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what’s on Netflix UK, Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer (from Apr 28)

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

Netflix

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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The Network: fantastic documentary about a family of Afghani expats who return home after the fall of the Taliban to set up the nation’s first media network [at Netflix]

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Dark Days: upsetting and illuminating documentary about homeless communities that have taken over disused New York City subway and other underground tunnels [at Netflix]
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Frances Ha: charming, funny, and bittersweet, this is a delightful film, featuring an irresistible Greta Gerwig in the lead [my review] [at Netflix]
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Jesus Camp: like a horror flick, except it’s real: meet the hellfire-and-brimstone fundamentalist Christians plotting the cultural overthrown of the United States [my review] [at Netflix]

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Like Father, Like Son: powerful Japanese film about children switched at birth who challenge the love and hope of their rediscovered parents [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints: oddly dreamy romance among criminals; like if Terrence Malick made Bonnie and Clyde [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

blinkbox

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Like Father, Like Son: powerful Japanese film about children switched at birth who challenge the love and hope of their rediscovered parents [at blinkbox]
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47 Ronin: a handsome movie in many ways, but it feels like an unpolished first draft, one that can’t quite decide how fantastical it wants to be [my review] [at blinkbox]

new to stream

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: a man who looms large in the hearts and minds of many has been packed neatly away into a film that is handsome, respectable, and just a tad stodgy [my review] [at blinkbox]

bbciplayer

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The Artist: 2011’s marvelous, audacious Oscar Best Picture: silent, black-and-white, bursting with a love of movies [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 10:34PM Sun, 4 May 2014)
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Girl with a Pearl Earring: subtle eroticism and delicate drama, and it all looks like a Vermeer painting; lovely [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 10:29PM Wed, 30 Apr 2014) <– expiring very soon!
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Madagascar: outrageously funny and very perceptive, a touching animated valentine to city living and the peacemaking influence of close quarters [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 6:39PM Sat, 3 May 2014)
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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee: a rare cinematic midlife crisis for a woman… and she’s Robin Wright Penn, so you know it’s worth watching [at iPlayer] (expires 1:49AM Thu, 1 May 2014)