the Middle East.
Wild Wild West – 12th May
Three words: Giant mechanical spider.
Preacher: Season 1 – 23rd May
Amazon Prime Video is the exclusive UK TV home of AMC’s new series, based on the graphic novels. Dominic Cooper stars as Texan preacher 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. (New episodes arrive every Monday from 6th June.)
99 Homes – 25th May
Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield are on brilliant form in this powerful drama about a family whose home is foreclosed upon – only for the young man of the house to end up working for the guy who evicted them to try and claw back enough money to get their home back.
The Dark Knight – 26th May
Christopher Nolan’s second entry in his Batman trilogy escalates his gritty tale from comic book blockbuster to Michael Mann-style crime drama. From Christian Bale’s tormented hero and Aaron Eckhart’s tragic politician trying to save the day to Heath Ledger’s terrifying Joker, this is truly epic stuff.
Cherry Tree – 27th May
The opening flick from last year’s FrightFest finally arrives in the UK proper. David Keating’s horror follows Faith, whose world is turned upside down after she finds out that her beloved father is dying. When the alluring Sissy becomes her field hockey coach, though, a possible parent figure turns out to be something far more sinister…
Other new releases coming soon to Amazon Prime Video UK in May 2016:
At Any Price
Hard To Kill
Last Man Standing
Sex And The City 2
Preacher: Episode 2
Outlander: Season 2, Episode 4
TURN: Washington’s Spies: Season 3, Episode 3
Rush Hour 2
Preacher: Episode 3
Outlander: Season 2, Episode 6
TURN: Washington’s Spies: Season 3, Episode 4
Preacher: Episode 3
Outlander: Season 2, Episode 7
TURN: Washington’s Spies: Season 3, Episode 5
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