What's New on Amazon Prime Video (December 2020)

The best of what's new on Prime Video

With new Amazon Prime shows and movies coming out every month, it can be challenging to keep up with what's new on Prime Video. Amazon's streaming service includes a mix of classic movies and TV shows as well as original Amazon films and series. We rounded up the best things to watch on Prime Video in a variety of categories to help you put together your watch list.

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Small Axe (2020): Best British Anthology Series About Immigrant Communities

Small Axe on Amazon Prime Video


IMDb Rating: 8.2

Genre: Drama

Starring: John Boyega, Sheyi Cole, Shaun Parkes

Created By: Steve McQueen

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Small Axe is a BBC movie anthology series directed by Steve McQueen. Each film is a standalone, feature-length story that explores the struggles of London's West Indian community through the 1960s to 1980s. For example, Mangrove is about the real-life Mangrove Nine, a group of protestors who were illegally detained by London police in 1970. 

Several of the individual films were screened individually at various film festivals and earned universal acclaim from critics thanks to their strong performances and directing. The title of the series comes from a Bob Marley song of the same name.

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Uncle Frank (2020): Best Gay-Themed 70s Road Trip Movie

Oscar Isaac in Uncle Frank


IMDb Rating: 6.5

Genre: Drama

Starring: Paul Bettany, Sophia Lillis, Peter Macdissi

Director: Alan Ball

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 95 minutes

When the family patriarch passes away, Frank (Paul Bettany) must travel from New York to South Carolina with his niece Beth (Sophia Lillis) to attend the funeral. To Beth's surprise, Frank's boyfriend tags along, raising everyone's anxiety about how the rest of the family will react.

Uncle Frank takes place in the 1970s and addresses the hardships of being gay at that time. There are some intense moments, but also some heart-warming ones. The movie took home the Public Prize at the 2020 Deauville American Film Festival, where it was a hit with critics.

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The Pack (2020): Best Extreme Sports Show for Dog Lovers

Dogs and their owners on a snowy mountain in The Pack


IMDb Rating: 6.3

Genre: Reality-TV

Starring: Lindsey Vonn, Mitra Najibeh Yosri, Lucy Riles

Created By: Amazon Studios

TV Rating: TV-Y7

Number of Seasons: 1

Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, accompanied by her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Lucy, hosts this competitive show that pits human and canine duos against each other in a cross-continental race. Teams compete in various challenges for a half-a-million-dollar grand prize.

The participating dogs received care and supervision from experienced veterinarians to ensure their safety throughout the filming of the show. As part of a promotional campaign, Amazon gave $250,000 to charities that focus on dogs, and the winner gets $250,000 to donate to any charity that helps animals.

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Truth Seekers (2020): Best British Paranormal Comedy Show

The cast of Truth Seekers

 Amazon Prime Video

IMDb Rating: 7.1

Genre: Comedy, Horror

Starring: Emma D'Arcy, Nick Frost, Samson Kayo

Created By: Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, James Serafinowicz, and Nat Saunders

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 1

Truth Seekers is a British horror-comedy series about a ragtag team of amateur ghost hunters who travel the U.K. in search of paranormal phenomena to document for their online audience. Their misadventures lead to the discovery of a massive conspiracy that poses an existential threat to their YouTube channel.

While it may sound like a simple parody of TV shows like Ghosthunters, the horror elements are strong enough for Truth Seekers to stand out on its own. The first two episodes of Truth Seekers were screened at the CannesSeries Festival a few weeks ahead of the official Amazon Prime debut on October 30, 2020.

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Time (2020): Best Documentary About Love and the Criminal Justice System

Fox and Rob Rich in Time

 Amazon Studios

IMDb Rating: 7.3

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Rob Rich II, Fox Rich, Freedom Rich

Director: Garrett Bradley

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 81 minutes

Composed of home video footage and original interviews, Time documents the relationship between Fox Rich and her husband Rob, who is serving a 60-year prison sentence in Louisiana. The movie provides a critique of the American penal system while celebrating the enduring bonds of love and family.

Time director Garrett Bradley became the first African American woman to win a Directing Award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival for a documentary. The film won several accolades, including the Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award at the 2020 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

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Halal Love Story (2020): Best Irreverent Religious Satire

Halal Love Story promo image

Amazon Studios 

IMDb Rating: 6.4

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Parvathy Thiruvothu, Soubin Shahir, Joju George

Director: Zakariya Mohammed

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 110 minutes

In Halal Love Story, a team of young Muslim filmmakers is tasked with creating a film that adheres to the strict rules of their particular religious group. It turns out to be more challenging than they anticipated, resulting in some spectacular situational humor.

Despite its religious themes, Halal Love Story is neither an endorsement nor a critique of any religion. Instead, it pokes fun at the moral contradictions present in all cultures. It's worth a watch if you don't mind reading subtitles.

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The Boys (2019): Best Superheroes Fighting Corrupt Superheroes Series

The cast of The Boys on Amazon Prime Video


IMDb Rating: 8.7

Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime

Starring: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr

Created By: Eric Kripke

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 2

Netflix has The Umbrella Academy, and Amazon has The Boys. The latter is about a team of superhero vigilantes who fight corruption in their ranks. Sound familiar? The Boys isn't particularly original, but it's still fun to watch.

In fact, the first episode of The Boys got 8 million views within the first 10 days of its release, making it one of Amazon's most successful original series. Praise from audiences and critics resulted in the show getting renewed for a second season in 2020.

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Utopia (2020): Best Amazon Original Conspiracy-Theory Secret Society Series

Promotional image for Utopia on Amazon Prime Video


IMDb Rating: 6.2

Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery

Starring: Desmin Borges, Dan Byrd, John Cusack

Created By: Gillian Flynn

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Utopia is a new show about government conspiracies, secret organizations, and saving the world. When some comic book fans get their hands on a graphic novel that supposedly predicts the future, they become targets of the Network, a sinister secret society that wants to destroy them.

Utopia is an American adaptation of the 2013 British series by the same name. The original show, which ran for two seasons, won several Royal Television Society Awards and an International Emmy for Best Drama Series.

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All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020): Best Political Documentary for Election Year

Stacey Abrams in All In: The Fight for Democracy


IMDb Rating: 6.0

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Stacey Abrams, Debo Adegbile, Jayla Allen

Director: Lisa Cortes, Liz Garbus

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 102 minutes

All In: The Fight for Democracy explores the history of voter suppression in the U.S. The film features Stacey Abrams, Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia in 2018. After narrowly losing in an election marred by controversy, Abrams started Fair Fight Action, an election monitoring organization that advocates for voting rights.

Unfortunately, the movie didn't get the theatrical release it deserves, but it's coming to Amazon Prime Video just in time for election season. It might make you mad, but it'll motivate you to update your voter registration.

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Gemini Man (2019): Best Will Smith Trying to Kill Himself Action Movie

Will Smith in Gemini Man

Paramount Pictures 

IMDb Rating: 5.7

Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Starring: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen

Director: Ang Lee

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 117 minutes

A retired hitman (Will Smith) finds himself the target of an unlikely assassin: his younger self. This fast-paced action flick uses groundbreaking de-aging technology to bring two Will Smith's to the screen at once.

Despite being a bomb at the box office, Gemini Man drew praise for its performances and special effects. The movie was even nominated for a few Visual Effects Society Awards.

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Undercover (2016): Best Binge-in-a-Weekend British Crime Drama Mini-Series

Sophie Okonedo and Adrian Lester in Undercover


IMDb Rating: 6.8

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Starring: Sophie Okonedo, Adrian Lester, Daniel Ezra

Created By: Peter Moffat

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 1

Undercover is a BBC mini-series about an attorney named Maya Cobbina (Sophie Okonedo) who works to overturn wrongful convictions. Unbeknownst to Maya, her undercover cop husband (Adrian Lester) is hiding a terrible secret that could end both of their careers.

Undercover features strong performances and clever writing that explores race relations and the criminal justice system in the U.K. There are only six episodes, so you can watch the whole series in a weekend.

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Comrade Detective (2017): Best Bingeworthy Buddy Cop Show Propaganda

Promotional image for Comrade Detective


IMDb Rating: 7.3

Genre: Action, Comedy

Starring: Channing Tatum, Florin Piersic Jr., Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Created By: Brian Gatewood

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

Comrade Detective presents itself as a "found footage" television show from communist Romania. Following the tropes of American buddy cop films, detectives Gregor Anghel (Florin Piersic Jr./Channing Tatum) and Iosif Baci (Corneliu Ulici/Joseph Gordon-Levitt) team up to thwart capitalist influences in their country.

Comrade Detective has received praise for its social commentary on the nature of propaganda. Although the show is filmed with Romanian actors, the dialogue is dubbed in English by an all American cast.

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The Tick (2018): Best Off-Beat Superhero Satire

Peter Serafinowicz and Griffin Newman stand atop a building in The Tick.


IMDb Rating: 7.4

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman, Valorie Curry

Created By: Ben Edlund

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 2

In this live-action reboot of the classic 90s cartoon, everyone's favorite parody superhero, The Tick (Peter Serafinowicz), and his sidekick Arthur (Griffin Newman) join forces to clean up the criminal underbelly in their city. The Tick's creator, Ben Edlund, serves as an executive producer.

Unlike other modern superhero stories, The Tick doesn't take itself too seriously. The show debuted to near-universal positive reviews, which is why it's heartbreaking that the show wasn't renewed for a third season on Amazon.

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Chemical Hearts (2020): Best New Teen Drama for Hopeless Romantics

Chemical Hearts Amazon originbal movie promo image


IMDb Rating: 6.4

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring: Lili Reinhart, Austin Abrams, Sarah Jones

Director: Richard Tanne

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 93 minutes

Chemical Hearts is an Amazon original movie based on Krystal Sutherland's romance novel Our Chemical Hearts. The story follows a shy teenage boy named Henry (Austin Abrams) who has a crush on the new girl in school (Lili Reinhart). When the two students become partners editing the school newspaper, their working relationship turns personal and painful.

Chemical Hearts a sweet story about first love that will tug at the heartstrings of young adults and the young at heart. The film isn't groundbreaking, but it's well-acted and has received positive reviews from audiences and critics.

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World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji (2020): Most Intense Suvivialist Game Show Ever

World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji promo image


IMDb Rating: 7.9

Genre: Adventure, Reality-TV

Starring: Bear Grylls, Melissa Coombes, Gretchen Evans

Created By: MGM Television

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 1

One of the most ambitious game shows ever produced, the original Eco-Challenge series ran from 1995 to 2002. Like all good things from that era, it's been rebooted by Amazon for 2020.

World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji features 66 teams from around the globe in a non-stop competition to make it from one side of the archipelago to the other. Without the luxury of smartphones or GPS devices, they must climb, bike, and paddleboard their way to the finish line in hopes of winning $100,000. Even if you're not usually a fan of survivalist shows, this one may be worth watching just for the breathtaking scenery.

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Clifford the Big Red Dog (2019): Best Reboot of a Classic Kid's Franchise

Clifford in Clifford the Big Red Dog on Amazon Prime Video


IMDb Rating: 5.9

Genre: Animation, Family

Starring: Hannah Levinson, Adam Sanders, Jenna Weir

Created By: Deborah Forte

TV Rating: TV-Y

Number of Seasons: 3

Speaking of reboots, the latest iteration of Clifford the Big Red Dog is now on Prime Video. Nine-year-old Emily (Hannah Levinson) and her talking dog Clifford (Adam Sanders) are back having adventures and raising eyebrows in their small town of Birdwell Island.

The stories are simple and made for small kids. While they don't teach skills like reading or math, they do model good values like friendship and honesty. The flash animation may lack the charm of Norman Bridwell's original illustrations, but the show stays true to the style and spirit of the famous children's books.

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The Salesman (2017): Best Emotionally-Charged, Foreign Language Thriller

The Salesman promotional image


IMDb Rating: 7.8

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Starring: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Mina Sadati

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 124 minutes

This Persian-language movie starts out as a story about a married couple (Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti) co-starring in a stage production of Authur Miller's Death of a Salesman. When the wife is assaulted, their relationship is upended.

The Salesman received international praise, winning an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and two Cannes Film Festival awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actor. The Salesman is a must-watch for fans of emotionally charged thrillers, so long as you don't mind reading subtitles.

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Gina Brillon: The Floor is Lava (2020): Best Inspirational Stand-Up Comedy Special

Gina Brillon: The Floor is Lava promotional image


IMDb Rating: 5.4

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Gina Brillion

Director: Brian Volk-Weiss

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 60 minutes

The Floor is Lava is Gina Brillon's first standup comedy special exclusively for Amazon Prime Video. The 2012 winner of NBC's Standup For Diversity competition in 2012, you may recognize Brillon from her recurring roles in The Conners and Kevin Can Wait.

In her special, Brillon reflects on growing up poor in the Bronx and her subsequent move to the midwest. The jokes are funny, but the comic's story is also inspirational. The set concludes with a powerful appeal to human kindness and a call for greater equality for all.

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Capone (2020): Best Biopic About a Criminal Mastermind

Tom Hardy as Al Capone in Capone


IMDb Rating: 4.7

Genre: Drama, Biography, Crime

Starring: Tom Hardy, Linda Cardellini, Matt Dillon

Director: Josh Trank

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 103 minutes

Tom Hardy stars as the legendary mobster Al Capone in this unexpectedly emotional biopic. Instead of focusing on Capone's criminal enterprises, Capone picks up at the end of his decade-long prison sentence.

Due to untreated syphilis, Capone's mind has deteriorated to the point that he's deemed no longer a threat to society. Suffering from dementia and PTSD, Capone tries to reconnect with his family.

Capone is a sympathetic look at one of America's most notorious gangsters. The script was criticized for taking liberties with Capone's life story, but Hardy's portrayal of the titular character is undeniably captivating.

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The Primal (2019): Best Nicolas Cage B-Movie With Exotic Animals

Nicolas Cage in The Primal


IMDb Rating: 4.9

Genre: Action, Thriller

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Famke Janssen, Kevin Durand

Director: Nick Powell

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 97 minutes

An eccentric hunter named Frank Walsh (Nicolas Cage) runs into trouble while trying to smuggle a rare white jaguar from South America by boat. When an escaped killer who happens to be on the same ship releases the jaguar along with other exotic animals being transported, Walsh must put his big-game skills to the test and become an unlikely antihero.

While The Primal didn't get much praise from critics, the strong cast and extra element of killer animals makes it a memorable B-movie. If you like Nicolas Cage action flicks, you won't be disappointed.

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7500 (2019): Best Amazon Original Action Movie in a Plane

Joseph Gordon Levitt in 7500

Amazon Studios

IMDb Rating: 5.9

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Starring: Passar Hariky, Omid Memar, Hicham Sebiai

Director: Patrick Vollrath

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 92 minutes

7500 is an action movie that takes place primarily in the cockpit of a plane. An international collaboration between Austria, Germany, and the U.S., 7500 premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 2019 before landing on Prime Video in 2020.

This movie about a terrorist hijacking is more of a psychological thriller than a standard action flick. Patrick Vollrath's directorial debut isn't a masterpiece, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt's intense performance will definitely keep your attention for an hour and a half.

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The Legion (2020): Best So-Bad-It's-Good Action Flick

The Legion promo image

Screen Gems

IMDb Rating: 3.2

Genre: Action, Adventure, History

Starring: Lee Partridge, Mickey Rourke, Joaquim de Almeida

Director: Jose Magan

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 96 minutes

The Legion reimagines the historical invasion of Parthia, in which Roman legions found themselves surrounded and starving in the snowy Armenian mountains. A Roman man known for his running skills (Lee Partridge) is tasked with delivering a vital message to the soldiers, so he must trek through enemy terrain to save the day.

Don't be deterred by bad reviews. If you love so-bad-it's good movies, The Legion is right up your alley. The film features some impressive sword fights and stunt work from Partridge.

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The Courier (2019): Best Action Movie With a Strong Female Lead

Gary Oldman in The Courier


IMDb Rating: 4.9

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

Starring: Olga Kurylenko, Gary Oldman, Amit Shah

Director: Zackary Adler

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 99 minutes

While making a routine delivery, a motorcycle courier in London (Olga Kurylenko) discovers that she's carrying a bomb. After realizing that she's been unknowingly doing the dirty work for a mob boss (Gary Oldman), she decides to protect the one person who can bring him down.

The Courier has a distinct 1990s action-thriller vibe replete with cheesy dialogue, so if you go in with your expectations tempered, you'll probably have a good time. Fans of The Fifth Element, another Gary Oldman movie, might catch an Easter egg from the famous opera scene in that film.

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The Addams Family (2019): Best Modern Take on a Classic Franchise

Morticia Addams in The Addams Family (2019)

 Universal Pictures

IMDb Rating: 5.8

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

Starring: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz

Director: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 86 minutes

Every generation deserves the opportunity to meet the Addams family. Thanks to the 2019 animated version, kids today now have a chance to enjoy the wacky antics of Uncle Fester, Cousin It, and the rest of the gang.

This incarnation of The Addams Family is a little more light-hearted and family-friendly than the original, which is to be expected for a children's film. Christina Aguilera won an HNMA award for Best Original Song in an Animated Film for Haunted Heart.