Amazon Prime Streaming Guide: Best Movies and TV Shows

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We won't try to find a theme in Amazon's new offerings this month. It's a mishmash, headed by two of Amazon's original dramas (or dramedies), Transparent and One Mississippi, and the debut of live NFL games. Our movie picks are generally older fare, but they do include two newer entries about historical subject matter: Frantz, a post-World War I drama, and Elian, a documentary about an international custody battle that became a face-off between the U.S. and Cuba.


One Mississippi, Season 2  (Sept. 8)

Credit: Patti Perret/Amazon Studios Credit: Patti Perret/Amazon Studios Comedian Tig Notaro nearly re-enacts her own life in this dry-witted Amazon drama. Season 1 featured Notaro's return to her home in Mississippi after the death of her mother. In Season 2, she resumes her job as a Los Angeles radio host, where life has moved on without her.

ReGenesis, Seasons 2-4 (Sept. 12)

Credit: Movie Central NetworkCredit: Movie Central NetworkThis sci-fi/espionage thriller follows the work of the fictional North American Biotechnology Advisory Commission. The organization combats bioterror scenarios that seem to be ripped from near-future headlines.

Transparent, Season 4 (Sept. 22)

Credit: Jennifer Clasen/Amazon StudiosCredit: Jennifer Clasen/Amazon StudiosAlthough Transparent is best known for its representation of the LGBTQ community, the award-winning show also explores Jewish identity through the Pfefferman family. Judaism takes center stage in Season 4, as the cantankerous L.A. clan travels to Israel.

Thursday Night Football (Sept. 28)

Credit: Gregory Shamus/GettyCredit: Gregory Shamus/GettyThe old rule that you can't watch live sports online continues to erode. Through a deal with the NFL, Amazon will live-stream about a dozen games from major teams, including the Patriots, Packers, 49ers and Cowboys.


The Black Stallion (Sept. 1)

Credit: Everett CollectionCredit: Everett CollectionThis 1979 cross-species buddy movie centers on the relationship between a young boy (Kelly Reno) and the Arabian stallion that he discovers in his travels. The boy later trains the horse  to be a champion racer.

Carrie (Sept. 1)

Credit: Everett CollectionCredit: Everett CollectionA young Sissy Spacek plays the title role of Carrie, the victim of incessant bullying at school and abuse from her mentally disturbed mother at home. She also happens to have telekinetic powers and a bad temper, which combine to trigger an insane prom massacre.

Computer Chess (Sept. 1)

Credit: Kino LorberCredit: Kino LorberDirector Andrew Bujalski dug up some 1980s analog-video recording gear to create this dry comedy about the early man vs. machine chess battles. The film combines a deep knowledge of the technology and geek culture of the day with a hint of absurdist humor.

The Cove (Sept. 1)

Credit: Roadside AttractionsCredit: Roadside AttractionsThis real-life 2009 thriller uncovers the abuse and slaughter of dolphins, and the poisoning of the environment, in a secretive Japanese town. The dangerous documentary mission is led by Richard O'Barry, the animal trainer for the 1960s hit show Flipper. O'Barry renounced his former profession and became a marine animal activist.

Dirty Dancing (Sept. 1)

Credit: Everett CollectionCredit: Everett CollectionSet in the early 1960s, this coming-of-age romance became a cultural obsession when it premiered 30 years ago. At a family resort in New York's Catskill Mountains, young daddy's girl Frances "Baby" Houseman (Jennifer Grey) falls in love with the camp's bad-boy dance instructor, Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze).

Elian (Sept. 23)

Credit: Ross McDonnellCredit: Ross McDonnellThe sole survivor of a 1999 escape from Cuba to Florida, 5-year-old Elián González became the subject of an international custody battle between his father back home and relatives in the U.S. This new documentary relives the public and private dramas, with modern insights from those involved, including Elian, now a young man.

Frantz (Sept. 11)

Credit: Music Box FilmsCredit: Music Box FilmsThis 2016 film is set nearly a century earlier, in the aftermath of World War I. A German war widow meets and forms a fraught relationship with a Frenchman who knew her husband, Frantz — though how, exactly, is unclear. In German and French (with subtitles), this tense drama is shot in crisp black and white.

Gogol Bordello: Non-Stop (Sept. 1)

Credit: Scott Gries/GettyCredit: Scott Gries/GettyA gypsy-punk-dub band headed by a Ukrainian émigré sounds implausible only if you have never been to New York's Lower East Side. This documentary follows the cult-favorite band Gogol Bordello and its charismatic lead singer, Eugene Hütz.

Lars and the Real Girl (Sept. 1)

Credit: George KraychykCredit: George KraychykRyan Gosling plays Lars, a man who falls in love with a doll of a girl — literally. His family and friends humor Lars by treating Bianca, a sex doll, as a real person in the hope that it will help Lars work through his psychological break and return to reality.

Wedding Crashers (Sept. 1)

Credit: Richard CartwrightCredit: Richard CartwrightIn this goofball comedy, two divorce lawyers (Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn) crash weddings to pick up single women. On one outing, the two get dangerously involved with the daughters of the U.S. secretary of the treasury. Hilarity ensues with a stellar cast, including Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams and Bradley Cooper.

An American Werewolf in London (Sept. 15)

Credit: Everett CollectionCredit: Everett Collection

This 1981 horror classic won the first Academy Award for Best Makeup. A young American backpacker is attacked by a wild animal in the English countryside. While recovering from this mauling, he realizes that his attacker was a werewolf, and that he may now be the most dangerous creature in London.

What Else to Stream

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