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.
Here is the full list of Amazon Prime movie and TV shows becoming available in February.
A Better Life
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)
The Fifth Element (1997)
The Karate Kid (1984)
The Truth About Emanuel
To Be Or Not To Be (1983)
Twelve O’Clock High
Waking Ned Devine
Polder 2015: Season 1
Myanmar: Bridges to Change
The Identity Theft Of Mitch Mustain
Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby
Fire City: End of Days
Girls: Season 2
The Americans: Season 3
The Newsroom: Season 3
The New Yorker Presents: Season 1
Love & Friendship
Digging for Fire
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.
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