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December 2nd - 8th Downloads
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  • The Expendables 3:  

    We don’t watch a film such as this for the plot, for the nuances of acting or for the subtle shifts in the script.  We watch it because we want a lot of stuff to blow up, and it certainly does in this Sylvester Stallone-scripted-and-directed action flick.  Mel Gibson, playing the founder of the Expendables, Conrad Stonebanks, is diabolical and a perfect villain here as he turns on the team he created, which includes characters played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren, Antonio Banderas, and a great turn by Kelsey Grammer. This is very much a succession-planning film, as Barney (Stallone) and his team bring on some younger guys … but in the end, the old guys still have it!       Rated 18A.

  • The November Man:

    Pierce Brosnan is back doing what he does the very, very best – being a spy, an operative, and agent-on-the-run, call him what you will, in this terrific film that doesn’t have a flaw.  He is Peter Devereaux, he is retired, but he’s called back to duty by the CIA because a secret operative in Russia has information that she will only give to Devereaux.  With some reluctance he agrees – and before you can say ‘sniper-with-a-gun” she is dead in the street, and not it’s personal for Devereaux who has to find out who did this, and why.  Of course the CIA is involved up to its crooked neck, no one is quite whom they seem to be, and Luke Bracey as Devereaux’s protégé turns out to be his biggest enemy.  For now.  Excellent action film!  Rated 14A.

  • The Giver:

    In a near-perfect future world where everything is bright and peaceful, and where every young person has a role planned for them when they hit their teens, young Jonas (Brendan Thwaites (Oculus, Maleficent) is selected as “The Receiver,” a role that puzzles him and dismays his parents.  In each generation, someone is chosen to receive all the history of the human race, the good, the bad, the ugly ... this is the only person aside from The Giver (Jeff Bridges) who knows of the horrors that mankind has wrought.  Most are not up for the job and either die, disappear, or end up insane.  Can Jonas manage?  Not really ... but he takes a different tack than that of those who came before. Rated 14A.

  • 13 Sins (2014):  

    This direct-to-DVD horror-thriller has a cast of recognizable character actors, none of whose name you would know, but all of which you would say, "oh yeah ... that guy!"  Elliott Brindle (Mark Webber) is a salesman, but not a very good one.  He is over his head in debt and his income is heading south because he's not making any sales.  A phone call from out of the blue tells him that he's been selected as the subject for a reality TV show ... all he has to do is complete 13 simple tasks, and he'll get big money for each one.  Skeptical, he agrees to try ... and his first task is to kill a fly that's buzzing around him.  He does so, and a thousand dollars immediately goes into his bank account. Soon Elliott learns that he has bitten off more than he can chew.  Rated 18A.

     

    A Long Way Off (2014):

    This is a modern retelling of the Biblical story of The Prodigal Son.  Set in the present day, it features a young man named Jacob (Jason Birkey) who works hard on his father's farm, but after demonstrating his dedication, says to his dad that he'd like to leave the farm to seek his fortune in the big city. Interesting tale with an interesting outcome! Rated 14A.

     

EASY RIDER (1969): 

The late Dennis Hopper co-wrote (along with Peter Fonda) and starred in what is surely the classic road picture as two guys hit the roads of American on their choppers.  Watch for a supporting role by music producer Phil Spector.

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