What's New to Stream on Amazon Prime Video for May 2020

Looking for something fun to stream and binge? 'Alias' hits Amazon Prime this month.

Prime Video May

Amazon Prime Video is the only streaming service with a cost that also gets you free shipping, and that my friends is a deal. They’re in the original programming game, but their biggest offering remains the ton of films available to watch anytime for Prime members.

The complete list of titles hitting Amazon Prime this month — May 2020 — is below, but first I’m going to shower some affection and point some eyeballs towards a few specific titles.


Amazon Prime Pick of the Month

The Vast Of Night

I hate to do this, but my pick of the month doesn’t actually arrive until the end of the month. The Vast Of Night (premieres 5/29) is worth the wait, though, as our own Meg Shields can attest. It’s a low-key, sci-fi delight that has the feel of an exquisitely constructed radio play brought to life with sharp visuals, smart writing, and a palpable sense of wit and wonder. The film’s mystery unfolds in real-time, and we move beat by beat along with richly drawn characters as they search for an elusive truth that might just blow their minds.


Streaming Spy Shenanigans

Alias

The terror attacks of September 11th, 2001 left the US in disarray in more ways than one. Speaking strictly on the entertainment side of things, while many related movies and shows went hard (24 premiered in November of that year), J.J. Abrams took a different route. Alias (all five seasons arrive 5/11) follows a young, female spy as she navigates the world of international espionage foiling plots and left and right, but while it has its serious threads and moments the show was never about simply beating the shit out of the bad guys. The world needs balance, and Alias provides that.


New Movies You Should Probably Watch

Come To Daddy

I highlighted Rocketman (5/22) in my Hulu guide too, but I’m double-dipping because not enough people have seen this bundle of musical joy. It’s an Elton John biopic told with such love and creativity as to offer up new appreciations for his and Bernie Taubin’s songs. Play it loud. Come to Daddy (5/23) isn’t quite as sweet, but it’s no less charming provided you see the appeal of black comedies about family reconciliation. Elijah Wood stars in one of his oddest performances, and it’s a film filled with deliciously dark surprises.


Christmas Horror in… May?

Night Train Murders

It was probably a mere coincidence, but I prefer to think that someone in the bowels of Amazon Prime wanted to toss us Christmas horror fans a bone with a double feature of holiday-themed carnage. A Cadaver Christmas (2011) is a lightweight romp to get you in the mood, and it follows a band of strangers forced to fight the onslaught of the undead. It’s a mild diversion, but there’s fun to be had with its horror/comedy shenanigans. Night Train Murders (1975) is a different beast all together, though, and is probably best suited for late night viewing. It’s a grim, violent tale of atrocity and revenge that is both incredibly mean-spirited and… beautiful?


The Complete List

May 1st
10 Fingers of Steel (1973)
African Hunters: Season 1 (Smithsonian Channel Plus)
Assassination Tango (2003)
Best of Shaolin Kung Fu (1977)
The Blood Spattered Bride (1972)
Bonanza: Season 1 (Best Western Ever)
Born to Explore: Season 1 (PBS Living)
Boss: Season 1 (STARZ)
A Cadaver Christmas (2011)
Crooked Hearts (1991)
Daughters of Darkness (1971)
Engine Masters: Season 1 (MotorTrend)
Escape From Alcatraz (1979)
Eurocrime! The Italian Cop And Gangster Films That Ruled The ’70s (2014)
Fearless Young Boxer (1979)
The Final Countdown (1980)
Five Fingers of Steel (1982)
Friday The 13th Part III (1982)
Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter (1982)
Gloria (2014)
Good Karma Hospital: Season 1 (Acorn TV)
Green Dragon Inn (1977)
A House Divided: Season 1 (Urban Movie Channel)
House Of D (2005)
I Hate Tom Petty (2013)
In The Cut: Season 1 (Brown Sugar)
Indie Film Artists: The DMV Truth (2016)
Inferno (1980)
Inspector Lewis: Season 1 (PBS Masterpiece)
Lakeboat (2000)
The Lucy Show: Season 1 (Best TV Ever)
Night Train Murders (1975)
Pathology (2008)
Pinkalicious: Season 1 (PBS Kids)
Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown (1977)
Rosehaven: Season 1 (Sundance Now)
Seaside Hotel: Season 1 (PBS Masterpiece)
Seven Deaths In The Cat’s Eye (1973)
Shaolin Kung Fu Mystagouge (1977)
Some Kind Of Hero (1982)
Sprung (1997)
Torso (1973)
Upload: Season 1 – Amazon Original series
Walking Tall (1973)
The Whistle Blower (1987)
Who Saw Her Die? (1980)

May 3rd
The Durrells: Season 4

May 7th
The Hustle (2019)

May 8th
The Goldfinch – Amazon Original movie (2020)
Jimmy O. Yang: Good Deal – Amazon Original special
Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan (2017)

May 10th
Jack And Jill (2011)

May 11th
Alias: Seasons 1-5

May 15th
The Last Narc: Season 1 – Amazon Original series
Seberg – Amazon Original movie (2020)

May 17th
Poldark: Season 5

May 19th
Like Crazy (2011)
Trial By Fire (2019)

May 22nd
Homecoming: Season 2 – Amazon Original series
Rocketman (2019)

May 23rd
Come To Daddy (2020)

May 25th
The Tracker (2019)

May 29th
The Vast Of Night – Amazon Original movie (2020)


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