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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from May 06)

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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, before it’s on dvd

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The Monuments Men: as jaunty as Jean Dujardin’s beret, but in a sincere, old-fashioned kind of way; could almost have been rediscovered from the 1940s [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Whitewash: nowhere near as blackly funny as it wants to be, but Thomas Haden Church is strangely compelling as a man befuddled by the vagaries of fate [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

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Fantastic Voyage: the 1966 sci-fi classic; see it the first time or again before the James Cameron remake hits [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

recent films new to stream

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1976: Hunt vs. Lauda: as with the semifictionalized Rush, this documentary look at the first superstars of Formula One is gripping even if you couldn’t care less about racing [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology: hugely entertaining documentary look at how culture shapes our attitudes, with lots of illustrations from movies [at Netflix]
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Terms and Conditions May Apply: compelling documentary about the privacy we willingly sign away online; essential viewing in light of current events [my review] [at Netflix]

older films new to stream

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Adventures in Babysitting: the minor 80s classic from director Chris Columbus and starring Elisabeth Shue as a heroine super skilled in the looking-after of children [at Netflix]
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Fantastic Voyage: the 1966 sci-fi classic; see it the first time or again before the James Cameron remake hits [at Netflix]
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Gladiator: we are definitely entertained by Russell Crowe on his hero’s journey from respected soldier to avenging husband and father [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Legend of Bagger Vance: director Robert Redford evokes Norman Rockwell in this idealized, optimistic fantasy about life, the universe, and golf [my review] [at Netflix]
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Ravenous: perverse and funny cannibal flick, like Dances with Wolves remade by Hannibal Lecter [my review] [at Netflix]
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Winged Migration: an exquisite look at a year in the life of birds all over the world, one of the most beautiful and stirring adventures in the natural world that I’ve ever seen on film [my review] [at Netflix]
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Sneakers: early (1992) hacker drama looks quaint today; revisit it and remind yourself what sorts of Internet crime we once fretted over [my review] [at Netflix]


  • Bluejay

    Just want to say, again, how much I appreciate these heads-up posts. You should do what you must, of course, but I do hope this feature stays. :-)

  • I think they’re really useful, too. I don’t know why they aren’t getting more support.

  • Bluejay

    By support do you mean page views? Or do you actually get a little something if someone clicks through from here to Amazon and rents the video?

  • Page views do nothing for me. I don’t earn anything from page views. These posts get lots of page views. But they aren’t generating new subscribers, which is what I need.

    Yes, if someone clicks through an Amazon link and rents or purchases a movie, I get my Amazon affiliate fee. And a few people are doing that, and I’m glad they are. But that costs readers nothing, and it doesn’t get me much.

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