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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Mar 04)

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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 in theaters

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Alan Partridge (aka Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa): comedian Steve Coogan is still, hilariously, the same old awful, insecure jerk, but the media satire that has always revolved around the character is somewhat diminished [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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The Broken Circle Breakdown: heartbreaking melodrama about married musicians and the impact a sick child has on their relationship [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Frozen: the showstopping central musical number is a glorious anthem to female power and ability… and so, in fact, is the whole wonderful movie; Disney is finally getting it [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

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L.A. Confidential: dazzling noir thriller of organized crime, sleazy tabloid journalism, and murder [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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The Usual Suspects: find out who Keyser Söze is again [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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Dirty Pretty Things: check out Chiwetel Ejiofor in one of his early roles, in Stephen Frears’ dryly apocalyptic thriller [my review] [at Netflix]
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Dogtown and Z-Boys: fantastic documentary about how bored kids in Southern California in the 1970s invented skateboarding [at Netflix]
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The Fisher King: Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams seek the Holy Grail — and redemption — with the help of Terry Gilliam [at Netflix]
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How to Lose Friends and Alienate People: Simon Pegg goes to New York to seek the glamorous publishing lifestyle (which does not exist) [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Silence of the Lambs: one of the greatest crime thrillers ever made, with one of the greatest performances by anyone in Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lechter [my review] [at Netflix]
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Spider-Man: Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire’s first outing with Peter Parker remains one of the most fun superhero movies yet [my review] [at Netflix]
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Valkyrie: Tom Cruise versus Nazis! [my review] [at Netflix]


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