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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

films to stream in the UK week of Aug 12 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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Antiviral: disturbing body-horror dark satire that sends up our obsession with celebrity [my review] [at Netflix]
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Shanghai Noon: fast, frothy, clever Western comedy charmingly teams up Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: casual moviegoers may be bored, but diehard fans won’t mind all the sidetracks and tangents [my review] [at Netflix]

because you missed it

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Celeste and Jesse Forever: bittersweet romantic dramedy about a couple who remain best friends, which is hindering their divorce [at Netflix]
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The House I Live In: cool-headed examination of America’s relationship to illegal drugs ever, often astonishing and enraging, with a shocking conclusion [my review] [at Netflix]
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Seraphim Falls: bare, spare, exhilarating Western is a duel to the death between Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson [my review] [at Netflix]

Lovefilm

new to stream

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The Sapphires: you’ve seen this story before, but never told with so much joie de vivre; Chris O’Dowd is fantastic [my review] [at Lovefilm]

summertime fun

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: a wonderfully exhausting, refreshingly unironic, delightfully old-fashioned swashbuckler [my review] [at Lovefilm]
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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery: broadly funny spy spoof remains a grinning goof [my review] [at Lovefilm]

bbciplayer

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Good Night, and Good Luck.: a cinematic withering glare and a disdainful roll of the eyes at the state of journalism today [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 12:29AM Sat, 17 Aug 2013)
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Tsotsi: a devastating vision of harsh life in the townships of Johannesburg [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 1:49AM Sun, 18 Aug 2013)
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The Visitor: extraordinary eye-opening drama about an unexpected new friendship, with a poignant performance by Richard Jenkins [at iPlayer] (expires 1:09AM Mon, 19 Aug 2013)


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