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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Jun 17)

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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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Hellion: handsome, haunting exploration of toxic male adolescence, with a star-making performance by its young star, but we’ve seen this story many times before [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to streaming

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Ernest & Celestine: might be the most ridiculously cute movie I’ve ever seen, in a way that transforms adorableness into something honest and wise and deeply satisfying [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

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Amadeus: the Oscar Best Picture biopic of the brilliant composer and the jealousy that drove his teacher and rival [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Ever After: this feminist updating of the Cinderella fairy tale is a frothy delight: a little bit Renaissance Festival, a little bit Monty Python, and a whole lotta fun [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Kit Kittredge: An American Girl: warm and wonderful caper comedy about an adventurous and resourceful little girl soldiering on during the depths of the Great Depression [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Waking Life: Richard Linklater’s dreamy animated flick explores free will, consciousness, and the meaning of life [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

recent films new to stream

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Jane Eyre: a sparse, harsh adaptation, with Michael Fassbender as a grim Rochester to Mia Wasikowska’s Jane [at Netflix]
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Omar: Palestine’s official submission for the 2014 Best Foreign Language Oscar is terse, tense suspense drama, and less overtly political than you might expect [my review] [at Netflix]
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After the Dark: a thrilling combination of drama, near-science-fiction, suspense, coming-of-age agita, and intellectual exploration of ideas — pity it derails itself [my review] [at Netflix]
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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 Netflix]

older films new to stream

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Ever After: this feminist updating of the Cinderella fairy tale is a frothy delight: a little bit Renaissance Festival, a little bit Monty Python, and a whole lotta fun [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Muppet Christmas Carol: Kermit the Frog and Co. take on Charles Dickens [my review] [at Netflix]
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Muppet Treasure Island: Jim Henson’s puppets take on Robert Louis Stevenson [at Netflix]
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Waking Life: Richard Linklater’s dreamy animated flick explores free will, consciousness, and the meaning of life [at Netflix]


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