Amazon, the TV network, marches ahead in December, with the second season of the popular extreme-auto show The Grand Tour, exclusive NFL broadcasts, and the debut of its new wacky comedy starring '80s action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme. (You can also catch his old B-movie Bloodsport this month.) In other news,Amazon Originals just greenlit full seasons of three recent pilots: The Climb, Love You More and Sea Oak.
Here's a list of our favorites, with reviews coming shortly. Meanwhile, scroll down to see our picks for November.
The Grand Tour, Season 2 (Dec. 8)
Jean Claude Van Johnson, Debut (Dec. 15)
Humans, Season 2 (Dec. 21)
Thursday Night Football: Broncos vs. Colts (Dec. 14); Saints vs. Falcons (Dec. 7); Steelers vs. Texans (Dec. 25)
Movies and Specials
At Close Range (Dec. 1)
Dr. Strange (Dec. 1)
Hannibal (Dec. 1)
Light Sleeper (Dec. 1)
Point Break (Dec. 1)
The Silence of the Lambs (Dec. 1)
Titanic (Dec. 1)
Nightcrawler (Dec. 10)
Rosewater (Dec. 10)
Doctor Who Christmas Special (Dec. 18)
Banksy Does New York (Dec. 23)
Home Fires, Season 2 (Nov. 7)Credit: iTV Studios/MasterpieceWhen World War II breaks out, husbands and sons go off to battle, leaving the women of a small British town to hold their families together. Season 1 ended with France's defeat in 1940. Season 2 begins with Germany looking across the English Channel, and the Battle of Britain looming.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Season 1 (Nov. 7)
Credit: Amazon StudiosAmazon's new kids' show builds off Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond's 1985 storybook. A little boy encounters an increasingly demanding rodent visitor — and struggles to keep up with said visitor's wishes. Becoming a full animated series, though, requires a lot more plot, which ventures into zany, Stuart Little-style territory.
Thursday Night Football (Nov. 9, 16, 30)
Credit: Abbie Parr/Getty Through a new deal with the NFL, Amazon began streaming live Thursday night games in late October. This month brings three more: the Seattle Seahawks versus the Arizona Cardinals (Nov. 9), the Tennessee Titans versus the. Pittsburgh Steelers (Nov. 16) and the Washington Redskins versus the Dallas Cowboys (Nov. 30). Stay tuned for more matches in December, too.
The Stinky & Dirty Show, Season 2 (Nov. 23)
Credit: Amazon StudiosAnother children's book adaptation (based on the I Stink series), this Amazon animated show stars a garbage truck (Stinky) and a bulldozer (Dirty), who find clever ways to solve problems.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Season 1 (Nov. 29)
Credit: Amazon StudiosGilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino conceived this Amazon Original comedy, set in the 1950s, about the wife of a struggling New York comic. When her marriage flops, Midge Maisel (Emmy-nominated Rachel Brosnahan) grabs a mic to vent her frustration and emerges as a bawdy female comedy sensation.
Movies and Specials
Airplane! (Nov. 1)
Credit: Everett CollectionOne of the first films by comedy legend siblings David and Jerry Zucker is a surrealist, slapstick parody of sober disaster films like Zero Hour! and Airport 1975. When the pilot of a commercial airplane becomes incapacitated, a goofball cast, led by Leslie Nielsen, clumsily improvises to get the plane safely back on the ground. This 1980 comedy draws on some bawdy humor and stereotypes from before the age of political correctness.
Bram Stoker's Dracula (Nov. 1)
Credit: Everett CollectionThe title of this film should probably be Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula. The film starts out being faithful to Stoker's 1897 Gothic novel but soon diverges into a more erotic, but also romantic, tale in Coppola's signature gritty and grandiose style. The film is packed with delightful stars, including Winona Ryder, Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins.
Dances with Wolves (Nov. 1)
Credit: GettyFourteen years before Mel Gibson directed a film in Aramaic and Latin, Kevin Costner made history with this 1990 blockbuster shot largely in the Lakota language (with a touch of Pawnee). It's a fitting choice for the fictional story (based on Michael Blake's book) of a U.S. Civil War veteran who joins the Lakota civilization, in spite of his European heritage. The film won Oscars for best picture, director, adapted screenplay, cinematography, sound, film editing and score.
The Departed (Nov. 1)
Credit: Warner Bros. Inspired by a Hong Kong film and real-life Boston crooks, Martin Scorsese's crime drama won four Oscars and reams of critical acclaim. It's a grim cops-versus-robbers tale, in which each side has been infiltrated by the other. The male-heavy, A-list cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg and Martin Sheen.
Dr. No (Nov. 1)
Credit: GettyA young 007 (Sean Connery) is sent to Jamaica to investigate the murder of a British agent in the inaugural film of this five-decade — and counting — franchise. The movie introduced many set pieces of the franchise, including the Spectre syndicate of supervillains and, of course, plenty of scantily clad, beautiful women. It's among the 21 Bond films coming back to Amazon Prime this month. (They join the latest flick, Spectre, which was already available.)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Nov. 1)
Credit: GettyWhen Sean Connery sat out the James Bond series, Australian actor George Lazenby subbed in for this 1969 adventure. Lazenby brought his elegant charm to the film, which starred Diana Rigg as über-capable Bond girl Tracy and Telly Savalas as archenemy Blofeld. But the real star is the nighttime ski chase, complete with machine guns.
The Spy Who Loved Me (Nov. 1)
Credit: GettyMany of Roger Moore's Bond films were stinkers, but this 1977 flick is a standout exception. In the middle of the Cold War, the West and the Soviets team up — intimately — to take on an outside enemy. Highlights include German film legend Curd Jürgens as evil genius Karl Stromberg, Richard Kiel as Stromberg's metal-mouthed henchman Jaws and Carly Simon singing the quintessential line "Nobody does it better."
The Only Living Boy in New York (Nov. 3)
Credit: Roadside AttractionsIf you squint, you can almost see The Graduate in this 2017 film about an upper-crust recent grad starting his life in New York City. Instead of falling for the neighbor's wife, though, he becomes infatuated with his father's mistress.
Allied (Nov. 10)
Credit: Paramount You could watch this World War II thriller (from 2016) with the sound off and still be mesmerized by director Robert Zemeckis' gorgeous cinematography, which sweeps over equally gorgeous stars Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt. But turn the volume up for the intricate plot about a Canadian officer who questions the loyalties of his new French wife.
Landline (Nov. 17)
Credit: Amazon StudiosTwo sisters — a teenager and a twentysomething — form closer ties as they investigate their father's (John Turturro) extramarital affair while trying to shield their mother (Edie Falco) from the news. The adult's foibles are a foil for the girls' own missteps in sex, booze, drugs and fidelity.
The Big Sick (Nov. 24)
Credit: LionsgateComedian Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) and writer Emily V. Gordon created this seriocomic retelling of how they came to be together in real life. It was an especially difficult struggle, with the challenges of cross-cultural tensions, arranged marriages, a sprinkling of racism and a medically induced coma. Nanjiani stars as himself, along with Zoe Kazan (as Emily), Holly Hunter and Ray Romano.
Fences (Nov. 24)
Credit: Paramount An aging garbage collector/former baseball player in 1950s Pittsburgh still seethes with anger — and inflicts it on his family — years after racism kept him out of the (pre-Jackie Robinson) major leagues. The Oscar-winning (best actress) movie is based on the Tony-winning (best actor and actress) restaging of the Pulitzer-winning play by August Wilson. Viola Davis and Denzel Washington reprise their stage roles in this 2016 film.
The Incomparable Rose Hartman (Nov. 27)
Credit: Massive OriginalRose Hartman is one of the definitive New York City photographers. Since the 1970s, she's captured everything from rock and roll to high fashion. This documentary draws on her work as a visual history of the city.
Click, Clack, Moo: Holiday (Nov. 28)
Credit: Simon & SchusterAmazon's original animated special is based on the 2000 children's book about a very different kind of animal farm: one where barnyard animals go on strike. Finding an old typewriter, the cows, hens and ducks deliver memos with lists of demands to an irascible farmer.
Panic (Nov. 27)
Credit: Everett Collection A middle-age man (William H. Macy), feeling trapped in his job and his married life, pursues a relationship with a much younger woman in this 2000 movie. It sounds cliché, but there's a twist: He's a professional assassin. Much of this comes out, Sopranos-style, through meetings with a psychotherapist played by John Ritter.
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