What do penguins, Michael Shannon, Peter Pan, LEGO and high school all have in common? They’re all departing Amazon Prime Video in the coming days and weeks, as May makes way for June, and a whole bunch of classics – old and new – see their streaming rights expire.
From iconic musicals to honest teen drama, this is your last chance to stream the following on Amazon Prime Video UK:
Singin’ in the Rain – 20th May
The inimitable Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds are on radiant form in this 1952 musical about Hollywood’s switch from silent film to “talkies”.
99 Homes – 24th 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.
Bad Moms – 24th May
Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn are let loose in this raucously entertaining comedy.
Pan – 26th May
A rip-roaring romp crammed with derring-do, Joe Wright’s underrated Pan has enough spectacle, visual verve and ingenuity that one suspects J.M. Barrie would be watching with a big smile on his face. Read our full review.
American in Paris – 27th May
Gene Kelly stars in this 1951 musical as Jerry, an American ex-GI who stays in post-war Paris to become a painter, and falls for the gamine charms of Lise Bouvier (Leslie Caron). However, his paintings come to the attention of a rich American heiress, who is interested in more than just art. Inspired by the Gershwin piece of the same name, this is toe-tapping, Oscar-winning stuff.
The LEGO Movie – 31st May
Think The LEGO Movie is going to be one long advert for LEGO? Well, it is. But it also isn’t. Why? Christopher Miller and Phil Lord. The LEGO Movie is the perfect fit for the directors of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street. Freed by the toy’s potential to make anything, the duo’s anarchic comedy is more apparent than ever. Barely a plot point goes by without it being undercut by a silly comment or a slapstick stunt (Lord and Miller have a real feel for the clumsy, blocky nature of their subject’s form). For the business lords at LEGO, that makes it a flawless piece of corporate marketing. For everyone else, that makes it an anti-capitalist celebration of beating the system. Deconstructing a whole movie only to build something unpredictable from the pieces? Believe the song they play throughout: everything is awesome.
Eurotrip – 31st May
Fans of this divisive teen comedy, about a boy who, after a brutal breakup at a high-school graduation party, goes on a quest across Europe to find his German pen pal, won’t want to miss the chance to relive such unexpectedly amusing highlights as a brush with the Pope and a robot dance-off.
Black Mass – 31st May
Who doesn’t love a heavy-hitting drama? Scott Cooper clearly does, switching from Crazy Heart to this Boston tale of corruption, with Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton delivering weighty performances as notorious gangster Jimmy “Whitey” Bolger and the cop trying to bring him down.
Happy Feet – 31st May
From the director of Mad Max: Fury Road comes this charmingly upbeat tail of tap-dancing penguins, starring Elijah Wood.
Edge of Seventeen – 1st June
Hailee Steinfeld is superb in this honest, frank drama about the pains of growing up. Life is no easier for high school junior Nadine, who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother, Darian (Blake Jenner), starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever. (Watch out for Woody Harrelson in a scene-stealing role as her sarcastic teacher.)
Other titles leaving Amazon Prime Video UK in May / June 2018:
Message in a Bottle
New Year’s Eve
Beer for My Horses
The Good Guy