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Amazon Prime might be embroiled in a battle of original programming with its streaming nemesis Netflix, but the service continues to offer top-notch streaming selections of both recent hits and classics. Amazon has just announced its October slate of films that will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Check out all the new titles hitting Amazon Prime Video this October, including Indiewire’s own picks on what to stream.
“Astro Boy” (2009)
Indiewire Pick: “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
In this wonderfully twisted tale of romance, the visionary French director Michel Gondry gathers an all-star ensemble cast and plunges them into the joys and pains of relationships. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet play an estranged couple who have each undergone a procedure to erase each other from their memories. Equal parts cerebral and bizarre, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” impressively remains entirely relatable, thanks in part to superb acting from a cast that also includes Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Wilkinson and Elijah Wood. Check out the wildly imaginative “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” ahead of the much-anticipated release of “Anomalisa,” the latest film from its acclaimed writer, Charlie Kaufman.
“John Carpenter’s Vampires” (1998)
“Light It Up” (1989)
Indiewire Pick: “March of the Penguins”
Now a seminal documentary perhaps known best for immortalizing Morgan Freeman’s godlike voice, “March of the Penguins” was an underdog sensation upon its release in 2005. The French film, which was released in two different versions, is an astonishing depiction of the yearly journey of the emperor penguins of Antarctica. Filmed under extreme conditions by director Luc Jacquet and his daring team, “March of the Penguins” captures the beauty of nature and renders the cyclical processes of reproduction and survival evocatively. Yet, despite the hardships along the way, Morgan Freeman assures us that, “This is a love story,” one that will unquestionably melt your heart.
“Max Dugan Returns” (1983)
“Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” (1985)
“Someone Like You” (2001)
“The Fly” (1958)
“The Fly” (1958)
“The Impostors” (1998)
“The Other Son” (2012)
“The Secret Garden” (1993)
“Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure” (2013)
“Alpha and Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games” (2014)
“Bark Ranger” (2015)
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” (2014)
Indiewire Pick: “While We’re Young”
Released just earlier this year, “While We’re Young” finds Noah Baumbach stalwart Ben Stiller acting alongside Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple in need of a spark. Their relationship is finally reinvigorated when they meet and befriend a free-spirited hipster couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried). With his creative juices flowing again, Stiller’s Josh Srebnik renews work on a long-gestating documentary, but things come to a head when the new friendship collapses in outlandish fashion. In “While We’re Young,” the prolific Baumbach injects a irresistible comedic energy to this tale of degenerate generations. The film is the latest release from indie distributor A24 to stream exclusively on Amazon Prime.
Indiewire Pick: “Tom at the Farm”
Rivaling the clip at which Noah Baumbach releases movies, Xavier Dolan has now directed five features at the age of 26. Dolan’s fourth feature, “Tom at the Farm,” stars himself as the titular man, a young copywriter on a journey to an isolated farm for the funeral of his boyfriend. When he arrives, he learns to his surprise that nobody knows about him, and Tom is left to play a twisted mind game with his late lover’s homophobic brother. Made in 2013, but only released this year, the thrilling “Tom at the Farm” once again exemplifies Dolan’s raw talent for filmmaking.
“Danny Collins” (2015)
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