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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

films to stream in the US week of Sep 10 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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The Bling Ring: a sly challenge to our collective cultural obsessions with celebrity and consumerism; Emma Watson is fantastic [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Iron Man 3: by far the best of the Iron Man movies: it’s clever, exciting, and unexpectedly poignant, with a sweet, vulnerable performance from Robert Downey Jr. [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to streaming

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Now You See Me: most of it makes no sense at all, but who cares? this is cheerful ridiculousness pulled off with panache [my review] [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]

must-see (or re-see) classics

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Spielberg’s awe-inspirinng sci-fi adventure of government coverup and alien first contact [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Psycho: Hitchcock’s groundbreaking thriller retains its power to shock today [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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The Emperor’s New Groove: animated Disney comedy that goes right for the comedic jugular, with an astonishing voice performance by Patrick Warburton [my review] [at Netflix]
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Lilo & Stitch: astonishingly lovely, tremendously moving, outrageously funny animated dramedy [my review] [at Netflix]
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Men in Black: the rare sci-fi comedy that is both funny and truly science-fictional; features one of Tommy Lee Jones’ great performances [my review] [at Netflix]
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Open Water: surprisingly suspenseful, refreshingly clean and simple, with a hard edge of realism that is quietly horrifying [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Purple Rose of Cairo: Woody Allen’s bittersweet romantic comedy about a movie character to steps into the real world [at Netflix]
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There Will Be Blood: Paul Thomas Anderson’s remarkable, difficult drama never fails to reward re-viewing [my review] [at Netflix]


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