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July 12th - July 18th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  • The Divergent Series: Allegiant:

    If you really want to understand this movie, it makes sense to watch last year’s Insurgent, second in the Divergent series, otherwise you will spend most of our time trying to figure out who these people are, and what they are trying to achieve.  I think this is one Divergent movie too many as Tris (Shailene Woodley) with her team of rebels, is now outside the city of Chicago, or the wasteland that used to be Chicago, and is learning about the real threat to all humans that lurks out there.  Most of the original cast returns for this film based on the Divergent YA series of books.  Okay, but not great. Rated 14A.

  • Miracles From Heaven:

    Jennifer Garner stars as Christy Beam, the mother who wrote the book on which this film is based.  A true story, it recounts the rare digestive illness that her young daughter Anna has been diagnosed with, and the seeming death sentence that goes along with it.  Christy fights ferociously as her daughter’s advocate, with medical science not knowing what to do for the child as she progressively weakens.  When Anna has a freak accident, falling from a tree branch into the centre of a rotting old tree, everything changes.  While unconscious I the bowels of the tree, she says that she went to heaven.  After the rescue, Anna is miraculously cured, and in telling her parents what she saw in heaven, it left little room for doubt that something miraculous had happened.  Rated PG.

  • Green Room:

    The recently deceased Anton Yelchin, who died in a freak car accident last month, is Pat, part of a punk rock band playing a gig in the Pacific Northwest, when they witness a murder.  Now the chase is on as a gang of Skinheads is after them, and it appears that another faction is also on their trail.  The tension and the drama builds as it becomes clear that something is just not right about any of this.  A pretty good crime drama!  Rated 18A.

  • Tammy (2014):

    This road comedy features a heavier version of Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly), shot before her weight loss for Ghost Busters and The Boss, who is Tammy, having a very bad day.  She gets fired from her job in a fast food restaurant, she comes home to find her husband in a compromising position with a neighbour lady, and decides to leave it all behind.  Going to her mother's house a few blocks away, to borrow her car, she gets no help or sympathy there ... but her granny (Susan Sarandon) who lives with Mom is in for the escape, and soon they are on the road together where, among other things, they rob a fast food place, part of the same chain that fired Tammy in the first place, setting off this chain of events.  Rated 18A.

The Stephen King Collection:

For fans of the master of horror, this is a great month.  Available on Shomi is an almost-complete collection of films including The Shawshank Redemption (which many people don't know is a Stephen King story), and ditto Stand By Me.  The Shining, Creepshow, The Green Mild, the 1976 version of Carrie, The Running Man, and last year's TV series Under the Dome are all included.  King's body of work is enormous, although some of his work hasn't translated well to the movie version.  Case in point is The Shining with Jack Nicholson, which King says he "hated" most of all ... and decided to never allow any of his work to make it to the screen without his explicit okay.