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Five Amazon Original movies coming to Amazon Prime Video in 2018

Thursday, April 12th 2018 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

There’s going to be a whole load of movies to watch on Amazon Prime Video throughout 2018 and among them will be some that Amazon has produced itself.

The company, under its production arm Amazon Studios, has been making movies since 2015 and two of its creations – Manchester by the Sea and The Salesman – have even gone on to win Academy Awards.

Let’s take a quick look at five of the Amazon Original movies we expect to arrive on Prime Video this year, starting with one that hasn’t exactly been a hit with the critics.

Gringo



Gringo hit cinemas in the US and Canada last month and follows the story of a mild-mannered businessman who is kidnapped in Mexico after being sent there to deliver an experimental marijuana pill.

The crime comedy is directed by Nash Edgerton and has an impressive cast, with David Oyelowo in the lead role starring alongside Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, Thandie Newton and Sharlto Copley.

But despite the number of famous faces in it, Gringo was a flop at the box office and was pulled from 94% of theatres in only its third weekend after grossing about half as much as was expected.

It has an approval rating of just 40% on Rotten Tomatoes, which says the film “rounds up a bafflingly overqualified cast for a misfire of a comedy that's fatally undermined by its messy plot, poorly conceived characters, and obvious debts to better films”, but you’ll soon be able to make up your own mind.

Last Flag Flying



Last Flag Flying is the latest film from director Richard Linklater (Boyhood) and judging by the trailer there’s definitely some patriotism and sentimentality mixed in with the comedy and drama Amazon promises us.

The film stars Steve Carell as a former US Marine who reunites with fellow Vietnam War veterans Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne after his son is killed in Iraq. Surely, with the prospect of seeing those three actors taking a road trip together, this has to be worth a watch.

Pass Over



From 20 April Amazon Prime members will be able to watch Pass Over, which is a recording of a 2017 of the play of the same name. It was filmed by director Spike Lee during Pass Over’s run at the Steppenwolf theatre in Chicago.

Pass Over has often been compared to Waiting for Godot, taking its two-person existential set-up and putting two young black men (Jon Michael Hill and Julian Parker) on a Chicago street corner, where they encounter a hostile police officer and a clueless stranger, as well as the occasional bullet or two.

You Were Never Really Here



You Were Never Really Here is a thriller written and directed by Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin), based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Ames.

It stars Joaquin Phoenix as Joe, a military veteran and former FBI agent who tracks down missing girls for a living. Joe is known for his unhesitating brutatility until a job spins out of control and Joe’s nightmares start to overtake him.

There’s a lot of critics saying this could be Ramsay’s and also Phoenix’s best work, and if they’re right we are in for a treat.

Wonder Wheel



Wonder Wheel stars Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple and Jim Belushi as four people whose lives intertwine amid the hustle and bustle of a 1950s Coney Island amusement park.

It’s written and directed by Woody Allen, and premiered at the closing of the New York Film Festival last October before its theatrical release on 1 December 2017, the day of Allen’s 82nd birthday.

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