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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer, Curzon on Demand (from Mar 10)

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

Amazon Instant Video

new to streaming

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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 UK Instant Video]

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Odd Thomas: it feels smaller and more rushed — and less plausible — than it should, but Anton Yelchin is charming, and the snappy comic tone sometimes works [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to Prime

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Behind the Candelabra: utterly riveting true story of showman Liberace’s tormented relationship with a much younger lover, with equal measures of hilarity and tragedy; Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are at their very best [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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The Big Year: pleasantly sentimental flick about life, the universe, and everything… and birdwatching; charming performances by Owen Wilson, Steve Martin, and Jack Black [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Mud: Matthew McConaughey shines as the tragic outsider in a poignant Southern coming-of-age tale [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Song for Marion (aka Unfinished Song): heartwarming and bittersweet, this is a powerfully poignant tale about grief and joy; Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp are incandescent here [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

blinkbox

streaming now, while it’s still in cinemas

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Stranger by the Lake: as an exercise in style, this minimalist noir erotic thriller is pretty cool, but it loses its way somewhere around the midpoint and never quite finds it again [my review] [at blinkbox]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Don Jon: smart, wise romantic drama about how gender stereotypes hurt men and women alike; excellent debut from writer-director (and star) Joseph Gordon-Levitt [at blinkbox]

I caught up with…

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Odd Thomas: it feels smaller and more rushed — and less plausible — than it should, but Anton Yelchin is charming, and the snappy comic tone sometimes works [my review] [at blinkbox]

bbciplayer

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Forget Me Not: bittersweet British indie romance about a whirlwind night in London… and why the new couple might not have a future [at iPlayer] (expires 2:19AM Mon, 17 Mar 2014)
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The Killing Fields: Sam Waterston is a Western photographer trapped in Cambodia as Pol Pot’s murderous regime takes over in this 1984 Oscar winner; a good companion to The Missing Picture (see Curzon entry below) [at iPlayer] (expires 2:44AM Mon, 17 Mar 2014)
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We Have a Pope: outrageous and surprising Italian comedy set during the conclave of cardinals to choose a new pontiff; must-see for arthouse fans [at iPlayer] (expires 12:09AM Mon, 17 Mar 2014)

Curzon on Demand

streaming now, while it’s still in cinemas

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The Missing Picture: a blend of documentary and memoir that’s like a dream and a nightmare, though it’s more commendable than actually engaging [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]
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Stranger by the Lake: as an exercise in style, this minimalist noir erotic thriller is pretty cool, but it loses its way somewhere around the midpoint and never quite finds it again [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]


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