What’s leaving Amazon Prime Video UK in April / May 2021?
James R | On 22, Apr 2021
As the UK gradually navigates its way through an easing of lockdown restrictions, Amazon Prime Video’s sizeable library of movies and TV shows is a useful resource for keeping entertained indoors. But before you start bingeing through the line-up, don’t miss out on catching up with some modern gems before their rights expire.
This is your last chance to stream the following with Amazon Prime UK:
Halloween (1978) – 22nd April
John Carpenter’s 1978 classic is the grandaddy of the slasher genre, as we follow Michael Myers, a murderer who escapes 15 years after his disturbing homicide to start seeking his next victims. From the music to the cast (led by Jamie Lee Curtis), this is a definitive frightfest that has little time for character and more time for pure tension.
Gangs of New York – 25th April
Daniel Day-Lewis is on intimidating form in Martin Scorsese’s period drama about the formation of New York and America as we know it.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – 25th April
Iron Man 3. Lethal Weapon. Shane Black seriously likes Christmas. His best December-set outing, though, is easily this post-modern film noir, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a wannabe detective, who untangles a conspiracy worthy of Chinatown in a snow-covered LA. Darkly funny and boasting a stellar turn from Val Kilmer, this is a buddy comedy that will leave you with a festive smile on your face.
The ‘Burbs – 26th April
Tom Hanks is on iconic form in Joe Dante’s hilarious period satire/thriller about a guy in the suburbs who suspects his neighbours are part of a cult.
Groundhog Day – 26th April
A film that gets better every time you watch it.
Wonder Woman – 29th April
Optimistic, determined and rooted in hopeful strength, Wonder Woman is the superhero movie we need.
The LEGO Batman Movie – 29th April
Will Arnett is your new favourite Batman in this inspired superhero comedy.
Kong: Skull Island – 30th April
This vibrant, violent King Kong reboot mixes the thrill of monsters and the fun of world-building in one hairy package.
Lost in Translation – 30th April
Bill Murray went serious for Sofia Coppola’s 2003 drama about a former movie star, who finds himself crossing paths with a fellow tourist (Scarlett Johansson) in Tokyo. As their unspoken bond develops over a stunning alien landscape, this funny tale of loneliness emerges as something beautifully bittersweet.
Foxcatcher – 30th April
Channing Tatum delivers a knock-out performance in this chilling drama about a real life wrestler taken under the wing of a millionaire.
Limitless – 30th April
Bradley Cooper is brilliant in this frenetic thriller that fires on all synapses.
Coming to America – 1st May
Charming and disarming, Eddie Murphy’s ambitious romcom mixes the silly with the sweet.
The Gruffalo – 1st May
This animation based on the classic kids’ picture book is charming stuff – matched by its sequel, The Gruffalo’s Child, which is also departing, along with another Julia Donaldson adaptation, Room on the Broom.
48 Hrs – 1st May
Eddie Murphy delivers a starmaking turn in this definitive buddy cop thriller. The sequel, Another 48 Hrs, is also departing – along with another Eddie Murphy favourite, Dreamgirls.
Despicable Me 1 and 2 – 1st May
Steve Carell and a bunch of slapstick sidekicks bring real charm to this villainous animated franchise – which are among a number of DreamWorks titles departing, including Shrek and Shrek 2.
Die Hard 2: Die Harder – 2nd May
“How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?”
All Is Lost – 3rd May
Unfolding in near silence, this powerful study of powerhouse resilience is a moving, riveting, ruthless watch.
Magic Mike – 4th May
Steven Soderbergh’s movie is a heartfelt character study of men who happen to be strippers.
How to Train Your Dragon – 5th May
Some films swoop into your heart. This one soars.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – 5th May
Thrillingly impossible, Rogue Nation is one of the best entries in the franchise.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – 5th May
“Why does the news have to tell people what they need to hear? Why can’t we tell them what they want to hear?” This surprisingly not-bad sequel to the 2004 comedy sees Will Ferrell return as everyone’s favourite moustached newsreader, Ron Burgundy, who is hired to present on America’s first 24-hour news channel.
The Holiday – 5th May
This earnest ensemble rom-com is full of charming sincerity.
Mindhorn – 6th May
Julian Barratt gets the leading man role he deserves in this laugh-out-loud TV detective comedy.
Revolting Rhymes – 15th May
Roald Dahl’s rhymes are still revolting – and thankfully, suitable for viewing by the whole family in this charming animated adaptation of his compendium of alternative nursery rhymes. It’s one of several Magic Light Picture animations departing Amazon Prime soon, including The Snail and the Whale on 17th May.
Boyhood – 16th May
Richard Linklater’s moving masterpiece, filmed over 12 years, is less like watching a film, and more like watching life itself.
Scandal: Season 1 to 7 – 16th May
Don’t miss your chance to binge on the gossip, fixes and – yes – scandals carried out by Olivia Pope and her gladiators in suits in Shondaland’s dark, entertaining political drama.
Gravity – 20th May
Alfonso Cuaron’s intimate survival thriller is a breathtakingly personal piece of sci-fi.
The Farewell – 20th May
Lulu Wang’s beautifully observed family drama is a hilarious, heartfelt tale of honesty and family identity.
Hacksaw Ridge – 21st May
Andrew Garfield delivers a superbly heartfelt performance in this moving film about WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa but refused to kill people.
Other titles leaving Amazon Prime in April / May 2021:
Extreme Makeover Home Edition: Season 1 and 2
Very Bad Men: Season 2
The Legend of Zorro
The Bone Collector
Man of the House
The Mask of Zorro
My Bean’s Holiday
The Way Back
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
Man on a Ledge
Adult Life Skills
Oats Studios: Volume 1
Favourite Nursery Rhymes
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist
Favourite Children’s Songs
City of Ember
Another 48 Hrs
The Best Man Holiday
After the Dark
The Longest Week
Beverly Hills Cop II
Beverly Hills Cop III
Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun
Room on the Broom
The Gruffalo’s Child
Sex and the City
Brothers and Sisters: Season 1 to 5
The Host (2013)
Sully: Miracle on the Hudson
Barney’s Great Adventure: The Movie
Catch and Release
World War Z
Star Trek Into Darkness
Pain and Gain
xXx: Return Of Xander Cage
Filmed in Supermarionation
Raja Rani Raji
New Captain Scarlet: Season 1 and 2
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
What a Girl Wants
The Great Outdoors
The Real Housewives of Cheshire: Season 1 to 3
King of Thieves
No Good Deed
Grace is Gone
The Snail and the Whale
The Snail and the Whale
Andy Parson: Live & Unleashed But Naturally Cautious
The Missing: Season 1 and 2
Ed Byrne: Roaring Forties
Little Women (1994)
Underworld Rise of the Lycans
The Bank Job
Song to Song
Lost Voice Guy: I’m Only In It for the Parking
The Salento Murders: Season 1