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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what to stream in the UK week of Jul 1 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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Let the Right One In: Moody, gory Swedish vampire flick is also unexpectedly poetic and poignant [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]
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A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman: Python-esque collection of animated shorts tell a true fiction of the late comedian [at Curzon on Demand]
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Room 237: bizarre, funny, hugely intriguing documentary about the “conspiracy theories” obsessive fans have developed around the film The Shining [at Curzon on Demand]
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This Is Not a Film: powerful documentary about an Iranian filmmaker forbidden by his government from making movies, shot on the sly and smuggled out of the country [at Curzon on Demand]

Netflix

new to stream

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Sweet Home Alabama: an absurd bit of fairy-tale rom-com fluff is made charming by Reese Witherspoon and Josh Lucas [my review]

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You Can Count on Me: beautifully perceptive dramedy about adult siblings and their contentious relationship, with marvelous performances by Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo [my review]

because you missed it

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Machine Gun Preacher: Gerard Butler kicks ass and saves orphans as a junkie turned soldier for Jesus [my review]

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Tomorrow, When the War Began: Australian teens repel an invasion in this suprisingly low-key action flick


Lovefilm

new to stream

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The Emperor’s New Groove: animated Disney comedy that goes right for the comedic jugular, with an astonishing voice performance by Patrick Warburton [my review] [at Lovefilm]
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Paul: nerd boys on the lam from Comic-Con meet an honest-to-god alien; hilarity ensues [my review] [at Lovefilm]
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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World: poignantly funny and completely, utterly heartbreaking SF rom-com, with touching performances by Keira Knightley and Steve Carell [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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