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films to stream in the US week of Oct 01 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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Dark Touch: an elegantly atmospheric movie that plumbs typically unseen depths of children’s coping mechanisms in the face of of terrible real-life experience [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Touchy Feely: lovely, warmly human dramedy about a massage therapist who loses her touch… and about how we all need to be cared for more than we are [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints: oddly dreamy romance among criminals; like if Terrence Malick made Bonnie and Clyde [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Pacific Rim: a war movie in the richest tradition, set in an exciting and unforgettable near-future science fiction universe; we will be talking about this movie for a long time [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to stream

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A Fierce Green Fire: a wonderfully necessary history of modern environmentalism in the post-World War II world [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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The Kings of Summer: mashes a heightened sense of the absurd rather awkwardly up against arty pastoral, and the mock-seriousness of the endeavor comes across as unpleasantly snide [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

must-see documentary

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Room 237: bizarre, funny, hugely intriguing documentary about the “conspiracy theories” obsessive fans have developed around the film The Shining [at Netflix]

because you missed it

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Tsotsi: a devastating vision of harsh life in the townships of Johannesburg [my review] [at Netflix]
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Upside Down: science fiction romance works better as a Terry Gilliam-esque flight of fancy than as a love story [at Netflix]

modern classics new to stream

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Fargo: the Coen Brothers’ brilliant crime comedy, featuring one of cinema’s most memorable characters ever, Frances McDormand’s pregnant cop Marge Gunderson [at Netflix]
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Grease: 1950s high-school nostalgia, with singing and dancing [my review] [at Netflix]
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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels: Guy Ritchie’s snarky debut, which practically invested the new subgenre of British crime black comedy [my review] [at Netflix]

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