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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer (from Mar 17)

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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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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 Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Dom Hemingway: Jude Law is wonderfully deranged and utterly plausible as a rage-filled moron, but the movie leaves him adrift amongst unrealized satire [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

good for a laugh

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Raising Arizona: the Coen Brothers let Nicolas Cage kidnap a baby for Holly Hunter; comedy ensues [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Sideways: if anyone orders merlot, Paul Giamatti is leaving [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Tower Heist: a sharper satire on class warfare than we have any right to expect from a Brett Ratner flick, with a clever heist at its center [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

blinkbox

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Parkland: poignant and painful ensemble drama about the lesser-known figures caught up in the JFK assassination reminds us that history happens to regular people, too [my review] [at blinkbox]
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Dom Hemingway: Jude Law is wonderfully deranged and utterly plausible as a rage-filled moron, but the movie leaves him adrift amongst unrealized satire [my review] [at blinkbox]

new to stream

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: a devastating indictment of pop culture as propaganda — about its power and the limits of its powers — and an upending of the typical teen-girl romance movie [my review] [at blinkbox]
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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 blinkbox]
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1: Life on the Limit: documentary about the history of Formula 1 is packed with amazing archival footage, but doesn’t offer much of an in for those not already interested in the sport [my review] [at blinkbox]

bbciplayer

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The Last Station: Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren as Mr. and Mrs. Leo Tolstoy [at iPlayer] (expires 1:54AM Sat, 22 Mar 2014)
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My Week with Marilyn: the movie star as seen through the eyes of a fan who discovers the real woman behind the legend [at iPlayer] (expires 10:29PM Thu, 20 Mar 2014) <– expiring soon!


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