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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix UK, Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer, Curzon on Demand (from Mar 31)

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

Netflix

new to stream

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An Inconvenient Truth: eight years on, Al Gore’s impassioned plea that we do something about global warming is even more necessary (because we’ve wasted nearly a decade doing nothing) [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Rise (aka Wasteland): smooth, accomplished British crime indie tweaks clichés of the genre in a marvelously satisfying way [my review] [at Netflix]
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After Tiller: documentary portrait of abortion doctors in America looks at those who do important, compassionate work, but isn’t as engaging as it should be [at Netflix]

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Nebraska: Alexander Payne’s latest is a tale of small-town dissolution masquerading as family dramedy; Bruce Dern is hilarious and poignant [at Amazon UK 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 UK Instant Video]
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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 Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Homefront: Jason Statham teams up with another badass little girl… which makes him almost warm and charming as he kicks the crap out of villains [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

blinkbox

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Nebraska: Alexander Payne’s latest is a tale of small-town dissolution masquerading as family dramedy; Bruce Dern is hilarious and poignant [at blinkbox]

new to stream

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Carrie: a story four decades old about religious misogyny and basic feminism and the perniciousness of bullying still feels fresh and relevant [my review] [at blinkbox]
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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 blinkbox]
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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 blinkbox]
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Homefront: Jason Statham teams up with another badass little girl… which makes him almost warm and charming as he kicks the crap out of villains [my review] [at blinkbox]

bbciplayer

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The 39 Steps: early Hitchcock is one of his best, a romp of a crime espionage on-the-road romantic comedy [at iPlayer] (expires 3:39PM Sat, 5 Apr 2014)
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We Need to Talk About Kevin: startling film — part family drama, part horror story — about one woman’s coping with a tragedy that she blames herself for [at iPlayer] (expires 1:44AM Sun, 6 Apr 2014)

Curzon on Demand

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

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The Past: remarkably grounded French-Iranian drama about a broken family trying to mend; unexpectedly riveting, thanks in part to a fantastic ensemble [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]


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