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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

films to stream in the UK week of Aug 26 2013 (Netflix/LoveFilm/blinkbox/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, blinkbox, and BBC iPlayer.

Netflix

new to stream

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Hope Springs: brutally raw performances by Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones in a dazzlingly graceful narrative [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Moo Man: charming documentary about a British dairy farmer and his close personal friends, his cows [at Netflix]

because you missed it

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Gasland: must-see documentary on natural-gas “frakking,” and how it ravages landscapes and ruins lives [at Netflix]

Lovefilm

new to stream

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A League of Their Own: early 1990s comedy classic about a women’s baseball league in America during World War II [at Lovefilm]
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Punch Drunk Love: the only human movie Adam Sandler has ever made [my review] [at Lovefilm]

because you missed it

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Sightseers: wickedly funny black comedy about a nerdy couple who go on a killing spree in rural England [my review] [at Lovefilm]

blinkbox

new to stream

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The Dyatlov Pass Incident (aka Devil’s Pass): a deliciously ooky, X-Files-esque chiller that’s a scary-fun hoot and a half; a lean, smart example of the found-footage subgenre [my review] [at blinkbox]
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A Hijacking (Kapringen): harrowing Danish drama of modern-day piracy as a sort of illicit corporate takeover; riveting and exhausting [my review] [at blinkbox]
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The Place Beyond the Pines: a magnificent film that feels almost subversive in today’s dumbed-down movie culture; Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling are breathtakingly good [my review] [at blinkbox]

because you missed it

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The Look of Love: the entertaining lead performance by Steve Coogan cannot quite make up for poorly fleshed-out characters or a rote narrative [my review] [at blinkbox]
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Rust and Bone (De rouille et d’os): great performances by Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts are overwhelmed by social commentary and soap opera melodrama [my review] [at blinkbox]

bbciplayer

modern classic

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Eastern Promises: David Cronenberg’s magnificently quiet film about Russian mobsters in London, featuring an astonishing performance by Viggo Mortensen [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 1:04AM Tue, 3 Sep 2013)


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