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what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Apr 08)


What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

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The Unknown Known: documentary interview with Bush-era insider Don Rumsfeld is like a horror movie with a calm sociopath at its center [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Great Expectations: a lively, vibrant retelling that feels very modern, with none of the stuffiness of a traditional costume drama [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Philomena: a cry-till-you-laugh-dramedy about seeking lost family and finding new purpose; Judi Dench and Steve Coogan are fantastic; seriously, though: bring Kleenex [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s in theaters

yellow for maybe
The Machine: the bleak chic of this SF drama is intriguing, but the script that starts out smart and elegant soon slips into the shoddy and familiar [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

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Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan: Khaaaaaaaaaaaannnn!!!!!! [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Valkyrie: Tom Cruise versus Nazis! [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]


new to stream

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Merchant Ivory meets The Matrix in this marvelously transporting arthouse action flick [my review] [at Netflix]
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Roger Dodger: whip-smart, a marvel of efficient, clever conversation, as a clueless Campbell Scott teaches a young Jesse Eisenberg how to be a ladies’ man [my review] [at Netflix]

I caught up with…

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La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus: follow a humble yellow school bus as it is transformed into something joyous and defiant; it’s like discovering that your grandma has another life as a secret agent [my review] [at Netflix]

because you missed them (or need to see them again)

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Bandits: Billy Bob Thornton and Bruce Willis fight over Cate Blanchett (and do crime) with all the clever panache of a 1930s screwball comedy [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Final Cut: quiet, powerful indie sci-fi explores what happens to history and experience when memories can be edited and altered [at Netflix]
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A Life Less Ordinary: Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz enact It Happened One Night as directed by David Lynch… or Natural Born Killers as written by Nora Ephron [my review] [at Netflix]

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