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films to stream: UK week of Jan 13


What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer, and Curzon on Demand.


new to stream (and starring Golden Globe winner Amy Adams)

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Enchanted: delightful spoof on Disney’s fairy-tale princess stories, with Adams wonderfully pink and sparkly [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Muppets: wickedly funny musical-comedy with everyone’s favorite hand puppets [at Netflix]


stream now, before it’s on dvd

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The Call: tense, effective popcorn pulp that smashes to smithereens the tired trope of woman-as-victim, with energetically engaging performances by Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin [my review] [at blinkbox]

sci-fi hot now

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Man of Steel: magnificent, majestic, and soulful, bringing a familiar story to fresh new life; Henry Cavill is powerful and expressive as an alien lost among humans [my review] [at blinkbox]
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Robot & Frank: thoroughly charming and cleverly original sci-fi comedy with a wonderful performance by Frank Langella [at blinkbox]

Golden Globe nominees

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Behind the Candelabra: utterly riveting true story of showman Liberace’s tormented relationship with a much younger lover, with equal measures of hilarity and tragedy; Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are at their very best [at blinkbox]
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Before Midnight: marvelous: wise and witty and truly romantic, with glorious, naturalistic performances by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy [my review] [at blinkbox]
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The Hunt (Jagten): powerful arthouse drama about a false accusation of child sex abuse, with a heartbreaking performance by Mads Mikkelsen [my review] [at blinkbox]


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Let Me In: Hollywood remake of the modern Swedish classic features two hugely satisfying performances by youngsters Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloê Grace Moretz [my review] [at iPlayer] (expires 12:39AM Mon, 20 Jan 2014)

Curzon on Demand

new to stream

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La Belle et la Bête: Jean Cocteau’s stunning 1946 fantasy, newly remastered [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]
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Frances Ha: charming, funny, and bittersweet, this is a delightful film, featuring an irresistible Greta Gerwig in the lead [my review] [at Curzon on Demand]
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The Great Beauty: not yet seen by me, but it just won the Golden Globe for best foreign film [at Curzon on Demand]

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