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films to stream: US week of Jan 28


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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All Is Lost: gripping tale of adventure and survival on the high seas, with an excellent and unexpected performance from Robert Redford [at Amazon Instant Video]
yellow for maybe
Blue Is the Warmest Color: there’s nothing particularly surprising in this French romantic melodrama… not even the tediously obvious 15-minute all-nude lesbian fuckfest [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
yellow for maybe
Ender’s Game: the Big SF Ideas of this strange mashup of Starship Troopers and Harry Potter — gifted kids go to fascist military school! — seem positive only if your heart is made of stone [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to streaming

yellow for maybe
The Fifth Estate: might be interesting if it had enough passion and guts to take a stand, but ends up in the mushy middle of the road, which surely sprang from a desire to be “fair” and “balanced” [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

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The Bling Ring: a sly challenge to our collective cultural obsessions with celebrity and consumerism; Emma Watson is fantastic [at Amazon Instant Video]
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The Hunger Games: smart, clever, and hugely satisfying sci-fi, and just a little bit disturbing in a way that is highly thought-provoking [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: Robert Downey Jr. brings a certain sad comeback-kid aesthetic to his absolutely electric 2005 return to movies, an exquisitely entertaining reinvigoration of the noir thriller for the 21st century [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Marvel’s The Avengers (aka Avengers Assemble): one of the best superhero movies ever made, this is funny, poignant, exciting, and involving [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]


new to stream

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Unfinished Song (aka Song for Marion): heartwarming and bittersweet, this is a powerfully poignant tale about grief and joy; Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp are incandescent [my review] [at Netflix]

modern classics

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American Psycho: 80s materialism as psychopathy; a satire on how male aggression so often turns in on itself, and a disturbingly funny commentary on male sexuality [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Talented Mr. Ripley: Matt Damon is another American psycho in a film that plays like a lost Hitchcock [my review] [at Netflix]
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Thelma & Louise: men think they can get away with their usual crap in their presence; men learn otherwise [at Netflix]

  • David C-D

    I just want to say again how much I appreciate “films to stream”. My Instant Queue (ooops, “My List”) is always kind of thin so this enriches the options considerably.

    Thank you!!

  • I love that you do this as well.
    Sadly, it seems like Amazon keeps getting the better movies before Netflix does.

  • If you want to see stuff as soon as it’s available to stream, it’s Amazon all the way.

  • You’re welcome. Tell your friends!

  • Yeah, but then I have to sign up for yet another service. Sure, Prime might be a good idea, but I just haven’t pulled the trigger. I’m tired of bills.

  • You don’t need to sign up for anything with Amazon. You just pay for what you want on an individual basis.

    Prime is no better than Netflix when it comes to new stuff.

  • Oh, I know I don’t need to sign up for Prime, but I just hate the idea of buying movies individually when I’m already signed up for a movie service that provides both streaming and DVD/Blu. These stupid exclusivity deals are frustrating.

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