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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on Curzon Home Cinema, iTunes, Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, Netflix UK, BBC iPlayer (from Aug 11)

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

curzon

streaming now, while it’s still in cinemas

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Lilting: heartbreakingly lovely film about the seemingly insurmountable distances between us when sharing grief is too painful [my review] [Curzon Home Cinema]

itunes

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Locke: we say things like, “Oh, I’d watch that guy read the phone book,” and this is almost that, except it really is absolutely riveting, and that’s no joke; a tour de force for Tom Hardy [my review] [iTunes UK]

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Locke: we say things like, “Oh, I’d watch that guy read the phone book,” and this is almost that, except it really is absolutely riveting, and that’s no joke; a tour de force for Tom Hardy [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to stream

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The Unknown Known: documentary interview with Bush-era insider Donald Rumsfeld is like a horror movie with a calm sociopath at its center [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to Prime

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The Bourne Legacy: Bourne fan fiction: utterly inconsequential, of course, but pure popcorn entertainment of the sort that does not require you turn your brain off [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Me and Orson Welles: enchantingly bittersweet love letter/horror story about the seductions and anxieties of life in the theater [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Meet the Robinsons: delightful animated adventure about a brilliant family and their strange and wonderful inventions [Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Red 2: smart, breezy spy action, with an of-the-moment vibe that takes it post-post-9/11 and into the Wikileaks era of global politics [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video]
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The Hangover: clever, but suffers from constrained naughtiness: it thinks it’s edgy, but there’s nothing truly risque or dangerous about it [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Total Recall: solid B-grade processed-cheese-product “don’t call it a remake” movie junk food, with a fun performance by Colin Farrell [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video]

blinkbox

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Locke: we say things like, “Oh, I’d watch that guy read the phone book,” and this is almost that, except it really is absolutely riveting, and that’s no joke; a tour de force for Tom Hardy [my review] [blinkbox]

Netflix

recent films new to stream

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How I Live Now: intense, grim teen adventure; Saoirse Ronan is amazing as an American girl struggling to survive in a Britain under martial law after a nuclear attack [Netflix]
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360: a subtle and striking arthouse ensemble drama of human interactions shaped by sex and love, honesty and deception, allure and retreat [my review] [Netflix]
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Smaug is a magnificent cinematic creation… but there’s no good reason it takes so damn long to get to him [my review] [Netflix]

older film new to stream

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Meet the Robinsons: delightful animated adventure about a brilliant family and their strange and wonderful inventions [Netflix]

bbciplayer

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The Lady: director Luc Besson’s remarkably understated biopic of Burma’s democracy heroine Aung San Suu Kyi, with great performances by Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis [iPlayer] (expires in 4 days)
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Seraphim Falls: bare, spare, exhilarating Western is a duel to the death between Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson [my review] [iPlayer] (expires in 5 days)


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