Amazon Prime Video’s schedule means there’s always something new coming out. This week there’s a coming-of-age drama and some older classics.
This week Amazon Prime Video is adding an Amazon Original drama and a selection of older and classic movies. With many movie theaters reopening their doors around the ongoing pandemic, many major studios have been pushing theatrical releases for their content. However, some movies are still coming directly to streaming platforms or arriving on them only a week or two after the theatrical release. Combined with the addition of older movies, this allows Prime Video viewers to enjoy plenty of content from the comfort of their own living rooms.
The week of December 27th, 2021, Amazon added a huge selection of older movies and TV shows to help ring in 2022. They also added four more recent movies. Lady Of The Manor is a comedy movie starring Melanie Lynskey and Judy Greer and written by Justin and Christian Long about a woman portraying a Southern belle and at Wadsworth Manor who is then haunted by an actual ghost from the house. Time Is Up is a romantic drama starring Bella Throne and sees tense relationships and mixed emotions after the lead suffers from short-term memory loss. Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is a sequel to The Hitman’s Bodyguard and stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Salma Hayek in a farcical action-comedy. Finally, The Protégé is an action movie starring Samuel L. Jackson and Maggie Q as a pair of hired killers who have to face the past.
While several of the major streaming platforms use a weekly release cycle that means they drop all additional movies and TV series on a single day of the week, Amazon’s Prime Video uses a monthly cycle. This means that their releases are spread out throughout the week and the month in offering new content to keep subscribers happy, although there tends to be a slight weighting of new content uploaded towards the first of the month. New content on Amazon’s Prime Video usually includes some Amazon Original movies and TV series, content that is arriving on streaming for the first time ever, and some older content that is making its Prime Video debut. January is a traditionally slow month for new movie releases as most studios focus their premieres around the summer months and the runup to the holidays. This week in January sees Amazon focused on expanding Prime Videos selection of older movies with some popular classics and some more recent films that might have flown under the radar, but there is also a new Amazon Original movie coming up as well. Here is everything that Amazon is adding to Prime Video during the week of January 3.
The Tender Bar – January 7
This week’s Amazon Original is the coming-of-age drama The Tender Bar. The movie was released theatrically by the studio on December 22, 2021, but The Tender Bar is already coming to Prime Video for at-home streaming. Based on the memoir of the same name by J.R. Moehringer, the screenplay for The Tender Bar was written by William Monahan who is known for his darker films such as The Departed, Edge of Darkness, and The Gambler. Directed by George Clooney, The Tender Bar stars Ben Affleck (Justice League), Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One), Lily Rabe (American Horror Story), Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future), and Daniel Ranieri in his first-ever role.
The Tender Bar sees the young Moehringer (Ranieri and Sheridan) seeking a father figure after his own father left shortly after his birth. He finds that figure in his uncle (DCEU’s Ben Affleck) and the patrons of his bar. Encouraged to pursue his dreams, he strives to become a writer and continues to return to his uncle for life advice.
Movies New To Amazon Prime Video
As well as adding brand new content and Amazon Originals, Prime Video also receives a selection of older movies spread throughout the month that are available to Prime subscribers at no extra cost. On January 5, Amazon will add two films from 2017 to the Prime Video roster. One is Deadly Detention, a comedy horror film that sees five high school students forced to spend their Saturday detention in a former Correctional Facility in a strange parody of The Breakfast Club. The situation is complicated by the unseen menace that is out to kill them. On the other end of the spectrum, Prime Video will also receive 2017’s The Student, a tense thriller in which a lawyer begins teaching at a law school after leading a jury to wrongfully convict an innocent man. She is then challenged by a new student who she learns is the son of the man she had convicted.
Amazon is also adding two classic action films from the late 1990s to Prime Video. On January 3, for viewers who want to see a different side to Ben Affleck, the 1998 science fiction disaster film from Michael Bay, Armageddon, will become available to stream for free for Prime subscribers. The movie stars Affleck, Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, and Steve Buscemi and sees a team of deep-core drillers sent to space by NASA to prevent an asteroid from colliding with the Earth. On January 6, Con Air, the 1997 thriller starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and John Malkovich will be available. When paroled ex-Army Ranger sergeant Cameron Poe (Cage) is aboard a prison transport plane home, Cyrus Grissom (Malkovich) takes over the plane and seeks freedom while Poe and U.S. Marshal Vince Larkin (Cusack) attempt to thwart his plan.
Finally, Amazon’s Prime Video will be receiving two more artistic films this week. On January 4 the 2010 psychological horror that was lauded for being visually stunning, Black Swan will come to Prime Video. Starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, and Winona Ryder, Black Swan is set during a the run-up to a production of the Swan Lake ballet by Tchaikovsky. On January 8, one of Robin Williams’ most famous films, the 1989 movie Dead Poets Society will also be added to Prime Video. The film sees an English teacher (Williams) working at a boarding school and inspiring his students with poetry. The movie won multiple awards as well as being a commercial success upon its release and can now be viewed on Amazon’s Prime Video for free by Prime subscribers.
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