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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Feb 25)

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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, before it’s on dvd

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Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts: my favorite of the five films is the British “The Voorman Problem,” starring Martin Freeman and Tom Hollander in a hilarious and provocative bit of speculative fantasy [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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After Tiller: documentary portrait of abortion doctors in America looks at those who do important, compassionate work, but isn’t as engaging as it should be [at Amazon Instant Video]
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The Book Thief: the tone is oddly uneven, but this is a mostly charming story about the power of books and an unforgettable young girl who loves to read [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Homefront: Jason Statham teams up with another badass little girl… which makes him almost warm and charming as he kicks the crap out of villains [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Thor: The Dark World: think heavy-metal Lord of the Rings, with wormholes; it’s completely mad and kind of awesome [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Oscar-nominated documentaries

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Cutie and the Boxer: a bittersweet tale of married artists, and how her work always takes a backstage to his [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Dirty Wars: an infuriating and depressing look at how American foreign policy and warfare have been transformed in highly undemocratic ways, and a reminder of what real journalism looks like [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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20 Feet from Stardom: meet the all-but-anonymous women who sing backup on the songs you know by heart, the singers who are stars in the eyes of the headliners [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room: horrifying 2005 documentary look at what we can now plainly see as a harbinger of the financial disaster to come a few years later [my review] [at Netflix]
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Jesus Camp: like a horror flick, except it’s real: meet the hellfire-and-brimstone fundamentalist Christians plotting the cultural overthrown of the United States [my review] [at Netflix]
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Blue Is the Warmest Color: there’s nothing particularly surprising in this French romantic melodrama… not even the tediously obvious 15-minute all-nude lesbian fuckfest [my review] [at Netflix]


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