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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

films to stream in the US week of Jul 30 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 in theaters

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Europa Report: beautifully structured and very suspenseful; recaptures in a gorgeous and authentic way a spirit of adventure and exploration that we seem to have lost [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Blood: smart British cop drama is a dream showcase for star Paul Bettany [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Koch: documentary about the former NYC mayor; full of heart, powerfully informed, generous yet rigorous in its old-fashioned journalistic storytelling [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to stream

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The Brothers Bloom: convention-busting tale of con artists who give their marks the time of their lives; soulful and deliciously clever [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

because you missed it

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Coriolanus: riveting modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy about soldiers and the wars that no longer need them; Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler are amazing [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Mama: truly disturbing and unexpectedly poignant, with original and effective scares and a feminist spin on motherhood anxieties [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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Lore: eerily sad and mysterious, this is a magnificent coming-of-age story that echoes with fairy tale-esque horrors [my review] [at Netflix]

because you missed it

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Agora: magnificent story of the Roman philosopher Hypatia, and the moment when the erudition of her classical world fell into the Dark Ages [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Concert: charming dramedy about Russian musicians who get together to impersonate an entire orchestra [my review] [at Netflix]
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A Royal Affair: sexy socially aware historical costume drama, starring Mads Mikkelsen [my review] [at Netflix]
yellow for maybe
Cosmopolis: alternately frustrating and intriguing arthouse sci-fi mind frack, but Robert Pattinson is very good [my review] [at Netflix]
yellow for maybe
Day of the Falcon (aka Black Gold): it eventually falls apart, but enjoy the old-fashioned cornball charm, part Indiana Jones, part Lawrence of Arabia [my review] [at Netflix]


  • Matt Clayton

    I don’t know if you have Hulu Plus, MAJ, but I highly recommend Children of Paradise. If you do, check it out. I think you’ll love it.

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