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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Jun 03)

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

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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The Grand Budapest Hotel: the most Wes Anderson-y film ever, a delightful concoction that’s like a pop-up storybook for grownups; Ralph Fiennes is a sublime comic marvel [at Amazon Instant Video]
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300: Rise of an Empire: Eva Green stalks this movie with pride and honor, and is almost the only thing worth watching amidst frenetic CGI cartoon battle action and endless ancient carnage [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to stream

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The Pretty One: far too blithe and cheery, yet nowhere near madcap and comic enough, for its potentially powerful switched-twins conceit [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

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Stories We Tell: totally gripping, very personal documentary from filmmaker Sarah Polley about how various members of her family react to the revelation of a secret [at Amazon Instant Video]
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The X-Files: the alien-hunting adventures of FBI agents Mulder and Scully transferred from the little screen to the big one, all dark alleys and furtive conversations with mysterious informers and twisted paranoia that’s not paranoid enough [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Arbitrage: a great cast (Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling) buoy what is little more than an episode of Law and Order [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

recent films new to stream

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Museum Hours: part travelogue, part people-watching, this is simultaneously a relaxing and invigorating cinematic experience; simply magnificent [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Returned: cuttingly sharp and incisive SF horror; a chillingly polite film about the fascism that rises quickly up in a moment of fearful crisis [my review] [at Netflix]

classic films new to stream

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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen: Terry Gilliam’s weird and funny tall tale about the legendary teller of tall tales [at Netflix]
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Barbershop: a lovely little film about family and community pride and friendship, one that pokes gentle fun at stereotypes; the only movie in which Ice Cube is actually adorable [my review] [at Netflix]
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Coffee and Cigarettes: lots of deliciously talented actors play versions of themselves talking about weird things over coffee and cigarettes; sometimes profound, sometimes silly, always entertaining [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Triplets of Belleville: a nearly silent animated tale of love and adventure, a song and dance of bizarre humor and tender affections and mythical mysteriousness [my review] [at Netflix]


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