Oct 18th - Oct 25th Downloads
& DVDs
  • Independence: Resurgence:

    20 years later, both in our time and in the timeframe of the movie, we once again see Earth under attack by the alien forces that were the antagonists in the first movie in 1996.  We don’t have Will Smith this time, and Liam Hemsworth, although a fine action-adventure actor, doesn’t fill the voice.  Jeff Goldblum is back in his role as scientist David Levinson, Bill Pullman is the American President, but what’s missing is a decent script.  Full of poor plot-lines and some ridiculously unbelievable scenes, we watch as the good guys – that’s us – prepare for battle using technology left behind when the aliens were routed in the last movie.  The tagline is that we had 20 years to prepare … and so did they!  The aliens are back with a vengeance, but there is nothing we haven’t seen before, and the ploy of having a school bus full of children at the foot of the attacking alien leader is so overdone in movies of this sort as to be laughable.  Adequate, and a decent rental or download, but that’s about it. Rated 14A.

  • Alice Through the Looking Glass:

    Johnny Depp is back as the Mad Hatter, and Mia Wasikowska reprises her role as Alice, when she once more finds herself in Underland, realizing that something is terribly wrong.  The Mad Hatter’s health is in demise, and it looks as if he may die.  Alice learns that she must go back in time to stop a diabolical plot put in motion by the Red Queen using Time itself as her tool.  The special effects are spectacular as always, a signature of producer Tim Burton, who turned directorial chores over to James Bobin for this go-round.  Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Burton’s main squeeze, is the Red Queen once again, and we get more of her back story, and feel sympathetic … for a minute or so.  Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) plays Time, and Anne Hathaway appears as a member of the royal family.  Good fun, but complicated! Rated 14A.

  • Café Society:

    Woody Allen wrote and directed this story of Hollywood in the 1930s when it was a world unto itself.  Jessie Eisenberg is the central character here, Bobby, from the Bronx, who comes west to get a job, with the help of his mother, in the movie business with a cousin of hers.  The usual chain of mistaken identities and missed opportunities plays out as Bobby comes close and misses more than once before he finally gets the promised job.  He works his way up, driven by the desire to get close to Vonnie (Kristin Stewart) a young woman in the office who catches his eye … but a chain of events in which, for a time, no one is who they appear to be, finally gets Bobby where he wants to be.  There are huge parties, excessive and outrageous behaviour, and a delightful setting for movie buffs … but the ending is not satisfying.  Rated 14A.

  • Zootopia (2016):

    One of the better police procedural shows that you'll see is directed at a PG audience and was loved by adults and kids as well in its long, and very successful theatrical run.  Animated, and with animals and no people, it doesn't sound like it would play out like a sophisticated whodunnit, but that's just what happens here when a rookie cop, a rabbit named Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) is teamed up with a crafty fox named Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman) to solve a missing persons case in which large numbers of the city's citizens (all mammals, of course) seem to have disappeared.  Great cinematography and a story that will keep even the most cynical of adults fully engaged, the cast is rounded out with an otter voiced by Octavia Spencer, a lion voiced by J.K. Simmons, and my favourite, a moose news anchor named Peter Moosebridge, voiced by the CBC's Peter Mansbridge.  Rated PG.

The Wolverine (2013):

 In a story that is part origins and part action-adventure, the Marvel Comics character played by Hugh Jackman, is at his very best here.  Superheroes who become vulnerable - think Superman and Kryptonite - have to do something more than exhibit super strength in order to get out of the jams in which they find themselves.  The story finds Wolverine summoned to Japan in a story in which he cannot know whom he can trust and whom he cannot. There is a sideboard in which he is exposed to the nuclear bomb dropped on Nagasaki, and with that disastrous event, comes true insight.  A superhero movie with a difference.  Rated 14A.