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films to stream: UK week of Jan 20

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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

streaming now, while it’s in cinemas

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The Square: history firsthand, in progress, and unfinished; an invaluable record of revolutionary spirit, and of the lengths to which a threatened leadership will go to preserve itself [my review] [at Netflix]

new to stream

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Donnie Darko: teenaged Jake Gyllenhaal versus satanic bunny Frank [my review] [at Netflix]
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Robot & Frank: thoroughly charming and cleverly original sci-fi comedy with a wonderful performance by Frank Langella [at Netflix]
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Step Brothers: wonderfully absurdist farce finally holds up endless male adolescence as a thing to be ridiculed, not celebrated [my review] [at Netflix]

blinkbox

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Prisoners: a superb film that shifts from unvarnished depictions of terrible, tragic, mundane reality to almost unbearable suspense; an intense, uncomfortable, unforgettable cinematic experience [my review] [at blinkbox]
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Rush: a thoroughly magnificent film on every level, with astonishing performances by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl in the leads; one of the very best films of 2013 [my review] [at blinkbox]
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Thanks for Sharing: smart, pointed drama about addiction and its impact on addicts and those who love them, with excellent performances from Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins [at blinkbox]
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About Time: it’s accidentally creepy where it wants to be charming and romantic, but the secondary cast is fun to spend time with; Bill Nighy and Tom Hollander steal the film [my review] [at blinkbox]

new to stream

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The Colony: a small-scale science-fiction horror story full of big, troubling ideas about what a new Dark Ages might look like [my review] [at blinkbox]
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In a World…: a fresh, funny slice-of-life about a woman in a man’s world, with a smart note about why it matters that women’s voices are heard [my review] [at blinkbox]

bbciplayer

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Howl: gorgeous, varied drama about Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, with a soaring performance by James Franco as the poet [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 12:39AM Sun, 26 Jan 2014)
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Tropic Thunder: Ben Stiller’s aggressive outrageousness sendup of Hollywood fatuousness forces coddled movie stars to face the real with, with hilarious results [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 1:44AM Thu, 23 Jan 2014)