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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

films to stream in the UK week of Aug 05 2013 (Netflix/LoveFilm/BBC iPlayer)

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What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix, Lovefilm, and BBC iPlayer.

Netflix

new to stream

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Adaptation: brilliantly demented black comedy about a screenwriter who struggles to adapt a difficult book for the screen; features one of Nicolas Cage’s best performances [my review] [at Netflix]
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Airplane!: do you like movies about gladiators? because this is not a movie about gladiators. but it is one of the funniest movies ever made [at Netflix]
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Spielberg’s classic sci-fi adventure of alien first contact [at Netflix]
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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: Bueller? Bueller? anyone? anyone? [my review] [at Netflix]
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Green Hornet: an aggressively goofy spoof of the modern dark, grim vigilante drama [my review] [at Netflix]
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Unbreakable: M. Night Shyamalan’s brilliant deconstruction of comic books and superhero movies [my review] [at Netflix]
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Erin Brockovich: problematic but much-loved legal drama is worth seeing for the great performance by Julia Roberts [my review] [at Netflix]

Lovefilm

new to stream

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Looper: time-tripping science fiction with a fresh take on crime action and a stunning performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt [at Lovefilm]
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300: breathtaking historical war comic-book fantasy flick — this is an ür-story; this is, like or not, perhaps the human story [my review] [at Lovefilm]
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Rust and Bone: great performances by Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts get a bit overwhelmed by social commentary and soap opera melodrama [my review] [at Lovefilm]

bbciplayer

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: perhaps the most subversive Oscar Best Picture ever [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 1:59AM Wed, 7 Aug 2013)
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Alpha Dog: should be tawdrier than it is, but notable for an early instance of Justin Timberlake showing his acting chops [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 1:29AM Sat, 10 Aug 2013)


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