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what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Mar 11)

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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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The Art of the Steal: one of the most fun heist movies ever, bursting with snappy humor and a twisty cleverness that knows that you know that you are getting conned as much as the mark onscreen [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

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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 Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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American Hustle: epic ensemble historical crime dramedy bursts with insanely engaging characters who are impossibly real and impossibly ridiculous whose stories you don’t ever want to end [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: far from perfect, but its humor is nearly Monty Python-esque, much more deliciously absurd and creatively bizarre than its predecessor [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to streaming

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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 Amazon Instant Video]
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Inside Llewyn Davis: hilarious in the Coens Brothers’ weird, askew way, but also absolutely crushing; this movie breaks my heart in a hundred different ways [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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The Blair Witch Project: the film that kicked off the found-footage genre, and did it so well it because it’s so plausible [my review] [at Netflix]
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Streamers: Robert Altman’s 1983 film about a 1960s soldier who outs himself as gay, this physically and emotionally compact film packs a big wallop [my review] [at Netflix]

modern classics

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Fright Night: it’s teen versus vampire in this 1985 horror comedy [at Netflix]
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Ghostbusters 2: Venkman and Co. go up against medieval baddie Vigo the Carpathian (aka Vigo the Cruel, Vigo the Torturer, Vigo the Despised, and Vigo the Unholy) [at Netflix]
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MASH: Robert Altman satirizes the Vietnam War by disguising it as the Korean War in this 1970 flick [at Netflix]
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Silverado: is Lawrence Kasdan celebrating old-fashioned westerns, or sending them up? [at Netflix]