New Amazon Prime Movies And TV For February 2016: ‘Batman,’ Amy Winehouse Doc, Plus FX Thriller ‘The Americans’

The Amazon Prime streaming service offers an intriguing lineup of new movies and TV shows in February, including a documentary that may win the Oscar in that category in 2016, Spike Lee’s latest film and the classic superhero blockbuster that kicked off the current craze for comic book movies — almost 30 years ago.

Music lovers and fans of music documentaries will want to catch Amy, the biographical documentary about troubled British singer Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011 at the young age of 27 after years of drug and alcohol abuse. The controversial film from director Asif Kapadia may be the favorite to win the Best Documentary Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards, and it has its debut in Amazon Prime on February 1.

As seen in the trailer below, the film features never-before-shown footage of Winehouse as a teenager, through the height of her fame with the massive hit song, “Rehab,” attempting to give a more complete picture of this tragic figure than the drug-addled figure of pathos portrayed in the tabloids leading up to her death.

Also making its Amazon Prime debut on February 1 — the now-classic, 1989 Tim Burton blockbuster Batman. Starring Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson as his arch-nemesis, The Joker, Burton’s Batman broke new ground in portraying Batman as a dark, troubled and frightening figure, an interpretation of his character that persisted throughout the later trilogy of Dark Knight movies directed by Christopher Nolan, and into this years’ sure-to-be massive moneymaker Batman v. Superman, with Ben Affleck as an extremely angry Batman.

But many cinemaphiles consider the Tim Burton/Michael Keaton Batman the definitive screen version of the classic comic book character to this day, setting a tone and paving the way for not only the seven Batman movies that have followed since, but for dozens of superhero films and TV series. The Netflix Daredevil series, in particular, owes a significant debt to the 1989 Batman.

Check out the below video from Cinefix, with seven little-know facts about the Tim Burton classic.

Chi-Raq, director Spike Lee’s examination of inner-city gang violence by way of the Greek tragedy Lysistrata, hits Amazon Prime on February 5, and season 2 of the love-it-or-hate-it HBO comedy Girls, about the seemingly trivial problems encountered by young millennial women in Brooklyn, New York, becomes available on the streaming service on February 11.


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On February 15, season 3 of the FX Network thriller that one critic calls “the best show on television by a fair amount,” The Americans, reaches Amazon Prime subscribers. Starring Matthew Ryhs and Keri Russell, the often disturbing series centers on a pair of Soviet Union spies during the Reagan-era Cold War who must pose as a middle-class, American family while going undercover to run their nefarious missions for the Soviet KGB.

Keri Russel (l) and Matthew Rhys in The Americans [Photo By Craig Blankenhorn/FX Publicity Still]

Here is the full list of Amazon Prime movie and TV shows becoming available in February.

February 1

A Better Life

Amy

Batman (1989)

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

How To Steal A Million

Kings of Summer

Like Sunday, Like Rain

Lost in Translation

Men In Black (1997)

Night Watch (2004)

Nintendo Quest

The Fifth Element (1997)

The Fury

The Karate Kid (1984)

The Truth About Emanuel

To Be Or Not To Be (1983)

Twelve O’Clock High

Waking Ned Devine

February 2

Polder 2015: Season 1

Adaline

Myanmar: Bridges to Change

The Identity Theft Of Mitch Mustain

February 4

Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby

February 5

Chi-Raq

Fire City: End of Days

Ouija Exorcism

February 11

Girls: Season 2

February 15

The Americans: Season 3

The Newsroom: Season 3

Solomon Kane

February 16

The New Yorker Presents: Season 1

February 21

Love & Friendship

February 24

Digging for Fire

February 29

Inequality for All

Other Amazon Prime movie and TV show recommendations in February would include season 1 of the Amazon original series The New Yorker Presents, a television version of the venerable, respected magazine premiering February 16, and the documentary Inequality For All, on February 29, in which former United States Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, explains why America has become a country sharply divided between the extremely wealthy, and everybody else.

[Featured Photo via Warner Bros. Publicity Still]