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September 25th - October 3rd Downloads
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  • Transformers: The Last Knight:

    Mark Wahlberg, the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, is back as Cade Yeager, the auto junkyard owner and friend of the Autobots, all of which have been declared illegal  Optimus Prime, leader of the good-guy transformers, is seen tumbling through frozen space, on a search for the Autobot home planet.  Arriving there, in the vast reaches of the galaxy, he learns that it was he himself who was responsible for the destruction of his home, and that he is, in some way also responsible for the war between the Autobots and the Deceptacons.  Meanwhile, back on earth, a strange thing appears in the skies, headed directly for our planet.  It’s the planet Cybertron, home of the Transformers.  With most Autobots in hiding, and with Deceptacons targeting humans, it’s a toss-up as to who can save us … and before we know it, Bumblebee is on the scene followed by others looking to aid humanity.  The story in this one is a little too convoluted, the action is, as usual, non-stop, and character does not play a big part.  Don’t ask how, but Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table come into play as well. If you are a Transformers fan, this one will fit you just fine. Rated 14A.

     

  • 47 Meters Down:

    A somewhat unlikely story spins out here as a couple of young women, sisters Lisa and Claire (Mandy Moore, Claire Holt), decide to take a chance while on a Mexican vacation, and do a dive in a shark cage to view the area’s Great White’s up close.  Lisa is the timid sister, always having done things right, but is now trying to rebound from a divorce in which her husband walked out on her without warning.  Claire has always been the adventurous one, and she convinces Lisa that the shark cage caper will be exactly what her ex needs to see, to remind him of what he has just lost.  The boat they charter is skippered by a couple of shady characters, the equipment is dodgy at best, and it isn’t long before the cable has snapped, and Lisa and Claire are headed for the bottom, 47 meters down and swarming with sharks.  There are some very tension-filled scenes, and I guarantee you will not see the ultimate outcome heading towards you.  A good thriller, although it has a few holes in it … but not many. Rated 14A.

  • 2:22:

    Dylan (Michael Huisman who is Daario from Game of Thrones) is an air traffic controller who creates a near-miss situation between two aircraft, the result of a blinding white light on his radar screen at exactly 2:22 p.m.  Shaken by the experience, he is about to learn that a crisis of one kind or another will befall him every day at 2:22 leading to a double murder and a highly dangerous situation for anyone travelling by air.  He falls for Sara (Theresa Palmer) and learns quickly that her life is threatened by the mystery of 2:22 as well, and sets out to solve the dilemma and save the girl.  A better than average thriller that is worth a look! Rated 14A.

  • Narcos (TV series, 2015- present):

    Season three of this exceptional Netflix exclusive series returns to the streaming service this week as the continuing exploits of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar spin out with some of the most exceptional plotting and characterizations to be found in a TV series anywhere.  Wagner Moura is outstanding as Escobar, who, much  like Tony Soprano, has both a gentle, caring, family side to him, as well as the brutal actions that make certain the cartel knows exactly who is boss.  Escobar, during his "best" years, smuggled $70 million of cocaine each week, resulting in profits of $20 billion a year.  He spent $3,000 a month on elastic bands alone, just to wrap up his sheaves of bills.  Rated 18A.


     

     

    Inception (2010):

    Good timing for this film from Christopher Nolan who co-wrote and directed.  Nolan has done extremely well with Dunkirk, and when you look at Leo DiCaprio's starring turn here as a researcher who can get inside other people's dreams, it's quite remarkable to recognize the scope of Nolan's imagination.  Winner of four Oscars, the movie's imagination and exceptional special effects, most of which were not created by CGI, but rather by more grounded means, it's a film to which one must pay close attention, otherwise you may find yourself asking what the heck just happened?  Tom Hardy, Ellen Page, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt also star.  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

Room (2015): If you haven't seen this superb Oscar-winner in which Brie Larson had her breakout role, good chance to catch it now.  Larson is Ma, mother to Jack (Jacob Tremblay) to a young boy of about 10, who has been confined by an abductor and sexual predator to one single, windowless room.  She has no idea where it is, whether it's a part of a building, house, or something else.  The only natural light comes from a skylight high up in the ceiling.  Jack, her son's entire world is "room."  She does a remarkable job of teaching him, and bringing some semblance of normalcy to his life, in between nocturnal visits by her abductor.  She recognizes that, as Jack gets older, he may be seen as a threat by the man, and she begins to plot his escape. Exceptionally done film!  Rated 14A.