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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from May 27)

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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 in theaters

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All Cheerleaders Die: twists the high-school revenge story into feminist black magic [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

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Frequencies: a film to warm the cockles of your geeky heart, an incredibly ambitious and profoundly provocative science fiction drama about ideas that require no FX to sell them [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Non-Stop: it’s a locked-plane mystery! the text is coming from inside the plane! well, actually… maybe it isn’t? there’s a delicious cleverness to this very silly but very entertaining flick [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

because you missed it

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The Punk Singer: fantastic introduction to original riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna and her groundbreaking work in music, feminism, and all-around kickass awesomeness [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

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The Spectacular Now: stark and gritty, this may be the most down-to-earth teen romance ever, filled with touches of unpredictable, inescapable reality [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Star Trek Into Darkness: devoted Trekkies and nonfans alike will be moved and astonished by some fantastic performances and provocative and timely themes [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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The Frozen Ground: in a rote cat-and-mouse cop-and-serial-killer story, Vanessa Hudgens’ “victim” is far more compelling than either cop Nicolas Cage or killer John Cusack [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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Machete Kills: forget the socially conscious core that fueled the exploitation engine of the first film: this is flat-out, no-message action comedy, outrageous and hilarious [my review] [at Netflix]
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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day: deliciously risque screwball throwback, starring the totally charming Amy Adams and Frances McDormand [my review] [at Netflix]
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Sanctum: cheesy visceral popcorn action in the largest unexplored cave system in the world [my review] [at Netflix]
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Star Trek Into Darkness: devoted Trekkies and nonfans alike will be moved and astonished by some fantastic performances and provocative and timely themes [my review] [at Netflix]
yellow for maybe
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: moderately sweet and amusing, but nowhere near as clever or original as the first film [at Netflix]
yellow for maybe
The Frozen Ground: in a rote cat-and-mouse cop-and-serial-killer story, Vanessa Hudgens’ “victim” is far more compelling than either cop Nicolas Cage or killer John Cusack [my review] [at Netflix]


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