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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Apr 29)

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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, while it’s still in theaters

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Blue Ruin: riveting Southern gothic revenge thriller that seems to be over in the first 20 minutes, and then finds horrific new places to take you [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Gambit: the humor is musty and old-fashioned, but the cast — including Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, and Cameron Diaz — is mildly fun to watch [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Her: the rise of the machines as romantic dramedy, the Singularity as romantic tragedy; the nicest, gentlest sci-fi horror film ever [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Stalingrad: Russia’s first 3D IMAX spectacle is visually intense — it’s set during “bloodiest battle in human history,” after all — but I never warmed to a story meant to be about human resilience [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to streaming

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Gloria: a smart, incisive portrait of a woman who lives life on her own terms and doesn’t let herself get pushed around [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Hamlet: Laurence Olivier’s 1948 take on Shakespeare’s story of madness and murder most foul is unmistakably a filmic one [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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Don Jon: smart, wise romantic drama about how gender stereotypes hurt men and women alike; excellent debut from writer-director (and star) Joseph Gordon-Levitt [at Netflix]
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Odd Thomas: it feels smaller and more rushed — and less plausible — than it should, but Anton Yelchin is charming, and the snappy comic tone sometimes works [my review] [at Netflix]

modern crime

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Devil in a Blue Dress: Denzel Washington is WWII vet and a private eye in late 1940s Los Angeles in this cool noir [at Netflix]
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Donnie Brasco: an anti-Godfather tale in which Johnny Depp’s undercover cop is taken under the wing of Al Pacino’s aging low-level mob soldier [my review] [at Netflix]
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Narc: Jason Patric is fantastic as a conflicted cop, partnered with Ray Liotta, in this excellent thriller, an early effort from director Joe (The Grey) Carnahan [at Netflix]
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Novocaine: Steve Martin — he’ll be a dennnnn-tist! — is a tooth doctor facing trouble with the DEA and the women in his life [my review] [at Netflix]


  • LaSargenta

    Watched Don Jon last night…good flick! Loverman agreed. But, neither of us agreed with Netflix’s categorizing it as a Romantic Comedy. Romantic, yes, and funny in parts, but *not* a rom-com.

    Felt like Tony Danza could have slid into the dinner scene in this you tube funny thing: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eac91tZsZMw

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