Amazon Prime Streaming Guide: Best Movies and TV Shows

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November is intrigue month on Amazon, from the seedy Berlin club scene in Beat, to the military secrets a government psychologist unearths in Homecoming. Season 2 of The Patriot provides a dark, comedic look at spycraft, and SyFy's The Expanse takes balance-of-power politics across the solar system. On the lighter side, and for kids, movies include 2011's The Adventures of Tintin and a holiday special for Amazon's new animated musical show, Pete the Cat.

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Here's a preview of what's coming next month on Amazon.

TV Shows

Homecoming, Season Premiere (Nov. 2)

Credit: Amazon StudiosCredit: Amazon StudiosAmazon brings to the screen this fictional podcast series about an amnesiac psychologist who rediscovers her part in a military experiment designed to manipulate traumatized soldiers. Julia Roberts inherits the lead role from podcast star Catherine Keener.

Beat, Season Premiere (Nov. 9)

Are there any lighthearted tales set in Berlin? Certainly not this new Amazon series, which is about a drug-addicted club promoter who holds the key to busting a human-organ-trafficking ring.

Patriot, Season 2 (Nov. 9)

Amazon turns the espionage genre on its head with this hilarious dark satire. A depressed spy/assassin writes deep government secrets into the lyrics of his folk songs.

The Gymkhana Files, Series Premiere (Nov. 16)

This one is supermeta: an eight-part unscripted series about the making of a viral video. It covers the 10th video in Ken Block's insanely popular Gymkhana series, which showcases overpowered cars buzzing around cities all over the world.

Movies and Specials

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, 1994 (Nov. 1)

Long before Transparent hit the airwaves, Hugo Weaving,Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp starred in this 1994 buddy film about three trans performers traveling to a show deep in the Australian outback. Lizzy Gardiner and Tim Chappel shared an Oscar for their otherworldly costume designs.

The Adventures of Tintin, 2011 (Nov. 1)

Credit: WetaCredit: WetaA cavalcade of talent came together to make this 3D motion-capture animated film based on the French comic series. Steven Spielberg directs a story co-written by Steven Moffat (Sherlock, Doctor Who) and starring Jamie Bell, Simon Pegg, Daniel Craig and mo-cap maestro Andy Serkis.

Lord of War, 2005 (Nov. 1)

Nicolas Cage plays real-life Ukrainian-American Yuri Orlov in this darkly comedic movie about one of the greatest arms dealers in history. "I'd tell you to go to hell, but I think you're already there," says Interpol agent Jack Valentine (Ethan Hawke) in his gripping, dispiriting confrontation scene with Orlov.

Michael Clayton, 2007 (Nov. 1)

George Clooney plays a ruthless corporate fixer who's in way over his head as he tackles a multibillion-dollar legal conspiracy. Co-star Tilda Swinton won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as mentally unstable lawyer.

The Motorcycle Diaries/Diarios de Motocicleta, 2004 (Nov. 1)

Gael García Bernal triumphs in this road-trip movie based on the journeys of young Argentinian doctor Ernesto Guevara in the early 1950s. It shows the political and social awakening that would ultimately transform the shy Ernesto into the revolutionary Che of the Cuban revolution.  

Kick-Ass, 2010 (Nov. 3)

Credit: Dan SmithCredit: Dan SmithNerds become heroes, of a sort, in this film adaptation of the ultraviolent comic book series of the same name. It's about comically costumed vigilantes in New York.

The Children Act, 2017 (Nov. 10)

Emma Thompson plays a London High Court judge presiding over her toughest case. She must decide whether she should compel a young man, not quite 18 years old, to undergo a blood transfusion that can save his life but would violate his faith.

Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams, 2018 (Nov. 16)

Named for their 2015 album, this Amazon documentary traces the two-decade history of the wildly successful British emo band.

McQueen, 2018 (Nov. 17)

This new documentary traces the brilliant, short life of fashion-designer-to-the-stars Lee Alexander McQueen. The film tracks his life from his rapid rise in the 1990s to his suicide in 2010, at age 40.

Pete the Cat: A Very Groovy Christmas, (Nov. 20)

Amazon's brand-new animated musical series, based on the popular children's book line, pulls together a special holiday episode.

What Else to Stream

Keep making the most of your Amazon Prime membership by using it to the fullest. When you're done with all these shows, check out our list of the best shows to watch on Netflix.

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