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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix (from Aug 26)

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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 Fault in Our Stars: yes, it’s a teenaged girl’s romantic fantasy… and some of it might be in a secret code for young women; imagine that [my review] [iTunes US]
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Godzilla: elegantly updates the King of All Monsters for the 21st century in ways that have moved with the global zeitgeist, but Hollywood’s tedious myopia means the movie as a whole isn’t quite so beautiful [my review] [iTunes US]

new to stream

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The German Doctor (aka Wakolda): the subtle veil of horror draped over things we take for granted as good and wonderful aspects of humanity is deeply unsettling [my review] [iTunes US]
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The Love Punch: the jokes are as creaky as the aching bunions and bad backs onscreen, but Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan are incandescent together [my review] [iTunes US]

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

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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 Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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The Fault in Our Stars: yes, it’s a teenaged girl’s romantic fantasy… and some of it might be in a secret code for young women; imagine that [my review] [Amazon Instant Video]
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Godzilla: elegantly updates the King of All Monsters for the 21st century in ways that have moved with the global zeitgeist, but Hollywood’s tedious myopia means the movie as a whole isn’t quite so beautiful [my review] [Amazon Instant Video]

new to stream

yellow for maybe
The Love Punch: the jokes are as creaky as the aching bunions and bad backs onscreen, but Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan are incandescent together [my review] [Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

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Thanks for Sharing: smart, pointed drama about addiction and its impact on addicts and those who love them, with excellent performances from Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins [Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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Blue Ruin: riveting Southern gothic revenge thriller — a suspenseful reinvigoration of the genre — that seems to be over in the first 20 minutes, and then finds horrific new places to take you [my review] [Netflix]
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Thanks for Sharing: smart, pointed drama about addiction and its impact on addicts and those who love them, with excellent performances from Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins [Netflix]
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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] [Netflix]


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