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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

films to stream in the US week of Sep 24 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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The Colony: a small-scale science-fiction horror story full of big, troubling ideas about what a new Dark Ages might look like [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Much Ado About Nothing: pure cinematic joy from Joss Whedon and Co.; a smart, snappy adaptation of perhaps Shakespeare’s funniest play, performed by supremely talented people having an enormous amount of infectious fun [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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The Purge: mixes science fiction speculation with familiar horror tropes to create a startling satire on America’s culture of violence [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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This Is the End: hugely funny jape in which the entire cast is having a ball making fun of themselves and the incongruity of the endless celebration that is L.A. facing the apocalypse [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

because you missed it

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Mary and Martha: it’s an overearnest “issue” melodrama, but worth a look for strong performances by Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn as woman united in grief and a determination to do something constructive with it [at Amazon Instant Video]
yellow for maybe
Upside Down: science fiction romance works better as a Terry Gilliam-esque flight of fancy than as a love story [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

yellow for maybe
Shadow Dancer: good performances by the always enjoyable Clive Owen and up-and-comer Andrea Riseborough make this IRA drama worth a look… but only just barely [my review] [at Netflix]
yellow for maybe
Side Effects: odd pairing of medical horror and crime drama… and oddly both lurid and undercooked at the same time [at Netflix]

have a cry

yellow for maybe
Brian’s Song: the ultimate 1970s weepie… plus it’s a sports film! [at Netflix]
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Penny Serenade: Cary Grant and Irene Dunne lose a baby; have Kleenex handy [at Netflix]

have a laugh

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Team America: World Police: the only globe-hopping action movie with a puppet sex scene [my review] [at Netflix]
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Blow Dry: Alan Rickman + hairdressing competition + British wry humor. And then more Alan Rickman. [at Netflix]


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