What’s New on Amazon Prime: December 2015

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At the beginning of (and throughout) every month, Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video add new movies and TV shows to their libraries. Feel free to note anything we've left out in the comments below — and for more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on Amazon and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now, which is updated throughout the month.

A Family Affair: Transparent (Season 2)
Amazon’s “damn near perfect” — per Vulture’s Margaret Lyons — original series goes into its second season as head of the family, Maura (Jeffrey Tambor), moves further along her gender transition, while the rest of the Pfeffermans continue to unravel. Always sensitive to the challenges of living truthfully, Transparent is gentle but unsparing, liable to make you belly-laugh in one moment and choke up in the next. Available December 11; first episode is already out.

Eine Kleine Coming-of-Age Story: Mozart in the Jungle (Season 2)
Mozart in the Jungle pitches itself as a steamy backstage take on the world of classical music, with Gael Garícia Bernal as a hotheaded young conductor (think an ersatz Gustavo Dudamel) hired by a New York orchestra — specifically a camp-tastic Bernadette Peters — to enliven its ticket sales. But the heart of the show is Lola Kirke (Mistress America), who plays a doe-eyed oboist, hoping to find a place in the competitive music world. When Mozart gives up on the wink-wink innuendo and sees the New York hustle through her eyes, it finds something special. Available December 12.

A Little Ditty About Jack and Diane: Something's Gotta Give (2003)
Nancy Meyers’s Hamptons-set romp has all of the aspirational set dressing you expect from the rest of her films (or even her glorious Instagram presence) and bravado performances from Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson. For best results, we recommend that you watch while wearing Keaton’s trademark white turtleneck and sipping a few cups of her branded chilled wine. Available December 1.

The Power and the Glory: Selma (2014)
Ava DuVernay’s masterful take on Martin Luther King Jr.’s (David Oyelowo) involvement in the 1965 protests in Selma, Alabama, stands as one of the best vehicles for understanding the brutality faced by civil-rights protesters, and just how radical King’s practices really were. The film’s set pieces on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, as shot by Bradford Young, capture the range of symbolic resonances offered by opposing masses of people — hope in solidarity, horror when under attack — better than any recent film. Available December 19.

AVAILABLE ON STREAMING

TELEVISION
Transparent (Season 2) (December 11)
Tumble Leaf (Season 2) (December 12)
Mozart in the Jungle (Season 2) (December 12)

MOVIES
Something's Gotta Give (2003) (December 1)
Bedazzled (2000) (December 1)
Hoffa (1992) (December 1)
River of No Return (1954) (December 1)
Monkey Business (1952) (December 1)
The Details (2011) (December 1)
Meet Me in Montenegro (2014) (December 9)
Interstellar (2014) (December 12)
Cutie and the Boxer (2013) (December 15)
Selma (2014) (December 19)
The Gambler (2014) (December 26)
Pusher (2012) (December 27)
Stick Man (2014) (December 27)
Black Beauty (1994) (December 30)
Curly Sue (1991) (December 30)
Free Willy (1993) (December 30)

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

TELEVISION
PAW Patrol (Season 5) (December 2)
Mob Wives (Season 6) (December 4)
Pig Goat Banana Cricket (Season 2) (December 5)
Miraculous Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (Season 1) (December 7)
Shimmer and Shine (Season 2) (December 12)
Clarence (Season 3) (December 18)
Almost Genius (Season 1) (December 21)

MOVIES
Ted 2 (2015) (December 1)
The World of Kanako (2014) (December 4)
Minions (2015) (December 8)
Ant-Man (2015) (December 8)
War Room (2015) (December 8)
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015) (December 15) 

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