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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

films to stream: US week of Jan 14

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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, while it’s still in theaters

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Cold Comes the Night: a familiar-feeling crime thriller is enlivened by unexpectedly down-to-earth, hardbitten characters weighed down by the mundane weariness of life on the edge [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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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 Amazon Instant Video]
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: moderately sweet and amusing, but nowhere near as clever or original as the first film [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to streaming

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Enough Said: genuine, warm, messy, and human: a wonderfully realistic romance; features one of James Gandolfini’s final performances, and one of his best [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Fruitvale Station: low-key yet powerful based-on-fact drama about the last day in the life of a young black man shot to death by police in San Francisco [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Lee Daniels’ The Butler: deeply moving true story of the dramatic history of civil rights progress in the U.S. as seen through the eyes of a black man who worked as a White House butler for decades [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Short Term 12: heartbreaking drama about the lingering affects of childhood abuse and neglect, even under the best of curative circumstances [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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The Hunt (Jagten): powerful arthouse drama about a false accusation of child sex abuse, with a heartbreaking performance by Mads Mikkelsen [my review] [at Netflix]

cheery pick-me-ups for bleak winter

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Akeelah and the Bee: uplifting and inspiring, but never sappy, with a smart, geeky girl underdog [my review] [at Netflix]
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Amelie: a magical, transporting confection of dreams and hopes and kindness and true love; cotton candy-fantasy perfection [my review] [at Netflix]
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Bull Durham: fantastic baseball comedy is a refreshing blast of summertime [at Netflix]
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Year of the Dog: an ode to nonconformity that is honest, touching, and bittersweetly funny [at Netflix]


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