New Amazon Prime Instant Video Releases: May 2016
This week Amazon launched its standalone Instant Video streaming plan (a whole dollar cheaper than Netflix’s monthly fee), which should entice those of you who put off by Amazon Prime’s annual fees. If you need further convincing, there’s lots of great new content coming to the service next month, like HBO favorites Mr. Show With Bob and David and Boardwalk Empire, and plenty of films both old and new. Read on for our guide to what’s hitting Amazon Prime Instant Video in May.
When Harry Met Sally: Starring Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal and Carrie Fisher. Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.
Leaving Las Vegas: Starring Nicholas Cage, Elisabeth Shue and Julian Sands. Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.
Vice Versa: Starring Judge Reinhold, Fred Savage and Corinne Bohrer. During an argument, a divorced executive and his 11-year-old son casually touch a magical Tibetan skull, releasing a mysterious power that transfers the father’s mind to the body of the son and vice versa. Their problems have just begun.
Cry Of The Banshee: Starring Vincent Price, Essy Persson and Hilary Heath. A witch summons an evil entity to vanquish the lord who wiped out her coven.
Le Sauvage: Starring Yves Montaund, Catherine Deneuve and Luigi Vannucchi. In this Venezuela-set romantic comedy-adventure, a young bride, Nelly, gets cold feet and flees the altar with her irate groom in hot pursuit.
Mr. Music: Starring Bing Crosby, Nancy Olson and Charles Coburn. A golf-crazy songwriter tries to avoid the long, solitary hours of concentration needed to produce a hit musical. His producer and his secretary conspire to get him back on track.
The Criminal: Starring Steven Mackintosh, Bernard Hill and Eddie Izzard. A musician is plunged into a world of femmes fatales, espionage, deceit, state-ordered executions and trial by media.
The Young In Heart: Starring Janet Gaynor, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Roland Young. Thrown out of the Riviera, a family of grifters meets a lonely, vulnerable rich old woman and insinuate themselves into her life while they sponge off her.
The Story Of Gilbert And Sullivan: Starring Robert Morley, Maurice Evans and Eileen Herlie. The sometimes stormy partnership between Gilbert and Sullivan brought about the creation of many well-loved comic operas, such as “Trial By Jury,” “H.M.S. Pinafore,” “The Pirates of Penzance,” and “Iolanthe.”
Nothing But The Night: Starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Diana Dors. In this horror thriller, a strange cult tries to achieve immortality by taking over the bodies of children in an orphange.
Stranger Who Looks Like Me: Starring Meredith Baxter, Beau Bridges and Walter Brooke. A young girl who is looking for the birth parents who gave her up hooks up with a young man who has also been adopted and is looking for his real parents.
Goldfinger: Starring Sean Connery, Gert Frobe and Honor Blackman. Investigating a gold magnate’s smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.
She’s Having A Baby: Starring Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth McGovern and Alec Baldwin. Jake and Kristy Briggs are newlyweds. Being young, they are perhaps a bit unprepared for the full reality of marriage and all that it (and their parents) expect from them. Do they want babies? Their parents certainly want them to. Is married life all that there is?
You Only Live Twice: Starring Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi and Mie Hama. Agent 007 and the Japanese secret service ninja force must find and stop the true culprit of a series of spacejackings before nuclear war is provoked.
Die Another Day: Starring Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry and Rosamund Pike. James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul who is funding the development of an international space weapon.
Diamonds Are Forever: Starring Sean Connery, Jill St. John and Charles Gray. A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon.
The Spy Who Loved Me: Starring Roger Moore, Barbara Bach and Curd Jurgens. James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads with the help of a KGB agent whose lover he killed.
Live And Let Die: Starring Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto and Jane Seymour. 007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader.
Octopussy: Starring Roger Moore, Maud Adams and Louis Jordan. A fake Fabergé egg and a fellow agent’s death lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.
The Man With The Golden Gun: Starring Roger Moore, Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland. James Bond is led to believe that he is targeted by the world’s most expensive assassin while he attempts to recover sensitive solar cell technology that is being sold to the highest bidder.
The Living Daylights: Starring Timothy Dalton, Maryam d’Abo and Jeroen Krabbe. James Bond is living on the edge to stop an evil arms dealer from starting another world war. Bond crosses all seven continents in order to stop the evil Whitaker and General Koskov.
Never Say Never Again: Starring Sean Connery, Kim Basinger and Klaus Maria Brandauer. A SPECTRE agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated.
Ghost World: Starring Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson and Steve Buscemi. With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man’s newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.
The Bounty: Starring Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins and Laurence Olivier. Lieutenant Bligh inspires a mutiny aboard his ship and endeavors to get his loyalists to safety.
Hoodlum: Starring Laurence Fishburne, Tim Roth and Vanessa Williams. Black gangsters in 1930 Harlem fights Dutch Schultz who is trying to horn in on their numbers racket.
Benny And Joon: Starring Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson and Aidan Quinn. A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton.
Standing In The Shadows of Motown: Documentary about the Funk Brothers, a group of Detroit musicians who backed up dozens of Motown artists.
Election: Starring Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick and Chris Klein. A high school teacher’s personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president.
Dream A Little Dream: Starring Corey Feldman, Corey Haim and Piper Laurie. An accident puts the consciousness of an elderly dream researcher into the body of a bratty teenager. The problem? The kid prefers dreamworld limbo to real life.
Mystery Team: Starring Donald Glover, D.C. Pierson and Dominic Dierkes. A group of former Encyclopedia Brown-style child-detectives struggle to solve an adult mystery.
The Red Violin: Starring Carlo Cecchi, Jean-Luc Bideau and Christoph Koncz. A perfect red-colored violin inspires passion, making its way through three centuries over several owners and countries, eventually ending up at an auction where it may find a new owner.
Men With Brooms: Starring Leslie Nielsen, Paul Gross and James B. Douglas. Four men take time from their personal problems to reunite as a curling team and compete in a bonspiel that will restore their honor.
Bitter Moon: Starring Hugh Grant, Kristin Scott Thomas and Emmanuelle Seigner. A mild-mannered man attempts to rekindle the sexual fire in his marriage while on a vacation cruise. The only problem is he falls in love with another woman.
Best Seller: Starring James Woods, Brian Dennehy and Victoria Tennant. A widowed Joseph Wambaugh-type cop who writes best-selling crime novels is approached by a former professional hit man to write his life story.
Meet Wally Sparks: Starring Rodney Dangerfield, Debi Mazar and David Ogden Stiers. Wally Sparks is a tabloid TV show reporter who’s trying to boost ratings on his show. He goes to the governor’s mansion to uncover a sex scandal.
Airplane II: The Sequel: Starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty and Lloyd Bridges. A faulty computer causes a passenger space shuttle to head straight for the Sun. Can Ted Striker save the day and get the shuttle back on track — again???
Code 46: Starring Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton and Om Puri. A futuristic Brief Encounter, this is a love story in which the romance is doomed by genetic incompatibility.
Coming Soon: Starring Bonnie Root, Gaby Hoffmann and Tricia Vessey. The trials and tribulations of wealthy young Manhattanites and their sexual coming of age, a romantic comedy set at an Upper East Side prep school.
Southie: Starring Donnie Wahlberg, Rose McGowan and Anne Meara. Three years ago when Danny Quinn left Southie, a tough Irish working-class neighborhood in South Boston, he left behind a world of crime and betrayal. Upon his return, Danny is forced to make a risky decision.
Bully: Starring Brad Renfro, Nick Stahl and Bijou Phillips. A pack of naïve teenagers conspire to murder a mutual friend, whose aggressive demeanor has proved too much.
Chinese Box: Starring Jeremy Irons, Li Gong and Maggie Cheung. The story of Hong Kong, from New Year’s Day to June 30, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People’s Republic of China.
Slow Burn: Starring Ray Liotta, LL Cool J and Jolene Blalock. A district attorney is involved in a 24-hour showdown with a gang leader and is, at the same time, being manipulated by an attractive assistant district attorney and a cryptic stranger.
The Mod Squad: Starring Claire Danes, Giovanni Ribisi and Omar Epps. A trio of juvenile delinquents become undercover cops to infiltrate a drug ring in the ultra-hip L.A. club scene.
Airplane!: Starring Leslie Nielsen, Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty. A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.
Molly: Starring Elisabeth Shue, Aaron Eckhart and Jill Hennessy. A bachelor becomes the unwilling guardian of his autistic, intellectually disabled sister; then an experimental treatment works a dramatic change in her brain and his attitude.
Sex, Lies, And Videotape: Starring James Spader, Andie MacDowell and Peter Gallagher. A sexually repressed woman’s husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.
Hot Pursuit: Starring Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara and Robert Kazinsky. An uptight and by-the-book cop tries to protect the outgoing widow of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.
99 Homes: Starring Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield and Laura Dern. A recently unemployed single father struggles to get back his foreclosed home by working for the real estate broker who is the source of his frustration.
Creative Control: Starring Benjamin Dickinson, Nora Zehetner and Dan Gill. In near future Brooklyn, an ad executive uses a new Augmented Reality technology to conduct an affair with his best friend’s girlfriend…sort of.
Humans Season 1: Starring Gemma Chan, Katherine Parkinson and Lucy Carless. In a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a “Synth” — a highly-developed robotic servant that’s so similar to a real human it’s transforming the way we live.
Angry Boys Season 1: Starring Chris Lilley, Deborah Jones and Greg Fairall. A mockumentary exploring the issues faced by young males in the 21st century — their influences, their pressures, their dreams and ambitions.
Banshee Season 2: Starring Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic and Ulrich Thomsen. From Alan Ball, the creator of True Blood, comes Season 1 of this thrilling Cinemax action series that charts the twists and turns of Lucas Hood, a recently paroled ex-con who assumes the identity of a small town’s new sheriff.
Boardwalk Empire Season 4: Starring Steve Buscemi, Michael K. Williams and Michael Shannon. An Atlantic City politician plays both sides of the law, conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.
Empire Falls Season 1: Starring Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Helen Hunt. A decaying New England town is the backdrop for its unique citizens, led by unassuming restaurant manager Miles Roby.
Hunted Season 1: Starring Melissa George, Adam Rayner and Stephen Dillane. She’s brilliant, beautiful and ruthless…and now Sam Hunter is on a mission to find out who wants her dead.
Life’s Too Short Season 1: Starring Warwick Davis, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. The show centers on Warwick Davis in his day-to-day life, complete with the frustrations he faces.
Lucky Louie Season 1: Starring Louis C.K., Pamela Adlon and Mike Hagerty. A working class family and their oddball friends.
Mr. Show With Bob And David Seasons 1–4: Starring Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. Bob and David play various characters in a series of weirdly connected sketches.
Strike Back Season 3: Starring Sullivan Stapleton, Philip Winchester and Michelle Lukes. The actions of Section 20, a secretive unit of British military intelligence. A team of special operations personnel conduct several high risk missions throughout the globe.
Tell Me You Love Me Season 1: Starring Adam Scott, Sonya Walger and Jane Alexander. A drama about three couples and the therapist they share.
Todd McFarlane’s Spawn Seasons 1–3: Starring Keith David, Richard Dysart and Dominique Jennings. After being betrayed and murdered by his employer, a government trained assassin named, Al Simmons, is resurrected as a Hellspawn and is forced to become the reluctant leader of Hell’s army.
True Blood Season 6: Starring Anna Paquin, Bill Moyer and Joe Maganiello. Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.
Age Of Adaline: Starring Blake Lively, Harrison Ford and Michiel Huisman. A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into.
Indian Summers Season 1: Starring Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Nikesh Patel and Jemima West. Drama set in 1932 during the final years of British colonial rule in India.