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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Lovefilm, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer (from Feb 10)

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What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

Lovefilm

new to stream

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A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman: Python-esque collection of animated shorts tell a true fiction of the late comedian [at Lovefilm]

British films you missed

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Fast Girls: standard underdog sports flick is totally predictable yet wholly infectious, with a brute bodily exuberance of competition and movement [my review] [at Lovefilm]
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Hunky Dory: charming tale of a 1970s schoolteacher struggling to put on a rock musical with less than cooperative students; Minnie Driver is fab [at Lovefilm]
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The Look of Love: the entertaining lead performance by Steve Coogan cannot quite make up for poorly fleshed-out characters or a rote narrative [my review] [at Lovefilm]
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Tyrannosaur: brutally good performances by Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, and Eddie Marsan in a story about violent men; pity it has less sympathy for their women victims [my review] [at Lovefilm]

blinkbox

streaming now, before dvd

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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 blinkbox]

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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 blinkbox]
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How I Live Now: intense, grim teen adventure; Saoirse Ronan is amazing as an American girl struggling to survive in a Britain under martial law after a nuclear attack [at blinkbox]
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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 blinkbox]

bbciplayer

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Away From Her: Sarah Polley’s heartbreaking tale of Alzheimer’s separating an elderly couple [at iPlayer] (expires 2:09AM Wed, 12 Feb 2014) <– expiring very soon!
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Easy Virtue: imagine that Noel Coward wrote Meet the Parents; witty, bittersweet, and intoxicatingly retro [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 2:29PM Sat, 15 Feb 2014)
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Brooklyn’s Finest: terrific film about corruption and temptation in the NYPD, with urgent performances by Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, and Richard Gere [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 2:19AM Mon, 17 Feb 2014)


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