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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix (from Jul 08)

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What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

itunes

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

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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] [iTunes US]
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Life Itself: a touching biography of film critic Roger Ebert, and an accidental look at the tremendous upheaval that journalism has weathered in the past half century [my review] [iTunes US]
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The Lunchbox: a charming, bittersweet, utterly chaste love affair forged over food and cemented by kindred spirits [my review] [iTunes US]
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Particle Fever: funny, exhilarating, suspenseful documentary about the Large Hadron Collider, and how physics is more akin to philosophy and art than you may have imagined [my review] [iTunes US]
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We Are the Best!: an exuberant rock ’n’ roll comedy in which three of the most memorable movie teens ever embrace their adolescent angst and give it screaming voice [my review] [iTunes US]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Sabotage: feels like a cheap action flick and not the serious drama it is presented as, and plays like an unintentional call to end drugs prohibition and the idiotic war between cartels and law enforcement [more] [iTunes US]

new to stream

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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] [iTunes US]
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Maidentrip: a remarkable documentary about a remarkable kid, and an incredibly optimistic look one young person making her dreams come true [my review] [iTunes US]

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

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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] [Amazon Instant Video]
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Life Itself: a touching biography of film critic Roger Ebert, and an accidental look at the tremendous upheaval that journalism has weathered in the past half century [my review] [Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Sabotage: feels like a cheap action flick and not the serious drama it is presented as, and plays like an unintentional call to end drugs prohibition and the idiotic war between cartels and law enforcement [more] [Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

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Annie Hall: Woody Allen’s Oscar-winning Best Picture is painful, raw, nakedly personal, and absolutely hilarious [my review] [Amazon Instant Video]
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Bad Santa: Billy Bob Thornton is a bitter, drunken, misanthropic, sex-addicted department-store Santa/thief in the meanest, curmudgeonliest, blackest holiday movie ever [my review] [Amazon Instant Video]
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers: the 1956 sci-fi classic [Amazon Instant Video]
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Patton: I saw your movie, you magnificent son of a bitch; Oscar’s Best Picture for 1970 [my review] [Amazon Instant Video]
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A Field in England: Ben Wheatley’s head-scratcher about a band of English Civil War soldiers is an arty muddle [Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

recent movies new to stream

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Like Father, Like Son: powerful Japanese film about children switched at birth who challenge the love and hope of their rediscovered parents six years later; beautiful and heartbreaking [my review] [Netflix]
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Renoir: immersively gorgeous portrait of future filmmaker Jean Renoir in his early days, and the final days in the life of his father, painter Pierre-August [Netflix]
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After Tiller: documentary portrait of abortion doctors in America looks at those who do important, compassionate work, but isn’t as engaging as it should be [more] [Netflix]

older movies new to stream

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Bad Santa: Billy Bob Thornton is a bitter, drunken, misanthropic, sex-addicted department-store Santa/thief in the meanest, curmudgeonliest, blackest holiday movie ever [my review] [Netflix]
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers: the 1956 sci-fi classic [Netflix]
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Patton: I saw your movie, you magnificent son of a bitch; Oscar’s Best Picture for 1970 [my review] [Netflix]


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