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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what to stream in the US week of Jun 18 2013 (Netflix/Amazon Instant)

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What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone: outrageously funny in ways that most Hollywood comedies are not, maintaining its sense of ridiculousness throughout and never descending into gloopy sentiment [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]


because you missed it

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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] [at Amazon Instant Video]


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Cloud Atlas: hugely ambitious and hugely entertaining, one of the most fun and most provocative films of 2012 [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]


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The Lincoln Lawyer: this pulpy little mystery thriller was the beginning of the rehabiliation of Matthew McConaughey [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]


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Rango: this beautifully ugly cartoon fantasy is deeply demented satire and a darn good Western to boot [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]


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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] [at Amazon Instant Video]



Netflix

great documentaries you missed

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


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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]


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The Queen of Versailles: entertaining look at the financial troubles of one of the wealthest families in America… and perhaps one of the most dysfunctional [my review]


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Restrepo: Oscar-nominated chronicle of a year of life in a remote American army outpost in Afghanistan, apolitical in nature but with wide-ranging impact on the larger understanding of modern warfare


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Young@Heart: charming and inspiring look at a chorus of rock-’n’-roll octogenarians; pure feel-good [my review]



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