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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix UK, Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer, Curzon on Demand (from Jun 30)

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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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Carrie: a story four decades old about religious misogyny and basic feminism and the perniciousness of bullying still feels fresh and relevant [my review] [at Netflix]
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Le Week-end: a marvelous little unpacking of the meaning of happiness, precisely what constitutes it, and how to know whether you’ve found it [my review] [at Netflix]

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

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Mistaken for Strangers: perhaps the least bullshitting, most unostentatious rock doc ever, often as hilarious as This Is Spinal Tap, though with a different aim in mind in the end [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Beyond the Edge: through gorgeous archival footage and new re-creations, thrillingly places us amidst the first successful summit of Everest in 1953 [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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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 UK Instant Video]

new to Prime

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The Amazing Spider-Man: inoffensive popcorn entertainment, but very very familiar [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

exclusive to Prime

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Beasts of the Southern Wild: striking arthouse fantasy looks at disaster through the eyes of a small child [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Fast Girls: standard underdog sports flick is totally predictable yet wholly infectious, with a brute bodily exuberance of competition and movement [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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The Impossible: not a typical disaster movie, more about emotional shock than physical destruction, with heartbreaking performances from Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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The Place Beyond the Pines: a magnificent film that feels almost subversive in today’s dumbed-down movie culture; Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling are breathtakingly good [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Searching for Sugar Man: totally riveting and wonderfully uplifting; an extraordinary documentary that peeks at a rock and pop-culture mystery; Oscar Best Documentary for 2012 [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World: poignantly funny and completely, utterly heartbreaking, with touching performances by Keira Knightley and Steve Carell [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

blinkbox

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

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Mistaken for Strangers: perhaps the least bullshitting, most unostentatious rock doc ever, often as hilarious as This Is Spinal Tap, though with a different aim in mind in the end [my review] [at blinkbox]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Beyond the Edge: through gorgeous archival footage and new re-creations, thrillingly places us amidst the first successful summit of Everest in 1953 [my review] [at blinkbox]
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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 blinkbox]

bbciplayer

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Hard Candy: a metaphoric rom-horror exploration of the power struggles between men and women when it comes to sex, with incredible performances by Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires in 5 days)

curzon

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

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Leave to Remain: compassionate, humane, and deeply touching interconnected stories about teenage asylum seekers in the UK [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]
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Mistaken for Strangers: perhaps the least bullshitting, most unostentatious rock doc ever, often as hilarious as This Is Spinal Tap, though with a different aim in mind in the end [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]


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