Dec 11th - 17th Downloads
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  • The Equalizer 2:

    This is an outstanding sequel to the 2014 Denzel Washington movie.  Just two characters are in this new movie that were part of the last one, those being Melissa Leo as Susan Plummer, a CIA headpin, at one time McCall's boss when he was a licensed-to-kill operative there, and Bill Pullman as her husband Brian.  After a career in US special forces, followed by his CIA undercover work, McCall is now a damaged man, fighting the demons of the losses in his life, including the death of his beloved wife in an event meant to kill him.  He now devotes his waking moments to righting the wrongs that he sees perpetrated on innocent people.  In the last movie he was a big box home store employee, and now he drives for Lyft.  Early on he picks up a fare - a badly abused woman stuffed into his vehicle outside a fancy apartment building.  Once he realizes the distress that she is in, we don't see her again, but we do see McCall paying a visit to the classy apartment where the call originated, learning quickly that she had been drugged and subject to all manner of horrible treatment ... he gave the privileged young men an opportunity to do the right thing ... by the time he left, they were in a shambles on the floor, cut, bleeding, and very, very sorry.  What is so interesting about this film is its pacing.  We are given time for the story and the characters to develop fully, so that when the mayhem starts, we know exactly who should be getting what.  Excellent movie, one of the finest examples of the genre, and one that I heartily recommend.  Don't know if there will be a Three-quilizer, but I'll be first in line to see it if that's the case.  Rated 14A. 

     

  • Smallfoot:

    This animated tale turns around the legend of Bigfoot, focusing on a community of Yeti in the Himalayas.  Channing Tatum is the voice of Migo, the Yeti who believes that the legendary creature known as the Smallfoot (human beings) actually exists.  When Migo is shunned by his tribe for his insistence that he has actually seen one, the snowman heads down the mountain looking for proof.  The reason that the tribe has taken such as strong position against Migo is the part of this story that will go over the heads of most youngsters who just like the monsters, but will hit adults squarely in the solar plexus.  The origins story of the Yeti is that they were somehow birthed by a giant Sky-Yak back in the Stone Age, and that to this day, their world is supported on the backs of these enormous beasts.  The Abominables know only their mountain top society, with a permanent cloud bank shielding them from the truth below. Migo is banished for heresy. He eventually encounters Percy, a human being aka Smallfoot (voice of James Cordon) who is the host of an animal show on television.  The story of genocide, and how humans deal with those that are different will be missed by the young, but makes for a thought-provoking premise. The crowd that liked Monsters Inc and Hotel Transylvania will love this one.  Rated PG.

  •  Peppermint:

    Jennifer Garner is Riley North, a suburban wife and mother who goes through a life-changing experience.  The time lines jump around in this movies, from present to past and back to present, and even though the action is hardcore, and the story is sound, the jumps are a little disjointing.  Directed by Pierre Morel (Taken), it is a no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners revenge movie.  Riley and her husband Chris (Jeff Hephner of Chicago Med) are going through a tough patch financially when he gets an offer to make a lot of money for doing something illegal that is  supposed to be simple with no chance of getting caught. Bad choice.  When Chris backs out of the deal, the bad guys come after him anyway.  In moments Riley North is a widow and the mother of a dead child.  She can identify the shooters. However, the justice system, infiltrated by dirty cops, crooked lawyers, and compromised judges does not move smoothly, and for the killers of her family, there is no punishment.  Five years later, with Riley having been off the grid, she returns to Los Angeles.  We learn, in a not-to-clear fashion that she has been in Asia, acquiring martial arts and military skills. Now, Riley North is all about revenge, and she sets out to right the wrongs that had her lose her family.  A good action-adventure thriller.  Rated 14A.

  • May the Devil Take You (2018):

    This Netflix original comes from Indonesia, which really doesn't matter when the story opens with a pact made with The Devil.  Things aren't likely to get much better as the story plays out, with an estranged father falling into a mysterious coma, and his daughter and her stepsister returning to his old mansion to uncover the truth.  A haunted house story with some interesting twists.  Rated 14A.

     

    A Christmas Prince:

    The Royal Wedding (2018):  Another Netflix original, shot in Romania, and starring an international cast of Brits, Aussies, and Kiwis, spins out this romance in which Amber (Rose McIvor) helps Prince Richard (Ben Lamb) ascend the throne.  A year later, she is on the cusp of becoming his wife, and queen of the realm, but is she really ready?  This is a sequel to last year's "A Christmas Prince," with most of the same cast returning to their roles.  Rated PG.

The White Princess (TV Series) (2017):

Based on Philippa Gregory's novel, this British-American production tells the fictionalized historical story of Elizabeth I in her days prior to her coronation as Queen of England.  Focusing on her marriage to Henry VII, British actress Jodie Comer is in the title role, in this sequel to "The White Queen."  The original series was made for the BBC, this one for the American cable channel Starz.  Rated M for Mature audiences.


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Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018):

Based on actual events, Joaquin Phoenix stars as John Callahan, a young man severely injured in a car accident in which he was the impaired driver.  His alcoholism led him to that place, where he emerged a quadriplegic, and it appeared that his life was pretty much over.  While in rehab, he found that he had an ability to draw editorial cartoons, and with the help of his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and his sponsor (Jonah Hill), he learns that perhaps there is a life worth living after all.  Set and shot in Portland, OR, home of the real-life John Callahan.  Rated 14A.