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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

films to stream: US week of Dec 10

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What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Prisoners: a superb film that shifts from unvarnished depictions of terrible, tragic, mundane reality to almost unbearable suspense; an intense, uncomfortable, unforgettable cinematic experience [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Insidious: Chapter 2: the clean, simple elegance of the first film has been lost in a jumbled mess that sometimes hits on fresh angles on ghost stories but most often is shoddy, sloppy, and lazy [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters: spectacularly mediocre fantasy junk food, perfectly inoffensive for youngsters but too featherweight for adult genre fans [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

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Dances with Wolves: a beautiful, moving film about the closing of the American frontier and all that disappeared with it [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Flight: Denzel Washington’s bravura performance just about pulls this old-fashioned melodrama out of its dive [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Skyfall: smartly and stylishly smashes the outmoded Bond mystique and creates a new one for the 21st century [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

new to stream

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Dances with Wolves: a beautiful, moving film about the closing of the American frontier and all that disappeared with it [my review] [at Netflix]
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Gods and Monsters: quiet, touching, and often funny look at the last days in the life of early filmmaker James Whale, played by a marvelous Ian McKellen [my review] [at Netflix]
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Holes: biting and ironic kids’ adventure tale, starring a very young Shia LaBeouf [my review] [at Netflix]
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Sidewalks of New York: Edward Burns’ take on the angst-ridden New York dating scene as a game of romantic musical chairs [my review] [at Netflix]
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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home: still the best Trek flick: it has whales and time travel, after all [at Netflix]
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The Iceman: underbaked mobster drama is redeemed — just barely — by excellent performances from Michael Shannon, James Franco, and Chris Evans [my review] [at Netflix]


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