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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what to stream in the US week of Jul 16 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 still in theaters

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The Look of Love: poorly fleshed-out characters and a rote narrative, but an entertaining lead performance by Steve Coogan [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Hunky Dory: charming tale of a 1970s schoolteacher struggling to put on a rock musical with less than cooperative students; Minnie Drive is fab [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Reality: Italian black comedy is a sort of tragic satire about a man obsessed with reality TV, though it never quite reaches a pinnacle as either tragedy or satire [at Amazon Instant Video]

because you missed it

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Five Minutes of Heaven: brilliant, piercing film about terrorism, understanding, and forgiveness; extraodinary performances by Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Trance: beautiful and stylish; one of the cleverest heist films ever, one that cheerfully acknowledges its own absurdity and has fun with it [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Valhalla Rising: violent historical Viking fantasy is fascinating yet maddeningly diffuse; Mads Mikkelsen is riveting [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

in my queue that you might like

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Being John Malkovich: astonishing, bizarre metaphysical comedy that questions everything from celebrity to consciousness [my review]

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Dead Again: temporally twisty romantic mystery; Kenneth Branaugh and Emma Thompson have crazy chemistry together

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Dreams of a Life: powerful documentary about a woman who died alone, her body undiscovered for three years

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Evil Dead: the 1981 original, far superior to the recent remake; cheap and clever, electric with gory energy

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A Fish Called Wanda: manic heist comedy; Kevin Kline won an Oscar for being funny, and might actually show up his Monty Python costarts John Cleese and Michael Palin

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Very Bad Things: reprehensible, irredeemably awful men on a bachelor party trip to Vegas do things that would make the Hangover guys run away screaming [my review]



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