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March 21st - 27th Downloads
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  • Lion:

    For my money, this was the Oscar-winner for Best Picture.  An amazing true story about a little boy living in abject poverty in India became one of the most involving films in many years.  Sonny Pawar who plays young Saroo, a boy who will grow up to be played by Dev Patel (Slum Dog Millionaire) is sensational as an actor who has never before been in front of the cameras.  Living a hardscrabble life with his mother, his older brother, and his sister, Saroo nags his older brother incessantly, wanting the older brother to allow him to come along to find “night work.”  They find their way to a train station, Saroo is told by his brother to stay put, but the boy crawls into what he thinks is an abandoned train … and ends up more than 2,000 kms from home in a place where his dialect is not spoken, and where, at age 5 he knows no one.  Nicole Kidman plays the mother who adopts him, eventually, and he grows up wondering what happened to his family.  A beautiful movie.  Rated 14A.

     

  • Live By Night:

    I liked this Ben Affleck movie in which he plays a Chicago gangster in the era leading up to and including Prohibition.  The picture did not do well at the box office, and that still puzzles me.  Affleck directed and wrote the screenplay, based on the novel by Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River).  He plays Joe Coughlin, a guy who works for the mob, who knows what he’s doing, and who is sent to run the Florida operation.  This is a great period piece with the cars, the streets, the fashions, and the dialogue exactly as it should be, and Affleck’s character is just right for the times.  There are some excellent performances here, a result of fine casting by Affleck with Brendan Gleeson as his police office dad, Robert Glenister as a mob leader, and Elle Fanning as the femme fatale. Affleck’s fourth turn as a director, and the first time that his movie has not garnered an Oscar nomination. Rated 14A.

  • Miss Sloan:

    Another movie that didn’t do well at the box office, despite an excellent script and a great cast.  Perhaps the American public has had enough of politically-oriented stories for now, given the run-up to the election of Donald Trump, and all that has followed it.  Jessica Chastain is outstanding here has the title character, a woman who is the most powerful and most influential lobbyist in Washington, DC.  If you need something done in that town, and if you have the money to pay for it, Miss Sloan will get the job done.  Here, she takes on the most formidable political opponent of her career, she finds herself embroiled in the politics of gun legislation, and the Second Amendment.  A most surprising outcome that you won’t see coming makes this fitting for the best of mysteries, and the finest of thrillers where no motorcycle or car chases are involved.  Good performances too, by Sam Waterston and John Lithgow. Rated 14A.


  • The Woman in Black 2:

     The Angel of Death: In the 1950s and 60s, the UK's Hammer Films were the epitome of horror movies featuring such names as Frankenstein, Dracula, and everyone in between.  Fortunes were not good in the '70 and the company ceased producing movies, but in the early 2000s it was purchased and revived.  This movie is the first sequel from Hammer since Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell in 1974.  A follow-up to the 2012 original from Hammer that featured Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe as an attorney brought out to and old, isolated home on the English coast to settle the estate, and who ran into the title character, a ghost who had lost a child, we move forward in time 40 years to the WWII era, with the same house a refuge for British children who have been packed up and sent away to avoid the London Blitz.  The Woman in Black is awakened by the sound of children laughing, and she is not happy.  Soon, the children are being haunted, and The Woman continues the horror.  Not bad, with a Gothic kind of look, the way the old Hammer Films used to appear.  Features a first-class British cast.  Rated 14A.



    Gangs of New York (2002):

    This violent, dirty movie - dirty because the streets of Lower Manhattan were mostly dirt in 1863, and when it rained, that all became mud - is an interesting look at what organized crime looked like during that era.  Leonardo DiCaprio is a young man named Amsterdam Vallon, who returns to the mean streets of the Five Corners area to seek revenge.  As a young boy, he saw his father beaten to death by Bill "The Butcher" Cutting (Daniel Day Lewis) who ran a gang called The Natives, who believed that only native-born Americans should be allowed to live and work in the city - every chance possible the gang would decimate the immigrants who arrived almost daily, mostly the Irish.  A violent film full of grim beatings and hideous murders, it is worthwhile just to watch Daniel Day-Lewis and Leo DiCaprio strut their stuff, two who would lay claim to Oscars and bigger fortunes.  Cameron Diaz and Liam Neeson also star.  Rated 18A.

Nick Cannon: Standup, Don't Shoot (2017):

This is the comedy act that Cannon, host of America's Got Talent, got him into big trouble.  If you know him only as the happy host, you may be shocked to see this leather-clad, rapping, profanity-laced standup comic doing his hard-boiled act.  If he loses AGT that will be two big losses in recent years for him, his marriage to Mariah Carey having become unglued in 2015.  Rated 18A.