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

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Tangerine” (Netflix) — My full review is here. You might think a film about two transgender prostitutes working the streets of Los Angeles on Christmas Eve might be a bit of a downer, but Sean Baker’s film is bright, kinetic and awfully funny, even as it poignantly shows the power of friendship among those living on the margins of society.

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Nine reasons to get excited about the UW-Cinematheque Fall 2015 calendar

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I don’t know how it got to be mid-August already, but the long lines of college students at the Hilldale Target confirm it; fall is just around the corner.

By all means, savor those last humid drops of summer while you can. But don’t get too bummed out about autumn. First of all, you look great in that sweater from last year! And, secondly, it means a lot more good movies coming to Madison thanks to the just-announced UW-Cinematheque Fall 2015 calendar. Add in Spotlight Cinema at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the programming at Union South’s Marquee Theatre, the Tales from Planet Earth Film Festival, the return of the Screening Room Calendar at Sundance Cinemas and all the Oscar contenders coming to theaters, and the fall harvest should be a bountiful one.

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“Tangerine”: Want to make a great comedy about trans prostitutes? There’s an app for that

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“Tangerine” opens Friday in major cities (no Madison date has been announced yet). R, 1:28, three and a half stars out of four.

Don’t judge an L.A. trans prostitute unless you’ve walked a mile (or 50 yards) in her high heels. That’s the message of writer-director Sean Baker’s enormously entertaining and empathetic feature “Tangerine” which gives a collection of marginalized figures some wit, passion and even some dignity.

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