Exciting new releases are coming to Prime Video New Zealand this December, including the next instalment of the “Yellowstone” origin story and Taylor Sheridan’s “1923,” led by Academy Award Nominee Harrison Ford and Academy Award Winner Helen Mirren. In celebration of the festive season, Christmas romances are on their way with performances by Emma Roberts and Thomas Mann. British dramas and psychological horrors add some thrill to the mix.
From Academy Award Nominee Taylor Sheridan, “1923” is the next instalment of the Yellowstone origin story and introduces a new generation of Duttons. Led by Academy Award Nominee Harrison Ford as Jacob Dutton and Academy Award Winner Helen Mirren as Cara Dutton, the series will explore the early 20th century when pandemics, historic drought, the end of Prohibition and the Great Depression all plague the mountain west and the Duttons who call it home.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
In the third season of the action-thriller series, “Jack Ryan” is working as a CIA case officer in Rome when he is tipped off that the Sokol Project, a secret plan to restore the Soviet Empire, is being resurrected more than 50 years after it was thought to have been shut down. Jack embarks on a mission to confirm the intelligence, but things quickly go awry, and he is wrongly implicated in a larger conspiracy. Accused of treason, with a Red Notice out for his arrest, Jack is forced to run from his own government, if he has any hope of uncovering the rogue faction before it’s too late. Crisscrossing Europe as he is hunted by former allies and new enemies alike, Jack races against the clock to stop the cascade of destabilising conflicts from leading to global catastrophe.
Adapted from Louise Penny’s New York Times best-selling Chief Inspector Gamache series, “Three Pines” follows Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he investigates cases that happen beneath the idyllic surface of the Quebec village of Three Pines, finding long-buried secrets and facing a few of his own ghosts. The empathetic and astute Chief Inspector Gamache is tasked with solving a number of mysterious and perplexing murders in the strange-but-beguiling village of Three Pines. Assisted by his trusted team – the combative and troubled Sergeant Jean-Guy Beauvoir, the intelligent Indigenous working mother Sergeant Isabelle Lacoste, and the accident-prone rookie Agent Yvette Nichol – Gamache and his group are initially treated suspiciously by the village’s residents. Yet despite the cool welcome, Gamache can’t help but find himself oddly drawn to this unusual place and its eccentric residents, including the owners of the bistro, Gabri and Oliver, artists Peter and Clara, bookshop-owner-come-psychologist Myrna, gallery owner Bea and the irascible poet Ruth. The deeper Gamache delves into the secret lives of these people who have sanctuary from the outside world in Three Pines, the more it affects him.
Things are about to get complicated for Margot Hayes (Emma Roberts) and Griffen Reed (Thomas Mann), who may well be the perfect couple… the only trouble is they’ve never met. With Christmas in her taillights, Margot is convinced her drop-dead-gorgeous (and supreme narcissist) boyfriend of three months is about to pop the question. She’s ready to say “YES, YES, YES”, but as fate would have it, at the same restaurant, Griffen Reed is planning to propose to the woman of his dreams, the drop-dead-gorgeous nightmare, Clementine, online influencer and local model, that very same night. Of course, things go anything but accordingly to plan that evening. And with their respective dubious relationships going awry, it’s ultimately down to Margot and Griffen, two perfect strangers – and two perfect soulmates thrown together by fate – to see what’s staring them in the face… namely, each other.
Something From Tiffany’s
Noting compares to the magic and excitement of the holidays in New York City, where the streets ablaze with lights, windows dazzle, and a special box from Tiffany could change the course of a person’s life. Or several lives. Rachel and Gary (Zoey Deutch, Ray Nicholson) are happy enough but not quite ready for that big commitment. Ethan and Vanessa (Kendrick Smith Sampson, Shay Mitchell), the perfect picture, are just about to make it official. When a simple mix-up of gifts causes all of their paths to cross, it sets off a series of twists and unexpected discoveries that lead them where they’re truly meant to be. Because love – like life – is full of surprises, in the holiday romance “Something From Tiffany’s.”
Your Christmas or Mine?
Students Hayley and James are young and in love. After saying goodbye for Christmas at a London train station, they both make the same mad split-second decision to swap trains and surprise each other. Passing each other in the station, they are completely unaware that they have just swapped Christmases. Hayley arrives at a vast mansion in a small village in the Glouchester countryside to find a place where Christmas does not exist, whilst James heads north to a small semi-detached in Macclesfield and steps into the war and chaotic pandemonium that only a large family on Christmas can bring. When the entire country is blanketed in the biggest snowfall on record, our star-crossed lovers are trapped at the most manic time of the year. Christmas traditions are turned on their head, secrets are revealed, and family truths are told with hilarious consequences. The couple realises that there is an awful lot they don’t know about each other. Will they be able to swap back in time for Christmas Day? And will Hayley and James’ fledgling relationship make it through to the New Year?
In this psychological horror fable of displacement, Aisha (Anna Diop), a woman who recently emigrated from Senegal, is hired to care for the daughter of an affluent couple (Michelle Monaghan and Morgan Spector) living in New York City. Haunted by the absence of the young son she left behind, Aisha hopes her new job will afford her the chance to bring him to the U.S., but becomes increasingly unsettled by the family’s volatile home life. As his arrival approaches, a violent presence begins to invade both her dreams and her reality, threatening the American dream she is painstakingly piecing together.
“Riches” follows the exploits of the stylish, privileged, super-successful Richards family. When Stephen Richards (Hugh Quarshie) passes suddenly, the family’s world comes crashing down. As his business hands in the balances, his different sets of children are about to collide as they vie for control.
Dr. Seuss Baking Challenge
“Dr. Seuss Baking Challenge” invites America’s best bakers to step into the world of Dr Seuss. From The Grinch to The Cat in the Hat, these bakers will use their limitless imaginations to craft jaw-dropping creations inspired by beloved Dr Seuss characters. Hosted by actress, producer, and Emmy-award winner Tamera Mowry-Housley, in each episode, bakers will be given a challenge based around Seuss characters and stories, and their towering creations will be judged by critically acclaimed pastry chef Clarice Lam and accomplished cake designer and pastry chef, Joshua John Russell based on taste, creativity, and storytelling. Oh, the Places You’ll Go… With Dessert!