Instant Gratification: “The Grandmaster” and four other good movies to stream on Netflix Instant


Pick of the week: “The Grandmaster” — Just like Ang Lee did with “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Wong Kar-Wai (“In the Mood for Love”) tries his hand at the martial arts movie, and the results are similarly ravishing, as the famed Ip Man faces a rival as the Japanese invasion of China looms.

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“Mr. Nobody”: A heady sci-fi Choose Your Own Adventure


“Mr. Nobody” is now available on video-on-demand and for rent on Amazon and iTunes. It opens theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, November 1. A Madison date has not yet been set. R, 2:28, two and a half stars out of four.

Think of “Mr. Nobody” as a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book for grown-ups, but read straight through as if it were any other book, so the reader keeps skipping across alternate storylines. On Page 28, the hero gets eaten by a dragon; on Page 29, he’s alive again, having decided not to go into the dragon’s cave after all.

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