While we're looking forward to spring—you know, basking in warm sunshine, filling vases with blooms, and popping bottles of rosé—we'll admit we're going to miss the excuse woeful winter weather gives us to stay in on a Friday night. To make the most of the last few frigid weeks, we're editing down the massive library of must-watch movies currently streaming on Amazon Prime to a shortlist of flicks that are actually worth your time. From a reimagining of an ancient Greek comedy set in contemporary Chicago to a cult-classic French film that's pretty much a modern-day fairy tale, these are the seven best movies on Amazon Prime right now.
Deemed "a wickedly funny and unexpectedly moving satire" by Variety, The Lobster is hands down one of the best movies currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Set in a not-too-distant dystopian future, Colin Farrell stars as a man desperately trying to find a mate within 45 days—if he fails, he'll be transformed into a lobster. Offering sharp commentary about a couple-obsessed society, this is a must-watch movie for anyone who's spent more than five minutes on a dating app.
In Chi-Raq, Spike Lee reimagines Aristophanes's ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata, in which women organize a sex strike to put an end to war. Set in modern-day Chicago, the movie presents a poignant portrayal of the gang-related violence and explores a radical way to stop it. Lee's take "entertains, engages and, at times, enrages as it takes on violence, ogles lady parts, and expounds on greed and democracy," writes New York Times movie critic Manohla Dargis.
Boasting a star-studded cast—Greta Gerwig, Zosia Mamet, and Julie Delpy, to name a few—this charming indie movie deserves a spot on your watch list. In short, Weiner-Dog tells the story of a dachshund and the five various homes she lives in over the course of her lifetime. Director Todd Solondz's Weiner-Dog is "a lofty [film] that shows people as humiliated playthings of greater forces and their own impulses," writes The New Yorker's Richard Brody.
Based on Jane Austen's little-known novel Lady Susan, Love & Friendship tackles the subject of "subverting the social order with style," raves Richard Brody of The New Yorker. Set in 1790s London, a recently widowed woman attempts to save her reputation from a scandalous revelation. The film is "portrait of a society changing suddenly, drastically, and gloriously through the delicate strategies and bold tactics of a woman who's honest with herself about what she wants and what she'll do to get it is strangely, deeply personal," writes Brody.
Voted Best Picture at the 2016 Oscars, Moonlight is the coming-of-age story of a young man told in three parts. The film follows Chiron as he passes from adolescence to his teenage years and, finally, to young adulthood, grappling with his identity along the way. Director Barry Jenkins tells "a tale of conflict and hardship into a symphony of love and friendship that endures through all the pain," raves The Guardian.
Set in Manhattan in the '90s, Landline delves into a middle-class family's drama. When two sisters (played by Jenny Slate and Abby Quinn) suspect their dad is having an affair, they decide to investigate—and melodramatic comedy ensues. Director Gillian Robespierre's follow-up to Obvious Child is "a light musing on adulthood and monogamy and sisterhood, washed in Pavlovian period nostalgia," reviews Vulture.
Amélie is "a Parisian fairy tale with an adorable woman devoting her life to helping others," as The Guardian puts it. The romantic comedy centers around the titular character, Amélie, as she navigates life in Paris, trying to find love for herself and for others. Trust us, it's worth enabling the subtitles to watch this hilarious yet heartwarming French film.