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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 14)

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

itunes

no UK release dates, but you can watch them here

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Being Ginger: smartly perceptive and very brave personal documentary diary of one man’s attempts to come to terms with being an oft-derided and bullied redhead [my review] [iTunes UK]
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The Final Member: the world’s only penis museum is no joke, but there’s plenty funny (and enlightening, and poignant) in this sweet portrait of a man dedicated to completing his life’s work [my review] [iTunes UK]
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La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus: follow a humble yellow school bus as it is transformed into something joyous and defiant; it’s like discovering that your grandma has another life as a secret agent [my review] [iTunes UK]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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A Long Way Down: a suicide-club meet-cute? it shouldn’t work, but it does, as wonderfully sardonic British humor and as a reminder that you’re not alone in being messed up in this insane world [my review] [iTunes UK]
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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 UK]

because you missed it

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Dirty Wars: an infuriating and depressing look at how American foreign policy and warfare have been transformed in highly undemocratic ways, and a reminder of what real journalism looks like [my review] [iTunes UK]

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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A Long Way Down: a suicide-club meet-cute? it shouldn’t work, but it does, as wonderfully sardonic British humor and as a reminder that you’re not alone in being messed up in this insane world [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video]
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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] [Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to streaming

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The Lunchbox: a charming, bittersweet, utterly chaste love affair forged over food and cemented by kindred spirits [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video]

blinkbox

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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A Long Way Down: a suicide-club meet-cute? it shouldn’t work, but it does, as wonderfully sardonic British humor and as a reminder that you’re not alone in being messed up in this insane world [my review] [blinkbox]
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Starred Up: could be the most realistic depiction of the horribleness and the ineffectiveness of institutional incarceration — on levels that impact both the individual and society on the whole — that I’ve ever seen [my review] [blinkbox]
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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] [blinkbox]

Netflix

recent film new to stream

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Short Term 12: heartbreaking drama about the lingering affects of childhood abuse and neglect, even under the best of curative circumstances [my review] [Netflix]

older film new to stream

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The Core: good old-fashioned pulpy, popcorny B-movie fun; it has no agenda beyond making science look pretty cool and scientists look like heroes [my review] [Netflix]

bbciplayer

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Black Sheep: genetic engineering transforms placid woolies into man-eating monsters; New Zealand’s idea of a horror comedy is a hoot [my review] [iPlayer] (expires in 5 days)
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Catch Me If You Can: Steven Spielberg’s only retro-hip movie, with a delightful Leonardo DiCaprio as a charming, globe-hopping con artist [my review] [iPlayer] (expires in 5 days)
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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 [iPlayer] (expires in 4 days)


  • David

    This seems as appropiate place as any to beg you to please review this movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4FslottUKo

    Please, please, please review this movie :)

  • I’m unlikely to be able to see that till it’s on DVD. (It won’t get released in the UK.) But I’ll keep it in mind.

  • Danielm80

    I’m looking forward to Fred Thompson’s next project. He’s teaming up with Rankin/Bass to make an animated film called The War on Christmas.

  • David

    Awesome. Nothing like watching an evangelical trying to mix giving a sermon with making a political thriller. See also Glenn Beck’s the Overton Window (even though he’s a mormon, same diff).

  • LaSargenta

    I remember noticing James Remar for the first time in The Warriors.

    Lol.

  • David

    I had that exact same experience recently.

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