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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Apr 15)

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

Amazon Instant Video

new to streaming

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The Invisible Woman: the story of Charles Dickens and his secret mistress is no romance, and no modest costume drama, either, but a tale of women being practical because they had to be [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: a cheery, airy fairy tale filled with a very modern ache and buoyed by an infectious joy; I love this movie [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

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The English Patient: haunting and enthralling, a scrapbook of another world of romance and adventure and tragedy; Oscar winner for Best Picture [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Flight of the Phoenix: an inherently absurd survival adventure with an infectiously contradictory attitude: jaded and thrilled, cynical and expansive [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

have some Michael Fassbender

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Jane Eyre: a sparse, harsh adaptation, with Fassbender as a grim Rochester to Mia Wasikowska’s Jane [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Shame: shocking in its compassionate depiction of male vulnerability and weakness, and in its smashing of our cultural fantasy about male sexuality [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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Amores Perros: love’s a bitch in the first film in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s trilogy about death [at Netflix]
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Spielberg’s awe-inspiring sci-fi adventure of government coverup and alien first contact [at Netflix]
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Everyday: beautifully performed by John Simm and Shirley Henderson, this is a remarkable and unlikely sort of love story [my review] [at Netflix]
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Rabbit-Proof Fence: it’s with a kind of deep and embarrassed resignation that we have to acknowledge yet another horror wrought by European colonialism and cultural imperialism, this one in Australia [my review] [at Netflix]
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Insidious: Chapter 2: the clean, simple elegance of the first film has been lost in a jumbled mess that sometimes hits on fresh angles on ghost stories but most often is shoddy, sloppy, and lazy [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Last Days on Mars: the near-future space-geek atmosphere is very cool, but ultimately it’s just another xerox of Alien [at Netflix]


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