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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what to stream in the UK week of Jul 15 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

streaming while it’s still in cinemas

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Play: harrowing and riveting, a based-on-fact everyday nightmare of youth bullying gone to terrifying extremes [at Curzon on Demand]

because you missed it

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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] [at Curzon on Demand]
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Meek’s Cutoff: probably one of the most realistic Westerns ever: a mediation on desolate, desperate people lost in the wilderness [at Curzon on Demand]
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The Secret in Their Eyes: a seductive film noir, a lonely love story, a cautionary tale about taking a quest for justice too far; Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]

Netflix

new to stream

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Lawless: a magnificent, novelistic film about Depression-era bootlegger brothers; outstanding performances from Tom Hardy and Guy Pearce [my review]

hot right now

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: treats the charming nonsense of food falling from the sky like weather with exactly the sort of bouyant nimbleness it deserves [my review]

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Crank: High Voltage: like a Looney Tunes strictly for grownups only; wrong and evil and amoral and filthy and sordid and very very funny [my review]

yellow for maybe
21: MIT whizkids scam Vegas casinos; based on a true story yet almost entirely preposterous, and still wonderfully entertaining [my review]


Lovefilm

new to stream

yellow for maybe
Parker: drags a bit in the middle, but Jason Statham gets to be as brainy as he is brawny [at Lovefilm]

movies about women (that men will love too)

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Country Strong: a riches-to-rags story with authentic emotional muscle and a rough-edged vision of female power and pain; Gwyneth Paltrow is excellent [my review] [at Lovefilm]
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Fast Girls: underdog sports flick is totally predictable yet wholly infectious, with a brute bodily exuberance of competition and movement [my review] [at Lovefilm]
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Mirror Mirror: a thoroughly delightful and smashingly entertaining fresh and modern updating of the Snow White story; Julia Roberts is an absolute hoot as the evil Queen [my review] [at Lovefilm]


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