There is much to look forward to on Amazon Prime this month, especially if you’re a sports fan as there is something here for football and baseball fans alike. On the movie front, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza makes its way to the platform and so too does Ron Howard’s Thirteen Lives, which tells of a gripping, real-life disaster.
As is usually the case with Amazon Prime, we don’t have a full list of what is coming in August so the following are just highlights. Titles tend to drop randomly throughout the month so you can expect more shows and movies to drop at a moment’s notice.
Arsenal: All Or Nothing
After taking their cameras behind the scenes of football clubs Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, Prime Video now turn their attention to Arsenal as they track the players and staff of the Gunners during the 2021/2022 season. If you’re an Arsenal fan, you will get an extra kick out of this but football fans of all kinds should enjoy the insights that are delivered here.
Thirteen Lives (2022)
In 2018, twelve boys and their soccer team coach became trapped underground when a sudden rainstorm flooded the caves they were exploring. A desperate rescue mission was launched to get everybody out alive but the task was harder than anybody expected. Ron Howard’s new film chronicles the events surrounding this gripping true-life tale that takes place in Northern Thailand. Viggo Mortensen and Colin Farrell star as the British cave divers who took part in the daring mission to save the lives of the young people in peril.
A League Of Their Own: Season 1
Based on Penny Marshall’s 1992 film of the same name, the series tells the story of the women’s professional baseball league which was created during the time of the second world war to keep sports fans happy and to boost morale. Nick Offerman takes on the coaching role that was played by Tom Hanks in the movie and Abbi Jacobson (who also writes & produces), Chanté Adams, and D’Arcy Carden are among the cast of women taking on the roles of the female baseball players.
It’s the end of the world as we know it. Again! Roland Emmerich lays waste to the Earth for the umpteenth time but unlike his past disaster flicks, including The Day After Tomorrow and 2012, this one really is a disaster! Moonfall did little to impress audiences or critics due to its implausible plot, ridiculous dialogue, and cheap-looking special effects. Patrick Wilson and Halle Berry do what they can with the insipid script but, to be honest, this is one movie that barely achieves lift-off!
An American Pickle (2020)
Seth Rogen’s character falls into a vat of brine and is preserved for 100 years. When he wakes up from his extended slumber, he discovers a world far different to the one he left behind in 1920. This fish out of vinegar story should have been funny but sadly, it’s all a bit of a chore. Rogen does his best but the movie fails as both a comedy and a satire on modern culture.
Making The Cut: Season 3
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn return for the third season of the fashion-competition series in which a bunch of fashion designers from around the globe compete for the $1 million prize and a mentorship with Amazon Fashion. Sadly, the robot costume I created out of cardboard boxes and pipe cleaners didn’t make the cut – it’s their loss!
Liam Neeson stars as the assassin-for-hire whose life is reversed when he becomes the target after refusing to complete a job for a criminal organization. Martin Campbell’s movie is better than the recent Blacklight, which I called the ‘action movie equivalent of a budget microwave meal’ in my less than flattering review, but this is still far from Neeson’s or Campbell’s best work. Ironically, given the title, this is one movie you’re destined to forget soon after watching.
Channing Tatum directs and stars in this road trip movie about two Army rangers, one of which, unsurprisingly, is a dog. While this won’t go down in history as one of the best dog movies of all time, it’s still an enjoyable watch, especially if you’re a fan of Tatum or movies that headline a canine star. Unlike a lot of movies within the doggy genre, this isn’t as mawkish or as heart-tugging as you might expect, so you won’t need very many handkerchiefs when you follow the unlikely twosome’s adventures on the road.
Tomb Raider (2018)
Alicia Vikander stars as Lara Croft in this latest adaptation of the popular video game series and it’s far better than the Angelina Jolie movies that came before. It’s a lot closer to the Tomb Raider games as well, with its double-gunned action scenes, puzzle-solving sequences, and actual tomb raiding. Still, if you are a fan of the games, you will be disappointed that Lara never heals herself with magical medipacks, never saves her progress in the film using a floaty blue crystal, and never traps her butler in a mansion refrigerator! Other than those flaws, the movie gets a lot of things right but if you were hoping to see Vikander in a sequel anytime soon, you’re out of luck, as Deadline recently reported the role is to be recast.
Untrapped: The Story of Lil Baby
This documentary details the meteoric rise to fame of Grammy-winning rapper Lil Baby, from his early run-ins with the law on the streets of West Atlanta to his billboard-topping success as a music artist after being released from incarceration. Not only is Lil Baby (real name Dominique Armani Jones) one of hip-hop’s biggest stars but he is also one of pop culture’s most important voices in the fight for racial justice. Using never before seen footage, director Karam Gill explores the life of the star and how he managed to make both a musical and cultural impact, despite the systemic oppression of people of colour that still exists in society.
The world isn’t short of superhero movies but if you’re looking for something a little lower-key than the big-budget movies of the MCU, you might want to check out this one. Sylvester Stallone stars as former superhero Samaritan who was thought to have perished after an epic battle with his nemesis 25 years earlier. He has been living life anonymously as a garbage collector ever since but when 13-year-old Sam Cleary (Javon “Wanna” Walton) recognises the former crime fighter, he is coaxed out of his seclusion to fight crime in the city.
Licorice Pizza (2021)
Licorice pizza is disgusting! I’m talking about the ‘food’ rather than the movie, of course, as Paul Thomas Anderson’s comedy/romance/coming-of-age flick is something of a delight, even if it’s not as good as some of his previous works, such as the multi-stranded Magnolia which sits in my personal top 10 of ‘best’ films. Talented young actors Cooper Hoffman and Alana Haim star as the couple experiencing the joys and tribulations of first love and they are surrounded by a starry cast, including Sean Penn, Tom Waits, and Bradley Cooper.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Ashes to Ashes: Seasons 1-3
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)
David Beckham Into The Unknown
Death In Paradise: Seasons 1-5
Delivery Man (2013)
Game Of Spy: Season 1
King of Thieves (2022)
McMafia: Season 1
Primeval: Seasons 1-5
Red Dwarf: Seasons 1-8
Rocketry: The Nambi Effect (2022)
Stath Lets Flats: Season 1