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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

films to stream in the US week of Oct 08 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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Drinking Buddies: beautifully observed dramedy about modern friendship and romance; funny, poignant, unforgettable [at Amazon Instant Video]
yellow for maybe
Blue Caprice: thoughtful performances and grim visual elegance aren’t enough to save this portrait of abuse and control twisted into banal evil from becoming too banal to have much bite [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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The Conjuring: smart, stylish horror flick, though a standout more for its elegant performances than any original scares [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

because you missed it

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Sanctum: cheesy visceral popcorn action in the largest unexplored cave system in the world [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Zombieland: outrageously violent and outrageously funny end-of-the-world jape [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
yellow for maybe
The Company You Keep: it’s overly earnest and too long, but worth a look for daring to raise issues of truth and justice that film, and the culture at large, often ignores [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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Forrest Gump: the Oscar Best Picture, and one of Tom Hanks’ early great performances [my review] [at Netflix]
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Ghostbusters: the classic action fantasy comedy, one of the funniest, most quotable movies ever made [my review] [at Netflix]
yellow for maybe
Beyond Borders: a nicely old-fashioned-Hollywood high cornball drama of star-crossed romance and personal sacrifice [my review] [at Netflix]
yellow for maybe
Congo: action adventure in the jungle, like Jurassic Park with gorillas; good cheesy fun [at Netflix]

animal tales

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Free Willy: a boy and his whale; like Blackfish but with a happy ending [at Netflix]
yellow for maybe
A Cat in Paris: some jarring shifts in tone are odd, but the animation is gorgeous [my review] [at Netflix]


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