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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

films to stream in the US week of Aug 20 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, before it’s on dvd

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Broken: marvelous coming-of-age flick that beautifully captures the wonder and the horror of being a kid [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Star Trek Into Darkness: devoted Trekkies and nonfans alike will be moved and astonished by some fantastic performances and provocative and timely themes [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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The Iceman: underbaked mobster drama is redeemed — just barely — by excellent performances from Michael Shannon, James Franco, and Chris Evans [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

because you missed it

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Amour: tender, devastating arthouse exploration of love’s dedication as an elderly man cares for his terminally ill wife; a film both beautiful and terrible [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec: what comic-book movies should be: friendly and eldritch and kinda cosy even in the middle of outrageous escapades; an absolute delight [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Errors of the Human Body: it doesn’t quite know what to do with its interesting ideas, but the moody atmosphere and scientific philosophizing are just provocative enough to be worth a look [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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Footloose: the wonderfully silly 1980s original that made Kevin Bacon a star [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Peacemaker: 90s terrorism action thriller is a notch above the typical; starring Nicole Kidman and George Clooney [my review] [at Netflix]
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Sahara: underappreciated action comedy plays like a modern-day Indiana Jones adventure; Steve Zahn steals the film [my review] [at Netflix]
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Greenberg: arthouse dramedy with good performances by Ben Stiller and Greta Gerwig and a down-to-earth earthiness that almost makes up for a self-conscious pretentiousness [at Netflix]

suspense with style

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Zodiac: true tale of an officially unsolved serial-murder case and the newspaper reporter who may have solved it [my review] [at Netflix]
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Night Watch (Nochnoi dozor): superstylish Russian fantasy horror flick doesn’t have a lot to offer beyond its stunning visuals, but they are pretty amazing [my review] [at Netflix]


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