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what to stream in the UK week of Jun 24 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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Into the Abyss: Werner Herzog’s profound examination of the death penalty in the United States that intriguingly appears to stack the deck against itself [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]
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Orlando: Sally Potter’s classic modern fantasy exploring power, gender, and self-determination throughout post-Renaissance history [at Curzon on Demand]
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Snowtown (aka The Snowtown Murders): unforgettable but hard to watch; a depressingly authentic portrait of the darkest side of human nature [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]
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Polisse: imperfect yet memorable drama about French child-protection cops [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]
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Weekend: a delicate, sensitive romance, but distinguishable from many similar movies only because the couple is gay [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]

Netflix

great films you missed

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Catfish: true-life tragi-dramedy; an exhilarating documentary in its intimacy, its boundary-pushing, its emotional rawness [my review]

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50/50: honest, hilarious, laugh-till-you-cry look at how very much it sucks to get very sick as a young person… or at any age [my review]

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Fish Tank: an astonishing example of the new British cinematic realism, a raw, uncomfortable portrait of angry, confused female adolescence [my review]

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Indie Game: funny and inspiring documentary look at stubbornly independent creators of videogames, the most modern of artists

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Troll Hunter: totally fresh mockumentary fantasy, dryly satirical and deliciously suspenseful [my review]


Lovefilm

new to stream

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The Company Men: simple yet powerful drama about how downsizing devastates families economically and emotionally [at Lovefilm]
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The Town: Ben Affleck’s sophmore effort as director is a one-last-heist flick that is fresh and exciting and deeply suspenseful and wholly beguiling [my review] [at Lovefilm]
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Up: utterly charming Pixar flick about dreams deferred, inexpressibly poignant with a touch so light that it turns the deeply profound into something ethereal [my review] [at Lovefilm]