What’s New on Amazon Prime: January 2016

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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. Some of these may also have previously been on Amazon, only to have been removed and then added back. For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on Amazon and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s Streaming Hub, which is updated throughout the month.

Meet me at the Empire State Building: An Affair to Remember (1957)

Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr enjoy a romance aboard a cruise ship before splitting off into their separate lives and finally, near tragically, reuniting a few years later in Leo McCarey’s classic romance. Watch it to finally get the references in Sleepless in Seattle, or to admire Grant at peak suavity, or just to have good, old-fashioned cry.
Available January 1.

Blood in the West: Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Do you want to watch a Western with cannibals? Because Amazon is bringing you a Western with cannibals. Kurt Russell leads a pulpy-gory tale about a sheriff who heads off to save a group of captives seized from a Western town. “Bone Tomahawk is what you might get if you crossbred The Searchers with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, or maybe Cannibal Holocaust," Vulture’s Bilge Ebiri wrote. Wow, all right then.
Available January 1.

All right, all right, all right: Dazed and Confused (1993)

Everyone from Matthew McConaughey to Parker Posey to Ben Affleck pops up in Richard Linklater’s feel-good favorite about the last day of high school in small-town Texas. Nostalgia for the ’70s, for childhood, for good music: It’s all here. Catch up in time for Linklater’s upcoming pseudo-sequel, or just so that you’re not left out in the cold the next time someone quotes Posey’s iconic hazing scene.
Available January 1.

Pair with The Big Short: Margin Call (2011)

The ultraserious precursor to the likes of The Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short, J.C. Chandor’s (All Is Lost, A Most Violent Year) Margin Call follows the key players in an investment bank on the brink of the financial crisis. A thriller about capitalism collapsing in on itself, Margin Fall is furious, dark, and only ever accidentally funny (mostly because Penn Badgley hangs out in a strip club with Zachary Quinto in this). Nobody’s spared, everybody’s angry, and they all have nice suits.
Available January 4. 

The one Amazon wants you to watch: Mad Dogs (Season 1)

Amazon’s latest original series tells the story of a group of middle-aged friends whose trip to Belize goes terribly — read: a cartel is involved — wrong. Does a premise built around white tourist panic come across as a little insensitive? Yes. Is Mad Dogs executive-produced by Shawn Ryan, the man behind The Shield, one of the best TV series of all time? Yes. Will Mad Dogs be good? Who knows!
Available January 22.


Thundercats (Season 1) (January 1)
Just Add Magic (Season 1) (January 15)
Mad Dogs (Season 1) (January 22)


Available January 1
Bone Tomahawk (2015)
I'll See You In My Dreams (2015)
Annie (2014)
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)
Paper Planes (2014)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)
Taps (1981)
An Affair to Remember (1957)
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Available later in January
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (January 4)
Margin Call
(January 4)
Serpico (January 4)
1408 (January 5)
Hot Tub Time Machine (January 8)
Goodnight Mommy (January 9)
All Creatures Big and Small (January 11)
The Missing (January 13)
The Second Mother (January 14)
Frank Miller's Sin City (January 16)
Spare Parts (January 16)
Mortdecai (January 23)
Man of Tai Chi (January 26)



10 Things (Season 1) (January 4)
Da Vinci's Demons (Season 3) (January 4)
Flesh and Bone*
(Season 1) (January 4)
(Season 1) (January 22)
(Season 1) (January 4)
Growing Up Hip-Hop*
(Season 1) (January 8)
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
(Season 3) (January 8)
(Season 1) (January 9)
(Season 2) (January 11)
Angie Tribeca*
(Season 1) (January 11)
(Season 6) (January 15)
Idiot Sitter*
(Season 1) (January 15)
Hell's Kitchen
(Season 15) (January 16)
Venture Bros
(Season 6) (January 18)
Angie Tribeca
(Season 2) (January 18)
Separation Anxiety*
(Season 1) (January 18)
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson*
(Season 1) (January 18)

*Episodes available the day after they air on TV.

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