EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studio’s Prime Video is heading into the fall season with a slew of competing and crowd-pleasing films, the list of dates you can find below.
Many of them will have stellar world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival, i.e. my policeman, by Lena Dunham Catherine called Birdy, with Ryan White’s documentary good night Oppy receiving an international first in the Great White North. Two of these titles have already made their world premiere at Sundance, namely Nikyatu Jusu’s Nanny from last year, and Shana Feste Run darling, run who made his Park City debut in the 2020 pre-pandemic edition.
A number of titles are receiving a limited theatrical release ahead of their streaming release date, as listed below.
Said Julie Rapaport, Head of Movies at Amazon Studios, told Deadline, “This list reflects our commitment to providing customers with a wide variety of entertaining, quality movies to enjoy at home and in theaters. We are proud to work with extraordinary filmmakers and talent to bring these diverse films to life and are thrilled to share them with our global audience.
Here’s the lineup for Prime Video:
Samaritan (August 26)
Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Sam Cleary (Javon “Wanna” Walton) suspects that his mysterious and reclusive neighbor, Mr. Smith (Sylvester Stallone), is actually a legend hidden in plain sight. Twenty-five years ago, Granite City’s super-powered vigilante, Samaritan, was pronounced dead after a fiery battle in a warehouse with his rival, Nemesis. Most believe Samaritan perished in the fire, but some in town, like Sam, hope he is still alive. With crime on the rise and the city on the brink of chaos, Sam makes it his mission to entice his neighbor out of hiding to save the city from ruin.
CAST: Sylvester Stallone, Javon “Wanna” Walton, Pilou Asbaek, Dascha Polanco, Moises Arias
DIRECTOR: Julius Avery
PRODUCERS: Sylvester Stallone, pga, Braden Aftergood, pga
GENDER: action thriller
Theft/Risk (9 September)
Synopsis: Theft / Risk follows ordinary people who find themselves in the midst of a global tragedy when two Boeing 737 Max planes crashed just five months apart in 2018 and 2019. This powerful documentary is told from the perspective of affected family members , their legal teams, whistleblowers and Pulitzer-winner Seattle Times journalist Dominic Gates.
DIRECTORS: Karim Amer, Omar Mullick
PRODUCERS: Karim Amer, Paul McGuire, Jia, Leen Karadsheh, Mike Lerner
Good night mom (September 16)
Synopsis: When twin brothers arrive home to find their mother’s demeanor altered and her face covered in surgical bandages, they begin to suspect that the woman under the gauze may not be their mother.
CAST: Naomi Watts, Cameron Crovetti, Nicholas Crovetti, Peter Hermann
DIRECTOR: Matt Sobel
WRITER: Kyle Warren
PRODUCERS: VJ Guibal, pga, Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, pga, Joshua Astrachan, pga, David Kaplan
GENDER: Thriller RATED: R
My Best Friend’s Exorcism (Sep 30)
Synopsis: The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after a skinny bath night goes awry, Gretchen begins to act…differently. She is in a bad mood. She is irritable. And weird things happen whenever she’s around. Abby’s investigation leads her to startling discoveries – and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, Abby and Gretchen’s fate will be determined by a single question: is their friendship strong enough to defeat the devil?
CAST: Elsie Fisher, Amiah Miller, Cathey Ang, Rachel Ogechi, Christopher Lowell
DIRECTOR: Damon Thomas
WRITER: Jenna Lamia
ACCORDING TO THE BOOK BY: Grady Hendrix
PRODUCERS: Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jennifer Semler
GENDER: Horror RATED: R
Catherine called Birdy (In theaters September 23, Prime Video October 7)
Synopsis: The year? 1290. In the medieval English village of Stonebridge, Lady Catherine (known as Birdy) is the youngest child of Lord Rollo and Lady Aislinn. His playground is Stonebridge Manor, a home that, like the family, has seen better days. Financially destitute and utterly greedy, Rollo sees his daughter as his way out of financial ruin by marrying her off to a wealthy man for money and land. But Birdy, like all great teenage heroines, is feisty, smart and adventurous – and ready to fend off any suitor who comes along in increasingly resourceful ways. Her imagination, defiance, and deep belief in her own right to independence put her on a collision course with her parents. When the vilest suitor of them all arrives, they face the ultimate test of love for their daughter.
CAST: Bella Ramsey, Andrew Scott, Billie Piper, Paul Kaye, Joe Alwyn
DIRECTOR: Lena Dunham
WRITER: Lena Dunham
ACCORDING TO THE BOOK BY: Karen Cushman
PRODUCERS: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jo Wallett
GENDER: The comedy
Argentina, 1985 (In theaters September 30, Prime Video October 21)
Synopsis: Argentina, 1985 is inspired by the true story of Julio Strassera, Luis Moreno Ocampo and their young legal team of unlikely heroes in their battle David against Goliath, in which, under constant threat, they dared against all odds to pursue the military dictatorship the Argentina’s bloodiest and in a race against time to bring justice to the victims of the military junta.
CAST: Ricardo Darin, Peter Lanzani
DIRECTOR: Santiago Miter
WRITER: Santiago Mitre, Mariano Llinás
PRODUCERS: Axel Kuschevatzky, pga, Federico Posternak, Agustina Llambi-Campbell, Ricardo Darín, Santiago Mitre, Santiago Carabante, Chino Darín, Victoria Alonso, pga
RATED: N / A
Run darling, run (October 28)
Synopsis: After what begins as a dinner date with a client, a single mother (Ella Balinska) finds herself hunted by a monstrous and seemingly unstoppable assailant (Pilou Asbæk) in this terrifying noir thriller.
CAST: Ella Balinska, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Pilou Asbaek, Clark Gregg, Aml Ameen, Dayo Okeniyi, Betsy Brandt
DIRECTOR: Shana Feste
WRITERS: Shana Feste, Keith Josef Adkins, Kellee Terrell
PRODUCERS: Shana Feste, pga, Effie T. Brown, pga, Jason Blum, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, pga
my policeman (In theaters October 21, Prime Video November 4)
Synopsis: A story of forbidden romance and shifting social conventions, my policeman follows the relationships between three people – police officer Tom (Harry Styles/Linus Roache), teacher Marion (Emma Corrin/Gina McKee) and museum curator Patrick (David Dawson/Rupert Everett) – and their emotional journey that unravels. spans decades.
CAST: Harry Styles, Emma Corrin, Gina McKee, Linus Roache, David Dawson, Rupert Everett
DIRECTOR: Michel Grandage
WRITER: Ron Nyswaner
ACCORDING TO THE BOOK BY: Bethan Robert
PRODUCERS: Greg Berlanti, pga, Sarah Schechter, pga, Robbie Rogers, pga, Cora Palfrey, pga, Philip Herd, pga
People we hate at marriage (18 Nov)
Synopsis: The film follows struggling American siblings Alice (Kristen Bell) and Paul (Ben Platt), who reluctantly agree to attend the wedding of their wealthy half-sister (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) in the English countryside alongside their mother, Donna (Allison Janney). During the week of the wedding, the many skeletons of the family are pulled from the closet, and the unlikely reunion gives everyone the motivation to move forward with their own lives. A modern wedding comedy for anyone with a slightly dysfunctional family (everyone), or anyone who was forced to attend a wedding they tried to avoid (everyone too).
CAST: Allison Janney, Kristen Bell, Ben Platt, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Karan Soni, Dustin Milligan, Tony Goldwyn, Isaach De Bankolé, Jorma Taccone, Julian Ovenden
DIRECTOR: Claire Scanlon
WRITER: Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin, Wendy Molyneux
ACCORDING TO THE BOOK BY: Grant Ginder
PRODUCERS: Margot Hand, Ashley Fox
GENDER: The comedy
RATED: N / A
good night Oppy (In theaters November 4, Prime Video November 23)
Synopsis: good night Oppy tells the inspiring true story of Opportunity, a rover that was sent to Mars for a 90-day mission but ended up surviving for 15 years. The film follows Opportunity’s groundbreaking journey to Mars and the remarkable bond forged between a robot and its humans millions of miles away.
DIRECTOR: Ryan White
PRODUCERS: Jessica Hargrave, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Brandon Carroll, Matthew Goldberg
Something from Tiffany (December 9)
Synopsis: In this romantic holiday comedy, a woman’s life is turned upside down when an engagement ring meant for someone else leads her to the person she’s meant to be with.
CAST: Zoey Deutch, Kendrick Smith Sampson, Ray Nicholson, Shay Mitchell, Leah Jeffries, Jojo T. Gibbs, Javicia Leslie, Chido Nwokocha, Stephanie Shepherd, Michael Roark
DIRECTOR: Daryl Wein
WRITER: Tamara Chestna
ACCORDING TO THE BOOK BY: Melissa Hill
PRODUCERS: Reese Witherspoon, Lauren Neustadter
GENDER: Romantic comedy
RATED: N / A
Nanny (In theaters November 23, Prime Video December 16)
Synopsis: Aisha is an undocumented nanny who works for a privileged couple in New York. As she prepares for the arrival of the son she left behind in West Africa, a violent presence invades her reality, threatening the American Dream she is painstakingly piecing together.
CAST: Anna Diop, Michelle Monaghan, Sinqua Walls, Morgan Spector, Rose Decker, Leslie Uggams, Zephani Idoko
DIRECTOR: Nikyatu Jusu
WRITER: Nikyatu Jusu
PRODUCERS: Nikkia Moulterie, pga, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, pga
GENDER: Psychological horror
RATED: N / A
Wild cat (In theaters December 21, Prime Video December 30)
Synopsis: Returning from the war in Afghanistan, a young British soldier struggling with depression and PTSD finds a second chance in the Amazon rainforest when he meets an American scientist and together they adopt an orphaned baby ocelot.
DIRECTOR: Melissa Lesh, Trevor Frost
PRODUCERS: Alysa Nahmias, Joshua Altman
RATED: N / A