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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix UK, Amazon UK Instant Video, BBC iPlayer (from Jun 16)

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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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Upstream Color: a confounding intellectual mystery, an enigmatic philosophical science fantasy that’s like a cinematic Moebius strip; it must be experienced to be appreciated, even as it defies full understanding [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Frozen Ground: in a rote cat-and-mouse cop-and-serial-killer story, Vanessa Hudgens’ “victim” is far more compelling than either cop Nicolas Cage or killer John Cusack [my review] [at Netflix]
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Vacancy: Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale are trapped in the creepiest motel ever; the first Hollywood film from Nimród Antal [at Netflix]

Amazon Instant Video

recent movies new to streaming

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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 Amazon UK Instant Video]
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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 UK Instant Video]

older movie new to streaming

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Lord of War: Nicolas Cage is a small-time freelance arms dealer in a satire that is funny in the same way that news headlines could be from either Reuters or The Onion [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to Prime

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The Dark Knight: a genius, wretched encapsulation of everything that’s fucked up about the world; Heath Ledger as the Joker is terrifyingly authentic [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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From Paris with Love: action buddy secret-agent comedy feels fresh thanks to the combustible chemistry between John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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RocknRolla: Guy Ritchie’s crime comedy of manners features Gerard Butler and Idris Elba as two of the most delicious and pleasantly dumb criminals working London’s shadier side [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

bbciplayer

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Citizen Kane: the classic film, a barely disguised riff on William Randolph Hearst, shaper of modern journalism [at iPlayer] (expires in 5 days)
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Notes on a Scandal: under the posh British accents and actorly elegance and general high-toned sophistication lurks a scrumptiously lurid piece of B-movie genre nonsense… with Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett! [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires in 2 days) <– expiring very soon!
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Then She Found Me: Helen Hunt and Colin Firth star in a dramedy that realistically depicts, with warmth and insight, of all kinds of love, from romantic to familial to parental; Hunt’s directorial debut [at iPlayer] (expires in 6 days)


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