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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix UK, Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox (from Jun 23)

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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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Babel: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s masterpiece of interlocking stories of violence and human disconnection [at Netflix]
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Teenage: snappy documentary assembles a slew of retro footage to tell the history of the concept of the “teenager” [at Netflix]

docs you missed

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Ghosts of the Abyss: James Cameron returns to his obsession with the Titanic with state-of-the-art (2003) tech to explore the wreck; heart-stopping and chills-inducing [my review] [at Netflix]
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Religulous: Bill Maher and director Larry Charles look at the state of religion in the modern world, and while Maher might be kind of an asshole, his conclusion is solid: religion is poison [at Netflix]
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Trekkies: amusingly but compassionately dissects the phenomenon of Star Trek fandom and the beneficial impact it has on everyone it touches [my review] [at Netflix]

Amazon Instant Video

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 Amazon UK Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Non-Stop: it’s a locked-plane mystery! the text is coming from inside the plane! well, actually… maybe it isn’t? there’s a delicious cleverness to this very silly but very entertaining flick [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to stream

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The Punk Singer: fantastic introduction to original riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna and her groundbreaking work in music, feminism, and all-around kickass awesomeness [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Stalingrad: Russia’s first 3D IMAX spectacle is visually intense — it’s set during “bloodiest battle in human history,” after all — but I never warmed to a story meant to be about human resilience [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

blinkbox

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 blinkbox]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Non-Stop: it’s a locked-plane mystery! the text is coming from inside the plane! well, actually… maybe it isn’t? there’s a delicious cleverness to this very silly but very entertaining flick [my review] [at blinkbox]
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The Book Thief: thoughtful tweens and teens interested in history and unusual adventurous stories of kids their own age should love this, but adults may find the lightness of the tone off-putting [my review] [at blinkbox]

new to stream

yellow for maybe
Stalingrad: Russia’s first 3D IMAX spectacle is visually intense — it’s set during “bloodiest battle in human history,” after all — but I never warmed to a story meant to be about human resilience [my review] [at blinkbox]


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