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April 24th - 30th Downloads
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  • Hostiles:

    Set in 1892, it's the story of a US Cavalry Captain named Joe Blocker who is tasked with taking a dying Cheyenne Chief named Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi) and a few of the Chief's family members, from the fort in the New Mexico Territory, to his ancestral home in Montana.  Chief Yellow Hawk has cancer, he has been imprisoned along with his son Black Hawk (Adam Beach), and his daughter and grandson, for the past seven years.  The Indian Wars are coming to an end, and with a Presidential pardon, Yellow Hawk and his family are free to go home.  Blocker is a damaged man, still hateful of what many of the Native people have done to his kind, but he knows that he did all of that and worse to them, and he does not want this assignment.  Prior to our seeing this piece of exposition, the movie opens with a settler, his wife, and three children set upon by a band of Comanche who kill them all with the exception of the mother Rosalie (Rosamund Pike), who clutches her dead baby to her for days, unable to process what has happened.  When Blocker and his group of travelers, all on horseback, encounter the scene of horrific destruction, they stop and try to help Rosalie.  Soon she has joined them on the trail to Montana.  The cinematography on the journey is spectacular, with Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico locations caressing the camera.  There are many lengthy shots of setting suns, silhouetted trees and mountains, and the party crossing the terrain at a great distance. This is slow-moving film with many long silences, but it is a stunning character study in forgiveness, and an amazing look into the hearts of those who have been so badly damaged emotionally and physically.  I hope will be remembered at Oscar time next year.  But it is not all action, thrills, and high adventure ... at its heart, this is a story of human pain and suffering, and what one set of individuals does to find peace.  Rated 14A.

     

  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure:

    Based on the series of YA novels by James Dashner, this is the third in the Maze Runner series.  In the first film, a group of young people led by Thomas (Dylan O'Brien), struggled to find its way out of a maze that imprisoned them.  In the second one, it found its way out of the city into the ruins of the dystopian world gone bad.  And now it is trying to break back into the city to find a cure for a plague known as "The Flare" which turns people into what appears to be the entire extras cast from The Walking Dead.  This is a good action movie getting us revved up even before the opening titles roll, as we see the youthful gang hijacking a railway car in which their friends are imprisoned.  Lots of off-road action, a game of tag with the moving train, and then a futuristic helicopter shows up to put a stop to it all.  There isn't much in this special-effects-laden movie that we haven't seen before, but the characters are consistent with the two previous films, as most of the cast has returned, minus a handful that died in the process ... not everyone makes it out of this one alive either as the villainous Janson (played by Game of Thrones Aiden Gillen) is bent on finding a cure for The Flare at the expense of the young people who have some antibodies in their blood that may help.  Overall, a satisfying action thriller that will make most viewers happy with the outcome ... and don't worry if you can't recall the previous two movies - this one stands alone well enough that even a rookie viewer will get it.  Rated 14A.


  • Den of Thieves:

    I love a good heist movie, and this one, which stars Gerard Butler as an LA County Sheriff, starts off as though it will be a good one, then it takes a couple of detours that make it look like it may not be a good one, and finally, well into its 2 hour and 20 minute running time, it turns back into a good one.  Butler is Nick Flanagan, who leads an elite team of SWAT-type tough guys who may be worse than many of the bad guys they seek.  Profane, unpredictable, and damaged, we get all that in just a few minutes, but the film digresses into his domestic situation just to show us how bad he is ... and that makes it at least 20 minutes too long.  Nick and his team are seeking a bank robbery gang that seems unstoppable - we learn in the opening credits that LA is the bank robbery capital of the world with three bank jobs every hour going on somewhere in the region.  The head of the criminal gang is named Merriman. He and most of his team are ex-military, and he is played by Pablo Schreiber who is half-brother to actor Liev Schreiber.  Pablo was born and raised in the small Kootenay town if Ymir, BC.  O'Shea Jackson, Jr. whose father is rapper/actor Ice Cube, is a sometime bartender recruited by the gang to be its driver, and the whole point of the story is that the gang is going to rob the only place that has never been robbed, the US Federal Reserve in Los Angeles, where old money goes to be destroyed.  The twists and turns are sometimes difficult to follow, but we stick with the program as the heist is set up.

  •  The Florida Project (2017):

    This movie had a lot of Oscar buzz and a nomination for Willem Dafoe as Best Actor.  Although it didn't win, it's still an interesting character study of families who live on the margins of society.  Dafoe plays the manager of a low-end motel in the shadow of Walt Disney World, a place where the customers and the tenants live on the fringes, often poor, from broken families, or running from something.  Part of his job is to get people out before they have stayed 30 days.  Florida law protects them as renters if they stay more than that, and they could become squatters and create difficulties for the motel owners in getting them out.  A couple of families, both with little girls who play with one another, play the game, trying to stay longer, while he must evict them.  Rated 14A. 


     

     

    Fried Green Tomatoes (1991):

    Kathy Bates is sensational in this story of people in the deep South who go about their lives, while one unhappy housewife befriends an elderly lady who regales her with stories of times gone by.  One of the best scenes in the film has Evelyn (Bates) pulling into a supermarket parking lot, finding a space, and at the last second being beaten to it by a car full of teenage girls in a convertible.  They say to her, as they leave, "too bad lady ... we're young and we're fast."  Evelyn replies, "Girls, I'm old, and I have more insurance," as she crashes her car into theirs, pushing it out of the space.  Great characters and a delightful story.  Also stars Mary Stuart Masterson and Jessica Tandy.  Rated 14A. 


Counterpart:

This current TV series from American cable offers its season finale this week on Cravetv.  Starring Oscar winner JK Simmons, it's the story of parallel worlds with duplicate characters.  Operatives who cross over from one world to the next can pose serious threats to the security of the balance of power ... although it has been wordy and slow moving, the concluding episode has some strong action points.  Rated 14A. 

New on AMAZON PRIME

Roseanne

If you missed the first two episodes that set the ratings world afire, you can stream the series from Amazon ... I was never a fan of the original series, but I have to admit that this one is a lot of fun ... very well-made, and a lot of laughs!