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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

films to stream: US week of Nov 12 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

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Red 2: smart, breezy spy action, with an of-the-moment vibe that takes it post-post-9/11 and into the Wikileaks era of global politics [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to stream

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Blackfish: a horrifying, heartbreaking eye-opener about human inhumanity to other intelligent and emotional beings who share our planet [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Frances Ha: charming, funny, and bittersweet, this is a delightful film, featuring an irresistible Greta Gerwig in the lead [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Man of Steel: magnificent, majestic, and soulful, bringing a familiar story to fresh new life; Henry Cavill is powerful and expressive as an alien lost among humans [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
yellow for maybe
Barbara: though it has some effectively unsettling moments of Orwellian horror, this is more arthouse mood piece that straight-up thriller [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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Europa Report: beautifully structured and very suspenseful; recaptures in a gorgeous and authentic way a spirit of adventure and exploration that we seem to have lost [my review] [at Netflix]
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Frances Ha: charming, funny, and bittersweet, this is a delightful film, featuring an irresistible Greta Gerwig in the lead [my review] [at Netflix]
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Robot & Frank: thoroughly charming and cleverly original sci-fi comedy with a wonderful performance by Frank Langella [at Netflix]
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Skyfall: smartly and stylishly smashes the outmoded Bond mystique and creates a new one for the 21st century [my review] [at Netflix]
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What Maisie Knew: utterly heartbreaking tale of a little girl used as a pawn in her parents’ battles, told, remarkably, from the child’s perspective [at Netflix]
yellow for maybe
Barbara: though it has some effectively unsettling moments of Orwellian horror, this is more arthouse mood piece that straight-up thriller [my review] [at Netflix]
yellow for maybe
Grabbers: Irish horror sci-fi comedy adds a few clever flourishes to a standard alien-creature tale [at Netflix]


  • LaSargenta

    Glad to see you gave Robot and Frank a green light after the speculation that it would simply be a new Cocoon on the trailer thread. I just saw this on DVD and really liked it. Nice, ambiguous ending.

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