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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

films to stream: US week of Jan 21

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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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G.B.F.: sharp satire cutting through the sweet silliness makes this a refreshing change of pace for teen comedies [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Captain Phillips: hijacking on the high seas is a chance for Tom Hanks to astonish you; gripping suspense from master director Paul Greengrass [at Amazon Instant Video]
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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 Amazon Instant Video]
yellow for maybe
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 Amazon Instant Video]
yellow for maybe
Escape Plan: nothing here is as clever as it is desperately trying to be, but Stallone and Schwarzenegger are game to give us a good time [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to stream

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Everyday: beautifully performed by John Simm and Shirley Henderson, this is a remarkable and unlikely sort of love story [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows: Guy Ritchie, Robert Downey Jr., and Jude Law keep finding new stuff to have fun with in a well-explored realm; oh, glorious steampunk! oh, glorious Victoriana! [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

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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The Act of Killing: extraordinary documentary about men who commit the worst of crimes; difficult to watch, impossible to look away from [at Netflix]

classic science fiction

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The Day the Earth Stood Still: the 1951 original, and still a potent parable about humanity’s propensity for violence in the face of the unknown [at Netflix]
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Journey to the Center of the Earth: James Mason and Pat Boone take a tour below the Earth’s crust; from 1959 [at Netflix]
yellow for maybe
Spaceballs: minor Mel Brooks, but Rick Moranis spoofing Darth Vader is still pretty darn funny [my review] [at Netflix]


  • David C-D

    Since the DVD of “The Pirates: Misfit Scientists” wouldn’t play, we got to watch Spaceballs with the kids! Thanks!

    It’s just as mildly amusing as ever.

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