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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

films to stream in the US week of Aug 13 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, while it’s still in theaters

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Prince Avalanche: quirky arthouse buddy dramedy with fantastic performances by Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Pain and Gain: wickedly funny black comedy about dumb criminals with big dreams; by far the best film Michael Bay has ever made, and that’s not damning with faint praise [at Amazon Instant Video]
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We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks: excellent documentary primer on Julian Assange and the whistleblowing Web site that has radically changed journalism and geopolitics [at Amazon Instant Video]

summertime fun

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Little Shop of Horrors: funny and poignant horror musical comedy about a boy and his man-eating plant from outer space [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Meatballs: spend some time at summer camp with counselor Bill Murray [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Shakespeare in Love: love, theater, and a bit with a dog [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

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]

summertime fun

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Waking Ned Devine: charming Irish comedy about a small town that thinks it’s had a lottery windfall [at Netflix]
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Zack and Miri Make a Porno: Kevin Smith’s GenX comedy is a lot sweeter and more romantic than the title may imply [my review] [at Netflix]

modern classics

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Big Night: glorious dramedy about a special meal that will make or break a family-run restaurant [at Netflix]
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Pan’s Labyrinth: Guillermo del Toro’s enthrallingly spooky modern fairy tale [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Red Violin: music and magic take center stage in this darkly mysterious Canadian drama [at Netflix]


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