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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on iTunes, Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, Netflix UK (from Jul 21)

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

itunes

new to stream

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Forgotten Men: 1934 English antiwar propaganda film is a fascinating and, in retrospect, bittersweet document of the brief era between WWI and WWII [my review] [iTunes UK]
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20 Feet from Stardom: must-see documentary for any fan of modern pop music introduces us to the extraordinary women you didn’t know were behind some of the songs you know by heart [my review] [iTunes UK]
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After the Dark: a thrilling combination of drama, near-science-fiction, suspense, coming-of-age agita, and intellectual exploration of ideas — pity it derails itself [my review] [iTunes UK]

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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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] [Amazon UK Instant Video]
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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] [Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to stream

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20 Feet from Stardom: must-see documentary for any fan of modern pop music introduces us to the extraordinary women you didn’t know were behind some of the songs you know by heart [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video]
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After the Dark: a thrilling combination of drama, near-science-fiction, suspense, coming-of-age agita, and intellectual exploration of ideas — pity it derails itself [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to Prime

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Earth Girls Are Easy: perfect science fiction comedy about a ditzy Valley Girl who falls in love with a furry alien; Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum are at their best here [Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet fall in love and then get messed around by Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry; wonderful romantic science fantasy [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video]
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The Men Who Stare at Goats: Ewan McGregor’s Gulf War II correspondent versus George Clooney’s Jedi warrior of psychic warfare; hilarious [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video]
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The Mist: Frank Darabont turns Stephen King’s novel into one of the best horror movies ever made, horror of a philosophical, humanistic bent in which the real monsters are human [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video]

blinkbox

new to stream

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20 Feet from Stardom: must-see documentary for any fan of modern pop music introduces us to the extraordinary women you didn’t know were behind some of the songs you know by heart [my review] [blinkbox]
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After the Dark: a thrilling combination of drama, near-science-fiction, suspense, coming-of-age agita, and intellectual exploration of ideas — pity it derails itself [my review] [blinkbox]

Netflix

new to stream

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The Colony: a small-scale science-fiction horror story full of big, troubling ideas about what a new Dark Ages might look like [my review] [Netflix]
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Girl Most Likely: absolutely hilarious and absolutely heartbreaking, with marvelous performances from Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, and Matt Dillon [my review] [Netflix]
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Lions for Lambs: frank dramatic discussion about the war and the state of America that tries to capture the situation realistically and intelligently and without indulging in dogmatic ideology [my review] [Netflix]
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Prince Avalanche: quirky arthouse buddy dramedy with fantastic performances by Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch [Netflix]


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