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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Jun 10)

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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, while it’s still in theaters

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A Long Way Down: a suicide-club meet-cute? it shouldn’t work, but it does, as wonderfully sardonic British humor and as a reminder that you’re not alone in being messed up in this insane world [my review] [at 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 Instant Video]

new to streaming

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Omar: Palestine’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar is terse, tense suspense drama, and less overtly political than you might expect [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Visitors: a weirdly beautiful film, eerie in its complicated simplicity, and open to seven billion interpretations, all of them valid [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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The Missing Picture: a blend of documentary and memoir that’s like a dream and a nightmare, though it’s more commendable than actually engaging [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

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Blade Runner: Harrison Ford hunts down rogue replicants, may be one himself [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Girl Most Likely: absolutely hilarious and absolutely heartbreaking, with marvelous performances from Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, and Matt Dillon [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

recent films new to stream

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The Art of the Steal: one of the most fun heist movies ever, bursting with snappy humor and a twisty cleverness that knows that you know that you are getting conned as much as the mark onscreen [my review] [at Netflix]
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Girl Most Likely: absolutely hilarious and absolutely heartbreaking, with marvelous performances from Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, and Matt Dillon [my review] [at Netflix]
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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 Netflix]

older films new to stream

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The Great Muppet Caper: jewel thief Charles Grodin frames Miss Piggy for his thefts, forcing Kermit and the gang to hunt him down, clear her name, sing and dance [at Netflix]
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Wayne’s World: party on with Wayne and Garth [at Netflix]
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The Recruit: the spy action is pretty preposterous, but Colin Farrell and Al Pacino are fun to watch [my review] [at Netflix]


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