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films to stream: US week of Jan 07

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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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Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen’s latest is a striking portrait of a woman on the edge; Cate Blanchett is amazing [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Carrie: a story four decades old about religious misogyny and basic feminism and the perniciousness of bullying still feels fresh and relevant [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Machete Kills: forget the socially conscious core that fueled the exploitation engine of the first film: this is flat-out, no-message action comedy, outrageous and hilarious [my review] [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]

new to Prime

yellow for maybe
The Guilt Trip: scattershot but engaging mother-son on-the-road comedy is more genuinely heartfelt than the genre usually allows [at Amazon Instant Video]
yellow for maybe
Jack Reacher: feels like an episode of a TV cop show, but Tom Cruise is fun to watch [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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Drinking Buddies: beautifully observed dramedy about modern friendship and romance; funny, poignant, unforgettable [at Netflix]
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Devil’s Pass (aka The Dyatlov Pass Incident): a deliciously ooky, X-Files-esque chiller that’s a scary-fun hoot and a half; a lean, smart example of the found-footage subgenre [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Wall: arthouse science fiction drama is a remarkable tale of survival amidst extreme isolation [at Netflix]
yellow for maybe
The Guilt Trip: scattershot but engaging mother-son on-the-road comedy is more genuinely heartfelt than the genre usually allows [at Netflix]
yellow for maybe
Sister: underpowered French drama about an unusual little family is worth a look for its good performances, including from Gillian Anderson and Blue Is the Warmest Color’s Lea Seydoux [at Netflix]
yellow for maybe
Stand Up Guys: passably mild codger crime comedy won’t please fans of mobster films, but might please their parents [my review] [at Netflix]