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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix UK, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer (from Feb 17)

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

Netflix

new to stream

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American Graffiti: before Luke Skywalker was a kid from Tatooine, he was Ron Howard dreaming of escaping the wastelands of suburban California [my review] [at Netflix]
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Inside Deep Throat: doc about the making of the legendary porn film; fascinating, funny, infuriating, essential [at Netflix]
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Saved!: wicked black comedy sends up self-righteous religious fundamentalism [my review] [at Netflix]
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Serenity: the Firefly movie; can’t ever have too much Firefly [my review] [at Netflix]
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Dark Skies: familiar but effective haunted house-meets-alien abduction thriller [at Netflix]
yellow for maybe
You Don’t Mess with the Zohan: an Adam Sandler movie that I don’t hate, and actually find rather sweet and progressive [my review] [at Netflix]

blinkbox

streaming now, before dvd

yellow for maybe
Ender’s Game: the Big SF Ideas of this strange mashup of Starship Troopers and Harry Potter — gifted kids go to fascist military school! — seem positive only if your heart is made of stone [my review] [at blinkbox]

new to stream

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Closed Circuit: terrorism thriller is ridiculous in its plot, but intriguing in the issues it raises; stars Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall are appealing [my review] [at blinkbox]
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: moderately sweet and amusing, but nowhere near as clever or original as the first film [at blinkbox]
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Cold Comes the Night: a familiar-feeling crime thriller is enlivened by unexpectedly down-to-earth, hardbitten characters weighed down by the mundane weariness of life on the edge [my review] [at blinkbox]

bbciplayer

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The Hoax: Richard Gere invents a biography of Howard Hughes and sells it for a boatload of money; based on real events [at iPlayer] (expires 2:29AM Wed, 19 Feb 2014) <– expiring very soon!
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Free Men: eye-opener about a hidden story of World War II is a little undercooked, despite some good performances [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 11:34PM Sun, 23 Feb 2014)


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