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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

films to stream: US week of Nov 05 2013

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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

yellow for maybe
All Is Bright: Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti are Canadians selling Christmas trees in New York City; they elevate the underpowered dramedy to something worth your time [at Amazon Instant Video]
yellow for maybe
2 Guns: Wahlberg and Washington are as fun together as they are separately, but there’s little genuinely unique or clever here; you will forget the movie the moment it ends [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to stream

yellow for maybe
Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden: wonky, less than wholly satisfying documentary about the CIA’s hunt for the Al Qaida leader [at Amazon Instant Video]
yellow for maybe
White House Down: the action is mildly diverting, and though star Channing Tatum is bland, the rest of the cast, including James Woods and Jamie Foxx, is fun to watch [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to prime

green light
Purgatory House: a heartrending story of a teen caught in a supernatural shelter for kids on the edge; a stunningly innovative early (2001) example of digital filmmaking [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
green light
This Is Spinal Tap: goes to 11 [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

green light
Blancanieves: a beautiful film, full of power and poignancy, with an air of freshness and newfound intimacy in a well-known story [my review] [at Netflix]
green light
Computer Chess: dryly humorous and wonderfully weird, this is a preternaturally mundane evocation of early 80s nerdery and an almost scary peek at the history of AI [my review] [at Netflix]
green light
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas: bittersweet, down-to-earth drama about the familial upheaval that the supposedly happy holidays bring; a gem from filmmaker Ed Burns [my review] [at Netflix]
green light
Flight: Denzel Washington’s bravura performance pulls this old-fashioned melodrama out of its dive [my review] [at Netflix]
green light
Right at Your Door: harrowing speculative drama about a dirty-bomb attack in Los Angeles [at Netflix]
green light
This Is Not a Film: powerful documentary about an Iranian filmmaker forbidden by his government from making movies, shot on the sly and smuggled out of the country [at Netflix]


  • Blockbuster is going under, so I decided to try out Netflix with their 30 day
    trial. $7.99/month for unlimited streaming? Not bad at all. Too bad the
    first 3 movies i look for aren’t available for streaming. Iron man 3,
    Star Trek: Into Darkness, and Schindler’s List. Looks like I may have to
    fork out the additional 7.99/month to get the discs by mail still. So
    much for all the people saying streaming is the only way to go nowadays.
    Hmph.

  • Netflix’s streaming options are spotty. Which is why you need someone like me to point out what *is* available there!

    But check out Amazon’s streaming service. Lots of great stuff is available to stream there… including

    Iron Man 3
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00FEHXCIG/theflickfilosoph

    Star Trek Into Darkness
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00F35BV64/theflickfilosoph

    Schindler’s List
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00BP4X3W2/theflickfilosoph

  • Thanks for the info. The problem is that if I’m paying for a streaming service, I hate the idea of paying for individual movies on top of that, which is what Amazon would be. 4.99 for IM3? 3.99 for ST: ID? Ugh.
    I may just have to look at Redbox.
    I DO very much appreciate all the posts(and e-mails) about releases. Definitely great reminders.

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