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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Feb 11)

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

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

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After the Dark (formerly The Philosophers: a thrilling combination of drama, near-science-fiction, suspense, coming-of-age agita, and intellectual exploration of ideas — pity it derails itself [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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A Field in England: Ben Wheatley’s head-scratcher about a band of English Civil War soldiers is an arty muddle [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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The Crash Reel: dazzling documentary portrait of a charismatic young man pushing himself to his limits, and challenging us to consider our own [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Gravity: stunningly accomplished space survival adventure: heartstopping and heartbreaking; the best film of 2013; just don’t call it science fiction [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to stream

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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 Amazon Instant Video]
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Wadjda: a delightful and powerfully satisfying arthouse crowd-pleaser, featuring a charmingly irrepressible protagonist [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

some Star Trek fun

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier: pretty ridiculous, but it’s still Trek; source of one of the greatest movie lines ever: “What does God need with a starship?” [at Netflix]
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Star Trek: First Contact: Borg + time travel = United Federation of Awesome [at Netflix]
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Star Trek: Generations: the first Next Generation flick, with lots of good stuff, including a spectacular crash of the Enterprise and Data exploring emotions [at Netflix]

psychological thrillers you missed

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Compliance: chilling arthouse drama inspired by real events about the human propensity to bow to even the mere perception of authority [at Netflix]
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A Lonely Place to Die: Melissa George leads a group of hikers in the Scottish Highlands who rescue a kidnapped little girl, and incur the wrath of her captors [at Netflix]
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Oxygen: Maura Tierney is uncomfortably intense as a cop trying to find a woman who’s been buried alive and held for ransom [my review] [at Netflix]


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