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The Quick Take for November 15, 2013
Sophie Nélisse in 'The Book Thief'

Streaming on Netflix

Cue that Adele song. Last year's James Bond film, Skyfall, has come to Netflix, accompanied by a number of new releases, like The Host and Only God Forgives. You especially might want to check out Europa Report, a space odyssey thriller that will help pass the time till Gravity is released to Netflix. For a western classic, check out High Noon staring the gun-slinging Gary Cooper (this one is a NYT critic pick). And the powerful pro-life film October Baby has been released for streaming as well.

Critics Roundup

The Book Thief failed to find success with fans of the book and film critics alike. Godfrey Cheshire of RogerEbert.comclaims that this one only appeals to "an audience of 12-year-olds and their grandparents," while committing a greater sin of using "historic horror enlisted in the cause of facile fantasy." If you've read the book, you might agree with Tasha Robinson of The Dissolve—this book deserved to be moviefied into a "keenly felt film," but instead, "(It) crams story after story into such a small space that it can't realize any of them in depth . . . The dialogue overemphasizes each emotion, while the narrative glides along on the addictive power of sentiment. There's no sense of risk to the film at all."

Faust gets an A from Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of The A.V. Club. The story of the man who literally sold his soul to the devil is directed by Aleksandr Sokurov and is filled with crusty decay, tumbling dialogue, and "demented . . . loopy energy." This is Sokurov's final film in a series of four (Moloch, Taurus, and 2005's The Sun), all dealing with political figures on the cusp of losing power. Mark Jenkins ...

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