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Friday, May 20, 2016

Five rainy day finds on Amazon Prime

If you have Amazon Prime because you wanted to save shipping costs on your Christmas tree stand, but aren’t taking advantage of the free movies and shows, here’s a few prime, rainy day suggestions to help you get another ten bucks’ worth.

Doctor Thorne (2016)
Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey and Oscar winner for the Gosford Park screenplay, has created a three-part series about Victorian aristocrats who become penniless and petticoat-less. Tom Hollander (The Night Manager) and Stefani Martini star  (Available on Prime starting today, May 20.)

Love & Mercy (2015)
God only knows why this film and its performances didn’t make it to the past Oscar season. This exceptional film examines the voyage of Brian Wilson, the singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Paul Dano and John Cusack play Wilson at different ages. Plan to re-listen to the Pet Sounds album immediately after watching. (Available on Amazon Prime June 3.)

The Way Way Back (2013) 

Even more summerific than a Beach Boys film, The Way Way Back is the best coming-of-age movie ever set in a water park. It is way, way perfect and I make a point to watch it every summer. (Available on Amazon for $3.99.)

The Americans (Seasons 1-3)

The Hollywood Reporter recently called The Americans the best series on television,” and the consensus is that each season from one to three has surprisingly gotten better. How often do you hear that? I’m starting season four currently, but there’s still time to add some cold war to your hot summer. (Seasons 1-3 available on Amazon Prime.)

Mr. Robot (Season 1)
“Are you a one or a zero?” If you’re not watching Mr. Robot, I know which one you are.
(Available on Amazon Prime June 13.)

The ten buck review: All are ten-buck worthy.

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