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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix UK, Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer (from May 19)

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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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Computer Chess: dryly humorous and wonderfully weird, this is a preternaturally mundane evocation of early 80s nerdery and an almost scary peek at the history of AI [my review] [at Netflix]

because you missed it

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Bobby Fischer Against the World: documentary exploration of the reclusive chess champion as a tragedy of genius and madness as two sides of his own personal coin, and as a uniquely American story [my review] [at Netflix]

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Inside Llewyn Davis: hilarious in the Coens Brothers’ weird, askew way, but also absolutely crushing; this movie breaks my heart in a hundred different ways [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to Prime

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Midnight in Paris: a valentine -— to people, to places, to ideals, to our own dreams -— that does not wear rose-colored glasses; perhaps the Woody Allen-est movie ever [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!/Band of Misfits: not only a hoot and half — funny, clever, and wittily animated, basically pure delightful perfection — but perhaps the sneakiest educational film ever [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa: comedian Steve Coogan is still, hilariously, the same old awful, insecure jerk, but the media satire that has always revolved around the character is somewhat diminished [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

blinkbox

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Inside Llewyn Davis: hilarious in the Coens Brothers’ weird, askew way, but also absolutely crushing; this movie breaks my heart in a hundred different ways [my review] [at blinkbox]

bbciplayer

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The Damned United: an absolutely thrilling story, both hilarious and poignant, about a man who is downright classical in his flaws; Michael Sheen has never been better [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires Wed 21st May) <– expiring very soon!
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Management: Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn in a stalker rom-com that is sweeter than it deserves to be [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires Tue 20th May) <– expiring very soon!


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