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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

films to stream: US week of Jan 28

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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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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]
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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]
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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

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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]

Netflix

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]


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