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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Apr 01)

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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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Good Vibrations: true story about a legendary British rock producer has its easy charms, but it’s exceedingly familiar [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

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Mistaken for Strangers: perhaps the least bullshitting, most unostentatious rock doc ever, often as hilarious as This Is Spinal Tap, though with a different aim in mind in the end [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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August: Osage County: brilliant, bitter family dramedy, with more than a hint of black comedy; fantastic performances by Julia Roberts, Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper, and the whole wonderful ensemble [at Amazon Instant Video]

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Junebug: black, bitter family dramedy provides an early sweet dose of Amy Adams (and garnered her first Oscar nomination) [at Amazon Instant Video]
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The Muppets: if you can’t see Muppets Most Wanted again, revisit its prequel, and ponder: what is a Muppet? is it a state of mind? is it a lifestyle? [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Vera Drake: the goddess Imelda Staunton is a kindly mother hen who wanders postwar London, helping girls who are “in trouble,” and you know what that means [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

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My Brother the Devil: British urban crime drama of unusual heft and depth; smart, memorable, unsentimental [at Netflix]
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Red Obsession: sly and sometimes funny, this is a microcosm of the economic state of the world — the West faltering and China ascending — seen through the prism of France’s boutique wine industry [my review] [at Netflix]

classics worth revisiting

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Dr. Strangelove: Stanley Kubrick’s searing antiwar satire, source of one of the greatest of all movie quotes: “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!” [at Netflix]
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Some Like It Hot: Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon don dresses, hang out with a mesmerizing Marilyn Monroe [at Netflix]
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Taxi Driver: Robert DeNiro was so effective as disaffected, angry loner Travis Bickle that he has become a cliché; see this again and remind yourself of its raw power [my review] [at Netflix]
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West Side Story: Romeo and Juliet are transported to the tough streets of New York, and then everyone sings and dances [my review] [at Netflix]


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