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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

films to stream: UK week of Nov 04 2013

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

Netflix

new to stream

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The Fitzgerald Family Christmas: bittersweet, down-to-earth drama about the familial upheaval that the supposedly happy holidays bring; a gem from star-writer-director Ed Burns [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Deep Blue Sea: excellent performances by Rachel Weisz and early Tom Hiddleston; too bad the story — about a woman suicidal over a failed romance — is so drippy [at Netflix]

more Rachel Weisz

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Agora: magnificent story of the Roman philosopher Hypatia, and the moment when the erudition of her classical world fell into the Dark Ages [my review] [at Netflix]

more Ed Burns

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Saving Private Ryan: brutal, unforgettable look at how war dehumanizes the people who fight [my review] [at Netflix]

because you missed it

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Five Minutes of Heaven: brilliant, piercing film about terrorism, understanding, and forgiveness; extraodinary performances by Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt [my review] [at Netflix]

blinkbox

stream 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 blinkbox]
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The Great Gatsby: alternately intriguing and infuriating adaptation of the classic novel pays accidental tribute in that it’s very like the sort of movie exuberantly excessive Gatsby himself might have made [my review] [at blinkbox]
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Monsters University: little more than colorful eye candy, this will satisfy small children, but the very simple, very familiar story won’t engage older audiences [my review] [at blinkbox]

new to stream

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Admission: a charming and down-to-earth romantic dramedy with the courage of its unconventional convictions; Tina Fey and Paul Rudd are delightful [my review] [at blinkbox]
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This Is the End: hugely funny jape in which the entire cast is having a ball making fun of themselves and the incongruity of the endless celebration that is L.A. facing the apocalypse [my review] [at blinkbox]

bbciplayer

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: haunting, unsentimental Oscar-nominated true story of a French man suffering from locked-in syndrome; intellectually and emotionally compelling [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 1:54AM Sat, 9 Nov 2013)
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The Men Who Stare at Goats: Ewan McGregor’s Gulf War II correspondent versus George Clooney’s Jedi warrior of psychic warfare; hilarious [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 12:59AM Wed, 13 Nov 2013)


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