What’s New on Amazon Prime: October 2017

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At the beginning of (and during) every month, Amazon Prime adds new movies and TV shows to its library. Below, you’ll find our recommendations for October 2017. For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on Amazon Prime and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub, which is updated throughout the month.

This Month’s Highlights

Available October 5

Because it’s one of the best shows on TV: The Americans

While a bit more meandering than usual, the fifth season of The Americans still defends its reputation for being among TV’s very best shows. As Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings start to contemplate whether or not spies are the sort of people who get to retire, the show’s endgame starts to take shape, and the screws all start to get a bit tighter. Since the sixth season will be its last, catching up on The Americans isn’t just a good idea — it’s a priority. Available October 5.

Available October 20

Because John Cena made a surprisingly great movie: The Wall

Directed by Doug Liman of The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow fame, The Wall is a spare thriller with a simple, tense premise: Two American soldiers (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena) are trapped in the desert under the scope of an Iraqi sniper, with nothing but a small, crumbling wall protecting them — and one of them (Cena) is already shot. Small and spare, The Wall takes war movies and scales them down to an excruciating battle of wits between three men and a radio, all waiting for someone else to make a stupid decision first. Available October 20.

Available October 1

If you want to see Christian Bale at his most intense: The Machinist

Right now, Christian Bale is busy eating pies for work. The actor’s commitment to putting on and losing weight for roles — he’s going to portray Dick Cheney in a forthcoming Adam McKay biopic — but it’s The Machinist that put Bale on the map as a diet stunt queen. A creepy, unsettling psychological thriller about an insomniac machinist whose exhaustion causes a workplace injury, Bale plays a man losing time and himself, both figuratively and literally. There’s a bit of disturbing imagery in The Machinist, but none of it is unsettling as Bale’s starved frame, which is shocking every time you see it. Of course, his performance lives up to the physical extreme the role is famous for, and The Machinist’s oppressive and relentlessly ominous tone makes for a great Halloween watch. Available October 1.

Full List

TV Shows

Available October 2

Beauty and the Baker: Season 1

Available October 3

American Horror Story: Cult

Available October 5

The Americans: Season 5

Available October 6

• The Fashion Hero: Season 1

Available October 9

• Inside Edge: Season 1 (Amazon Original)

Available October 13

• Lore: Season 1 (Amazon Original)
• Sigmund and the Sea Monster: Season 1 (Amazon Original)

Available October 20

Red Oaks: Season 3 (Amazon Original)

Movies

Available October 1

• Abandoned Mine
• Alcoholist
• Apartment 1303
• Bunker of the Dead
Clueless
Election
• Escape from L.A.
Fargo
Ghost World
• Ghoulies
• Ghoulies II
• I Believe in Unicorns
• Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1987)
• Jug Face
• Margot at the Wedding
• Needlestick
• Pet Sematary
• Pet Sematary Two
Pi
• Queens and Cowboys
• Scareycrows
• Snake Eyes
• Texas Chainsaw Massacre II
The Machinist
• The Whistleblower
• Unlimited

Available October 2

• Song to Song

Available October 4

• Blood Hunters
• Save My Seoul

Available October 7

• Blair Witch
Megan Leavey

Available October 11

• 5150

Available October 13

• City of Ghosts (Amazon Original)

Available October 14

• Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Available October 15

• The Other Dream Team
• The Whole Truth

Available October 18

• Fight for Space

Available October 20

The Wall (Amazon Original)

Available October 25

• Awaken the Shadowman
• The Liberators

Available October 28

Arrival

Available October 29

• Priceless

What’s New on Amazon Prime: October 2017