Dec 3rd - 9th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  • The Goldfinch:

    This is a long, complicated film, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Donna Tartt.  The complexity comes from the story's penchant for jumping back and forth in time, focusing on the lives of its characters, sometimes in their younger years, sometimes in today's timeline, and other times when they are adults, but not quite up to the current time.  It's all about Theo Decker, played by Oaks Fegley as an early teenage boy, and by Ansel Elgort as adult Theo.  We know that he is a troubled boy because in the opening frames his near-adult self tells us that he is responsible for the death of his mother.  We don't know yet how she died, or why, but he is haunted by his guilt.  Over time we learn that he and his mother were in the Metropolitan Museum of Art - they are resident New Yorkers - when a terrorist bomb ripped through the building, killing several people, among them Theo's mother.  He had no family in New York, and his father (Luke Wilson) is an itinerant actor, drug user, and alcoholic who has been out of the picture for some time.  Nicole Kidman stars as the mother in a wealthy family, one of the children of which Theo had been friends at school ... and she offers to take him in.  They don't know that in the chaos of the explosion, Theo had stolen a priceless piece of art known as "The Goldfinch." "Stolen" might be a little strong - Theo is a young boy, and a man, in the process of succumbing to his injuries from the bombing, does two things - one, he gives Theo a ring - and secondly, he tells him to take the precious little painting, most insistently.  Following the instructions of the adult, Theo leaves the carnage of the museum with the painting tucked under his jacket, and with the ring in his pocket.  Now we follow Theo and the painting through a number of challenging parts of his life. The acting is superb, as is the camera work, but you really have to pay attention to what's going on minute by minute as the lives touched by these events become more constricting, making us wonder just what more can happen to poor Theo.  Very unusual and interesting movie!  Unfortunately, its length and complexity seem to have left it without much of an audience. Rated 14A. 

     

  • Ready or Not:

    A very difficult genre to pull off is a horror/comedy.  This film gets it right, with good balances of each - more horror than comedy, just to keep everyone serious, but there are dialogue lines and situations that offer up some bleak, black humour.  Australian actress Samara Weaving (Three Billboards) is Grace, and she is marrying Alex (Mark O'Brien of Bad Times at the El Royale), part of a wealthy, old-money family. Her wedding is held at the family estate populated with odd people that would have been an easy fit in the movie "Get Out!"  We learn quickly that the family made its fortunes in the game business, and then by buying four major sports franchises.  Once married, Grace is told that there is a ritual in which she must participate, in order to become a complete family member ... she must play a game, one chosen at random from a deck of cards with many different games indicated.  Everything from chess to Old Maid to her card ... Hide and Seek.  What she doesn't know is that in this game, she must be hunted down, found, maimed, and then sacrificed to Satan.  Nice way to be welcomed.  The family members are after her with guns, crossbows, and in one case, a huge headman's axe.  Grace gets beaten, battered, shot, caught, escapes, is caught again, and so it goes.  Filmed in Toronto, the cast contains a number of Canadians. Good fun with a real edge, this movie pulls off its difficult straddling of genres perfectly.  Rated 14A.

  • Killerman:

    Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) is Moe Diamond.  He lives in New York City, and he launders money for a living.  One eventful day, he wakes up with no memory of who he is or what he does, but learns quickly that everyone is after him, including a crew of crooked cops, because when he lost consciousness, he was in possession of millions in cash and drugs, and when he awakened, all of that was gone.  Now the chase is on as every bad guy in the city is after him. The most recognizable face in the supporting cast is that of Diane Guerrero, playing a character named Lola who just might be able to help Moe find out what’s going on, if he can stay alive long enough. Guerrero has been a TV regular on such series as Jane the Virgin, Orange is the New Black, and Superior Donuts.  Essentially a low-budget movie that is one extended chase scene, there’s enough here to keep you occupied, with tension driving the action. Rated 18A for violence.
  • A Christmas Prince: the Royal Baby (2019):

    This Netflix original is the third part of the Christmas Prince series of movies that began with A Christmas Prince in 2017, and then gave us last year's "The Royal Wedding," and now it's time for baby.  Rose McIvor and Ben Lamb star once again as the royal couple who head up the fictitious country of Aldovia.  The pending arrival of the newborn creates an opportunity to renew old friends and to make new alliances, but something goes wrong with the visiting dignitaries, when a 600 year-old peace treaty goes missing, and the threat of war and worse looms for the kingdom.  All of this happens on Christmas Eve, and if things aren't resolved by midnight, the worst will happen.  It's a Christmas romance, so I wouldn't worry too much about a bad ending.  Rated PG.

     

    V Wars (2019):

    This Netflix original series pits a doctor Ian Somerhalder) against his best friend as an ancient, long-dormant disease begins turning people into vampires.  Well, at least instead of the walking dead, we'll have the "flying" dead!  This one ticks off all the boxes, dealing with climate change, which helps reveal the virus to the world again, and it has a cast with a lot of horror story experience, including three castmembers who were in the "Saw" movies, and Somerhalder who was a principal in The Vampire Diaries.  Rated 14A. 

New on CRAVE

David Foster: Off the Record (2019):

A great slice of the world of composer-musician-showman Foster, from his beginnings in Victoria to his collaborations with "A" list artists that have helped him sell a half-billion recordings.  Everyone is in this documentary - Paul Anka, Michael Buble, Peter Cetera, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Lionel Richie, and Barbara Streisand to name just a handful.  A must for music lovers!  Rated PG.

New on AMAZON PRIME

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan

John Krasinski is back for season two of this action-packed spy thriller which, in its first season last year, was a huge hit for Amazon Prime. This time the action shifts to Venezuela as Ryan is sent into to covertly determine the threat to the Americas given the challenges raised by the Government of this South American country. Filming also took place in Europe and in other parts of the world, giving this TV series a big-screen look that would fit perfectly in a movie theatre. Eight new episodes make this a perfect binge-watch. Rated 14A.

New on DISNEY +

Forky Asks a Question

This series of Pixar shorts features Forky, the plastic spork from Toy Story 4, asking, and getting answers to some of life's most important questions, couching them in a style that can be understood by children.  This week Forky asks, "What is Love?"  Future episodes will ask such important questions as "what is cheese?"  Rated G.