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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

films to stream in the US week of Sep 17 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

because you missed it

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Blancanieves: a beautiful film, full of power and poignancy, with an air of freshness and newfound intimacy in a well-known story [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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The East: though it takes some risks and dares to examine matters of political and cultural significance that few other films touch, it ends just when it might have gotten really interesting [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to streaming

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District 9: Neill Blomkamp’s brilliantly innovative modern-day twist on alien-invasion science fiction [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Max: daring fictional look at young Hitler as a failed artist; John Cusack is at his best here as his frustrated agent [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

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Jeff, Who Lives at Home: smart, sweet, oddball dramedy about the everyday dissatisfactions of modern life [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Young Adult: Charlize Theron is her own worst enemy in this bitterly funny portrait of a writer’s creative and emotional breakdown [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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The Core: good old-fashioned pulpy, popcorny B-movie fun; it has no agenda beyond making science look pretty cool and scientists look like heroes [my review] [at Netflix]
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Terry Gilliam and Johnny Depp take on Hunter S. Thompson [my review] [at Netflix]
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Gimme the Loot: charming slice-of-life dramedy about two best-pal graffiti artists in the Bronx [at Netflix]
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The Kids Are All Right: funny, smart, poignant, real, and universal; one of the best movies about family I’ve ever seen [my review] [at Netflix]
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Love Actually: Richard Curtis’ delightful romantic roundrobin, with a fantastic all-star cast and a generous flavoring of Christmas spirit [my review] [at Netflix]
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Parker: it drags a bit in the middle, but Jason Statham gets to be as brainy as he is brawny [at Netflix]


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