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films to stream: UK week of Dec 16

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What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer, Curzon on Demand.

Netflix

new to stream

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African Cats: gorgeously photographed, astonishingly intimate documentary; you won’t believe it can have been possible for cameras to get so close without disturbing the animals they’re watching [my review] [at Netflix]
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Blood: smart British cop drama is a dream showcase for star Paul Bettany [at Netflix]
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Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God: enraging documentary about the Catholic Church’s pedophilia coverup will leave you feeling battered by grief and fury [my review] [at Netflix]
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Smash His Camera: engaging and provocative documentary about early papparazzo Ron Galella and the ethical and free-speech issues surrounding such photography [at Netflix]
yellow for maybe
The Words: intriguing exploration of living with mistakes made features great performance by Bradley Cooper, yet peters out with too much left unsaid [at Netflix]

blinkbox

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 blinkbox]
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Pain and Gain: a bleak, bitter, wicked pleasure that holds up the underpinnings of modern America — self-help, Jesus, and violence — for ridicule [my review] [at blinkbox]
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The Frozen Ground: in a rote cat-and-mouse cop-and-serial-killer story, Vanessa Hudgens’ “victim” is far more compelling than either cop Nicolas Cage or killer John Cusack [my review] [at blinkbox]

new to stream

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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa:comedian Steve Coogan is still, hilariously, the same old awful, insecure jerk, but the media satire that has always revolved around the character is somewhat diminished [my review] [at blinkbox]

bbciplayer

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Oranges and Sunshine: a powerfully inspirational story that saves you from total despair over the unconscionable things that humans do to each other (as depicted here); makes an intriguing human-rights double feature with Philomena [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 2:14AM Thu, 19 Dec 2013)
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The Duchess: Delicious in a costume-drama-y way that will delight fans of the genre while being as entirely lightweight as the enormous ostrich feathers on the Duchess of Devonshire’s hats [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 12:29AM Mon, 23 Dec 2013)

Curzon on Demand

streaming now while it’s in cinemas

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Fill the Void: underplayed drama about love and marriage in an orthodox Jewish community never quite catches fire, but does offer a peek into a usually hidden world [at Curzon on Demand]

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