March 30th - April 5th Downloads
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  • Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019):

    A barnburner of an action movie with several very significant story threads that keep a number of balls in the air all at once, this film should satisfy everyone from the casual Star Wars observer, to the rabid fans who know the franchise inside and out.  There will be no spoilers from me, although many opportunities to tell the tales of interesting characters and superb writing abound ... I'll be careful not to let any cats out of any bags.  This is the final chapter in the story of Luke Skywalker, as the surviving members of The Resistance once again go up against the diabolical First Order, now being called The Final Order.  Mark Hamill is back as Luke Skywalker, and archival footage is used to have Leia (Carrie Fisher) appear as well, since she had died prior to the beginning of production.  Disney, the film's owners, were adamant about not allowing a digital recreation of Fisher in her role as Leia - this had been done with Christopher Lee in a previous Star Wars film, and it wasn't a popular move in the eyes of the movie's fans, and critics too.  Instead, director and writer JJ Abrams rewrote parts of the script to fit with footage that had been unused in the previous movie, so General, formerly Princess Leia, is very much a part of things in the flesh.  Billy Dee Williams returns as Lando Kalrissian, and new characters with which we have become familiar carry the action, including Kylo Renn (Adam Driver), Lieutenant Connix (Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher's real-life daughter),  and Rey (Daisy Ridley).  C-3PO and R2D2 are here as well, along with the newer BB-8. The action is exceptional, the characters live and breathe on the screen, and every story thread is neatly tied up by film's end, which should make even the most cynical viewers happy.  Rated 14A.

     

  • The Current War (2017):

    This film about the greats in the race to light up the world, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017, but did not get a theatrical release until two years later because of the Harvey Weinstein accusations that made many of the company’s properties either stalled, sold to other distributors, or left on the shelf. It is the story of a battle that occurred in the past, one in which there were no casualties, no territory was taken over, and no peace treaty was ever signed, and yet it affects almost every living person on our planet.  The struggle takes place in the late 19th and early 20th century as three giants of technology and industry square off against one another to determine who will light up America and the world. Thomas Edison has gone a long way with his electric light bulbs and the use of DC, direct current. He comes up against George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla who have the same aggressive dream, but they plan to use AC, alternating current. This movie has all the intrigue of a spy thriller and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Edison, Michael Shannon as Westinghouse, and Nicolas Hoult as Tesla.  Rated 14A.

  • Coda:

    Patrick Stewart stars as a gifted concert pianist who, in the twilight years of his life, finds himself struggling with intense anxiety and stage fright.  This is a completely new issue for Sir Henry Cole, Stewart’s character, who has had a lifetime of his command of the stage and of his audience. What changed was the loss of his wife.  After taking off a period of bereavement time, he returned to performing, and had to leave the stage, and in fact the concert hall, in a panic. His meeting with Helen Morrison (Katie Holmes) will change everything, but not right away.  Morrison is a music critic who wants a story, but Cole declines. As his mental condition worsens, a situation presents itself where she is able to save him from an acute case of abandoning the stage.

  • I Am Not Okay with This (TV Series, 2020):

    This Netflix original series follows the life of teenager Syd, her friends, and her life so far.  It’s a teen drama that checks off all the boxes including those regarding love, parents, sex … and of course, the fact that Syd seems to be developing super powers. Sophia Lillis (It, It Chapter Two) is Syd in this story based on the graphic comic book.  Rated 14A.

     

    All the Bright Places (2020):

    Based on the best-selling novel by Jennifer Niven, this Netflix original film stars Elle Fanning as Violet, a young woman who falls in love with Theodore (Justice Smith), who has a significant amount of baggage, both physically and emotionally.  A romantic drama, it also stars Luke Wilson and Keegan-Michael Key. Rated 14A.

New on CRAVE

The Dead Don't Die (2019)

A great cast in yet another zombie film, we start out with two police officers (Bill Murray and Adam Driver) in search of a missing chicken, and a series of comedic events that make this one of the best, and funniest zombie movies ever.

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

Run the Race (2019):
This sports drama focuses on the world of high school football, and puts a good cast together was we watch two brothers, Zach and Dave Truett (Tanner Stine and Evan Hoffer) take two very different approaches to the competitive life on the gridiron.  Mario Van Peebles, Mykelti Williamson, and Francis Fisher co-star as the adults who try to bring some resolution to the brothers’ conflict. Rated 14A.

 

New on DISNEY +

The Mandalorian, Chapter 6:
This Star Wars series made for streaming, is perhaps the most true and authentic spinoff that the franchise has offered in more than 20 years.  Taking place in the days of Jawas and Ewoks, it follows the adventures of a masked bounty hunter and his baby Yoda capturee across the galaxy.  The flavour is very much that of the Empire Strikes Back era, with outstanding special effects and a superb story.  Rated PG.