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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

films to stream in the US week of Aug 27 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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Devil’s Pass (aka The Dyatlov Pass Incident): 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 Amazon Instant Video]
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Frozen Ground: familiar cat-and-mouse cop-and-serial-killer story; Vanessa Hudgens is very good, outshining Nicolas Cage and John Cusack [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to streaming

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Pain and Gain: a bleak, bitter, wicked pleasure that holds up the underpinnings of modern America — self-help, Jesus, and violence — for ridicule [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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The Reluctant Fundamentalist: provocative, ambitious drama about the unconsidered assumptions that power our cultures, for good or ill [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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The Great Gatsby: alternately intriguing and infuriating adaptation of the classic novel pays accidental tribute in that it’s very like the sort of movie exuberantly excessive Gatsby himself might have made [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

cult favorite sci-fi

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The Truman Show: Peter Weir’s compulsively rewatchable speculative comedy is one of the best SF movies of recent decades, with perhaps Jim Carrey’s best performance yet [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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Carrie: Brian De Palma’s superb 1976 horror flick; see it again before the remake hits [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]
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The Road: perhaps the most brutal postapocalypse movie ever, in which even the meanest scraps of hope are hard to find [my review] [at Netflix]
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Dredd: a surprisingly interesting performance by Karl Urban and a few unexpected moments of poignancy and intrigue can’t quite overcome the rote action of this postapocalyptic cop story [my review] [at Netflix]

cult favorite sci-fi

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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eighth Dimension: surely one of the greatest goofy movies ever [at Netflix]
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The Brother from Another Planet: an alien abroad in Harlem [at Netflix]


  • LaSargenta

    I haven’t seen Brother from Another Planet in years! I remember liking it…wonder if I’d feel the same now.

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