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the film criticism aspect of cyber | by maryann johanson

films to stream: US week of Nov 19


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

new to streaming

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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 Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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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 Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

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Caddyshack: the classic angry class comedy, from the era, now long gone, when movies starring SNL alum were not embarrassments [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Galaxy Quest: by Grabthar’s hammer, this is one of the best sci-fi spoofs ever, and one that is deeply reverent of fandom [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Lars and the Real Girl: a tenderly sad and gloriously hopeful ode to family and community and the therapeutic power of acceptance; must-see early Ryan Gosling [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Like Crazy: tartly edgy young romance that ignores the first-blush madness to explore what it takes to make it last [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]


new to stream

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A Hijacking (Kapringen): harrowing Danish drama of modern-day piracy as a sort of illicit corporate takeover; riveting and exhausting; a good companion to Captain Phillips [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Sapphires: you’ve seen this story before, but never told with so much joie de vivre; Chris O’Dowd is fantastic [my review] [at Netflix]

classics of modern comedy

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The Addams Family: they’re creepy and they’re kooky; the rare TV-to-film adaptation that’s better than the source show [at Netflix]
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Broadcast News: James L. Brooks’s marvelous dramedy about life and love inside a television news program [at Netflix]
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Say Anything…: Cameron Crowe’s teen rom-com, the flick that made a generation of girls fall in love with John Cusack [at Netflix]

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