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March 28th - April 3rd Downloads
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  • Fantastic Beasts (And Where To Find Them):

    Eddie Redmayne, Oscar-winner for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything two years ago, is in his element here in this delightful period piece from the pre-Harry Potter era based on the book by J. K. Rowling.  As Newt Scamander, writer of one of the textbooks that the Hogwarts students used in Harry’s time, he shows up in New York City, a place where magical creatures are banned … and he just happens to have, in his small, worn leather suitcase, all manner of strange and unbelievable creatures from his worldwide travels.  An old plot device, but one that is necessary here, has Newt’s suitcase switched accidentally for a look-alike model, and now someone else is going to unleash strange and mystical things into the environment.  Great costumes, and special effects so good that, after a time, you get the feeling that they are the real thing.  Colin Farrell also stars as a not-so-nice enforcer.  Excellent film! Rated PG.


  • Patriots Day:

    Mark Wahlberg is Tommy Saunders, a composite character made up of several actual first-responders from the Boston Police Department the day the Boston Marathon was hit by terrorist bombs.  Most of the other characters are based on the real people who were involved in the hunt for the two brothers who did the deed, and the movie takes on an almost documentary look at times, although it is a well-built drama.  Both John Goodman and Oscar-winner (for Whiplash) J.K. Simmons deserve special attention for their real-people roles, and even though the event is recent, 2013, the movie fills in a lot of blanks that many will have either forgotten, or will have never known at all.  Location filming, and solid direction from Peter Berg, who directed Wahlberg in Sole Survivor and Deep Water Horizon make this a solid story with excellent tension.  Kevin Bacon also stars. Rated 14A.

  • Silence:

    A highly unusual movie based on actual events, to the extent that they can be documented, tells the story of a pair of Portuguese Jesuit Priests (an almost unrecognizable Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who attempt to bring Christianity to Japan, something that is forbidden by the leadership of the day.  It is their belief that a long-lost Jesuit Brother (Liam Neeson) has somehow survived his years in this most foreign of countries, but this may be rumour or folk legend by now.  An extremely slow movie, slow to develop and heavy on dialogue focused on religious conversion, and the Jesuit’s view of God, it would be very easy to turn this one off after a half-hour or so, and just give up.  Staying with it does not offer action, thrills, and high adventure, but it provides a lot to think about, and a lot to talk about after viewing.  Rated 14A.

  • Step Up: All In (2014):

    The second of what has become a very successful franchise with three more sequels following this one, we see yet another opportunity to take dancing to the streets in an opportunity to make big money.  The original starred Channing Tatum, but he takes a pass this time as Ryan Guzman steps up to be the guy who learns of a competition in Las Vegas where big money can be made for his crew.  He leaves the streets of Miami to put together a group of dancers who not only dance well, they can fight just a little bit too, because the competition here doesn't always play fair.  Rated 14A.



    Ella Enchanted (2004):

    Anne Hathaway is the title character here, in the fairy tale fantasy which is a reworking of the Cinderella story, but with one additional wrinkle.  On the day she was born, Ella's fairy godmother blessed her with the gift of obedience.  The gift turns out be be a curse as Ella becomes a young woman - she cannot fail to do exactly what is asked of her, even if it is dishonest or cruel. She loses her mother, her father marries a cruel woman with two daughters of her own, and life becomes very difficult for Ella, especially when she realizes she is falling in love with Prince Charmont.  Although it's set in modern times, there is no shortage of ogres, elves, fairies and demons.  Also stars Hugh Dancy and Minnie Driver.  Rated PG.

Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala (2016):

 The America's Got Talent judge, and resident Canadian on that panel, hosts this two-hour feature shot at Montreal's International Comedy Festival.  Guests include Russell Peters, Jay Pharaoh from Saturday Night Live, and sometime TV host, and always standup comic, JB Smoove.  This special aired on CTV in late January, and is available on Crave for the next month.