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films to stream: UK week of Jan 06

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

Netflix

new to stream

green light
Die Hard with a Vengeance: Bruce Willis, his headache, and Samuel L. Jackson versus Jeremy Irons, all around New York City [my review] [at Netflix]
green light
Tangled: Disney’s lovely, charming, hugely entertaining spin on Rapunzel, all animated gorgeousness and authentic emotion [my review] [at Netflix]
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The 13th Warrior: an enthralling historical action adventure, gruesome and intense, beautifully mythic visual storytelling [my review] [at Netflix]
yellow for maybe
The Iceman: underbaked mobster drama is redeemed — just barely — by excellent performances from Michael Shannon, James Franco, and Chris Evans [my review] [at Netflix]
yellow for maybe
A Late Quartet: powerfully engaging performances keep us caught up in the emotional upheaval even when it feels a little trite [my review] [at Netflix]
yellow for maybe
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: pure cinematic junk food, with piracy finally Disneyfied in a way the previous films hadn’t quite done, but still good silly fun [my review] [at Netflix]
yellow for maybe
Rebellion (L’ordre et la morale): sporadically exciting French action drama about a 1988 hostage crisis drags more often than it should; Mathieu Kassovitz delivers more as star and director than as writer [my review] [at Netflix]

blinkbox

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Promised Land: subtle and understated, this is an uncomfortable movie about the death throes of the American dream [my review] [at blinkbox]
yellow for maybe
White House Down: the action is mildly diverting, and though star Channing Tatum is bland, the rest of the cast, including James Woods and Jamie Foxx, is fun to watch [my review] [at blinkbox]

new to stream

yellow for maybe
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 blinkbox]

bbciplayer

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Catch Me If You Can: Steven Spielberg’s only retro-hip movie, with a delightful Leonardo DiCaprio as a charming, globe-hopping con artist [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 7:59PM Sun, 12 Jan 2014)
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Drive: Ryan Gosling is the Hollywood hero touched by the reality that he is a psychopath [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 11:34PM Fri, 10 Jan 2014)