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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, Curzon on Demand (from Apr 14)

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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 on dvd

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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 UK Instant Video]

new to streaming

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G.B.F.: sharp satire cutting through the sweet silliness makes this a refreshing change of pace for teen comedies [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Fill the Void: underplayed drama about love and marriage in an orthodox Jewish community never quite catches fire, but does offer a peek into a usually hidden world [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to Amazon Instant

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Nothing But the Truth: flawed but earnest and honest journalism drama, with a great performance by Kate Beckinsale [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Now You See Me: most of it makes no sense at all, but who cares? this is cheerful ridiculousness pulled off with panache [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Adventureland: Jesse Eisenberg is wonderful as a bookish romantic stuck in the smallness of the suburbs, but you’ve seen this boy-just-wants-to-get-laid story a hundred times before [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

blinkbox

streaming now, while it’s still in theatres

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The Lunchbox: a charming, bittersweet, utterly chaste love affair forged over food and cemented by kindred spirits [my review] [at blinkbox]

new to stream

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Fill the Void: underplayed drama about love and marriage in an orthodox Jewish community never quite catches fire, but does offer a peek into a usually hidden world [at blinkbox]
yellow for maybe
The Missing Picture: a blend of documentary and memoir that’s like a dream and a nightmare, though it’s more commendable than actually engaging [my review] [at blinkbox]
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Plot for Peace: the history is important — how was ended apartheid in South Africa — but this tedious talking-head documentary downplays how controversial its Algerian diplomat subject is [at blinkbox]

Curzon on Demand

streaming now, while it’s still in theatres

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The Lunchbox: a charming, bittersweet, utterly chaste love affair forged over food and cemented by kindred spirits [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]

because you missed them

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Great Expectations: a lively, vibrant retelling that feels very modern, with none of the stuffiness of a traditional costume drama [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]
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Le Week-end: a marvelous little unpacking of the meaning of happiness, precisely what constitutes it, and how to know whether you’ve found it [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]
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Renoir: immersively gorgeous portrait of future filmmaker Jean Renoir in his early days, and the final days in the life of his father, painter Pierre-August [at Curzon on Demand]


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