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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

films to stream in the US week of Oct 29 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, before it’s on dvd

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Computer Chess: oddball indie mockumentary about an early-80s convention of programmers; trippy and dryly funny [at Amazon Instant Video]

modern horror classics for Halloween

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The Awakening: engrossing performances by Rebecca Hall and Dominic West and elegant scares make for a ghost story that feels both classic and progressive at the same time [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Chained: an unnerving and provocative grenade lobbed into the heart of the serial-killer horror subgenre [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Frailty: Bill Paxton is a serial killer and a loving dad; horrifying in how it turns the supernatural and the insane into an ordinary part of everyday life [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Mama: truly disturbing and unexpectedly poignant, with original and effective scares and a feminist spin on motherhood anxieties [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Trollhunter: totally fresh mockumentary fantasy, dryly satirical and deliciously suspenseful… and scary [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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Call Me Kuchu: powerful documentary about gay men fighting for equal rights and human dignity in Uganda [at Netflix]
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We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks: excellent documentary primer on Julian Assange and the whistleblowing Web site that has radically changed journalism and geopolitics [at Netflix]

Halloween treats

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The Host: monster from the sea terrorizes Seoul; wonderfully scary-funny Korean horror [at Netflix]
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The Mummy: the 1932 classic starring Boris Karloff is still horrifying through the melodrama [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Omen: preposterous but spooky Apocalyptic religious fantasy; the 1976 original, of course [my review] [at Netflix]
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Shaun of the Dead: a zombie uprising mirrors Simon Pegg’s 20something ennui (he’s got red on him) [my review] [at Netflix]


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