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With such a wealth of new movies to rent on Amazon Prime it can be hard to keep track of and parse new movies as they are added to the platform. Here we cover the best new movies on Amazon Prime in May 2020. You can also read our list of the best overall films available on Amazon Prime right now. All movies will be available as of May 1st unless otherwise noted. Now let’s take a look at what’s new on Amazon Prime video.

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10. Seberg (2020)

Kristen Stewart discusses her character at the Zurich Film Festival

Seberg is the just released biopic on Jean Seberg, the ​French New Wave screen icon and outspoken activist who was harassed by the FBI in the 1960s. The film is an Amazon original that toured the festival circuit and had a brief theatrical run before landing on the streaming platform. Though the film hasn’t been too warmly received by many critics, there has been widespread acclaim for Kristen Stewart’s performance in the titular role.

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Conclusion

Boasting a strong central performance, Seberg is worth watching for anyone interested in the subject matter.

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9. Shao Lin Kung Fu Mystagogue (1977)

Old-school kung-fu trailer

Shao Lin Kung Fu Mystagogue is an oddly titled 70s martial arts flick. It’s a relatively obscure Hong Kong X Taiwan production full of flashy fighting. It’s a great month for fans of old-school kung-fu flicks on Amazon Prime.

For more action goodness, be sure to read out list of the best action movies ever made.

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Conclusion

In addition to Green Dragon Inn, a whole bunch of other 70s martial arts films have just been added to the service including: Best of Shaolin Kung FuFive Fingers of Steel and Fearless Young Boxer.

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8. Trial by Fire (2019)

Kristen Stewart discusses her character at the Zurich Film Festival

Trial by Fire arrives along with a few other Amazon Prime new releases on May 19th. The film tells the true story of a man who was put to death in a Texas prison after the evidence and testimony that may have cleared his name was suppressed. 

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Conclusion

Jack O’Connell and Laura Dern head up the cast of this Edward Zwick film.

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7. The Goldfinch (2019)

Cast Q&A at TIFF

The Goldfinch is the 2019 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Donna Tartt. The story follows a boy and the wealthy family that cares for him after his mother is killed. 

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Conclusion

The Goldfinch makes use of a somewhat eclectic cast with the likes of Ansel Elgort, Jeffrey Wright, Nicole Kidman, Finn Wolfhard, and Sarah Paulsen among others.

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6. Friday the 13th Part III (1982)

In-depth retrospective documentary

The third installment in the long-running Friday the 13th franchise was the first of the series to put Jason in his iconic hockey mask after wearing a burlap sack for the second film, and not being a threat at all in the first film aside from the end sting.  Also new on Prime this month is Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter, which of course wasn’t even close to being the actual final chapter for this legendary slasher.

If you’re in the mood for more horror, you can read our list of the 100 best horror films ever made.

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Conclusion

The film was originally released in 3D, so be prepared for things to fly toward the camera with utmost cheesiness.

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5. Walking Tall (1973)

Skillful stunt driving punctuated by a random explosion

Walking Tall tells the story of Buford Pusser, a real Tennessee sheriff who led a one-man assault against crime and corruption in his small town. The 2004 Dwayne Johnson Walking Tall borrows the title, but little else from the 1973 film. 

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Conclusion

This 70s action flick is full of car chases and brutal violence, definitely worth a watch.

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4. Inferno (1980)

The Three Mothers trilogy explained

From Italian horror maestro Dario Argento comes Inferno. The film is a giallo classic and is the middle film in Argento’s long-form The Three Mothers trilogy which started with Suspiria in 1977 and didn’t conclude until as recently as 2007 with The Mother of Tears

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Conclusion

Inferno is a fun romp; as colorful as it is bloody.

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3. Like Crazy (2011)

DP/30 Anton Yelchin interview

Like Crazy arrives on Amazon Prime on May 19th. Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones display remarkable chemistry in this romantic drama. It’s on this chemistry that Like Crazy manages to stand out amongst other efforts in the genre. 

More lovey-dovey wholesomeness can be enjoined in this list of the best romantic quotes in cinema

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Conclusion

It’s a heartfelt romance with a heavy dose of realism, helped in part by the heavily improvised dialogue.

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2. Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

History Channel documentary on the real-life escape

Clint Eastwood reteams with Don Siegal, the director of Dirty Harry, to deliver Escape From Alcatraz, the classic 1979 prison break flick.

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Conclusion

This slow burn escape film is based on the real life escape of three convicts from Alcatraz, the only three men to ever successfully escape the prison.

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1. Rocketman (2019)

Behind the scenes of Rocketman

Rocketman will be new on Prime video on May 22nd. Though perhaps lost a bit in the shadow of the previous year’s Bohemian Rhapsody (Dexter Fletcher directed Rocketman, and also took over directorial duties on Bohemian Rhapsody after Bryan Singer was fired), Rocketman lands in a more favorable light in most technical and creative regards than the former. 

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Conclusion

With a screenplay following Elton John’s career that offers just enough diversion from the music biopic formula and a standout performance from Taron Egerton, Rocketman succeeds on multiple levels.

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