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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what to stream in the UK week of Jul 8 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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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days: harrowing in its calm straightforwardness, a tale of criminal abortion in Ceausescu’s Romania [at Curzon on Demand]
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Last Night: Don McKellar’s low-key but hugely emotional film about the end of the world, and how ordinary people cope [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]
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The Maid (La Nana): a brutally sad, surprisingly hopeful, wonderfully unpredictable, and simply lovely tale about an unforgettable character [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]
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Modern Times: perhaps the most beloved of Charlie Chaplin’s films [at Curzon on Demand]

Netflix

new to stream

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Chasing Ice: must-see documentary presenting stark, irrefutable visual evidence of the rapid retreat of Northern Hemisphere glaciers [my review]

hot right now

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The Hunger Games: smart, clever, and hugely satisfying sci-fi, and just a little bit disturbing in a way that is highly thought-provoking [my review]

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21 Jump Street: wonderfully absurd, smartly funny reboot of the classic TV series [my review]

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Zombieland: outrageously violent and outrageously funny end-of-the-world jape [my review]


Lovefilm

new to stream

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Hysteria: breezy, gently naughty film with great performances by a superb cast, including Hugh Dancy, Maggic Gyllenhaal, and Rupert Everett [my review] [at Lovefilm]
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Inception: Christopher Nolan’s brilliantly twisty film is always good for another viewing [my review] [at Lovefilm]
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Water for Elephants: pleasantly cornball old-fashioned melodrama yarn-spun for as much emotion and tragedy and romance as possible [my review] [at Lovefilm]
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Grabbers: Irish horror sci-fi comedy adds a few clever flourishes to a standard alien-creature tale [at Lovefilm]


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