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October 10th - 16th Downloads
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  • Baby Driver:

    Ansel Elgort is the least likely actor to be the star of this heist and caper movie, and perhaps that’s why he is so exceptional as the title character, “Baby,” who reluctantly drives getaway cars for bank heists engineered by the cunning crime boss named “Boss,” played to icy perfection by Kevin Spacey.  Baby made a mistake prior to the action in this story – he stole a car that unknowingly belonged to Boss … and then Baby junked the car in the river.  He had no idea that the trunk was full of cocaine and that Boss was not going to let a fortune in drugs just disappear.  He caught Baby, and threatening what little family Baby had, with terminal violence, insisted that Baby work off the amount of the stolen drugs by being the getaway driver for the heists engineered by Boss.  Each job involves a different crew hired by Boss … the only constant is Baby who looks forward to the day that his debt will be paid, and he can be free.  But will it be that simple?  John Hamm and Jamie Foxx also star, both playing a couple of thugs that are recruited for various jobs by Boss.  The movie did very well at the box office and became a surprise hit.  Excellent story, great action, and intricate plotting! Rated 14A.

     

  • The House:

    Okay for a rental or download, but not worth the trip to a theatre is this Will Ferrell vehicle in which he and Amy Poehler play a married couple, the Johansen’s, who’s teenage daughter has just graduated from high school at the top of her class.  That should be a most happy event, but the Johansen’s are not thrilled with the outcome … for many years, the student graduating at the top was given an all-paid scholarship to college.  This year the rules changed, and the daughter is on her own.  Despite the fact that the Johansen’s have an expensive and elaborate house and furnishings, and drive expensive cars, there is no explanation for the fact that they find themselves unable to pay the daughter’s tuition.  They could not have known, for the previous 18 years that the girl would be a top student, so no excused is offered as to why they have no funds for education.  They decide to set up and illicit gambling casino in their basement, because the house always wins, and this may be the way to come up with the money, fast.  But maybe the house doesn’t always win.  An uneven story, and a hard-to-believe-script make this one just tolerable, and that’s all. Rated 14A.

  • Demonic:

    Did not get distribution to most theatres, but this supernatural spooker is better than average, and has a credible cast too.  Frank Grillo (The Purge) is a police detective investigating a series of murders that occurred during a séance designed to contact the spirit of a ruthless murderer.  Apparently contact was made, but the evils spirit found its way into someone at the séance who then murdered three people, and left two missing.  The sole survivor is in shock and can’t speak to what happened, so the cop summons a police psychologist (Maria Bello) to help out, and soon there is one revelation after another, plunging them all into even more diabolical and supernatural events.  Rated 14A.


  • The Little Rascals (1994):

     Because of the setting, a somewhat ambiguous past time, this movie version of the series of shorts made by Hal Roach from 1922 to 1943 features a disgraced Alfalfa banned from the He-Man Woman-Haters Club because he has been found in the company of (gasp!) a girl, Darla.  That's it ... no room for that kind of behaviour in the club - and of all times, just on the cusp of the big race, the soapbox derby in which the club's prized car was to be driven by Alfalfa.  Because of its 1930s setting, the movie isn't dated and holds up well .... watch for a small part by Donald Trump as an oil tycoon, the father of one of the rivals for Darla's heart.  Rated PG. 


     

     

    First They Killed My Father (2017):

     This Netflix original directed by Angelina Jolie tells the story of Cambodian journalist and human rights activist Luong Ung, who, prior to her established career, was a little girl cowering in fear as the Kmer Rouge decimated Cambodia, using violent death to heads of families to bring the children into line with their agenda. Ung collaborated on the screenplay with Jolie to present a factual, and horrible look at life under this oppressive regime that left nothing but destruction and battered bodies in its wake.  Rated 14A. 

     

Interstellar (2014):

It's a tired and dying earth sometime in the near future, where global warming has taken its toll.  Almost everyone still alive on the planet is immersed in the business of farming, to provide much-needed food in this devastated, dust-bowl world.  Matthew MacConaughey is Cooper.  He's a farmer with two kids, a deceased wife, and a father-in-law (John Lithgow) who helps with the youngest daughter, Murphy, played by Jessica Chastain as a grown-up, and McKenzie Foy as a 10 year-old.  Murphy says she has a ghost in her bedroom, and that might just be true.  On strange instructions from the unseen entity, Cooper finds his way to a secret underground facility to learn that NASA is still functioning, and that a trip to the stars is in the works in an effort to save humanity.  Soon he is the pilot of an interstellar spaceship heading for a wormhole near the orbit of Saturn, that will propel him and his crew ... somewhere.  Lots of tips of the hat to 2001: A Space Odyssey, and some very smart sci-fi.  Rated 14A.

 

New on AMAZON PRIME

American Gangster (2007):
Denzel Washington is the bad guy here, an organized crime kingpin named Frank Lucas who ruled the drug trade in the eastern US during the 1970s.  Based on actual events and real people, we see the inhumanity that Lucas dishes out in order to keep his empire intact, and we see the lengths to which Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe), a NYPD operative will go to stop Lucas.  At the heart of the story is the ingenious method that Lucas devised to get top-quality heroin into the country, and the ingenious police work needed to stop the inflow.  Josh Brolin and Idris Elba also star.  Good, solid, gritty crime story.  Rated 18A.