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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what to stream in the US week of Jul 2 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

catch up before the sequels hit

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Despicable Me: totally fresh and wildly original, spectacularly funny and visually inventive animated comedy [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Red: clever tongue-in-cheek action comedy about over-the-hill secret agents; Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren are at the top of their games [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: diehard fans won’t mind all the sidetracks and tangents, but more casual moviegoers may be bored [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

because you missed it

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The Call: tense and effective pulp crime drama smashes the woman-as-victim trope to smithereens [at Amazon Instant Video]
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The Impossible: not a typical disaster movie, more about emotional shock than physical destruction, with heartbreaking performances from Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Side Effects: odd pairing of medical horror and crime drama… and oddly both lurid and undercooked at the same time [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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Mulan: Disney’s gorgeously animated adventure about a girl in ancient China who disguises herself in order to become a warrior [my review]

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The Truman Show: Peter Weir’s compulsively rewatchable speculative comedy is one of the best SF movies of recent decades, with perhaps Jim Carrey’s best performance yet [my review]

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A Late Quartet: powerfully engaging performances keep us caught up in the emotional upheaval even when it feels a little trite [my review]

because you missed it

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The Imposter: suspenseful documentary about a missing youth who turns up an ocean away… or does he?

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Super 8: a gorgeous, affectionate pastiche of Spielberg, a teen adventure that is insanely and sweetly old-fashioned [my review]

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Tucker and Dale vs. Evil: one of the funniest movies I have ever seen, a clever, witty, surprising splatter-horror comedy [my review]



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