April 13th - 19th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  Mortal Kombat (2021):

    A remake of sorts, of the 1995 movie based on the popular video game, this is the first “Mortal Kombat” movie to gain an “R” rating in the U.S., because of its extreme violence and graphic battle scenes. The universe is at stake here as the enemies of Outworld are taken on by Earth’s greatest battle heroes. MMA fighter Cole Young (Lewis Tam) has an unusual history, and is challenged as to why Outworld’s Emperor has dispatched Sub-Zero, the Emperor’s best warrior, to hunt Cole down. Cole was born with an unusual dragon marking, and he is urged to find MMA fighter Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee) and make her his ally. When Cole learns that there are a select few who bear the mark of the dragon, and that there is a sanctuary within a hallowed temple for those who are so marked, it becomes clear that he has special powers that may be enough to save the world first, and later the universe, but it is a battle against time and incredible odds as he works towards learning how to master his power. Rated 18A.

  • Willy’s Wonderland (2021):

    Nicolas Cage is a quiet drifter, identified only as “The Janitor,” so named because his semi-wreck of a car breaks down in an out-of-the-way town. Unable to pay for the repairs which would enable him to move on, he has no choice but to take a job cleaning up the amusement park of the title, Willy’s Wonderland, in exchange for enough money to pay for his car. It’s an abandoned family fun centre that has seen far better days, and is now populated only by the animatronic characters and creatures that used to delight adults and children alike. There is a dark and foreboding underbelly to Willy’s however. The mascots seem to be demonically possessed, and the only way for The Janitor to get out of the place is to go through them, making this film feel somewhat like a videogame, although the producers insist it is original, and not based on the similar theme of “Five Nights at Freddy’s.” Cage has made eight horror films before, but this is the first one in which he has virtually no dialogue. He said he always wanted to make a silent horror movie, and this seems to be the one. Rated 14A

  • Son of the South (2020):

    Executive produced by Spike Lee, this true story is set during the time of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, and demonstrates the incredible challenges experienced by Bob Zellner (Lucas Till who played Alex Summers/Havok in several “X-Men” movies), a high school football hero whose grandfather (Brian Dennehy) was a hardcore Ku Klux Klansman. Bob was unable to see is grandfather’s viewpoints when it came to race, and as a white person, devoted his teenage years to fighting racism and working with the African-American community to establish the rights for which they were marching and protesting. Based on the real Bob Zellner’s autobiography, “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek,” Lucas Till does a remarkable job of portraying the bravery shown by Zellner as he went up against the entire Southern establishment in his town. Also stars Julia Ormond. Rated 14A.

  • Love and Monsters (2020):

    Netflix is the distributor for this Paramount picture that takes place in a "Mad Max"-like dystopian future.  An asteroid headed towards earth, and meaning total destruction to all life on the planet, is destroyed, but creates chemical fallout that causes all cold-blooded animals to mutate into huge, slavering monsters, and they kill off most of humanity.  Dylan O'Brian ("The Maze Runner'') is Joel Dawson, who, when the town in which he lived is being evacuated as the monsters begin taking their toll on humanity, is separated from his girlfriend Aimee (Jessica Henwick from "Game of Thrones''), but he promises he will find her.  Seven years later, Joel is still looking, living in underground colonies with the few surviving humans, when he learns of Aimee's whereabouts, and sets off on a cross-country quest to find her, dealing with everything from ravenous giant toads to huge centipedes along the way.  A fine adventure story, a road movie, and a romance all wrapped into one.  Rated 14A. 


     

    Dad Stop Embarrassing Me (2021)(TV series):

    This Netflix original is a relatively unimaginative sitcom that is executive produced by Jamie Foxx who stars as the single dad, and cosmetics company owner, who thinks everything is well in hand until his teenage daughter moves in with him.  It's a trope we have seen many times before, with the difference perhaps being the presence of Foxx, a legitimate superstar.  Porsha Coleman co-stars along with sitcom veteran David Alan Grier.  Rated PG.
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    The Nest (2020):

    This film looks, at every turn, like it has possibilities.  The casting is excellent with Jude Law in the lead role as Rory O'Hara, a British businessman who leaves the old sod for America where he makes a mark for himself in a successful investment firm.  There is an ominous sense of "what next" when he decides to go back to the UK for the opportunity of a lifetime, his chance, he tells his wife Allison (Carrie Coon from The Avengers), to hit it big once and for all.  Their children, particularly the teenage daughter, want nothing to do with moving away from friends and from school, but there is no choice.  When Rory moves them into a huge 300 year-old manor house on a large piece of property, it looks like one of those, "uh-oh - what's in that house?" movies, but it's not that.  In fact, it's not really anything.  We learn, as the layers are peeled back, that Rory is not quite what he seems to be, that Allison is not quite as cooperative as we thought, and that this family is headed for big trouble.  Does not end well, in my opinion - a weak script left me wanting more.  Rated 14A.

New on CRAVE

Misbehaviour (2020):

This British film tells the mostly true story of what happened at the Miss World telecast in London in 1970.  A group of women representing the then-newly-formed but now-defunct Women’s Liberation Movement, infiltrated the proceedings and caused a major disruption to the pageant.  At that time, this telecast was the most-watched TV event in the world with some 100 million people tuning in.  Bob Hope was the host, and when he made a number of misogynistic remarks that demeaned certain contestants, as well as the pageant at large, the group took over. They invaded the stage and completely disrupted the live telecast. When all was said and done, Miss Sweden, who was expected to win the competition, was out, and Miss Grenada, the first woman of colour to ever win a major pageant, was crowned.  An excellent cast is led by Kiera Knightly, with Gugu-Mbatha Raw playing the winning Miss Grenada.  Bob Hope is played by Greg Kinnear.  Rated 14A.

The Witcher (TV Series, 2019):
This Netflix original series is a sword-and-sandal thriller that follows Geralt of Rivera, a solitary monster-killer who roams the earth righting the wrongs created by monstrosities everywhere.  Henry Cavill stars as the title character, based on a novel series.  A second season has already been announced, so you can binge watch this one safely.  Rated 14A. 

 

New on AMAZON PRIME

Selah and the Spades (2019):

Haldwell is a prestigious east coast boarding school, but its longstanding reputation hides a more sinister kind of life beneath the surface.  It is run by five separate factions - not from the faculty viewpoint, but from the student perspective.   Lovie Simone ("The Craft") plays the title character.  Selah heads up the most influential, and the most feared of the five factions, a group of girls known as The Spades.  She has a difficult role - she needs and wants to be liked - that's critical to recruiting - but she also needs to be feared.  Get on the wrong side of Selah, and things will not go well for you.  When Selah's right-hand girl gets distracted by a new male love interest, she takes on a new protégé, but this young woman may be able to play Selah's game better than the leader herself.  Rated 14A. 


New on DISNEY + /Star

Nomadland (2020):

With huge Oscar buzz including nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress (Francis McDormand), and Best Director (Chloe Zhao), the new Star addition of Disney + offers the Canadian debut of this road movie of a very special sort.  McDormand plays a woman named Fern who faces a bleak economic future during the meltdown of the economy in 2008.  She was a schoolteacher in a company town in Nevada where U.S. Gypsum was the major employer.  When the mine shut down, the company offered the citizens five months of free rent before shutting down the town.  Fern, a widow with few options, packed her belongings into a van and hit the road, looking for work along the way to stay above water financially.  Her co-stars are not actors, but in fact are actual nomads living the hand-to-mouth lifestyle of the nomads depicted in the best-selling book by Jessica Bruder.  With just over two weeks before the Academy Awards on April 25th, this is one that is going to be talked about a great deal.  Rated 14A.