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kicking up a fuss since 1997 | by maryann johanson

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what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Apr 22)


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

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

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Joe: Nicolas Cage finally gets away from his shouty, cartoony madmen, but it’s hard to shake the sense that this was laboriously constructed around him as a showcase [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

cool on Prime

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Capote: Philip Seymour Hoffman won an Oscar for his intimate embodiment of the great American oddball in this darkly engaging portrait [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Grease: 1950s high-school nostalgia, with singing and dancing [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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The Way Back: astonishing true-life survival adventure from director Peter Weir, with great performances by Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Saoirse Ronan, and Jim Sturgess [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Wayne’s World: party on with Wayne and Garth [at Amazon Instant Video]
yellow for maybe
Dredd: a surprisingly interesting performance by Karl Urban and a few unexpected moments of poignancy and intrigue can’t quite overcome the rote action of this postapocalyptic cop story [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]


new to stream

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The Eagle: an earnest period action drama — set among Roman forces in wildest Caledonia — that stubbornly clings to old-fashioned craftsmanship in character and storytelling [my review] [at Netflix]
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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 Netflix]
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Mother of George: powerful drama about a Nigerian couple in Brooklyn struggling with the cultural pressures to have a baby [at Netflix]
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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 [my review] [at Netflix]

tough broads

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All About Eve: Oscar Best Picture about the bumpy ride of fame and jealousy [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Iron Lady: Meryl Streep dons handbag drag as Margaret Thatcher [at Netflix]