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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what to stream in the UK week of Jul 22 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

great British indies

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Brassed Off: coal miners fend off economic despair via music; fun rom-com with a serious side, and a must for Ewan McGregor fans [at Curzon on Demand]
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The Comedian: honest, intimate arthouse portrait of a young man on the verge of going nowhere with his life [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]
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Shell: an affecting portrait of an isolated life in rural Scotland through the eyes of a lonely teenaged girl [at Curzon on Demand]
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360: a subtle and striking arthouse ensemble drama of human interactions shaped by sex and love, honesty and deception, allure and retreat [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]

Netflix

new to stream

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Captain America: The First Avenger: one of the best superhero movies of recent vintage, maybe ever [my review] [at Netflix]
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Ginger & Rosa: rare look at teenaged girl’s coming of age; poignant and powerful performance by Elle Fanning [at Netflix]
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Lawless: a magnificent, novelistic film about Depression-era bootlegger brothers; outstanding performances from Tom Hardy and Guy Pearce [my review] [at Netflix]
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False Trail (Jägarna 2): a truly disturbing performance by Peter Stormare and an atmosphere of Nordic noir elevates a familiar-feeling crime story [my review] [at Netflix]

Lovefilm

new to stream

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A Mighty Wind: Christopher Guest and Co. lovingly send up the folk music scene; knowing, wicked, and sweetly funny [my review] [at Lovefilm]

because you missed it

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The Adjustment Bureau: smart, savvy sci-fi romance; Matt Damon and Emily Blunt share a funny, sensual chemistry [my review] [at Lovefilm]
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Beasts of the Southern Wild: striking arthouse fantasy looks at disaster through the eyes of a small child [at Lovefilm]
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: sleekly elegant Cold War spy, minimalist and spare, as if someone made a James Bond movie in Ikea [my review] [at Lovefilm]


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