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  • The Meg:

    There are a lot of laughs in this movie, most of them unintentional, and there are times when it seems as if it's taking itself too seriously. The story has an original wrinkle to explain the appearance of a 75-foot shark, actually a prehistoric fish called a Megadolan that has survived into the present day.  Turns out that what scientists thought was the bottom of the Philippines Trench, was actually a frozen cloud, a thermocline, and underneath had a whole new world of marine life.  We are talking eight miles deep here, so it's a long way down.  Rainn Wilson plays Morris, an unexplained billionaire who has invested heavily in a dramatic underwater facility off the coast of China.  He comes for a visit, at the same time one of the facility's submersibles goes down below the thermocline, and then gets into trouble as "something big" takes a swing at it, threatening the lives of the crew. One of those is Lori (Australian actress Jennifer McNamee) the ex-wife of Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham), who is the only man with the skills and the nerve to attempt a rescue.  The very decent special effects get revved up ready to show us the shark.  And it's big one.  No point in going further into the plot, as it pushes all the Jaws buttons - shark attacks boat knocking people into the water; shark is headed for crowded beach threatening bathers; shark is blown up ... maybe.  Each time we think it's done, another plot device comes into play letting us know that there are still people to be eaten and sharks to do the killing.  It's a popcorn movie, you can't take most of it seriously, but it's good fun for a hot day.  Made largely with Chinese money, and featuring a number of Chinese actors, most notably Li Bingbing, it's clear that the North American market is something of an afterthought for this one.  Shot in New Zealand, but set in China.  Rated 14A, but 11 and 12 year-olds will find it majorly entertaining.

     

  • Mile 22:

    One of the most intense thrillers in years, this Mark Wahlberg vehicle - he co-produced and stars - is at the same time brilliantly explosive, and amazingly frustrating.  The frustration comes from trying to follow the plot, which is dished out to us in little pieces, much if it as part of the narrative of James Silva, Wahlberg's elite Special Forces character.  Suffering from either bipolar disorder, dissociative personality disorder, or extreme narcissism - maybe all three - he yells at his undercover operatives constantly, in the most profane of fashions, offering no real reason at all for us like his character.  Silva runs a deep cover, covert ops group that does the dirtiest of dirty work in the spy business.  We are introduced to an operation at a Russian safe house in the US as Silva's team, under the direction of Bishop (John Malkovich), overtakes the premises looking for stolen nuclear material.  When the shooting starts it really never ends.  The title comes from the mandate to get a spy, a double agent in an unnamed Southeast Asian country, from the US Embassy where he has presented himself, in possession of valuable information, to a jungle airstrip 22 miles away.  Getting through that distance has Silva's team thwarted at every turn, as if someone has hacked their communications ... and indeed, someone has done just that.  The action is chaotic to the extent that plot details slip away like discarded magazine cartridges for automatic rifles. If you don't pay close attention, the final scenes at the airstrip won't mean very much, and you may find yourself trying to go over it all again just to figure out what has happened.  Directed by Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon), this story has plans to be a trilogy, and it's a good thing too, because I would like to know the fate of some of the key players.  Rated 18A for language and violence, it's a dirty look at a dirty business, and probably has a lot of fact-basis at its heart. 

  •  Alpha:

    Set on the plains of Europe 20,000 years ago, it follows the exploits of a tribe of hunters and gathers, focusing on a young man's coming of age story.  Kodi Smit-McPhee stars in this beautifully photographed story that sees him out with a hunting party, gored by a bison, and left for dead on the edge of a cliff.  He is abandoned by his tribe, but recovers, and has to make it on his own, before being attacked by a wolf pack.  The story evolves into the beginnings of the human-canine relationship and is very short on dialogue, and long on visuals.  Filmed in the Brooks, AB area, as well as Vancouver, it has some intense, scary parts for younger kids, but is a great story for maybe 9 years and up. Rated PG.  

  • Band Aid (2017):

    The tagline for this comedy-drama was "Misery loves Accompaniment," a play on words that becomes obvious when we learn that the story is about a married couple, Anna and Ben (Zoe Lister-Jones of "New Girl," and "Life in Pieces", and Adam Pallyof "The Mindy Project"), who just can't get along ... all they do is bicker and fight, when they decide, in a bid to save what is left of their marriage, to channel all that anger into music, and they become a band doing original tunes that mirror their relationship.  Also stars Colin Hanks.  Rated 14A.

     

    Outlaw King (2018):

    This Netflix original film stars Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce, the legendary Scot who, as the title monarch, worked against incredible odds to eradicate the English army from his homeland.  Desperately outnumbered, it required cunning and covert strategies to have any chance of success.  Taking place during the same time as the Mel Gibson film Braveheart, this one used authentic Scottish locations as well.  It debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year, and the audience response prompted the director to cut 20 minutes from the movie before its release.  Rated 14A. 

Weedequette / Bong Appetite (2018):

These two shows, not for everyone's taste, but timely to say the least, explore, in Weedequette, the science, education and culture behind the legalizing of cannabis, while Bong Appetite offers up a variety of ways to prepare weed other than smoking it ... foodies of a certain type will enjoy this one!  Rated M for mature audiences.

 

New on AMAZON PRIME

Event Horizon (1997):

An outstanding sci-fi thriller that predates the DVD era, and much of the CGI era is all the better because of the imagination required to manage the story, taking place on a space ship near a black hole.  A space vehicle enters the hole, and returns, somehow ... with something very strange on board.  Stars Sam Neill, Laurence Fishburne, and Kathleen Quinlan.  Interstellar, 18 years later, used similar science to explain its encounters with black holes.  Rated 18A.