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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix (from Jul 29)

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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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Happy Christmas: compulsively watchable; Joe Swanberg is a master of the subtlest of dramatic observation, and his films are unlike anything other filmmakers are giving us right now [my review] [iTunes US]
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The Internet’s Own Boy: essential documentary about the life, work, and death of Internet prodigy and activist Aaron Swartz [iTunes US]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Oculus: the eerie atmosphere of psychological upset is intriguing and unusual, but it’s not actually all that scary [my review] [iTunes US]

new to stream

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Finding Vivian Maier: extraordinary examination of a remarkable photographer, part portrait unraveled by meticulous detective work, part sharp criticism of the hidebound art establishment [my review] [iTunes US]
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Half of a Yellow Sun: oh what a lovely film! as romance and history, this is by turns funny and tragic, suspenseful and celebratory, and never less than solidly entertaining [my review] [iTunes US]

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

green light
Happy Christmas: compulsively watchable; Joe Swanberg is a master of the subtlest of dramatic observation, and his films are unlike anything other filmmakers are giving us right now [my review] [Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

yellow for maybe
Oculus: the eerie atmosphere of psychological upset is intriguing and unusual, but it’s not actually all that scary [my review] [Amazon Instant Video]

new to stream

green light
Finding Vivian Maier: extraordinary examination of a remarkable photographer, part portrait unraveled by meticulous detective work, part sharp criticism of the hidebound art establishment [my review] [Amazon Instant Video]
yellow for maybe
Cuban Fury: the cast is game, and hit the right notes balancing cartoonishness and charm; as sitcom rom-coms go, it’s far from the worst one ever offered to us [my review] [Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

yellow for maybe
The Samaritan (aka Fury): the con-movie trickery isn’t quite as multilayered as it might be, but Samuel L. Jackson is fun to watch [my review] [Netflix]


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