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films to stream: US week of Nov 26

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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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Elysium: Neill Blomkamp cements his science-fiction credentials as a filmmaker with a genre vision the likes of which we haven’t seen since the socially conscious SF of the 1970s; this is smart popcorn cinema with something to say [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to streaming

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Red Obsession: sly and sometimes funny, this is a microcosm of the economic state of the world — the West faltering and China ascending — seen through the prism of France’s boutique wine industry [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

post-turkey Thanksgiving treats

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Addams Family Values: featuring Wednesday’s subversive Pilgrims vs. Indians pageant [at Amazon Instant Video]
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The Ice Storm: one 1970s turkey day turns tragic; the great cast includes Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, Christina Ricci, and Elijah Wood [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Pieces of April: punky Katie Holmes attempts to cook turkey dinner for her bitter, regretful, dying mom, Patricia Clarkson [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: the ultimate trying-to-get-home-for-the-holidays comedy; hilarious and touching, with Steven Martin and John Candy at their best [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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My Week with Marilyn: the movie star as seen through the eyes of a fan who discovers the real woman behind the legend [at Netflix]
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In the House (Dans la maison): as a black comedy, this never quite catches fire, though there is some mild amusement to be found in its social satire [my review] [at Netflix]

cool moustaches to wrap up Movember

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: Robert Redford and his moustache (and Paul Newman) get into trouble in the Old West [at Netflix]
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Nacho Libre: Jack Black and his moustache do Mexican wrestling and save an orphanage [my review] [at Netflix]
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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: Johnny Depp and his moustache sail the high seas in search of adventure [my review] [at Netflix]
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There Will Be Blood: Daniel Day Lewis and his moustache corner the early oil markets [my review] [at Netflix]

Thanks to @emmafgreen for the heads-up on Netflix’s “cool moustaches” category.