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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

films to stream: UK week of Nov 11 2013

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

Netflix

new to stream

yellow for maybe
Safety Not Guaranteed: charming but slight and less than fully satisfying dramedy about how time travel means never having to let go of regrets [at Netflix]

in the zeitgeist (and mentioned only for your information)

red for no
Starbuck: creepy and nonsensical, though it’s supposed to be charming and funny; basis for the upcoming Vince Vaugh flick Delivery Man [my review] [at Netflix]

Lovefilm

new to stream

green light
Freaky Friday: the 1976 original starring Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster; so much fun, and so very slyly feminist, too [at Lovefilm]
yellow for maybe
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 Lovefilm]
yellow for maybe
Race to Witch Mountain: mildly diverting kids’s sci-fi adventure that, at least and at most, doesn’t talk down to kids and doesn’t feature a single fart joke [my review] [at Lovefilm]

blinkbox

streaming before dvd

green light
The World’s End: smart, satirical, and acerbically funny, this is a darker film than the previous in the Cornetto trilogy, and a superb conclusion to it [my review] [at blinkbox]

good stuff

green light
Contagion: a medical detective story with a science-positive bent; offers some small, warm hope against the harsh reality that as smart as we may be, nature is smarter, and without conscience [my review] [at blinkbox]
green light
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: a dark daydream about coping with the secret guilts we all harbor, about the creeping horror of thinking about 9/11 that all New Yorkers dealt with, about the new fears and panics that gripped the city [my review] [at blinkbox]
green light
Rock of Ages: wildly funny, funnily sexy, and hugely toe-tapping; Tom Cruise steals the show as if he weren’t already a mega movie star [my review] [at blinkbox]

bbciplayer

green light
In the Loop: a bitchy, cynical, hilarious sendup of how we end up with wars we don’t want; based on the TV show The Thick of It, starring new Doctor Who Peter Capaldi [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 12:44AM Wed, 20 Nov 2013)
green light
Notes on a Scandal: under the posh British accents and actorly elegance and general high-toned sophistication lurks a scrumptiously lurid piece of B-movie genre nonsense… with Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett! [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 11:59PM Sun, 17 Nov 2013)
green light
Rescue Dawn: Christian Bale is a prisoner of war in Southeast Asia, and makes an exciting, riveting great escape with Steve Zahn [at iPlayer] (expires 1:04AM Sun, 17 Nov 2013)


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