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precarious since 1997 | by maryann johanson

what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from May 06)

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

Amazon Instant Video

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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The Monuments Men: as jaunty as Jean Dujardin’s beret, but in a sincere, old-fashioned kind of way; could almost have been rediscovered from the 1940s [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Whitewash: nowhere near as blackly funny as it wants to be, but Thomas Haden Church is strangely compelling as a man befuddled by the vagaries of fate [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

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Fantastic Voyage: the 1966 sci-fi classic; see it the first time or again before the James Cameron remake hits [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

recent films new to stream

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1976: Hunt vs. Lauda: as with the semifictionalized Rush, this documentary look at the first superstars of Formula One is gripping even if you couldn’t care less about racing [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology: hugely entertaining documentary look at how culture shapes our attitudes, with lots of illustrations from movies [at Netflix]
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Terms and Conditions May Apply: compelling documentary about the privacy we willingly sign away online; essential viewing in light of current events [my review] [at Netflix]

older films new to stream

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Adventures in Babysitting: the minor 80s classic from director Chris Columbus and starring Elisabeth Shue as a heroine super skilled in the looking-after of children [at Netflix]
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Fantastic Voyage: the 1966 sci-fi classic; see it the first time or again before the James Cameron remake hits [at Netflix]
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Gladiator: we are definitely entertained by Russell Crowe on his hero’s journey from respected soldier to avenging husband and father [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Legend of Bagger Vance: director Robert Redford evokes Norman Rockwell in this idealized, optimistic fantasy about life, the universe, and golf [my review] [at Netflix]
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Ravenous: perverse and funny cannibal flick, like Dances with Wolves remade by Hannibal Lecter [my review] [at Netflix]
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Winged Migration: an exquisite look at a year in the life of birds all over the world, one of the most beautiful and stirring adventures in the natural world that I’ve ever seen on film [my review] [at Netflix]
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Sneakers: early (1992) hacker drama looks quaint today; revisit it and remind yourself what sorts of Internet crime we once fretted over [my review] [at Netflix]


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