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10 of the best films now on Amazon Prime UK

Written by  Apr 22, 2018
Amazon Prime also has an excellent selection. In fact, where movies are concerned, Amazon might have an edge.

And just to be 100 per cent clear, all these films are free as part of your Prime subscription. No renting here.

The Florida Project

Just beyond the boundaries of Disney World, life is anything but magical. The Florida Project follows a young family who live a hand-to-mouth existence in a gaudy motel complex within spitting distance of the resort that six-year-old Moonee, played by Brooklynn Prince, could only dream of visiting. Moonee watches and learns as her mother Halley (played by Bria Vinaite), hawks dodgy fragrances and swipes park passes from unsuspecting guests in an effort to make it to next week's rent payment. The film is a dark and sympathetic look at the Sunshine State's most vulnerable citizens, for whom violence consistently threatens to break through the surface of their pastel-hued surroundings.

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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There's only one ring to rule them all and the journey begins here. The first part of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of The Rings trilogy was recreated for the big screen in 2001 and it is still worth your time now. The Fellowship of the Ring introduces Frodo Baggins and his eight Hobbit companions who form an unlikely allegiance with those they meet as the start of the quest to destroy the all-powerful ring begins.

Room

Ma (Brie Larson) and her young son Jack (Jason Tremblay), held captive by a serial rapist and abuser, live within the confines of a small shed. Room follow the pair as they attempt to carve out an existence wider and less crushing than the one imposed upon them. Neither a horror nor a crime thriller, Room is a film about imagination and freedom, and the complexities of human relationships.

Contact

Based on a novel by Carl Sagan and starring Jodie Foster as the lead, Contact is the story of a scientist who discovers a transmission from an alien race containing instructions for a spacecraft. Think of it as like a 90s Arrival and you're somewhere close to the tenor of this sci-fi meditation on the conflict between science and religion.

Jodie Foster is excellent as the scientist Elle Arroway and while the romantic dynamic with pre-renaissance Matthew McConaughey feels a little tacked on, it's an important stop in anyone's sci-fi movie education. It leaves Amazon Prime at the end of February, so don't miss out.

Fish Tank

Fish Tank is a gut punch of a film, about a socially isolated 15-year-old living in an East London council estate. Katie Jarvis stars as Mia, a volatile teenager who seldom has a conversation with her mother or younger sister that doesn't end in mutual abuse. When Mia's mother gets a charming new boyfriend – played by Michael Fassbender – Mia's closed-off existence is cracked open for a brief moment and everything in her life seems to change. Fish Tank won the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2009 and netted director Andrea Arnold a Bafta for Best British Film.

Inception

The winner of multiple awards in 2010, including four Academy Awards, this is director Christopher Nolan at his best. Dom Cobb, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, has the ability to travel around people's dreams with Matrix-like complexity. When he's there, he'll steal secrets and dreams. If you are ready to concentrate, Inception will leave you hooked until the very last scene. But we warned, it might also leave you puzzled for a few days after.

Chinatown

The quintessential Hollywood film noir, Chinatown stars Jack Nicholson as a private eye hired to follow a water commissioner who soon ends up dead at the bottom of a reservoir. Realising he's being setup, Nicholson partners with the victim's wife (Faye Dunaway) to uncover the truth. Who killed him and why? The writing in Chinatown is legendary, weaving a suspenseful drama full of intrigue, tension and twists inspired by real corruption in early 20th century Los Angeles. It's one of those "films to see before you die" for anyone with a little movie buff in them, with great writing and outstanding performances from Dunaway and Nicholson making this a timeless classic.

Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea has a very depressing plot, but it is as beautiful as it is sad. The film follows Lee, played by Casey Affleck, back to his old hometown. Estranged from his ex-wife and now burdened with his nephew, Lee has to pick up the pieces of his old life. The film tackles big issues boldly. Surprisingly, it still manages to be funny and awkward. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan, it has been one of 2017’s critically acclaimed releases.

Super 8

If you finish bingeing Stranger Things 2 but still have a hankering for life-affirming fare with brilliant child actors, look no further than JJ Abrams' Super 8. Produced by Steven Spielberg, Super 8 has geeky kids too – these ones make movies – and hits similar notes with nostalgic nods to 80s family movies like E.T and The Goonies. In fact, they feel so similar we find it hard to believe Stranger Things creators the Duffer Brothers didn't take some inspiration from it.

Noteworthy for a brilliant early performance from a young Elle Fanning, Super 8 follows a group of small town teenagers whose Super 8 movie is interrupted by a huge rail crash that releases a dangerous monster into the town. Visually spectacular and supported by a brilliant Michael Giacchino score, Super 8 is a breezy, fun way to spend a couple of hours. Warning: contains copious lens flares.

The Handmaiden

Directed by Park Chan-Wook – the man who "put South Korean cinema on the map" – this 2016 film has been widely acclaimed a masterpiece of its genre. An erotic psychological thriller set in Japanese-occupied Korea, a con man attempts to win the heart of an heiress with the help of her handmaiden. The film takes a dark turn, with outrageous twists and turns throughout. With feminist themes and serious artistic vision, The Handmaiden demonstrates the mesmerising talent of Park Chan-Wook.

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