Jan 26th - Feb 1st Downloads
& DVDs
  • Goosebumps:  

    You know that time is marching on when Jack Black, instead of being the rebellious anti-establishment-know-it-all is playing the father of a teenager, but that’s what happens here in his role as R. L. Stine, creator of the YA series Goosebumps.  He’s dad to Hannah (Odeya Rush), who befriends a new boy in school named Zach (Daniel Minette).  Zach thinks it’s pretty cool that Hannah’s Dad creates stories of monsters and all kinds of fantastical creatures … but ooops!  Turns out that they aren’t just stories – Mr. Stine’s creatures are the real thing, and they are about to be unloosed upon the world.  Great fun! Rated 14A.

  • Burnt:  

    Bradley Cooper is excellent here as Adam Jones, a man pursuing the stars.  They aren’t celestial ones, however … they are Michelin Stars, the premier award for fine dining.  Adam was a big-time chef in Europe, but he destroyed his reputation, all of his relationships, and most of what he cared about because of his abuse of drugs and alcohol.  Now, two years later, he is back in Paris where he attempts to make amends with those he wronged, now that he is clean and sober.  And he wants a three-star restaurant.  Sienna Miller is Helene – one of those that he burnt along the way, who now may be his only route to the top of the food chain.  Excellent movie that didn’t get much play, and didn’t stay in theatres long enough.  Rated 14A.

  • Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise:  

    Tom Selleck is the title character here in the ninth TV movie about this private detective who fights crime on several fronts.  Eight of these movies were made by CBS and were available to Canadian viewers, but this one, and the next to come, are a product of The Hallmark Channel, an outlet not available here, so we have to wait for the DVD / Download / On Demand release to see what Jesse is up to this time.  He is after a serial killer in Boston, which is played here by Halifax, NS.  Former Victoria resident Leslie Hope co-stars along with Gloria Reuben, a Canadian who used to be a regular on the TV series ER.  Rated 14A.

  • What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993):

     Angela Bassett is Tina Turner in this biopic of the rise to amazing success in the world of music of Tina and her abusive husband Ike (Laurence Fishburne) who beat her, abused her, and took her money when her success began to eclipse his own.  In Turner's biography, he claims that some of the most abusive portrayals from this film never actually happened, but Tina begs to differ, as do the many witnesses who observed firsthand his behaviour.  A strong story of courage and fear, Turner wrote the book on which the movie is based.  Rated 18A. 

The Hunt for Red October (1990):

 This Tom Clancy adventure still holds up as an excellent action thriller as Alec Baldwin takes on the role of Jack Ryan in the search for a Soviet sub gone rogue.  There are great performances here from Sean Connery and Scott Glenn - Connery's hairpiece cost $20,000 to make, just one of the superb special effects.  Harrison Ford was offered the Jack Ryan role, but turned it down, paving the way for Baldwin.  Some great technology is revealed here, on the Russian sub, that at least one American member of Congress spoke of ... wondering why the American's hadn't invented it first, not realizing it was purely fictitious.  Rated 14A.