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Jan 9th - 15th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  • It:

    In Stephen King's story of a monstrous clown who preys on children, he returns to the town of Derry every 27 years and lures young people into his grasp, where he devours them in a most hideous fashion. Well, surprise, surprise ... it has been 27 years since this story appeared as a TV miniseries in which Tim Curry starred as Pennywise, the creature to takes on the appearance of a clown. This time it's Bill Skarsgard who takes on the role of Pennywise, and he is back in Derry once again to strike terror into the hearts of all who encounter him. Author King says there is much more that can be done on the big screen with a horror-thriller such as this, as compared to the restrictions of television nearly three decades ago. He also said he will never include a clown in his work again, because writing this story frightened him too much. A group of bullied pre-teens, dubbed as “The Losers Club, know that something bad is going on in Derry as children are disappearing one at a time, including the little brother of one of the gang.  They face the shape-shifting Pennywise for a showdown that is beyond scary.  Rated 14A.


     

  • The Foreigner:

    Director Martin Campbell (Golden Eye, Casino Royale) offers a rare treat in this tightly-wound thriller that deals with terrorism in the UK, with London locations bomb targets by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) set in the present day.  Jackie Chan produced and is the top-billed star, but this is not the Jackie Chan of the Rush Hour movies, or Rumble in the Bronx in which the comedy set-ups were broad and his stunt work was amazing.  Chan was age 44 when he made Rush Hour.  He is 63 now, and doesn't have the same abilities, having slowed down just a little, but he is completely convincing as Quon, an Asian man with a past, living in London with his teenage daughter and running a Chinese takeout establishment.  When his daughter is innocently killed in a terrorist bombing, Quon quietly goes about a methodical series of moves bent on revenge.  He haunts the office of a deputy minister in the government in Ireland named Liam Hennessy (Pierce Brosnan), bent on getting the names of those responsible for the blast.  Hennessy's people give him the bum's rush, but it's not so easy.  The humble Asian quietly asks for the names repeatedly ... then he asks how Hennessy would feel if his own wife and daughter were killed in such a fashion.  Turns out that Quon has a past, that he schooled in the military arts, and that he won't give up until he has the names of the perpetrators.  As an audience, we are kept guessing at every turn.  We see the terrorist acts played out as more bombs are planned, we watch the political maneuvering as Hennessy plays his game, and we wonder who is who.  There is a leak - someone is not what they appear to be.  And then another, and another.  Great characters, a superb example of psychological warfare along with the real thing, and outcomes that surprise at every turn make this Chinese-American co-production an excellent film.  Rated 14A. 

  • My Little Pony: The Movie:

    At the polar opposite of The Foreigner Runner is this animated feature that plans to become the darling of the under-10-year-old set, aimed primarily at young girls.  A dark force threatens Ponyville and it will require travel to the far reaches of the realm to put a stop to what could change lives forever.  Emily Blunt lends her voice to the main character, Tempest Shadow, Liev Schreiber is The Storm King, and Kristin Chenoweth is Princess Skystar.  If those characters don't resonate for you, you are not a girl under 10.  Rated G.


  • It Comes at Night (2017):

    This is a warning, not a recommendation for this horror movie starring Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty) and Carmen Ejogo (Alien: Covenant) as a couple in a remote farmhouse in what appears to be a post-apocalyptic world.  Something has happened “outside” that seems to have thrust civilization into near extinction.  The couple, along with their son, operate very carefully, and are very self-sufficient, when to people, allegedly married, appear at their door.  They are reluctant to make contact, but the story the couple tells is credible, and they allow them in their home, a safe refuge from whatever has happened “out there.”  This is supposed to be a psychological thriller with sci-fi overtones, but none of that works out,  we never do find out what “It” is, and nothing really comes by night.  A poorly made, disjointed movie that I personally found a near-waste of time – near, not completely.  You have been warned! Rated 14A.  


     

     

    Born In China (2017):

    This excellent family film was Disney’s entry into theatres for Earth Day earlier this year, and as always presents some amazing animal photography along with a fine story narrated by John Krasinski.  It focuses on three different animal families, first, a Giant Panda mother who is beginning to let her baby explore its environment.  It’s amazing how human-like the relationship is between mother and offspring, and it’s a warm and entertaining slice of life.  As well, we see, elsewhere in the forest, a golden snub-nose monkey who used to be the focus of the family, but who now feels displaced when his little sister is born.  Again, the human comparison is amazing as the monkey falls in with a band of outsiders that are up to no good.  Finally we get a look at the rarely photographed Snow Leopard as a mother raises two kittens in a somewhat unforgiving environment.  A very nicely done film that the kids will love, and so will their parents.  Rated 14A.


Big Little Lies (TV Series 2017):

A significant Emmy-winner this year, this series is about three moms all of whom have children in grade one in the serene seaside town of Monterey, CA. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley as the mothers, it explores the change in the group dynamics when a new mom with her own six year-old drifts into the group, resulting in deception at first, then outright untruths, and finally murder.  Laura Dern also stars in this darkly comedic, but tightly wound series.  Rated 14A. 


New on AMAZON PRIME

First Flights with Neil Armstrong (1991)

Although this series is 26 years old, and Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, has been dead for five years, aviation buffs will want to catch each season of the three that Amazon is offering, in which Armstrong introduces specific eras in aviation, and sometimes flies the planes that he is profiling, from the old "Jenny" biplanes that delivered the mail in post-WWI America, to the first jet trainers such as the T-33 Silver Star that set the tone for the jet age.  I know it's a specific market, but if you like planes, you'll love all of this!