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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix UK, Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer (from May 05)

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

Netflix

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Aliens of the Deep: James Cameron’s undersea science documentary introduces you to scientists whose enthusiasm is infectious and immerses you in its exotic environment in a way that makes you wish it would never end [my review] [at Netflix]
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Camp 14: Total Control Zone: the only person known to have escaped from a North Korean re-education camp reveals some 1984-level shit, except it’s worse, because it’s not fiction [my review] [at Netflix]
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Rabbit Hole: devastating drama about the impact on a couple after their young son is killed; excellent performances from Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart [at Netflix]

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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12 Years a Slave: more horror story than historical drama, terrifyingly and heartbreakingly straightforward in the real-life nightmare it depicts; Oscar’s Best Picture for 2013 [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

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The Railway Man: almost entirely ignores the amazing aspect of this true story that makes it worth telling, and even the very good performances point us in another direction than the intended one [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to Prime

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Contagion: a medical detective story with a science-positive bent; offers some small, warm hope against the harsh reality that as smart as we may be, nature is smarter, and without conscience [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: a dark daydream about coping with the secret guilts we all harbor, about the creeping horror of thinking about 9/11 that all New Yorkers dealt with, about the new fears and panics that gripped the city [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows: Guy Ritchie, Robert Downey Jr., and Jude Law keep finding new stuff to have fun with in a well-explored realm; oh, glorious steampunk! oh, glorious Victoriana! [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

blinkbox

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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12 Years a Slave: more horror story than historical drama, terrifyingly and heartbreakingly straightforward in the real-life nightmare it depicts; Oscar’s Best Picture for 2013 [at blinkbox]

new to stream

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The Railway Man: almost entirely ignores the amazing aspect of this true story that makes it worth telling, and even the very good performances point us in another direction than the intended one [my review] [at blinkbox]

bbciplayer

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A Bronx Tale: Robert DeNiro’s 1993 directorial debut is a lovely tale set in the 1960s, as DeNiro’s bus driver faces a rival in gangster Chazz Palminteri (who wrote the script) over his son’s respect and affection [at iPlayer] (expires 2:09AM Thu, 8 May 2014) <– expiring very soon!
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Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan: Kazakh Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film is an exciting look at the early life of the notorious warlord [at iPlayer] (expires 10:59PM Wed, 7 May 2014) <– expiring very soon!
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What Just Happened: Barry Levinson’s 2008 Hollywood satire gives us one of the few recent performances from Robert DeNiro — here as a beleaguered film producer — that isn’t devoted to idiocy [at iPlayer] (expires 1:59AM Sun, 11 May 2014)
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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: gorgeous and pleasantly rowdy, frequently funny and sweet and clever, but numerous thematic reversals from the first film rankle a bit [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 6:29PM Sat, 10 May 2014)


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