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what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from May 13)

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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, while it’s still in theaters

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The Double: painfully funny odyssey of personal ineffectualness that is bitterly wonderful in how it revels in the decrepit horror of the everyday world [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Devil’s Knot: Atom Egoyan is all over the real-life case of American injustice surrounding the West Memphis Three, but sadly, I’m not sure why [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Endless Love: shockingly not terrible, and says some things that need to be said more often, like how dads do not own their teenaged daughters [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Pompeii: instantly forgettable but more than passable as a diversion; solid B-movie cheese that’s like Titanic-lite meets Gladiator-lite [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to streaming

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Stranger by the Lake: as an exercise in style, this minimalist noir erotic thriller is pretty cool, but it loses its way somewhere around the midpoint and never quite finds it again [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

Prime monster

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Gojira: the original Japanese 1954 Godzilla film is a masterpiece, before it was turned into something campy for Western audiences; see it before you see the new Godzilla reboot [at Amazon Instant Video]

recent films new to Prime

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Much Ado About Nothing: pure cinematic joy from Joss Whedon and Co.; a smart, snappy adaptation of perhaps Shakespeare’s funniest play, performed by supremely talented people having an enormous amount of infectious fun [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Pain and Gain: a bleak, bitter, wicked pleasure that holds up the underpinnings of modern America — self-help, Jesus, and violence — for ridicule [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

classic films new to Prime

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Boys Don’t Cry: fascinating and deeply disturbing true story of gendered violence, with a virtuoso performance from Hilary Swank [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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The Jewel of the Nile: the sequel to Romancing the Stone may not be as charming as the original, but it’s still goofy good fun [at Amazon Instant Video]

Netflix

recent films new to stream

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Much Ado About Nothing: pure cinematic joy from Joss Whedon and Co.; a smart, snappy adaptation of perhaps Shakespeare’s funniest play, performed by supremely talented people having an enormous amount of infectious fun [my review] [at Netflix]
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Pain and Gain: a bleak, bitter, wicked pleasure that holds up the underpinnings of modern America — self-help, Jesus, and violence — for ridicule [my review] [at Netflix]

classic films new to stream

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Boys Don’t Cry: fascinating and deeply disturbing true story of gendered violence, with a virtuoso performance from Hilary Swank [my review] [at Netflix]
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Romancing the Stone: Robert Zemeckis’s first hit throws Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and a treasure map into a stew of jungle adventure and, inevitably, romance [at Netflix]
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Starman: John Carpenter’s wonderful science fiction romance; Jeff Bridges is one of the most charming alien visitors to Earth ever [at Netflix]
yellow for maybe
The Jewel of the Nile: the sequel to Romancing the Stone may not be as charming as the original, but it’s still goofy good fun [at Netflix]


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