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films to stream: UK week of Dec 09

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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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War Horse: Steven Spielberg’s magnificent tear-jerker about a boy and his horse amidst the horrors of World War I [at Netflix]
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Citadel: a familiar story of sinister creature frights and psychological horror gets a little boost from a gloomy mood of urban decay and isolation [my review] [at Netflix]

popular now

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol: still the most fun straight-up action movie in ages, and director Brad Bird’s astonishingly confident and distinctive leap from animation [my review] [at Netflix]

blinkbox

stream now, before it’s on dvd

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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 blinkbox]
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Winter of Discontent: enlightening but underpowered drama about life in Cairo during the Arab Spring [at blinkbox]

new to stream

yellow for maybe
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters: spectacularly mediocre fantasy junk food, perfectly inoffensive for youngsters but too featherweight for adult genre fans [my review] [at blinkbox]
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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 blinkbox]

Curzon on Demand

new to stream

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The Crash Reel: dazzling documentary portrait of a charismatic young man pushing himself to his limits, and challenging us to consider our own [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]
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Wadjda: a delightful and powerfully satisfying arthouse crowd-pleaser, featuring a charmingly irrepressible protagonist [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]
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The Wall: arthouse science fiction drama is a remarkable tale of survival amidst extreme isolation [at Curzon on Demand]

creepy classics

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The Blair Witch Project: the film that kicked off the found-footage genre, and did it so well it because it’s so plausible [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]
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Donnie Darko: teenaged Jake Gyllenhaal versus satanic bunny Frank [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]