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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Feb 18)

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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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The Returned: cuttingly sharp and incisive SF horror; a chillingly polite film about the fascism that rises quickly up in a moment of fearful crisis [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Easy Money: Hard to Kill (Snabba cash II): suffers by comparison to the original; Joel Kinnaman’s performance of seething, mounting rage is the best thing about this Nordic noir [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Nebraska: Alexander Payne’s latest is a tale of small-town dissolution masquerading as family dramedy; Bruce Dern is hilarious and poignant [at Amazon Instant Video]
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12 Years a Slave: more horror story than historical drama, terrifyingly and heartbreakingly straightforward in the real-life nightmare it depicts; one of the very best films of 2013 [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

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Raging Bull: Scorsese and DeNiro’s brutal biopic of Jake LaMotta will leave you feeling as bruised as one of the boxer’s opponents [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Thelma & Louise: men think they can get away with their usual crap in their presence; men learn otherwise [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

streaming now, before dvd

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The Network: fantastic documentary about a family of Afghani expats who return home after the fall of the Taliban to set up the nation’s first media network [at Netflix]

new to stream

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The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec: what comic-book movies should be: friendly and eldritch and kinda cosy even in the middle of outrageous escapades; an absolute delight [my review] [at Netflix]
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Inch’Allah: striking, moving arthouse drama about how good intentions aren’t always enough, particularly when you’re the stranger in a strange land [my review] [at Netflix]
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Somewhere: great performances by Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning meander through this dramedy about a movie star’s minor breakdown [at Netflix]

also available to stream

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Control Room: calm, collected documentary about all-news network Al-Jazeera; pair with The Network (listed above) [my review] [at Netflix]
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Raging Bull: Scorsese and DeNiro’s brutal biopic of Jake LaMotta will leave you feeling as bruised as one of the boxer’s opponents [my review] [at Netflix]


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