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For Amazon Prime subscribers, December is a loaded month built for that lucky soul who actually gets a few weeks off work. Holiday favorites. Promising new series. All the classic-era Rocky movies. Even Gremlins 2! (The one where the gremlins infest a skyscraper and talk.) Check out what’s under the tree below.

New on Amazon Prime in November 2017: Editor’s picks

Jean-Claude Van Johnson

JCVJ was directed by Key & Peele veteran Peter Atencio and written by Expendables screenwriter David Callaham, a dude who knows a thing or two about revitalizing aging action heroes. That’s just what we get in Jean-Claude Van Johnson, in which Van Damme—the one-time “Muscles from Brussels”—is enjoying a thoroughly depressing retirement. Desperate for a change, he decides it’s time to return to the job—but not the job you might expect. See, it turns out that, during all those years spent spin-kicking people on the silver screen, Van Damme was also secretly spin-kicking people for real. He used his movies as a cover for honest-to-gosh black ops, working under the code name “Johnson.” But that was a long time ago. Can a 55-year-old retired Van Damme still find his inner Kickboxer and survive in the brutal world of international crime? —David Wharton

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Lore

Lore, created in 2015 by Aaron Mahnke, recreates the radio campfire tale by exploring the true stories at the heart of folklore, the supernatural, and the unexplained. But the series might take some getting used to.

You could listen to Lore like a podcast. Mahnke’s narration is a bit stilted at times—he’s no Robert Stack—and the episodes are educational: In one about the 1892 Mercy Brown vampire incident, Mahnke lists off the various ways and means used to figure out if someone was dead in the 19th century, including “live beetle in the ear.” In “Black Stockings,” we see a woman in Ireland who is accused of being a changeling by her husband essentially broken down by ignorant men, something that was likely common practice in a time before insight on mental health.

Lore suffers most in the reenactments, which are often overdramatic and at times unnecessary. We don’t need to see an extended shot of a man digging up his daughter’s grave. Maybe just tell us some more about vampire history or horrific torture devices? The animation in that same episode fares better, and Lore would probably benefit from even more of that or some mixed media. —Audra Schroeder

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One Mississippi

In the long list TV shows based on the lives of comedians, there’s none quite like One Mississippi. Co-creator Tig Notaro’s Amazon series isn’t necessarily a comedy. Sure, the show from Notaro and Oscar-winner Diablo Cody (JunoYoung Adult) is 30 minutes in length, so it qualifies as a comedy in traditional TV definitions. But in terms of tone, One Mississippi errs closer to the likes of Transparent, another Amazon “comedy” which regularly doles out heartbreak, despite coming in a neat half-hour package. Like her standup, One Mississippi is hilarious, bittersweet, and aloof, often all at once. —Chris Osterndorf

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City of Ghosts

City of Ghosts tracks the trajectory of RBSS, or “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently,” from its inception in Syria to the myriad threats and atrocities that eventually forced key members to flee to Turkey and Germany. It mostly focuses on spokesperson Aziz, reporter Mohamad, and cameraman Hamoud, but many other members of RBSS appear throughout the film as well. While the leadership of this organization has since left, there are incredible Skype interviews with members on the ground in Syria at the time of filming. In case there was any question as to why that’s so remarkable, ISIS declared RBSS an enemy of the caliphate almost immediately after its videos exposing the terrorist group’s actions came out. —C.O.

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New movies on Amazon Prime in December 2017

Dec. 1

Apocalypse Now
At Close Range
Basic Instinct 2
Bloodsport
Brothers Grimm
Buffalo 66
Child’s Play
Dr. Strange
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Hammett
Hannibal
Hitch
Hulk Vs.
In & Out
In Enemy Hands
Light Sleeper
Meet Wally Sparks
Moonstruck
Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow
Planet Hulk
Point Break
Rocky
Rocky II
Rocky III
Rocky IV
Rocky V
Searching for Bobby Fischer
Silence
Stigmata
The Final Cut
The Heartbreak Kid
The Invincible Iron Man
The Silence of the Lambs
The Weight of Water
Thor Animated Movie: Tales of Asgard
Titanic
Ultimate Avengers II
Ultimate Avengers the Movie
Wristcutters: A Love Story

Dec. 7

Aftershock
Gun Shy

Dec. 8

Crank 2: High Voltage
Triple 9

Dec. 9

It Comes at Night

Dec. 10

Nightcrawler
Rosewater

Dec. 12

Foreman

Dec. 21

Woodshock

Dec. 22

Monster Trucks

Dec. 23

Banksy Does New York
Someone Marry Barry

Dec. 28

Anjelah Johnson: Mahalo & Goodnight

Dec. 29

Rings

Dec. 31

Brawl in Cell Block 99
Solace

New TV shows on Amazon Prime in December 2017

Dec. 3

Class

Dec. 4

The Royals

Dec. 7

Thursday Night Football: Saints vs. Falcons

Dec. 8

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The Grand Tour (Amazon Original)

Dec. 14

Thursday Night Football: Broncos vs. Colts

Dec. 15

Jean Claude Van Johnson (Amazon Original)

Dec. 18

Doctor Who Christmas Special

Dec. 21

Humans

Dec. 23

Teen Wolf
Anne of Green Gables

Dec. 25

Thursday Night Football: Steelers vs. Texans

Dec. 26

Pete the Cat: A Groovy New Year Holiday Special

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New movies on Amazon Prime in November 2017

Nov. 1

A Knight’s Tale
A View to Kill
Airplane II: The Sequel
Airplane!
Altar Egos
Bad Boys
Beauty Factory
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Chasing the Star
Crocodile Dundee
Crocodile Dundee II
Dances with Wolves
Diamonds Are Forever
Die Another Day
Dirty Work
Dr. No
For Your Eyes Only
From Russia with Love
GoldenEye
Goldfinger
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Legally Blondes
License to Kill
Live and Let Die
Moonraker
Never Say Never Again
Nowhere to Run
No Way to Live
Octopussy
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Redeemer
Speed Racer
St. Elmo’s Fire
The Beautiful Ones
The Cell
The Departed
The Little Tin Man
The Living Daylights
The Man with the Golden Gun
The Peacemaker
The Pursuit of Happyness
The Spy Who Loved Me
The World is Not Enough
Thunderball
Tomorrow Never Dies
Unforgettable
Up in the Air
You Only Live Twice

Nov. 3

*The Only Living Boy in New York (Amazon Original)

Nov. 4

Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween

Nov. 5

Life on the Line
The Lovers

Nov. 6

Among Us
Pearly Gates

Nov. 7

Fifty Shades of Black

Nov. 9

Armed Response

Nov. 10

Allied

Nov. 13

Baby Steps
Broken Mile
Orion
The Patent Scam

Nov. 16

Shot Caller

Nov. 17

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*Landline (Amazon Original)

Nov. 19

Man Down

Nov. 20

Before the Sun Explodes
Blood Ransom

Nov. 24

Fences

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*The Big Sick (Amazon Original)

Nov. 27

London’s Finest
Panic
The Incomparable Rose Hartman

Nov. 29

The Circle

Nov. 30

Ogar: Will of Steel

New TV shows on Amazon Prime in November 2017

Nov. 3

Falling Water

Nov. 7

Home Fires
*If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Amazon Original)

Nov. 9

Thursday Night Football: Seahawks vs. Cardinals *Amazon Exclusive

Nov. 16

Thursday Night Football: Titans vs. Steelers *Amazon Exclusive

Nov. 21

Dark Angel

Nov. 23

Home Remedy
*The Stinky and Dirty Show (Amazon Original)

Nov. 28

*Click Clack Moo Holiday (Amazon Original)

Nov. 29

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*The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Original)

Nov. 30

Thursday Night Football: Redskins vs. Cowboys *Amazon Exclusive

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