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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on iTunes, Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, Netflix UK, BBC iPlayer (from Jul 07)

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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 on dvd

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The Lego Movie: you’ve seen this all before — it’s Toy Story meets The Matrix — just not done in Legos [my review] [at iTunes UK]
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The Lunchbox: a charming, bittersweet, utterly chaste love affair forged over food and cemented by kindred spirits [my review] [at iTunes UK]
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112 Weddings: startling and welcome breath of reality for an institution overladen by fantasy in our culture: happily ever after is hard! [my review] [at iTunes UK]
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Visitors: a weirdly beautiful film, eerie in its complicated simplicity, and open to seven billion interpretations, all of them valid [my review] [at iTunes UK]
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The Zero Theorem: Terry Gilliam’s latest is chock full of glorious Gillam style and a fun performance from Christoph Waltz, but little else [at iTunes UK]

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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The Lego Movie: you’ve seen this all before — it’s Toy Story meets The Matrix — just not done in Legos [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Visitors: a weirdly beautiful film, eerie in its complicated simplicity, and open to seven billion interpretations, all of them valid [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
yellow for maybe
The Zero Theorem: Terry Gilliam’s latest is chock full of glorious Gillam style and a fun performance from Christoph Waltz, but little else [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to stream

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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 Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Miss Violence: deeply unnerving, yet it borders on a salacious exploitation of the everyday horrors it means to condemn [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to Prime

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Arthur Christmas: even Santa’s highly militarized present-delivery force needs reminding of the Christmas spirit; a fantastic movie in all respects: wickedly funny, honestly sweet, and very very poignant [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Now You See Me: most of it makes no sense at all, but who cares? this is cheerful ridiculousness pulled off with panache [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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The Amazing Spider-Man: inoffensive popcorn entertainment, but very very familiar [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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We Bought a Zoo: Cameron Crowe’s not-unpleasant but wholly predictable sitcom; Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson are charming without even trying [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

blinkbox

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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The Lego Movie: you’ve seen this all before — it’s Toy Story meets The Matrix — just not done in Legos [my review] [at blinkbox]
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The Lunchbox: a charming, bittersweet, utterly chaste love affair forged over food and cemented by kindred spirits [my review] [at blinkbox]
green light
112 Weddings: startling and welcome breath of reality for an institution overladen by fantasy in our culture: happily ever after is hard! [my review] [at blinkbox]
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Visitors: a weirdly beautiful film, eerie in its complicated simplicity, and open to seven billion interpretations, all of them valid [my review] [at blinkbox]
yellow for maybe
The Zero Theorem: Terry Gilliam’s latest is chock full of glorious Gillam style and a fun performance from Christoph Waltz, but little else [at blinkbox]

new to stream


Netflix

new to stream

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Europa Report: beautifully structured and very suspenseful; recaptures in a gorgeous and authentic way a spirit of adventure and exploration that we seem to have lost [my review] [at Netflix]
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Museum Hours: part travelogue, part people-watching, this is simultaneously a relaxing and invigorating cinematic experience; simply magnificent [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Tempest: Julie Taymor’s thrilling adaptation of Shakespeare’s last play, with Helen Mirren as a gender-switched Prospera [my review] [at Netflix]
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Insidious: Chapter 2: the clean, simple elegance of the first film has been lost in a jumbled mess that sometimes hits on fresh angles on ghost stories but most often is shoddy, sloppy, and lazy [my review] [at Netflix]
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Management: Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn in a stalker rom-com that is sweeter than it deserves to be [my review] [at Netflix]

bbciplayer

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A Hard Day’s Night: the original music video, a manic, joyful treat and the Beatles at their most charmingly entertaining [at iPlayer] (expires in 6 days)
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Heavenly Creatures: Peter Jackson’s horror drama about murderous schoolgirls, featuring a stunning early performance from Kate Winslet [at iPlayer] (expires in 6 days)
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Last Chance Harvey: Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman have to figure out how to overcome their own reluctance to see each other in this down-to-earth romantic comedy [at iPlayer] (expires in 5 days)
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Sliding Doors: Gwyneth Paltrow is at her most appealing in this fantasy dramedy about the paths not taken… or, rather, multiply taken [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires in 6 days)
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A Single Man: fashion designer-turned-director Tom Ford only wants to make a live-action fashion spread, but Colin Firth is heartbreaking as a gay man grieving for his partner in 1960s Los Angeles [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires in 5 days)


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