June 2nd - 8th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  Dreamland (2020):

    Available on demand, this bizarre movie has everything you never thought you would see, from blood-soaked children outdoors, to Juliette Lewis at the strangest wedding scene I have ever seen in a movie, to a performance by Nova Scotia native Stephen McHattie who plays a dual role with his face so craggy and worn it looks like the weathered rock on a west coast mountainside.  Shot in Belgium and Luxembourg, which gives the movie a surreal look that matches its dark and dangerous look - it even has a vampire - the production team here has delivered something truly different.  McHatttie's character - he plays a dual role - is at times driven by his occupation as a reluctant hitman, and at other times in his role as a trumpet player marked for an unusual hit, cool, smooth, and almost sweet.  The movie is explosive at times, and never gets bogged down in dialogue, which sometimes makes it hard to figure out what is actually going on, as this in no stock murder mystery, gangster film, or other-worldly occult story.  For me it was all worth it just to watch McHattie work the camera.  If you don't recognize his name, you'll recognize that face immediately from his many roles on such series as Seinfeld, where he did a multiple episode arc as Elaine's psychiatrist, and my first encounter with his work, the amazing mini-series "Centennial" from 1978-79 where he played Jake Pasquinel, son of Robert Conrad's major character.  He did a turn on Guiding Light, was a regular on "Beauty and the Beast," and was a regular on the sci-fi thriller Orphan Black and the vampire thriller "The Strain."  Not everyone's cup of plasma, this movie is one of a kind, and is worth a look for the cinematic ride it offers.  Rate 14A.

     

  • Debt Collector 2 (2020):

    Scott Adkins is back in this tough-guy role that makes the likes of Jean Claude Van Damme and Stephen Seagal look like boy scouts.  A sequel to 2018's "The Debt Collector" currently streaming on Netflix, this hard-boiled revenge-inspired British film takes up where that movie left off.  Adkins plays a character named French.  In the first movie, he was a fierce, proud, and ethical martial arts practitioner running his own dojo with a firm hand, but was behind on his bills.  After being paid a visit by the mobsters who now owned his debts, French challenged them to a winner-take-all competition which he handily won walking away, and he took over their jobs as a mob debt collector.  His work takes him to Las Vegas, along with his partner Sue (Louis Mandylor) where the revenge story gets reversed.  Now there are some of the baddest of the bad guys after French and Sue with both a financial and a love interest at stake.  The fight sequences are chilling, right up there with the best put on film by such people as Jason Statham as The Transporter.  As the thugs corner our reluctant heroes, it looks like it's all over except for the bleeding out ... but there's always room for a Debt Collector 3.  Rated R for language and violence. 

  • Extra Ordinary (2020):

    This is a horror movie with a comedic direction ... or it might be a comedy movie with a horror direction, you an take your choice.  Shot in Ireland, with an almost all-Irish cast with the exception of SNL's Will Forte, it's the story of Rose Dooley, played by Maeve Higgins who also co-wrote the script.  Rose is a psychic, but she really doesn't want to be one.  When she was a little girl, she saw the outcome of a bad clash with the supernatural that took her father's life, and since that time, she has avoided the subject, although spirits, which Rose has the ability to send on to their next reward, won't leave her alone.  She's a driving instructor, and that's all she wants to do, but the supernatural and the occult keep encroaching upon her life in such a fashion that she fears winding up like dear old dead dad.  She meets a man named Martin (Barry Ward) who finds his young adult daughter in trouble at the hands of a satanic rock star who wants her as a sacrifice, and before you can say "ectoplasm," Rose and Martin are intervening to save the girl, but it might be at the expense of Martin's mortal soul.  And interesting spin because of its Irish roots, there is a lot of fun here.  Rated 14A. 

  • Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (2011):

    If you have young kids around the house because of the current crisis, this is a movie that may be just right for them ... "them" being those between, I would say, five and maybe 10 or 11.  It isn't one of those movies that adults are going to say, after all is done, "that was good!"  In fact, when the film appeared in theatres, it was widely trashed by critics.  Problem is, those critics weren't 10 years old, which is what it helps to be to get value from this movie.  Based on the "Judy Moody" series of books by Megan MacDonald, the stories follow the adventures of Judy, a grade three student who sees the world just a little differently than other kids.  When school lets out for the summer, Judy decides to have the most wonderful summer of her life, but it gets spoiled right off the bat when her parents have to go away to help another family member, and she and her brother Stink are left in the care of Aunt Opal (Heather Graham).  Things go from bad to worse until Judy decides to hook up with her brother in a search for Big Foot.  A frenetic, high-energy romp ensues, that will likely irritate adults, but charm and indulge youngsters.  Rated PG on Netflix.

     

    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.