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Feb 20th - 26th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  • Daddy's Home 2:

    This is a movie looking for believers, not one that is trying to find converts.  If you like Will Ferrell and his one-dimensional man-child characters, if you liked the set-up from the first Daddy's Home movie from 2015, and if you like the comedic goings-on around the challenges of a blended family, you'll be just fine with this sequel that adds two more dads.  Christmas is only days away when Dusty (Mark Wahlberg), co-dad to the blended family in which Brad (Will Ferrell) has married Dusty's former wife Sara (Linda Cardellini) learns that his seldom-seen father Kurt (Mel Gibson) is coming for the Holidays.  They have been estranged for years, but Kurt, a former Space Shuttle commander, is not a soft-hearted do-gooder ... he's a man who allows the pleasures of the flesh to guide his behaviours. Turns out that, by script-writing coincidence, Brad's father (John Lithgow), is coming for the Holidays too.  He's the same kind of politically correct, smarmy character as his son.  All of this, along with siblings and step-siblings who struggle to find their places in the family, makes for a tense and uptight Christmas.  Kurt decides for all of them that he will get an Air B & B in mountainous snow country, and it will be a big, happy family ... of whining, back-biting, complaining and posturing.  I personally do not like Will Ferrell's characters in most of what he does - he's the producer here too, by the way - so that casts a definite pall on the goings-on for me ... but it's a comedy with some funny bits, the kids' performances are just fine, and as forgettable as it may be ... don't they know it's Christmas after all?  Rated PG.  

     

  • The Star:

    Still keeping with the Christmas theme, which really doesn’t work well at this time of year, this animated feature did very well at the box office as a family film that takes a different look at the Nativity.  From Walden Media, purveyor of quality G-rated product, we look at the First Christmas through the eyes of, not a little drummer boy, and not a shepherd, but rather, a little donkey named Bo voiced by Steven Yuen.  In the journey to follow the star, Bo picks up a number of animal friends along the way including a horse and a goat, as well as an old Donkey voiced by Kris Kristofferson.  Among the non-animal characters, you will hear the voices of Kelly Clarkson, Oprah Winfrey, Gina Rodriguez, Tyler Perry, Anthony Anderson, Kristin Chenoweth, and Patricia Heaton.  Kids love the story and the animal’s perspective, and adults will enjoy it because the kids like it so much.  Rated G.

  • Same Kind of Different As Me:

    This was to be Renee Zellweiger’s first movie in six years, but it was put on the shelf for a year to make way for Bridget Jones’ Baby.  Here, she plays Deborah Hall, a real-life person who lived this story, married to Ron (Greg Kinnear).  Ron is an international art dealer, a very successful man, but on the home front, things are not so good.  His marriage is struggling and it looks as if it might not be saveable.  Enter a homeless man named “Suicide” (Djimon Honsou) who is befriended by Deborah.  She feels that she can help him, something that initially does not sit well with he busy husband, but Ron soon sees that unless he ponies up to help Deborah with her “project,” all hope for them will be lost.  This is a “nice” movie – it is a Christian film at quotes the Bible from time to time, but does not hit anyone over the head with the Book, and it’s difficult to imagine any but the most cynical not feeling good about viewing it.  Rated PG.

  • The Polka King (2017):

    This Netflix original is a biopic starring Jack Black as Jan Lewan, a Polish immigrant who came to the US with several family members, and began a string of businesses all oriented towards the polka, and he sought investors to help out, which caused a great deal of difficulty with the law and with the government.  A schemer and a dreamer, Jan had difficulty, even when his polka band was at its peak, in playing it straight, and he tended to self-destruct at every turn, taking friends and family down with him, always to bounce back with another scheme and another dream.  For polka fans, the music will be quite rousing, and as a "caper" movie it has its moments of fun.  Rated 14A.


     

     

    A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018):

    Another Netflix original, this movie looks at the rise of National Lampoon as a major media force in the 1970s and '80s.  The leadership was always suspect and dodgy, but the product was amazing and made buckets of money.  National Lampoon's Animal House and the movie Caddyshack are featured prominently but they are all remakes for this film, so you have to get used to actors playing such real-life people as the late John Belushi, bandleader Paul Shaffer, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, and Bill Murray.  If you can get your brain to suspend that part of he recognition, this is a pretty nutso film ... for me, I just could not get used to the stand-in actors, but it's an interesting movie.  Rated 14A. 

The Chi (TV series, 2018):

This edgy and highly acclaimed series from Showtime in the US is set in Chicago's tough South Side and it follows the lives of a handful of people in that hard scrabble life.  Even though it's new, the critical acclaim has been enormous, the cast contains two members that were in Oscar-nominated films "Moonlight" and "Straight Outta Compton," and the large contingent of characters is forced to deal with a series of events that will change all of them forever.  For Mature audiences.


New on AMAZON PRIME

First Flights with Neil Armstrong (1991)

Although this series is 26 years old, and Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, has been dead for five years, aviation buffs will want to catch each season of the three that Amazon is offering, in which Armstrong introduces specific eras in aviation, and sometimes flies the planes that he is profiling, from the old "Jenny" biplanes that delivered the mail in post-WWI America, to the first jet trainers such as the T-33 Silver Star that set the tone for the jet age.  I know it's a specific market, but if you like planes, you'll love all of this!