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Sept 27th-Nov 2nd Downloads
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  • South Paw:  

    Jake Gyllenhaal is Billy Hope, a boxer the style of whom is to block incoming punches with his face.  He has a wife that he loves (Rachel McAdams), a young daughter, and a career that is on the upswing.  When a tragic event occurs, it changes everything for Billy and he loses his will to live and to be what he had always been.  Gyllenhaal is exceptional here, not only in terms of his physical transformation, which we buy totally – he looks like a boxer – but in the way he works through the emotional and physical pain.  Forrest Whitaker is the gym owner and one-time boxing coach who reluctantly agrees to help get Billy back on his feet.  Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) offers another story that will keep you as off-balance as a punch-drunk fighter.


     

    Rated 18A.

  • Pixels:  

    A one-joke movie in which aliens, who misread signals sent out from the earth as a battle call, respond in kind by sending a gigantic Pacman and other ‘80s video game characters off to Earth to do battle.  A group of guys who, whenever you see Adam Sandler cast, have never actually grown up, used to play endless hours of arcade games when they were in their teens … now, it seems that the fate of the world is in their hands as the decades-old skills come into play to help defeat the invading hordes.  Along with Sandler, we get his buddy Kevin James, another buddy Josh Gad, and an unusual appearance by yet another, played by Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones)  Pretty silly stuff … and not suitable for younger kids based on language and some subject matter.  

     

    Rated 14A.

  • Max:  

    I loved the story of this inspired-by-actual-events tale of a Marine hero from the war in Afghanistan who returns home suffering from PTSD.  What makes it different is that the Marine isn’t a human, but rather a dog, a Belgian Malinois which is a type of Shepherd used by American forces to go where no person can go.  When Max loses his handler in a fire-fight and is sent home to the States, he isn’t much good for anything.  Sent to the parents and younger brother of his handler, the only remnant of their lost son and brother, the dog fits in poorly, and doesn’t help with the behaviour problems of the teenage younger brother.  Thomas Hayden Church is excellent as the dad who struggles with loss on many levels.  Despite the dark subject matter, this turns out to be a most inspiring film.

     

    Rated 14A.

  • Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014):

    This exceptional documentary takes a happy and sad look at the life and career of Campbell, the one-time Rhinestone Cowboy, who fronted a top-rated variety show on television in the '60s, and had a string of hits over three decades, and was also one of the Beach Boys for a time.  Campbell's prowess as a studio musician is explored, as well as his relationship with his family, a wife, and ex-wife, and a blend of kids, some of which play in his travelling band.  The focus of the documentary is his last tour - Campbell had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and was rapidly losing his faculties ... for a time, being on stage was the one place he could function fully, but soon that too began to fail. 


    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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