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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix UK, Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox (from May 26)

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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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Much Ado About Nothing: pure cinematic joy from Joss Whedon and Co.; a smart, snappy adaptation of perhaps Shakespeare’s funniest play, performed by supremely talented people having an enormous amount of infectious fun [my review] [at Netflix]
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Greedy Lying Bastards: covers an important topic — how the “need” for corporate profits is impeding action on global warming — in a way that won’t engage anyone who doesn’t already know this [at Netflix]

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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The Armstrong Lie: another brilliant documentary from the ever-incisive Alex Gibney, about Lance Armstrong and the power of celebrity [my review] [at Amazon UK 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 UK Instant Video]
yellow for maybe
Out of the Furnace: a pungent reek of testosterone stinks up this high-toned apologetic for vigilantism and revenge. still: great performances! [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to streaming

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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 Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to Prime

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Raising Arizona: the Coen Brothers let Nicolas Cage kidnap a baby for Holly Hunter; comedy ensues [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Rush: a thoroughly magnificent film on every level, with astonishing performances by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl in the leads; one of the very best films of 2013 [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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16 Blocks: a slam-bang killer action flick; an early (2006) reconsideration of the buddy-cop-blow-’em-up; a fab showcase for the awesome that is Mos Def, and the ongoing awesome that is Bruce Willis [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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J. Edgar: Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance is the best reason to see director Clint Eastwood’s curiously circumspect biopic of the man who invented the FBI [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

blinkbox

streaming now, while it’s still in cinemas

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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 blinkbox]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

green light
The Armstrong Lie: another brilliant documentary from the ever-incisive Alex Gibney, about Lance Armstrong and the power of celebrity [my review] [at blinkbox]
green light
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 blinkbox]
green light
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 blinkbox]
yellow for maybe
Out of the Furnace: a pungent reek of testosterone stinks up this high-toned apologetic for vigilantism and revenge. still: great performances! [my review] [at blinkbox]


  • Beowulf

    The Kenneth Branagh still from Amazon looks amazingly like the L. Neeson one from Amazon.

  • It’s incredible how homogenous the stories and the actors are, isn’t it?

  • Beowulf

    You know, a few years back it was decided by the movie poster gods that you shouldn’t show the actor playing disgraced cop Rock Hard brandishing a gun. Ha, ha! That really lasted a long time, didn’t it?

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