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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Amazon UK Instant Video and blinkbox (from Jun 09)

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

Amazon Instant Video

new to stream

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The Monuments Men: as jaunty as Jean Dujardin’s beret, but in a sincere, old-fashioned kind of way; could almost have been rediscovered from the 1940s [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to Prime

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Death Proof: Kurt Russell, in a genius bit of casting, is serial killer Stuntman Mike, in Quentin Tarantino’s wickedly funny and smartly teasing grindhouse pastiche [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Downfall: audacious German film about Hitler’s final days, and source of the gone-viral clip in which the insane leader raves to his subordinates [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Inception: Christopher Nolan’s brilliantly twisty film is always good for another viewing [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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The Young Victoria: Emily Blunt is the English queen as a young woman, in love and not yet in mourning black [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Get Smart: cheerfully goofy, surprisingly James Bond-ishly exciting, but not so good that you don’t wish it were better; Steve Carell as Agent Maxwell Smart is almost wasted [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
yellow for maybe
Side Effects: odd pairing of medical horror and crime drama… and oddly both lurid and undercooked at the same time [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

blinkbox

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Endless Love: shockingly not terrible, and says some things that need to be said more often, like how dads do not own their teenaged daughters [my review] [at blinkbox]

new to stream

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The Monuments Men: as jaunty as Jean Dujardin’s beret, but in a sincere, old-fashioned kind of way; could almost have been rediscovered from the 1940s [my review] [at blinkbox]
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The Past: remarkably grounded French-Iranian drama about a broken family trying to mend; unexpectedly riveting, thanks in part to one of 2013’s best ensembles [my review] [at blinkbox]
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Cuban Fury: the cast is game, and hit the right notes balancing cartoonishness and charm; as sitcom rom-coms go, it’s far from the worst one ever offered to us [my review] [at blinkbox]


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