Omicron is rearing its ugly head and Canadians are being urged to consider pivoting their domestic holiday travel plans by medical experts. You know what that means! Order yourself some takeout, slip into something comfortable, and put on a movie. Amazon Prime Canada’s got plenty of films, from heartwearming Korean-American dramas to pop star documentaries, providing all the escapism your heart desires, just in time for the fourth wave of the pandemic.
Being the Ricardos (2021)
The latest feature film from West Wing and Newsroom creator Aaron Sorkin is another talky historical drama about the real-life turmoil that raged behind the scenes of classic sitcom I Love Lucy. Javier Bardem and Nicole Kidman star as the iconic Lucile Ball and Desi Arnaz.
Day Zero (2021)
The new climate change documentary, three years in the making, looks at the various ways in which impending fresh-water shortages have already had a catastrophic impact on the world, from the Cape Town water crisis of 2018 to the Australian wildfires of 2019 and beyond. Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor narrates.
Kanye With Special Guest Drake Live in Concert
Kanye West’s first live performance in several years was a surprise live show and benefit concert to raise awareness of the incarceration of Larry Hoover, which streamed in IMAX theatres around North America and on Prime Video worldwide live last Tuesday night. The concert also marked an official end to Ye’s years-long feud with Drake, who also performed alongside of him.
Time is Up (2021)
A scenic romantic drama set in picturesque Italy, Elisa Amoruso’s Time is Up stars Bella Thorne and her fiance, the musician Benjamin Mascolo, in what was surely an attempt to capture some of the real-life romantic chemistry shared by the young, attractive couple at its center.
Carlos Ghosn: The Last Flight (2021)
This acclaimed documentary from documentarian Nick Green tells the true but unbelievable story of Carlos Ghosn, the former CEO of the Renault-Nissan car brand, who, after being accused of high-level fraud and other crimes in December 2019, suddenly fled the country by hiding himself in a shipping container meant to contain a priceless cello
Bad Moms (2016)
This raunchy late-night comedy is about a group of suburban housewives who take flight from their boring lives in Chicago to have themselves some real fun, in however reckless a form it takes. It’s made in the post-Bridesmaids fashion and features as much raunchiness as you’d expect by that comparison
Curse of the Chippendales (2021)
A stranger-than-fiction true-crime story built around an outdated pop culture phenomenon, Curse of the Chippendales follows The Curse of Von Dutch and LuLaRoe as the latest Prime Original about something more sensational than anyone thought possible — this time, the wild world of Chippendales dancers, the 80s phenomenon that had a secret dark side all along.
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Studio Laika, best known for Coraline and The BoxTrolls, is renowned as one of the most original animation studios in the world. Kubo and the Two Strings was not a success financially, but the hugely acclaimed family action-drama went on to earn Academy Award nominations and has since been hailed as a modern animated classic.
The new farce Queenpins tells, in over the top fashion, the surprisingly true story of two bored, middle-class suburban housewives who initiated the world’s largest and most lucrative counterfeit coupon scam, ripping companies off to the tune of nearly half a billion dollars.
This new Prime Original, starring the great Riz Ahmed and Octavia Spencer, is a heady blend of science-fiction and arthouse drama in which a decorated Marine veteran becomes convinced that his family is under supernatural threat. Director Michael Pearce has compared it to a combination of Paris, Texas and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Famously shot for under $30,000 in the real-life video store where director Kevin Smith worked at the time, the no-budget comedy Clerks helped kick off a new wave of American independent movies in the early 1990s, breaking the traditional barriers of Hollywood entertainment to become a massive, unlikely box office hit. The cult classic is probably best-remembered today for having introduced the world to its two most iconic side characters, Jay and Silent Bob.
Cube Zero (2004)
The original Cube was something of a miracle when it was released in 1997: an ultra low-budget independent science-fiction horror movie that quickly became one of the most popular and beloved Canadian films of all time. The second sequel, following Cube 2: Hypercube, is actually a prequel, and tells the story of the very first Cube, a sinister real-life puzzle and death trap that anticipated movies like Saw.
A Naked Singularity (2021)
Sergio De La Pava wrote his monumental epic A Naked Singularity in his spare time while working as a public defender in New York City, drawing from his experiences at his day job in writing the comic-cosmic masterpiece. This ambitious screen adaptation by Chase Palmer will attempt to tell the novel’s bizarre and digressive story of a lawyer involved in an elaborate heist who finds the universe literally collapsing around him.
Pau Gasol: It’s About the Journey (2021)
One of the most popular and talented basketball players of the last twenty years, Pau Gasol was a legend on the Los Angeles Lakers during its Kobe Bryant-led dynasty in the 2000s. This documentary follows the Spanish star as he concludes his two-decade career in the NBA after a stress fracture forced him to retire from the Milwaukee Bucks, showing him returning home to his native Spain to play once again in Barcelona.
In the summer of 2019, Australia’s bushfires became the center of the world’s attention, as the “Black Summer” saw the ferocious and unstoppable burning of nearly 60 million acres of land, taking thousands of buildings, species of wildlife, and more with it. Burning is a documentary about that terrible event, composed of jaw-dropping footage of these extraordinary, and extraordinarily destructive, flames.