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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what to stream in the UK week of Jun 17 2013 (Netflix/Curzon/Lovefilm)

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What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix, Curzon on Demand, and Lovefilm.

Curzon on Demand

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Holy Motors: mindblowing fantasy oddity exploring the connection between life and movies [at Curzon on Demand]

 

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No: magnificent arthouse drama about the intersection between politics and advertising in Pinochet’s Chile (and everywhere) [at Curzon on Demand]

 

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Winter’s Bone: Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as a determined Ozarks teen struggling to keep her family together amidst crushing poverty [at Curzon on Demand]

 

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Berberian Sound Studio: a pastiche of 70s Euro horror that looks and sounds grimly gorgeous but falls flat and overindulges in the enigmatic [at Curzon on Demand]

 


Netflix

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The Cabin in the Woods: instantly one of the greatest horror movies ever made, connecting the thematic underpinnings of the genre in a way that makes it impossible for anyone to make another by-the-numbers horror flick again [my review]

 

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Safe: a viciously cynical action fantasy with new mythos of post-9/11 New York, with a remarkably restrained and often even poignant performance by Jason Statham [my review]

 

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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen: charming and cheeky, this is a bittersweet, funny film about not being afraid to dream big and live life as an adventure; Kristin Scott Thomas’s sarcastic government press secretary is a hoot and a half [my review]

 

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Thor: a whole lotta uncomplicated fun that doesn’t insult your geek brain; Chris Hemsworth is supernaturally delicious as the god of thunder [my review]

 


Lovefilm

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Bad Teacher: hilarious grossout parody of romantic comedies; Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake are a blast [my review] [at Lovefilm]

 

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Sliding Doors: Gwyneth Paltrow is at her most appealing in this fantasy dramedy about the paths not taken… or, rather, multiply taken [my review] [at Lovefilm]

 

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Wall-E: perhaps Pixar’s most sublime film, a charming adventure overlain with wise scientific and spiritual philosophies [my review] [at Lovefilm]

 

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Cosmopolis: alternately frustrating and intriguing arthouse sci-fi mind frack, but Robert Pattinson is very good [my review] [at Lovefilm]

 


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