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May 24th - 31th Downloads
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  • The Finest Hours:

    In 1952 off the New England coast not far from Cape Cod, a vicious storm, the worst in remembered history, breaks the backs of two oil tankers adrift and without power.  There are 32 lives at stake, and there’s one small Coast Guard boat available, capable or rescuing maybe 12 at best.  A strong cast headed by Chris Pine and Casey Affleck sees the Coast Guard men sail into what seems to be certain death, as they answer the call of duty.  A true story that is talked about in those waters to this very day, this one plays out very well, although there are some scenes where the actors, given what they appear to be going through, should have been a lot wetter, and a lot more windblown.  That’s small criticism though, for a good film that captures the times very well.  Rated 14A.


  • Zoolander 2:

    Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson take on the roles of male models Derek Zoolander and Hansel that they set aside 15 years ago, leaving us wanting more.  But the first law of showbusiness is exactly that – leave them wanting more – don’t deliver more!  Alas, no one listened, and this version of the story, in which the boys get back into modelling and soon are deceived by smooth operators who figure in an insidious plot, lacks the basic elements of tension, drama, and surprise.  Everyone from Katie Couric to Will Ferrell and Justin Bieber show up, but that does nothing to make this a decent film.  It’s fine for a download or a rental, and be glad you didn’t pay to see it in the theatre. Rated 14A.


  • How To Be Single:

    The target market for this one is single women, attached women, and committed women, but it’s not a date movie … this is one you see with your friends, if you’re a woman of any stripe, and it’s one you probably avoid with any sort of male, unless it’s your cat.  Rebel Wilson, Dakota Johnson, Leslie Mann, and Alison Brie are friends, and are all in one type of singlehood or another.  Wilson’s character finds herself waking up in a stranger’s apartment most mornings, Mann’s is a doctor who sees no need for a man, Johnson’s is in a four-year relationships but wants out, and so it goes.  Funny, naughty, and clever, this is a perfect girl’s movie night event. Rated 14A.



  • Upside Down (2012):

    A very interesting sci-fi concept, quite unlike most others, has a pair of seemingly star-crossed lovers, young teens, passionately pursuing on another, when the Planetary Patrol catches them, and ends the relationship, perhaps ending the life of the young woman, Eden (Kirsten Dunst).  Adam (Jim Sturgess) is devastated when he sees Eden appear to fall to her death, while the law enforcement officers take him back to where he belongs.  The twist here is that the two come from opposite-but-adjacent planets, the upper one where the wealthy are ensconced, and the lower one the province of the poor and downtrodden.  Adam is part of the latter society, Eden the former.  Many years later, as an adult, Adam has reason to believe that he sees Eden alive, and he is once again intent to make the nearly impossible journey to the opposite planet.  Rated 14A.


Babel (2006):

 Alejandro Inniritu is the director here, still a decade away from his Oscar-winning job on The Revenant, and eight years away from his Oscar for Birdman ... but you can see the talent oozing from every shot on this much-overlooked film that stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.  There are four separate stories here, in four different corners of the world including Japan, Morocco, Mexico, and the U.S.  The film starts with a sheepherder in Morocco buying a powerful gun to keep the wolves at bay that threaten his flock ... and we see, as each story is told, that they are actually all connected, and that, despite the worlds-away aspect, we have more in common that we think.  Rated 14A.