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films to stream in the UK week of Sep 30 2013 (Netflix/LoveFilm/blinkbox)

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

Netflix

new to stream

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Love Crime: wickedly, dryly funny arthouse satire on office politics, with a cleverly plotted crime at its heart [my review] [at Netflix]
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Real Steel: Hugh Jackman does robot boxing, and it is fun as hell [my review] [at Netflix]

because you missed it

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The Young Victoria: Emily Blunt is the English queen as a young woman, in love and not yet in mourning black [at Netflix]
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The Woodsman: Kevin Bacon is a pedophile trying to straight; Mos Def — in his first astonishing performance as an actor — is the cop who doesn’t believe he can [at Netflix]

Lovefilm

always worth a rewatch

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Friends with Benefits: one of the most unsentimental movies about GenX romance yet; Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are totally charming [at Lovefilm]
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The Ides of March: everything that’s fucked up about American political culture at the moment is hung out here like the soiled laundry that it is [my review] [at Lovefilm]
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Priest: a supernatural horror flick that actually works, on a lot of levels; this is what a comic book in motion should look like [my review] [at Lovefilm]
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X-Men: First Class: like a lost James Bond flick, with mutants, set in a suave 1960s slick with Cold War retro cool [my review] [at Lovefilm]

blinkbox

new to stream

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Citadel: a familiar story of sinister creature frights and psychological horror gets a little boost from a gloomy mood of urban decay and isolation [my review] [at blinkbox]
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The Iceman: underbaked mobster drama is redeemed — just barely — by excellent performances from Michael Shannon, James Franco, and Chris Evans [my review] [at blinkbox]

because you missed it

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone: outrageously funny in ways that most Hollywood comedies are not, maintaining its sense of ridiculousness throughout and never descending into gloopy sentiment [my review] [at blinkbox]
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Kung Fu Panda 2: the second adventure with the sweet-faced, rumbly-tummied ursine hero is most notable for its breathtakingly beautiful animation, which looks like nothing you’ve ever seen before [my review] [at blinkbox]