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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix UK, Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer (from May 12)

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

Netflix

new to stream

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Easy Money (Snabba cash): a smart, affecting, slow burn of a movie, a spectacular example of Nordic noir [my review] [at Netflix]
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Nothing But the Truth: flawed but earnest and honest journalism drama, with a great performance by Kate Beckinsale [my review] [at Netflix]

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Tim’s Vermeer: must-see, chills-inducing documentary looks at the intersections of art, craft, and technology [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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The Wolf of Wall Street: a debauched end-of-empire horror story disguised as an outrageous comedy, with remarkable performances from Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to Prime

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Chronicle: the superhero origin story in its purest form, stripped of all the pulp and all the camp that has accreted around the genre [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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The Descendants: the meaning of life, via Alexander Payne and George Clooney: funny and brutal, crazy and wise and bittersweet [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Martha Marcy May Marlene: Elizabeth Olsen’s remarkable feature debut is an astonishing upending of as the woman-as-victim cinematic trope [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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The Raven: John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe does CSI in a standard serial-killer flick dressed up in 19th-century drag [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

blinkbox

streaming now, before it’s still in theaters

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Touchy Feely: lovely, warmly human dramedy about a massage therapist who loses her touch… and about how we all need to be cared for more than we are [at blinkbox]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Tim’s Vermeer: must-see, chills-inducing documentary looks at the intersections of art, craft, and technology [at blinkbox]
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The Wolf of Wall Street: a debauched end-of-empire horror story disguised as an outrageous comedy, with remarkable performances from Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill [my review] [at blinkbox]

bbciplayer

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An Ideal Husband: Rupert Everett was born to play Oscar Wilde’s alter ego, the “idlest man in London”; Jeremy Northam, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, and Minnie Driver are just bonuses [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 2:29PM Sun, 18 May 2014)
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Once: the charming Irish indie that redefined the musical for the 21st century, and which still hasn’t been matched in the seven years since [at iPlayer] (expires 2:14AM Sun, 18 May 2014)
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Son of Rambow: two kids make their own version of First Blood; 13-year-old Will Poulter is delightful in his screen debut [at iPlayer] (expires 2:14AM Wed, 14 May 2014) <– expiring very soon!


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