The 7 best new movies on Amazon Prime Video in August 2022

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Amazon Prime Video continues to roll out a mix of movies for its ongoing summer slate. During the season’s peak month, viewers will be able to access some major recent releases like Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Licorice Pizza” featuring the Haim sisters as well as “The Lost City”, which is packed with stars like Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum , Daniel Radcliffe and Brad Pitt.

Those looking for older classic films won’t be disappointed either, as Meryl Streep dotted “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Mamma Mia!” will also be heading to the streamer (with the musical gracing the catalog of Freevee). Nicholas Cage’s “Face/Off” and the late James Caan’s “Thief” arrive August 1 with “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion,” which features Mira, daughter of the late Paul Sorvino. more on “Grey’s Anatomy” alums Sandra Oh and Kate Walsh in “Under the Tuscan Sun.”

For those who love true story movies, Ron Howard’s ‘Thirteen Lives’ – which arrives August 5 – chronicles the events that lead to a Thai soccer team and their coach becoming trapped in a cave and the miraculous rescue which followed.

Here are the 7 best new movies coming to Amazon Prime Video in August:

“Thirteen Lives” (2022)

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Based on the true story, “Thirteen Lives” will shed more light on how twelve Thai boys and their coach got stuck in Tham Luang cave when a rainstorm flooded the tunnel system and trapped them inside. inside a mountain. Directed by Oscar-winner Ron Howard, the film promises suspense as a team of experienced divers find the boys alive behind the maze of waterlogged tunnels, only to realize that getting them out will be even worse. more difficult. Colin Farrell, Viggo Mortensen and Joel Edgerton star as the team of divers – John Volanthen, Rick Stanto and Harry Harris – who plan the navigation through the convoluted caves to find the thirteen living bodies.

“Thirteen Lives” is also playing in select theaters.

“Before Midnight” (2013)

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The final chapter in Richard Linklater’s intensely beloved “Before” trilogy is set 20 years after the fateful train ride that brought Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) together. “Before Midnight” finds the couple summertime in Greece, their twin daughters in tow. On the last night of their vacation, they take stock of their relationship now that the glow of her honeymoon years has faded. Fortunately, the same cannot be said for the film itself. Hawke, Delpy and Linklater’s Oscar-nominated screenplay matches the electric chemistry of the oldies with the deep dialogue that made the first two films instant classics. Like its predecessors, “Before Midnight” takes place over a single day. As the sun rises and sets, the Peloponnese coast provides the perfect backdrop for two lovers contemplating their twilight years.

“The Devil Wears Prada” (2006)

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“The Devil Wears Prada” (2006) will never go out of style, especially since it stars Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci. Andy Sachs (Hathaway) lands his life’s work with Miranda Priestly (Streep), the intimidating and demanding editor of Runway magazine. Andy, who dreams of becoming a journalist, is hired as Miranda’s second assistant. Emily (Blunt) advises Andy as Miranda’s first assistant. Stanley Tucci plays Nigel, who comforts Andy and helps him upgrade his wardrobe for his high-stakes environment. The moral of the story involves Andy choosing between her career ambition and the life she’s built before changing herself at Miranda’s urging, much to the disappointment of her boyfriend Nate (Adrian Grenier) and her friends. friends and family.

“Thief” (1981)

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While our dearly deceased James Caan’s best known role was undoubtedly “The Godfather”, his best performance was undoubtedly in Michael Mann’s “Thief”. In “Thief”, Caan plays Frank, a career criminal whose new relationship (with Tuesday Weld) makes him reconsider his life of crime. (The film is based in part on a memoir called “The Home Invaders: Confessions of a Cat Burglar” by Frank Hohimer, released six years earlier.) Surrounded by wonderful tough character actors like Dennis Farina, James Belushi and Robert Prosky ( plus a magnificent supporting role from Willie Nelson), Caan fully inhabits the role; the way he walks and behaves even suggests the profession he has chosen, the danger he deliberately puts himself in, and the anxiety that begins to seep into his life as he desperately tries to escape. With gorgeous cinematography by Donald Thorin and a dreamy synth score by German electronic band Tangerine Dream, it was initially considered a disappointment (at least financially) but has blossomed into a true cult favourite. It also established Mann as the premier chronicler of America’s criminal underbelly (“Thief” was his first film!), something he would reiterate through later masterpieces like “Heat” and “Collateral.”

“Licorice Pizza” (2021)

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With its sunny SoCal setting and episodic feel, “Licorice Pizza” was practically made for watching on a summer night. Paul Thomas Anderson’s ninth feature is set in the San Fernando Valley in the early 1970s and revolves around enterprising teenager Gary (Cooper Hoffman) and his 20-something crush Alana (Alana Haim ). Their recurring friendship clashes with characters played by Bradley Cooper, Maya Rudolph, Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Benny Safdie and many more. Not to mention Haim’s real family, including sisters Este and Danielle. Driven by the spirited shenanigans of Alana and Gary, “Licorice Pizza” winds as much as it spins. Both Haim and Hoffman shine, and they’re never better than when they’re sharing the screen. Nostalgics will appreciate the reconstructions of real places by the scenographer Florencia Martin, and many anecdotes about the valley are integrated throughout the film. Best of all, the production spared no expense on its soundtrack, which features the likes of Paul McCartney and Wings, David Bowie, Sonny & Cher and The Doors.

“The Lost City” (2022)

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Loretta (Sandra Bullock), a best-selling romantic action novelist, is about to promote her latest book, when she realizes she feels like she’s reached a plateau in life. Enter Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe), who kidnaps her to use her novel to actually find The Lost City, where he’s convinced there’s hidden treasure. Loretta’s book cover model Alan (Channing Tatum), who poses for her character Dash, takes her words that he’s just a dummy seriously and sets out to rescue her to prove he really is the characters. features of the fictional man he represents. Dash’s abilities to save Loretta prove questionable at best, but don’t worry because real action hero Jack Trainer (Brad Pitt) arrives to save the day. Other cast members include Da’Vine Joy Randolph as Beth Hatten, Oscar Nuñez as Oscar, Patti Harrison as Allison, and Bowen Yang as Ray the moderator.

“The Lost City” premieres August 10 on Prime Video.

“Mom Mia!” (2008)

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Streep strikes again, along with “The Dropout” star Amanda Seyfried. This classic musical journey follows Sophie (Seyfried) as she delves into her mother Donna’s (Streep) diary to try to find out who her father is. Donna and Sophie live in Greece, and Sophie’s motivation to find her real father is partly due to her impending wedding day. According to Donna’s diary (where an ellipsis means she’s sleeping with someone), three men potentially fathered Sophie – Sam (Pierce Brosnan), Bill (Stellan Skarsgård) or Harry (Colin Firth). The best part is the ABBA soundtrack.

“Mom Mia!” will be available on Freevee from August 1st.

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