July 27th - Aug 2nd Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  A Quiet Place Part II (2021):

    John Krasinski ("The Office") is responsible for this superb sequel to "A Quiet Place," in which he starred along with real-life wife Emily Blunt. But starring was just part of the gig for Krasinski. He wrote the script for the first movie, and he directed it, the story of a world under invasion by creatures who are blind, and who hunt their human prey by sound. In part one, the invasion was weeks in the past, and small handfuls of humans were attempting to survive, knowing that the slightest sound could bring about their quick demise at the hands and claws of the monstrous aliens who seemed to want nothing more than to kill anything that made a sound. The Abbott family, parents Lee and Evelyn (Krasinski and Blunt) began the first movie with their two children, Regan and Marcus, played respectively by Millicent Simmons and Noah Jupe. Daughter Regan was profoundly deaf, as is Simmons who has played her in both movies, communicating largely through the use of American Sign Language. Part II begins prior to the events of the first film, focusing on the day of the invasion from space, creating jaw-dropping action, and white-knuckle tension as many families, enjoying an afternoon little league baseball game, come face to face with the unspeakable horror that has dropped out of the sky. Dad sacrifices himself for his family, and Evelyn now has her new-born baby as well as the other two kids. They are on the run, trying to quietly put distance between themselves and the creatures that hunt them, when a chain of events leaves young Marcus badly injured, and the family at risk once again, this time at the hands of a human who was once a friend. The story is soaked with frightening scenes, the performances are superb, and the search for some kind of relief from the alien hoards looks futile at times, and hopeful at other times. I loved this film! Rated 14A.

     

  • Midnight in the Switchgrass (2021):

    This crime thriller has an interesting paring for its key cast members. Bruce Willis is FBI agent Karl Helter, who is teamed up with his partner Rebecca Lombardi (Megan Fox), in a story based on one of the most notorious serial killer cases in the State of Texas, all inspired by actual events. Helter and Lombardi have been closing in on the principals in a sex-trafficking ring when they stumble right into the path of what appears to be a number of serial murders. Byron Crawford (Emile Hirsch) is a Texas Ranger who has been working on the serial killer case for years, and he joins the two FBI agents in pursuit of the brutal murderer known as “The Truck Stop Killer.” As the trail becomes fresher, Rebecca suddenly disappears into the clutches of the murderer who kidnaps her leaving the two law enforcement professionals to try to find her as the clock runs down. Rated 14A. Also stars Machine Gun Kelly and Lukas Haas.

  • Every Breath You Take (2021):

    Casey Affleck stars as Philp, a psychiatrist whose professional life is turned upside down when one of his patients commits suicide. A psychological thriller that burns and churns begins down a path that seems somewhat thoughtful and normal when patient’s surviving brother James (Sam Claflin) shows up at Philip’s home and meets his wife Grace (Michelle Monaghan) and his daughter. In just a few awkward moments in which things do not seem quite right, the situation slowly turns first into paranoia and then to obsession. It’s clear to Philip that his family is in danger and that it falls to him to extricate them from what is an ever-entangling series of events. Affleck acted as one of the producers on the film which becomes a staggering mystery thriller that is a real nail-biter. Rated 14A.

  • Resort to Love (2021):

    This romantic comedy begins with a set-up that could only happen in a movie. Erica (Christina Millan) is an aspiring pop star who takes a gig in an exotic tropical location while in the middle of a musical meltdown. It turns out that the gig is a wedding, and the person getting married is her ex, Jason, played by Jay Pharoah. She works at keeping her previous relationship with him a secret, all the while trying to manage her fading sanity. Now in the presence of Jason, her feelings for him have been rekindled, his brother tries to stop things before they happen, and the question now is just who is going to end up at the altar with Jason. Rated 14A.


     

    Major Grom: Plague Doctor (2021):

    If you want to try a departure from the norm, here's a crime-and-punishment thriller from Russia, a Netflix original, that actually demonstrates that no one country seems to have the market cornered on corruption and evil-doing, as well as the vigilante aspect of revenge. Grom is a police major, who is known throughout the city of St. Petersburg as a cop who is hard on criminals and a law enforcement officer who sees only black and white, no shades of grey. If you break the law in his town, he comes down on you like a freeway overpass struck by a semi. When the Plague Doctor shows up, things change. The masked and costumed avenger (a small "a" avenger) goes after criminals who had escaped Grom's reach because they were not found guilty, despite evidence that they were bad to the bone. Those who used position and corrupt relationships to avoid punishment are now in the line of fire, and Grom seems powerless to do anything. This is the first Russian movie inspired by and based on a comic book series - the plague in question is the "Plague of Lawlessness" that is sweeping the land. Rated 14A.

New on CRAVE

The Croods: A New Age (2020):

Seven years ago DreamWorks Animation introduced us to the Stone Age family, the Croods.  They were an appealing bunch, with a Neanderthal sense of humour that appealed to both kids, who loved the cartoon aspect, and adults who found the dialogue particularly smart.  This sequel, which consistently brought families into those few theatres in the US that were still open during the height of the Pandemic, brought in audiences to the tune of about $2 million a week, even though it was available on Premium On Demand for much of that time.  Now available on Crave for no additional fee, we are allowed to see just how clever this new story is.  It’s a keeping-up-with-the-Joneses theme as the father Grug (voice of Nicolas Cage) runs into the Betterman family headed by Guy (voice of Ryan Reynolds).  It seems that the Bettermans are a step ahead of the Croods in everything that occurs.  Also includes a voice cast with Cloris Leachman, Emma Stone, and “Game of Thrones” star, Peter Dinklage.  Rated PG.

 

New on AMAZON PRIME

Jolt (2021):

Kate Beckinsale is Lindy, an attractive woman with an unusual occupation. She is a bouncer in a high-end club, and she also has serious anger management issues. She loses her temper often, and employs the martial arts skills that made her a great bouncer, but her behaviour has become more and more bizarre, and as part of managing her intense anger, she wears a vest which gives her a serious jolt of electricity whenever she begins to lose her temper, the set up for her next rampage. The first guy she has ever fallen for turns up murdered, and Lindy goes on an anger-fuelled rampage to get revenge, while the police are after her as the prime suspect. An excellent cast also includes Susan Sarandon, Bobby Cannavalle, and Stanley Tucci. Rated 14A, R in the States.

New on DISNEY + /Star

The Owl House (2021)(TV Series):

This animated series debuts its second season this week on Disney +.  It's a fantasy story with some sci-fi overtones about a teenage human girl named Luz who, on the way to a detention summer camp for alleged misbehaviour, accidentally stumbles into a portal to another world, one of magic and witchcraft.  During season one, Luz became set on mastering witchcraft by serving as an apprentice to a woman of magical abilities in a place called The Owl House.  As season two opens, three separate storylines converge as Luz has supporters who want to help her to go back home to the human realm, while she works to support and help her friends in the Owl House.  A third season of three 90-minute specials will appear next spring and that will round out the life of the series.  Rated PG.