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films to stream: UK week of Jan 27

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

Netflix

new to stream

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Winter’s Bone: Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as a determined Ozarks teen struggling to keep her family together amidst crushing poverty [at Netflix]
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In the House (Dans la maison): as a black comedy, this never quite catches fire, though there is some mild amusement to be found in its social satire [my review] [at Netflix]

classic comedies

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Annie Hall: Woody Allen’s Oscar-winning Best Picture is painful, raw, nakedly personal, and absolutely hilarious [my review] [at Netflix]
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Clerks: Kevin Smith’s first film is an indie groundbreaker, a slacker classic, and still very funny [at Netflix]

classic science fiction

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The Andromeda Strain: an alien virus infects a small Earth town in this slow-burn 1971 thriller [at Netflix]
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War of the Worlds: Martians invade Earth in 1953; visually one of the eeriest sci-fi flicks ever [at Netflix]

blinkbox

streaming now, before dvd

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Girl Most Likely: absolutely hilarious and absolutely heartbreaking, with marvelous performances from Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, and Matt Dillon [my review] [at blinkbox]

because you missed it

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Parker: drags a bit in the middle, but Jason Statham gets to be as brainy as he is brawny [at blinkbox]
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Prometheus: eschews the tension and gore of its Alien predecessors, yet fails to replace it with much beyond some gorgeous visuals [my review] [at blinkbox]
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Side Effects: odd pairing of medical horror and crime drama… and oddly both lurid and undercooked at the same time [at blinkbox]

Curzon on Demand

streaming now, before dvd

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Gloria: smart, incisive portrait of a woman who lives life on her own terms and doesn’t let herself get pushed around [at Curzon on Demand]

because you missed it

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Upstream Color: a confounding intellectual mystery, an enigmatic philosophical science fantasy that’s like a cinematic Moebius strip; it must be experienced to be appreciated, even as it defies full understanding [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]