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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Mar 18)

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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, while it’s still in theaters

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Maidentrip: a remarkable documentary about a remarkable kid, and an incredibly optimistic look one young person making her dreams come true [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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The Wolf of Wall Street: a debauched end-of-empire horror story disguised as an outrageous comedy, with remarkable performances from Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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47 Ronin: historical action drama can’t quite decide how fantastical it wants to be, and so ends up in an intriguing but unsatisfying mushy middle [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to streaming

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Kill Your Darlings: murder mystery among the early Beats in 1940s New York; Daniel Radcliffe is a revelation as young Allen Ginsberg [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Saving Mr. Banks: smart, snappy story about the making of Disney’s Mary Poppins will leave you walking on air; Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, and Colin Farrell are fantastic [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: a man who looms large in the hearts and minds of many has been packed neatly away into a film that is handsome, respectable, and just a tad stodgy [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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How I Live Now: intense, grim teen adventure; Saoirse Ronan is amazing as an American girl struggling to survive in a Britain under martial law after a nuclear attack [at Netflix]
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Out in the Dark: sexy and suspenseful drama about a gay couple in Tel Aviv, and the problems that arise from the fact that one of them is Israeli and the other Palestinian [at Netflix]

because you missed it

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Flyboys: old-fashioned adventure drama starring James Franco as a WWI fighter pilot [my review] [at Netflix]
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Les Misérables: fantastic 1998 nonmusical version starring Liam Neeson as Valjean and Geoffrey Rush as Javert [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Station Agent: must-see indie dramedy is essential viewing for Peter Dinklage fans [my review] [at Netflix]
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With a Friend Like Harry: engrossing and blackly funny French psychological thriller [my review] [at Netflix]


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