7 best new movies on Amazon Prime Video in March 2022

It’s another new month, which means a whole lot of good stuff to watch. In addition to the gloriously unbalanced new Amazon Prime series The Boys Presents: Devilish, there are also great movies old and new to check out on the streaming platform. From incisive documentaries that double as character studies to classic films starring some of history’s greatest performers, there’s something for everyone. So sit back and enjoy the seven best new movies on Amazon Prime Video for this month of March 2022.

A simple favor


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Image via Lionsgate

Director: Paul Feig

Writer: Jessica Sharzer

To throw: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding

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We’re kicking off this list with an entry that is, without a doubt, one of the weirdest and most bizarre movies in recent memory. A simple favor is, in its simplest form, the story of a single mother named Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) who befriends the glamorous Emily (Blake Lively). However, all is not as it seems with his soon-to-be-disappearing new friend. It is then up to Stephanie to piece together what happened, while maintaining her parenting duties and Mommy Vlog. The film has a tone that resembles an incredibly silly comedy that sort of falls into a dark thriller. Both Kendrick and Lively are razor sharp, making for an unusual, albeit thrilling, experience you won’t soon forget.

Coffy


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Director:Jack Hill

Writer:Jack Hill

To throw: Pam Grier, William Elliott, Booker Bradshaw

A 1973 film that represents one of the most important parts of the Blaxploitation subgenre, Coffy was also one of the first major roles in the legendary Pam Grier which is reason enough to put it on this list. Grier is the titular Coffy herself, a night shift nurse and daytime vigilante who must strive to get justice for her sister by going up against a dangerous drug dealer. There are, like, fifty disclaimers that are probably necessary for this type of movie because you have to see it in the context of the genre and how, as the title suggests, it often becomes abusive. Take, for example, a scene where a man is dragged behind a car and crushed by all the obstacles in the way. This is just a small hint of what Coffy has to offer. Worth checking out is how stone cold Grier is, using his quick thinking and superior combat skills against a hard-hitting soundtrack to seek justice in a world where there is no has none. In particular, a climactic scene where she has to make a grand entrance is noteworthy. The strength and grace of her performance amid the ugliness of it all makes her an icon in movie history.


Dead Poets Society


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Director: Peter Weir

Writer:Tom Schulman

To throw: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke

A movie that will forever be in my heart after all these years, 1989 Dead Poets Society is a delicately sentimental and dark story that is further enhanced by a host of good performances. In the center of it is the end Robin Williams as John Keating, a caring teacher who tries to guide the struggling students he teaches at a fictional conservative elite boarding school in Vermont. The key among these students is Robert Sean Leonard like Neil and a new face Ethan Hawke like Todd. If you haven’t seen it already, better tackle this knowing that it also gets awfully sad towards the end.

Without faith or law


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Director: John Hillcoat

Writer: Nick Cave

To throw: Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce

A film that once again proves Tom Hardy is one of the most magnetic and dynamic actors, Without faith or law is a stark look at the life of a Depression-era family. Hardy is the head of said family, Forrest Bondurant, and started running a moonshine business. This soon attracts attention and conflict when U.S. Marshal Charley Rakes (Guy Pearce) arrives to demand a cut in profits. If you have seen the director Hillcoat jeansprevious work, with The road being a particularly good point of reference, then you know how austere this is all going to get. It’s not without its flaws and often dips to credulity-testing extremes, though it’s thanks to Hardy’s dedicated performance that the film reaches your soul.

Lucy and Desi


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Image via Prime Video

Director: Amy Poehler

Writer:Marc Monroe

To throw: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz

This movie is the one that follows the lives of comedy legends Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in order to provide a deep dive on what made them tick. No, this is not the recent movie Be the Ricardos but is actually a documentary directed by Amy Poehler called Lucy and Desi. While that previous film was a hit-or-miss fictional tale that was limited to a week, this documentary is much broader and deeper looking at the television pioneers behind i love lucy. It’s not perfect, though it’s still incredibly fascinating to see their story approached with such honesty and care. It further proves that Poehler is a competent director and is a must-read for anyone wanting to learn more about the people behind the comedy story.

Prometheus


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Image via 20th Century Fox

Director:Ridley Scott

Writers: Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof

To throw: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

A gripping sci-fi sequel that was underrated upon release, Prometheus is one of the most ambitious works of franchise cinema in recent memory. Picking up on the origin of our very existence, this 2012 film follows the rambling crew of the spaceship Prometheus as they follow a map that they believe can provide answers to humanity’s creation. Show the way east Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw, an idealistic and benevolent member of the expedition who gives her heart to the film. There is also Michael Fassbender as David, a robotic member of the crew who begins to question himself a lot along the way. These two lead performances ground the film even as it gets bigger and bigger, ensuring the expansive visuals are always connected to the characters in the film.


space balls


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Picture via MGM

Director: Mel Brooks

Writers: Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan, Ronny Graham

To throw: Bill Pullman, John Candy, Rick Moranis

Now for a sci-fi movie that’s about the most opposite in tone, style, and presentation you could get from the previous entry. space balls is in no way Mel Brook’s best movie, although a good Brooks movie is always worth watching. A parody of star wars which finds humor in its joke-by-the-minute pacing, this film will always leave you cracking up in every scene. In particular, the absurd Dark Helmet as brought to life by Rick Moranis is unmatched when it comes to combining slapstick with the actor’s great comedic wit. As this cartoonish villain battles the hero Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) with his sidekick Barf (John Candy), the goofy scenarios and situations just keep coming. It’s also, for all its silliness, well constructed in the way it mimics the visual appeal of the famous sci-fi universe in order to find laughs in every possible corner.


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