Instant Gratification: “Enemy” and four other good movies to watch on Amazon Prime and Netflix

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Well, this could get complicated. Up until now this weekly column has focused exclusively on Netflix, since they’ve usually been the one to get the jump on new releases, with Amazon Prime and Hulu focusing more on television. But then I saw Amazon Prime is releasing “Enemy,” part of an exclusive new deal it struck with the studio A24. So I’m going to start broadening the column from here on out to include other streaming platforms. Hopefully, this won’t get too confusing.

Pick of the week: “Enemy” (Amazon Prime) — My full review is here. Canadian director Denis Villeneuve reteamed with Jake Gyllenhaal after “Prisoners” in this unsettling tale of a meek history professor who finds out he has an exact doppelganger, a cocky young actor. As they wrestle over who is the “real” self, Villeneuve bathes the film in a sense of dread that’s Cronenerberg-esque.

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“Enemy”: Getting a hold of yourself

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Enemy” opens Friday at Sundance Cinemas. R, 1:30, three stars out of four.

It happened to me. It was 1995, and I was backpacking through Europe. At the Czech Consulate in London, while waiting to get a travel visa to go to Prague, I looked across the crowded waiting room. Slouched against the far wall was a man who looked exactly like me.

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“Enemy,” “The Past” kick off next Sundance Screening Room calendar

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Madison film fans, don’t expect to get a break after gorging yourself on great movies at the Wisconsin Film Festival. On April 11, the day after the festival ends, Sundance Cinemas is jumping right into a new Screening Room calendar of independent, foreign and documentary films. And several weeks they’re booking two films a week instead of one. So no slacking.

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