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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix UK, Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer (from Apr 07)

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

Netflix

new to stream

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Tarzan: Disney’s glorious 1999 animated version, and the last film of the Disney Renaissance [my review] [at Netflix]

I caught up with…

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La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus: follow a humble yellow school bus as it is transformed into something joyous and defiant; it’s like discovering that your grandma has another life as a secret agent [my review] [at Netflix]

Amazon Instant Video

new to streaming

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Smaug is a magnificent cinematic creation… but there’s no good reason it takes so damn long to get to him [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to Prime

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Byzantium: acclaimed director Neil Jordan takes on vampire horror, and finds a hard-edged feminism in a new mythology of the bloodsuckers [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: kooky-cutesy dramedy about British pensioners who retire to India, where they can be treated poorly in all new and exotic ways; only sporadically wholly engaging, but enjoyable as an unchallenging diversion [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Margaret: Kenneth Lonergan’s drama about a teenage girl’s moral crisis is deeply flawed and immensely frustrating but hugely ambitious, with some great performances from Anna Paquin and, briefly, Allison Janney [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

blinkbox

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Kill Your Darlings: murder mystery among the early Beats in 1940s New York; Daniel Radcliffe is a revelation as young Allen Ginsberg [at blinkbox]
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The Invisible War: an enraging film, as it’s meant to be, about the epidemic of soldier-on-soldier rape in the American military, and how it goes unpunished [my review] [at blinkbox]

new to stream

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Easy Money: Hard to Kill (Snabba cash II): suffers by comparison to the original; Joel Kinnaman’s performance of seething, mounting rage is the best thing about it [my review] [at blinkbox]
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Smaug is a magnificent cinematic creation… but there’s no good reason it takes so damn long to get to him [my review] [at blinkbox]

I caught up with…

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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 blinkbox]

bbciplayer

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Michael Clayton: a thriller of the conscience in which what is at stake is a single man’s soul, eerie and chilling and deeply, deeply horrifying; one of George Clooney’s best performances to date [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 12:59AM Sat, 12 Apr 2014)
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Shrek 2: even better than the first film, with its boisterous skewering of the outlandish tropes of fairy tales and its gentle puncturing of self-serving fantasy; insanely, transportingly funny [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 6:39PM Sat, 12 Apr 2014)


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