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May 8th - 14th Downloads
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  • Things To Come:

    French Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert one again shows off her acting chops, this time in a made-in-Paris film in which she plays a woman hit with a triple whammy, who has to learn how to carry on.  Her name is Nathalie, and she teaches high school philosophy in the City of Light.  Her students love her, but that’s not enough.  Within the space of a few days she is fired from her job, her mother, whom she loves dearly, passes away, and her husband, father of their two children, announces that he is leaving her for a woman with whom he has been having an affair for some years.  So, now what?  Lest you think this is all just a movie potboiler that could have been a Hollywood invention, it’s actually the story of the writer and director’s (Mia Hansen-Love) mother and all that she went through with exactly the same issues that play out in the film.  Hansen-Love was one of the two children who watched what happened when her mother was forced to reinvent herself.  A very European film, with subtitles, still, it has a ring of truth and a great deal of drama.  Rated 14A.

     

  • Fifty Shades Darker:

    Sam major players (Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey), same setting (Seattle, played by Vancouver), and ultimately the same game (nudity and sexual activities abound), this one is a good fit for its target audience, and carries the same warning for everyone else – beware – beware if you don’t care for promiscuous behaviours brought to the screen in vivid detail, and beware if you like to avoid shallow characters and an equally shallow story.  Christian and Ana, who have gone off in separate directions, find themselves an item once again, only this time she lays down a new set of rules.  Meanwhile Christian struggles with internal demons that may explain his horrific behaviour – or not.  Rated 18A.

  • The Void:

    This dark horror-thriller did not make it into theatres, but for those who like a good scare, it has its place.  A largely Canadian cast, and a setting shot in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, starts us off with a police officer encountering a man soaked in blood and shuffling and limping down a city street.  The officer, played by utility actor Aaron Poole, takes the man to the ER, and as he delivers the patient, he notes that, outside in the darkness, a number of hooded figures appear.  They look threatening, and within moments, first the patients, and then many members of the staff of the hospital begin to exhibit symptoms of delusional mental illness.  The officer takes those who are mobile, and moves them deeper and deeper into the hospital, until, below ground in a darkened area, an unspeakable horror awaits.  Since it’s unspeakable, I can say no more here.  Rated 14A.


     

  • Titanic (1997):

    Winner of 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director (James Cameron), this awesome portrayal of the night to remember, April 14/15, 1912, demonstrates what an amazing storyteller James Cameron is.  We all know that the ship sinks, and we all know that 1,503 people died, with just over 700 having survived.  We know about the iceberg, and we know that the ship was thought to be unsinkable.  With all of that knowledge going in, Cameron was still able, with the help of his stars, Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, to spin a tale of love and of loss, of survival and of death, so suspenseful that even though we know the outcome, it's still tension-filled and fraught with peril.  The entire movie is two hours and 27 minutes long, exactly the length of time it took the ship to sink after hitting the iceberg.  At $200 million, the movie cost more to make than the actual Titanic itself cost to build.  The movie was number one at the box office for a record 12 weeks in a row.  Rated 14A.



    Mad Max: Fury Road (2015):

    Charlize Theron is almost unrecognizable as Furiosa, the woman rebelling against the tyrants ruling Australia in a post-apocalyptic world ruled by thugs and bullies.  Teaming up with Max (Tom Hardy) seems an unlikely pairing. He is a broken man, having lost his wife and daughter to the madness that has almost every human and subhuman willing to kill and to maim to struggle for the necessities of survival.  As various factions race around on everything from stylized tractors designed to kill, to once-normal cars, now objects of death, it's interesting to note that 80% of what we see in this movie is the real thing, not computer-generated wizardry.  It makes a big difference too, because we can tell that the crunch of metal, and the bodies flying through the air holding onto airborne motorcycles are the real deal.  Actor Tom Hardy liked the script so much that he signed up for three more sequels.  Rated 18A. 

  • Before I Wake (2016):

    This better-than-average horror thriller has an interesting premise.  A couple, Jessie and Mark (Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane) have lost their child to death, and choose to adopt a new one, a little boy who has been through many foster homes in the past.  They note immediately that he does not want to fall asleep, and they assume that it's because of his difficult past.  What they learn is that the boy, Cody (played by Vancouver's Jacob Tremblay of "Room") has nightmares ... and further, the things about which he dreams, the unspeakable terrors and frightening horrors, manifest themselves as reality.  Soon the entire family is on the run, victimized by terrible creatures and deadly situations.  Rated 14A. 

The Laramie Project (2002):

In 1998, a young college student, openly gay and full of potential for a bright future, was found at death's door, tied to a split-rail fence in the chill of the night.  He died six days later, at the age of 21, having been beaten and tortured by two fellow students.  A hate crime by definition, this movie is the story of what happened that night, and what happened in subsequent days and weeks in Fort Collins, Colorado. An excellent cast plays out the story like a murder procedural, including Camryn Mannheim, who is gay, Laura Linney, Peter Fonda, and Frances Sternhagen.  The good that came from this terrible story is the legislation that now exists nationwide in the States that punishes such crimes with dramatically more severity.  Rated 18A.