films to stream: Us week of Jan 07

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen’s latest is a striking portrait of a woman on the edge; Cate Blanchett is amazing [at Amazon Instant Video] Carrie: a story four decades old about religious misogyny and basic feminism and the perniciousness of bullying still feels fresh and relevant [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Machete Kills: forget the socially conscious core that fueled the exploitation engine of the first film: this is flat-out, no-message action comedy, outrageous and hilarious [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] The Spectacular Now: stark and gritty, this may be the most down-to-earth teen romance ever, filled with touches of unpredictable, inescapable reality [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

The Guilt Trip: scattershot but engaging mother-son on-the-road comedy is more genuinely heartfelt than the genre usually allows [at Amazon Instant Video] Jack Reacher: feels like an episode of a TV cop show,
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