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Dec 20th - 26th Downloads
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  • Sully:

    Tom Hanks is dead-on believable as Captain Chesley Sullenberger who, on a January day in 2009, elected to land his Airbus A320 on the Hudson river after a bird strike took out both engines.  155 passengers and crew were onboard, and all survived, with only one injury requiring serious hospitalization, that being a badly cut leg experienced by a flight attendant.  The actual events of that day are played out in the movie, but the real focus is on the post-incident investigation where the Government Regulators hold hearings to determine whether or not Sully was at fault for the water landing.  Aaron Eckhart is Sully’s first office, Jeff Skiles, and also plays the role in almost perfect fashion.  Clint Eastwood’s direction is firm and understated, and at 96 minutes, this is the shortest movie that Eastwood has ever made, which is a good thing, as a longer film would have had to go into the backstories of select passengers and crew, turning it into a soap opera.  An excellent movies as it stands.  Rated PG. Rated 14A.


     

     

  • The Magnificent Seven:

    In this reimagining of the 1960 original – called that rather than a remake, because all the characters are new, they have different names and different talents, and only the story is similar.  Denzel Washington is Chisolm, a duly appointed US Marshall in seven States and in the Indian Territories.  He rides into the town of Rose Creek looking for a desperado.  The town is all-but-run by Bartholomew Bogue, an industrialist and miner who has decided that his business interests will require his taking over the farms and ranches of a number of townsfolk.  Just to show that he’s serious, he has his men gun down a few of them in the church, as a message to those who might think of not cooperating.  A new widow from that action, Emma Cullen (Hayley Bennett)  tries to convince Chisolm to take up their cause against Bogue.  He recruits six more, including Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt); Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier), and together they take on the bad guys.  Excellent film, great action, Washington is superb … only criticism is that we have to wait until the closing credits to hear that marvellous theme from the original movie. Rated 14A.

  • Storks

    This animated feature did very well at the box office, and it appealed to children and to their adult caretakers alike.  It takes place in a time and place where storks no longer deliver babies.  Instead, they now work in and Amazon.com environment, delivering packages.  When someone hits the wrong button on an old, obsolete machine, it producers a baby ready for delivery, and that sends everyone into a tizzy.  The baby has to be delivered before the bosses find out about the error, but it’s been years since any of the feathered delivery birds has made such a journey.  Features the voices of Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammar, and Jennifer Aniston. Rated 14A.

  • Bad Boys II (2003):

    This sequel to the original Bad Boys (1995) took eight years to get to the screen, and it didn't get the kind of big notices as did the original, even though Martin Lawrence was back as Detective Marcus Bennett, and Will Smith returned as Detective Mike Lowrey. The supporting cast is excellent, and a lot of cars get crashed.  Perhaps it was a case of waiting too long to get the band back together, and the movie, compared to the first one, seems forced.  If you set that aside, it's still a good story with a lot interesting nuances as the Ecstasy drug trade in Miami coming into play.  Gabrielle Union is the female lead, and you can watch for an interesting role by John Seda who is now Detective Antonio Dawson on Chicago PD, but back when this movie was made, was just a New Jersey boxer who sort of accidentally got cast in a movie role.  Rated 18A for violence and language.


     

     

    Mercy (2014)

    This horror-thriller based on a Stephen King short story was released two years ago, but likely sat on the shelf for a couple of years at least before release. I base that on the age of Chandler Riggs, one of two young boys who care for their grandmother Mercy (Shirley Knight) who has become very ill and is unable to look after herself.  Riggs plays Rick's son Carl on The Walking Dead, and looks to be barely more than eight years old here.  In classic Stephen King fashion, Gramma can't just get sick - there has to be something else going on, something that seems connected to the supernatural. This serviceable thriller with horror overtones that should satisfy most fans of the genre, right up to its twist ending.  Rated 14A. 

     

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969):

 As part of Cravetv's James Bond series, available this month, this one is a rarity in that even big fans of the series don't seem to talk much about it. That's because it's not Sean Connery, it's not Roger Moore, and it's not Pierce Brosnan, but rather Roger Lazenby in his one and only appearance as 007.  Lazenby was by far the youngest actor to play Bond, age 29 when he made this film, and following Connery, was not a popular choice given the previous actor's fan base.  He didn't make friends with the producers either, often being branded as cocky and ego-driven, not taken to following instructions.  Diana Rigg co-stars, fresh off The Avengers which was in its final season when this film was released.  Telly Savalas plays arch enemy Blofeld who is working on some kind of secret research project that threatens the security of Britain and all of the free world.  Rated 14A.