Instant Gratification: “The End of the Tour” and four other good movies to watch on Amazon Prime and Netflix

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The start of a new month means new movies for streaming sites like Netflix and Amazon Prime. While both are offering recent releases in March, it’s gratifying to see both are also bolstering their supply of classic movies, which seemed to be thinning out over the last few months.

The End of the Tour” (Amazon Prime)My full review is here. While Jason Segel does a bang-up job portraying the brilliant and troubled novelist David Foster Wallace, it would be a mistake to assume James Ponsoldt’s wonderful film is some sort of biopic. Instead, it’s something of a conversation-fueled road movie, in which Wallace and a younger, hungrier writer (Jesse Eisenberg) spend a couple of days together for a Rolling Stone interview, sparring and connecting as they talk about writing, ambition, and the limitations of success.

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“Finding Vivian Maier”: Every 100,000 pictures tell a story

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“Finding Vivian Maier” opens Friday at Sundance Cinemas. Not rated, 1:24, three stars out of four.

Who was Vivian Maier? At the end of this lovely documentary, after hearing from the people who knew the suburban Chicago nanny best, we’re still not sure. And she likely would have wanted it that way.

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