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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

what’s on iTunes, Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, Netflix UK, BBC iPlayer (from Aug 04)

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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 Unknown Known: documentary interview with Bush-era insider Donald Rumsfeld is like a horror movie with a calm sociopath at its center [my review] [iTunes UK]
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The Last Days on Mars: the near-future space-geek atmosphere is very cool, but ultimately it’s just another xerox of Alien [iTunes UK]
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The Quiet Ones: there aren’t many outright scares here, and when they do come, they are curiously circumspect, but the old-fashioned Hammer Horror atmosphere is appealingly spooky [my review] [iTunes UK]

new to stream

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Half of a Yellow Sun: oh what a lovely film! as romance and history, this is by turns funny and tragic, suspenseful and celebratory, and never less than solidly entertaining [my review] [iTunes UK]

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

yellow for maybe
The Last Days on Mars: the near-future space-geek atmosphere is very cool, but ultimately it’s just another xerox of Alien [Amazon UK Instant Video]
yellow for maybe
The Quiet Ones: there aren’t many outright scares here, and when they do come, they are curiously circumspect, but the old-fashioned Hammer Horror atmosphere is appealingly spooky [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to stream

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Rio 2: this is what passes for a children’s movie these days: a 1950s sitcom drawn in pretty tropical CGI colors with a few mostly forgettable songs tossed in [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video]

blinkbox

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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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] [blinkbox]
yellow for maybe
The Last Days on Mars: the near-future space-geek atmosphere is very cool, but ultimately it’s just another xerox of Alien [blinkbox]
yellow for maybe
The Quiet Ones: there aren’t many outright scares here, and when they do come, they are curiously circumspect, but the old-fashioned Hammer Horror atmosphere is appealingly spooky [my review] [blinkbox]

new to stream

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Half of a Yellow Sun: oh what a lovely film! as romance and history, this is by turns funny and tragic, suspenseful and celebratory, and never less than solidly entertaining [my review] [blinkbox]

Netflix

recent films new to stream

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Cutie and the Boxer: a sly, subversive portrait of an artist finally finding her voice… and the “genius” husband in whose shadow she has long lingered [my review] [Netflix]
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Machete Kills: forget the socially conscious core that fueled the exploitation engine of the first film: this is flat-out, no-message action comedy, outrageous and hilarious [my review] [Netflix]

older films new to stream

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Adventures in Babysitting: the minor 80s classic from director Chris Columbus and starring Elisabeth Shue as a heroine super skilled in the looking-after of children [Netflix]
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Harold and Maude: classic cult-favorite black comedy about suicide, death, and unlikely romance; Ruth Gordon is hilarious [Netflix]
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The Muppet Movie: the gang’s first (1979) foray on to the big screen; still a charming delight [Netflix]
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Stake Land: the zombie flick gets a uniquely American twist (from Cold in July filmmaker Jim Mickle) [Netflix]
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Flawless: Demi Moore and Michael Caine pull off a diamond heist in 1960s London; sometimes suspenseful, often too earnest [my review] [Netflix]

bbciplayer

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Winter’s Bone: Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as a determined Ozarks teen struggling to keep her family together amidst crushing poverty [iPlayer] (expires in 6 days)
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Apocalypto: a thrilling tale of survival and love and dedication in a world we’ve never seen on film, though director Mel Gibson doesn’t seem to be aware of some of its ironies [my review] [iPlayer] (expires in 5 days)


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