Jan 5th - 11th Downloads
& DVDs
  • The Visit:  

    M. Knight Shyamalan wrote and directed this horror story with a small budget, and a big surprise in his twist ending … although it kind of runs out of gas in the last minutes.  Two children of divorce, teenaged Becca (Olivia DeJonge), and pre-teen Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) are sent by the single-parent-mom (Kathryn Hahn) to visit grandparents whom they have never met.  The old folks live on a small farm in the country, and the kids have some hesitation, but it’s only for a week, so they soldier on.  Nana and Pop-pop turn out to be strange, and as the visit continues, they become increasingly strange – Nana for example, wants Becca to get inside the oven to clean it, Hansel and Gretel style.  Interesting film, in most respects, unlike anything we have seen before. Rated 14A.

  • The Walk:  

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt is exceptional as high-wire-walker Phillipe Petite who, in 1974, walked a wire strung between the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.  Because the event happened, and happened successfully, the drama in the story comes from Phillipe’s past, in how he came to be such an extraordinary performer on the wire.  Montreal’s Charlotte LeBon is Annie the love of his life, and Ben Kingsley is Papa Rudy, the grizzled veteran circus performer who teaches young Phillipe the ropes.  Great special effects with some outstanding original camera techniques designed by director Robert Zemeckis, that make us feel we are up there on the wire ourselves.  Rated14A

  • Sicario:  

    Quebec-born film director Denis Villeneuve put together a very strong cast led by Emily Blunt as a Government agent on the trail of a serial killer who works both sides of the US/Mexico border.  Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro are her co-workers who may or may not be what they seem.  A very dark story with dark characters and a less-than-bright outcome make this a realistic, tense, thriller that will appeal to those who like something non-formulaic.  Rated 18A.

  • Dawn Patrol (2014):

    Scott Eastwood (Clint's son) is John ... he's a blue collar guy, rough around the edges, who's whole life is surfing.  His younger brother, whom everyone adored, is murdered, and John goes on a revenge binge to get the guy who took away his family member.  After the deed is done, John learns that he killed the wrong man, and decides to disappear by joining the Marines and getting shipped to the Middle East. What happens there is a bizarre series of events that leave him in the hands of another out for revenge ... and John has no tools, other than words, to save his life.  A very interesting film that was ignored when first released, but well worth a look!  Rated 14A. 

Snow Falling on Cedars (1999):

An Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography was well-earned here, but not much happens other than that.  The title is exactly right - we see a lot of snow falling, it's very quiet, very scenic, but pretty quiet otherwise.  Set in Washington State, but largely filmed in BC, the story revolves around fishers in a small coastal village after World War II when anti-Japanese sentiment was still running very high. A man is murdered, found underwater, tangled in his own nets, and it appears that one of the Japanese locals is the best suspect.  Ethan Hawke is Ishmael Chambers, the town's newspaperman, who probes the case, feels that injustice is afoot, and quietly tries to rectify the wrong.  Scenery and photography are great, but this movie is just endless!!  Rated 14A.