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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix (from Jul 15)

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

itunes

streaming now, before it’s in theaters

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The Congress: a hugely ambitious film reminiscent of The Matrix and the works of Terry Gilliam while also carving out its own apocalyptic sci-fi space [my review] [iTunes US]

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

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Snowpiercer: hauntingly grim, full of appalling ironies and awful truths; most definitely not the feel-good movie of the summer [my review] [iTunes US]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Noah: a Biblical action disaster fantasy epic that is completely bonkers, endlessly entertaining, and actually religious in that inspiring-and-instructional way that you don’t need to take as literal truth to see the wisdom of [my review] [iTunes US]
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On My Way (Elle s’en va): beautifully observant meander through the difficulties and discoveries of wise but still confused advanced age, led by a gorgeous, vital, 70-odd Catherine Deneuve [my review] [iTunes US]
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Teenage: snappy documentary assembles a slew of retro footage to tell the history of the concept of the “teenager” [iTunes US]

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, before it’s in theaters

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The Congress: a hugely ambitious film reminiscent of The Matrix and the works of Terry Gilliam while also carving out its own apocalyptic sci-fi space [my review] [Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

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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] [Amazon Instant Video]
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Snowpiercer: hauntingly grim, full of appalling ironies and awful truths; most definitely not the feel-good movie of the summer [my review] [Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Ilo Ilo: lovely, intimate drama of family dynamics under stress, offering an intriguing peek into previously unseen Singaporean middle-class life [my review] [Amazon Instant Video]
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Noah: a Biblical action disaster fantasy epic that is completely bonkers, endlessly entertaining, and actually religious in that inspiring-and-instructional way that you don’t need to take as literal truth to see the wisdom of [my review] [Amazon Instant Video]
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On My Way (Elle s’en va): beautifully observant meander through the difficulties and discoveries of wise but still confused advanced age, led by a gorgeous, vital, 70-odd Catherine Deneuve [my review] [Amazon Instant Video]
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Teenage: snappy documentary assembles a slew of retro footage to tell the history of the concept of the “teenager” [Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: the Holocaust from a child’s-eye view, but never sentimental or mawkish; endlessly distressing, and one of the most strikingly original movies about the end of childhood I’ve ever seen [my review] [Amazon Instant Video]
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Chocolat: free spirit Juliette Binoche feeds sweets to Johnny Depp in sleepy 1950s small-town France in a comfort movie filled with gentle, milk-chocolate naughtiness [my review] [Amazon Instant Video]
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O: Othello goes to high school in one of the most potent and relevant of 21st-century cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare [my review] [Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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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] [Netflix]
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The Master: inscrutable arthouse drama that will mean something different to anyone, with stunning performance from Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman [Netflix]
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Alan Partridge: The Movie (aka Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa): comedian Steve Coogan is still, hilariously, the same old awful, insecure jerk, but the media satire that has always revolved around the character is somewhat diminished [my review] [Netflix]
yellow for maybe
Homefront: Jason Statham teams up with another badass little girl… which makes him almost warm and charming as he kicks the crap out of villains [my review] [Netflix]
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Out of the Furnace: a pungent reek of testosterone stinks up this high-toned apologetic for vigilantism and revenge. still: great performances! [my review] [Netflix]


  • LaSargenta

    So The Congress *will* get a theater release?

  • It will, but likely very limited. In the US, I bet it doesn’t get beyond a few screens in NYC and LA.

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