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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from May 20)

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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 Final Member: the world’s only penis museum is no joke, but there’s plenty funny (and enlightening, and poignant) in this sweet portrait of a man dedicated to completing his life’s work [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit: why reboot remains a question, but this is a smart popcorn thriller with a surprisingly sensitive performance by Chris Pine, and a wonderfully badass one by Kevin Costner [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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The Lego Movie: you’ve seen this all before — it’s Toy Story meets The Matrix — just not done in Legos [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Lone Survivor: true story of a failed Navy SEAL mission acknowledges the powerful fraternity of soldiers without being jingoistic, and depicts the intensity and adrenaline of a battlefield without being pornographic [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to streaming

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The Patrol: a rough experience, bracingly free of the usual macho posturing that characterizes movies about the military, and a compassionate and humane portrait of modern soldiering [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

because you missed it

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A Touch of Sin: it’s been banned in China for its savage criticism of that nation’s economic and social policies, but its horrors look awfully familiar to us in the West, too [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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Stranger by the Lake: as an exercise in style, this minimalist noir erotic thriller is pretty cool, but it loses its way somewhere around the midpoint and never quite finds it again [my review] [at Netflix]

because you missed it

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Blackfish: a horrifying, heartbreaking eye-opener about human inhumanity to other intelligent and emotional beings who share our planet [my review] [at Netflix]
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How I Live Now: intense, grim teen adventure; Saoirse Ronan is amazing as an American girl struggling to survive in a Britain under martial law after a nuclear attack [at Netflix]
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The Intouchables (aka Untouchable): uplifting arthouse odd-couple buddy comedy about a sophisticated French paraplegic and his new personal assistant [at Netflix]
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Out in the Dark: sexy and suspenseful drama about a gay couple in Tel Aviv, and the problems that arise from the fact that one of them is Israeli and the other Palestinian [at Netflix]
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Upside Down: science fiction romance works better as a Terry Gilliam-esque flight of fancy than as a love story [at Netflix]


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