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films to stream: UK week of Nov 18

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

Netflix

new to stream

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Hysteria: breezy, gently naughty film with great performances by a superb cast, including Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Rupert Everett [my review] [at Netflix]
yellow for maybe
Once Upon a Time in Mexico: it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but there’s stirring mythmaking here, and Johnny Depp exuding gunslinger glee [my review] [at Netflix]

blinkbox

new to stream

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The Wolverine: though there’s plenty of good popcorn action fun, this is an intimate film, more soap opera than superhero; Hugh Jackman is having a ball [my review] [at blinkbox]

X-Men marathon

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X-Men: delicious visual popcorn, heartfelt performances, and smart, unexpected depth; a thrilling movie experience [my review] [at blinkbox]
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X-Men: First Class: like a lost James Bond flick, with mutants, set in a suave 1960s slick with Cold War retro cool [my review] [at blinkbox]
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine: powerfully fun comic-book junk food; spectacular cinematic cheese, in the best possible way [my review] [at blinkbox]
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X2: X-Men United: Marvel moves into the era of the PATRIOT Act and terrorism Orange Alerts; there’s a hard, dark, angry core to this film [my review] [at blinkbox]
yellow for maybe
X-Men: The Last Stand: the least successful of the X-Men flicks, full of clunky philosophizing and rote action, but worth a watch — just barely — for fans [my review] [at blinkbox]

Curzon on Demand

unmissable documentaries

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams: an extraordinary, intimate look at “one of the greatest discoveries in this history of human culture” [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]
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The Cove: exposé of an annual secret dolphin slaughter in Japan; astonishing guerrilla journalism [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]
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Touching the Void: mountain climbing — and facing death — in the Andes; a legendary adventure story told in a remarkable dramatized documentary style [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]
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Waltz with Bashir: takes animation into new realms of cinematic art; a impressionistic, surreal, often hallucinatory documentary about reclaiming wartime memories [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]