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films to stream in the UK week of Oct 08 2013 (Netflix/LoveFilm/blinkbox/BBC iPlayer)

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What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix, Lovefilm, blinkbox, and BBC iPlayer.

Netflix

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Great Expectations: a lively, vibrant retelling that feels very modern, with none of the stuffiness of a traditional costume drama [my review] [at Netflix]
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Pretty in Pink: John Hughes’ classic 80s high-school romance [at Netflix]
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Quartet: a lovely film with heartfelt performances from a fantastic cast that focuses on the upsides of getting older [my review] [at Netflix]
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Grabbers: Irish horror sci-fi comedy adds a few clever flourishes to a standard alien-creature tale [at Netflix]

Lovefilm

new to stream

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The Guard: hilarious fish-out-of-water cop comedy as Don Cheadle’s FBI agent must work with Brendan Gleeson rural Irish policeman [at Lovefilm]
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Smashed: powerful and unsentimental alchoholic-gets-a-wakeup-call drama, with a fantastic performance by Mary Elizabeth Winstead [my review] [at Lovefilm]

blinkbox

new to stream

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Camp 14: Total Control Zone: the only person known to have escaped from a North Korean re-education camp reveals some 1984-level shit, except it’s worse, because it’s not fiction [my review] [at blinkbox]
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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 blinkbox]

because you missed them

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Lincoln: warm and intimate, often humorous portrait of the great president at his finest hour; a magnificent examination of politics as human drama [at blinkbox]
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Seven Psychopaths: a witty take on Hollywood’s narrowmindedness and creative despair; an arthouse anti-action flick [my review] [at blinkbox]

bbciplayer

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Precious: harrowing, painful, heartbreaking tale of the hell that some women go through because of the color of their skin, their gender, or the low expectations everyone has for them [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 12:54AM Sun, 13 Oct 2013)
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Heartbreaker: slight but breezy Hollywood-style French rom-com, starring Populaire’s ridiculously engaging Romain Duris [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 2:34AM Sun, 13 Oct 2013)