Amazon plans to be more than just a destination for last-minute holiday shopping this December. Its streaming platform, Prime Video, along with its ad-supported free service, Freevee, has a wide variety of movies and TV shows making their debuts — everything from Amazon originals, like the latest season of Lee Child’s Reacher, to classic movies and up-to-the-minute blockbusters. Here’s a tip sheet of the 10 titles we’re most excited about in December. Mark your calendars!
Coming Dec. 1
Candy Cane Lane (PG-13)
Everyone seems to be getting in on the original holiday movie trend, which the Hallmark Channel kicked off a decade ago. Now Prime Video joins the Christmas derby with a big splash and some heavy-duty star power, thanks to Eddie Murphy, 62, who stars in this family comedy as a guy who will stop at nothing (including teaming up with an elf) to win his neighborhood’s annual cutthroat house-decorating contest.
Men in Black (1997, PG-13)
Director Barry Sonnenfeld serves up delirious joy-buzzer mayhem in this ’90s sci-fi blockbuster featuring one of the big screen’s great comedy odd couples: Will Smith, 55, and Tommy Lee Jones, 77. One desperately wants you to like him; the other couldn’t care less. And their interplay is aces — as are Rick Baker’s Oscar-winning makeup effects. Together, the bickering duo attempt to rid New York City of all the creepy aliens living undercover in their midst. Also available: the slightly less great but still enjoyable Men in Black II.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005, PG-13)
Brad Pitt, 59, and Angelina Jolie’s off-screen partnership didn’t last all that long, but their on-screen one lives on in this slick and sexy action thriller about a vanilla married couple who discover that not only is their other half a professional assassin, but they’ve each been hired to knock off the other. The action is great, the stars are impossibly gorgeous, and their chemistry is so white-hot it shoots off sparks.