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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix UK, Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer (from Mar 03)

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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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Glory Road: based on a true story about the first interracial college basketball team, this predictable sports drama succeeds mainly thanks to its engaging cast, including Josh Lucas as the coach [at Netflix]
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A Hijacking (Kapringen): harrowing Danish drama of modern-day piracy as a sort of illicit corporate takeover; riveting and exhausting [my review] [at Netflix]
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Love Is All You Need: charming and wise, this is a delightful romantic dramedy about making the most of whatever life throws at you [my review] [at Netflix]

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Ender’s Game: the Big SF Ideas of this strange mashup of Starship Troopers and Harry Potter — gifted kids go to fascist military school! — seem positive only if your heart is made of stone [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

Oscar noms I caught up with

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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 UK Instant Video]
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Ernest & Celestine: might be the most ridiculously cute movie I’ve ever seen, in a way that transforms adorableness into something honest and wise and deeply satisfying [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

blinkbox

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Metro Manila: an enrapturing cinematic experience; this is a fiercely, grandly humanist film, and almost unbearably tragic [my review] [at blinkbox]
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Philomena: a cry-till-you-laugh-dramedy about seeking lost family and finding new purpose; Judi Dench and Steve Coogan are fantastic; seriously, though: bring Kleenex [my review] [at blinkbox]
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Short Term 12: heartbreaking drama about the lingering affects of childhood abuse and neglect, even under the best of curative circumstances [at blinkbox]

new to stream

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The Patience Stone: lovely Afghan film about love, devotion, and a woman’s “duty”; a remarkable feminist story from the unlikeliest place on the planet [at blinkbox]

bbciplayer

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: perhaps the most subversive Oscar Best Picture ever [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 1:14AM Sat, 8 Mar 2014)
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Barbara: though it has some effectively unsettling moments of Orwellian horror, this is more arthouse mood piece that straight-up thriller [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 11:39PM Sun, 9 Mar 2014)


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