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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

films to stream: US week of Dec 17

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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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Don Jon: smart, wise romantic drama about how gender stereotypes hurt men and women alike; excellent debut from writer-director (and star) Joseph Gordon-Levitt [at Amazon Instant Video]
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The Spectacular Now: stark and gritty, this may be the most down-to-earth teen romance ever, filled with touches of unpredictable, inescapable reality [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Closed Circuit: terrorism thriller is ridiculous in its plot, but intriguing in the issues it raises; stars Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall are appealing [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Insidious: Chapter 2: the clean, simple elegance of the first film has been lost in a jumbled mess that sometimes hits on fresh angles on ghost stories but most often is shoddy, sloppy, and lazy [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to prime

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The Reader: delicate, difficult film about keeping secrets and coming to terms with terrible crimes; Kate Winslet is brutally good [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Vicky Cristina Barcelona: yet another Woody Allen romantic roundrobin, with the same conversations we’ve heard a million times before in Allen’s movies; great cast, though [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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The Angels’ Share: charming and funny Scottish dramedy from acclaimed filmmaker Ken Loach [at Netflix]
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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 Netflix]
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Blood: smart British cop drama is a dream showcase for star Paul Bettany [at Netflix]
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Prince Avalanche: quirky arthouse buddy dramedy with fantastic performances by Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch [at Netflix]
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Sightseers: wickedly funny black comedy about a nerdy couple who go on a killing spree in rural England [my review] [at Netflix]
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Berberian Sound Studio: a pastiche of 70s Euro horror that looks and sounds grimly gorgeous but falls flat and overindulges in the enigmatic [at Netflix]


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