Prime cuts: All the best shows and movies on Amazon in April
Amazon Prime has some fantastic new content arriving in April, from a large selection of cult & genre movies to some of the most critically-acclaimed films of 2017. But that’s not all, folks – a number of extremely bingeworthy TV shows are also making a return to keep you suitably holed up at home even though the weather is getting nice outside. Who needs nice weather when you could watch twelve episodes of your fave new show in one day? Here are eleven picks of shows & movies coming to Amazon Prime in April:
A Simple Plan (1998)
This cunning neo-noir from Sam Raimi (Army of Darkness) boasts gripping performances from a terrific cast including Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo), Bridget Fonda (Jackie Brown), and the late great Bill Paxton (Aliens). The movie follows three friends who discover nothing but misery, mistrust, and complications when they stumble upon millions of dollars and make a plan to hide it from authorities.
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
Starring Rosanna Arquette (Pulp Fiction) as a bored housewife who gets mistaken for a free-spirited drifter (played not-so-well by Madonna), Desperately Seeking Susan is a vivid burst of 80s kitsch with a banging soundtrack and some spectacular fashion on show.
Escape from New York (1981)
John Carpenter’s classic post-apocalyptic thriller is reportedly being remade by Robert Rodriguez. Remind yourself why this remake is unnecessary by watching the only Snake Plissken we will ever care about (Kurt Russell) save the President from a walled off maximum-security Manhattan full of scheming conmen.
Red State (2011)
With a cast including John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Michael Parks (Tusk), and Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects), Kevin Smith’s sinister take on the most hated family in America – the Westboro Baptist Church – still holds up as one of the best (and most surprising) of the offbeat director’s career.
The Missing: Season 2 (2014-)
The second season of the British crime series explores another missing child case. However, this time the story focuses on what happens when the child makes an unexpected and terrifying return. Starring David Morrissey (The Walking Dead), Tchéky Karyo (The Core), and Keeley Hawes (The Bank Job), this season is taut, tense, and full of twists.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
Yorgos Lanthimos’s mysterious horror is so obscure and beguiling, it demands multiple rewatches. With phenomenal performances from Nicole Kidman (The Others) & Colin Farrell (The Lobster), the movie is as gripping and terrifying as it is utterly and irresistibly mesmerising.
The Florida Project (2017)
Widely considered to be one of the most underrated movies of 2017, Sean Baker’s poignant tale of imagined childhood utopia is intimate, funny, and incredibly moving. With Willem Dafoe (The Grand Budapest Hotel) delivering one of the most lowkey performances of his career alongside a slew of breakthrough performances by young local kids, The Florida Project offers a must-see depiction of poverty from a child’s perspective.
Bosch: Season 4 (2014-)
The Emmy-nominated cop drama is back and this time Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver) is investigating the murder of an attorney who was due to fight a civil rights case against the LAPD.
Aida’s Secrets (2017)
Exploring post-Holocaust genealogy and the hidden depths of the unknown, this documentary unspools an emotional array of familial revelations beginning with the horrors of World War II. Aida’s Secrets is mysterious and moving, making it a truly captivating watch.
Vikings: Season 5 (2013-)
The fifth season of the violent historical drama returns, bringing more blood & battles back to the small screen.
All Or Nothing: Dallas Cowboys (2016-)
The Cowboys’ disappointing (and at times tumultuous) 2017 season will be showcased in S3 of Amazon’s sport docuseries. The show is an obvious choice for fans of the sport but even those who’ve never thrown a pigskin in their life can find plenty of intrigue and passion in this well-made dramatic show.