June 20th- 26th Downloads
& DVDs
  • Life:

    Ryan Reynolds was supposed to be the main character in this sci-fi horror-thriller about our first encounter with extraterrestrial life, but scheduling conflicts meant that he had to take a lesser role, so don’t expect to see him around for very long once this group of astronauts onboard the International Space Station, starts messing with a little blob of protoplasm that is in their lab after being delivered by a deep space probe.  I love good sci-fi, and I even like mediocre sci-fi, and this movie falls into the latter category.  We know very quickly as the action picks up, that this little blob won’t stay that way for very long, and we also know that, just like the original Alien movie, most of the action will take place within the confines of a space vessel as something wreaks havoc with the crew, taking them out one at a time.  The big flaw here is in the realistic approach that has an exceptional set, a believable setting on the ISS … but a scientist who, instead of remaining detached and critical, tries to make a pet out of this little slice of life.  Have these people never seen a horror movie?  Do they not understand that you don’t mess with what you don’t understand?  What we end up with is a somewhat predictable chiller that can only end badly for most of the cast.  Rated 14A.



  • Everybody Loves Somebody:

    This made-in-Mexico film did not make the rounds of North American theatres, and it’s something of an acquired taste as it doesn’t look a lot like a Hollywood film, but the story itself – well, that’s pure been-there-done-that stuff.  We have seen this plot so many times I lose count … a woman named Clara (Karla Souza), successful, smart, and attractive, is invited to a wedding back home in Mexico.  She has recently split with her long-time relationship, doesn’t want the folks South of the Border to know the grisly details, so she convinces a co-worker (Ben O’Toole from Hacksaw Ridge) to accompany her, and pretend to be her new boyfriend.  It gets complicated when the old boyfriend shows up at the wedding too.  No real surprises here, but it’s a good enough movie to pass an evening as a date-night.  Rated 14A.

  • Wilson:

    Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern star in this film festival movie that was independently released and had very little distribution.  If you watch it, you’ll understand why that is.  As the title character, a neurotic man whose filters don’t work when it comes to unbridled honesty, Wilson is not a likeable person.  He has lived alone most of his life, he worries about everything, and he has no real sense of purpose.  He had a very brief marriage years ago to Pippi (Laura Dern) who was somewhat drug-addled back then, and isn’t much better today.  She had become pregnant during their short time together, but Wilson was told that the baby had been aborted.  Now, years later, he learns that this isn’t true and that he has a teenage daughter he has never met.  The problem with the movie is that it is very dark, there are no characters that even remotely approach likeability, and like’s Wilson’s blatant honesty, the script is also that way, to a fault.  Rated 14A.


  • The Fault in Our Stars (2014):

    When I tell you the storyline here, you'll either run the other way, or run for the Kleenex.  Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley are Gus and Hazel, teens who meet at a cancer support group.  She has lung cancer, he has lost his leg, but they don't dwell on what's wrong, but rather on what's right.  Hazel's favourite author lives in the Netherlands, and after some significant coaxing, the two set out on an odyssey to find and meet him.  We know from the outset that this cannot end well, but there are surprises at every turn, and we marvel at how personable these young actors are.  I would encourage your seeing it despite the "downer" look of things.  Also stars Laura Dern.  Rated PG.

    Sahara (2005):

     Based on the Clive Cussler action novel,  we see Matthew MacConaughey as Dirk Pitt, a soldier of fortune kind of guy who is looking for a Civil War ship ... in the desert.  Why it's in the desert, and how it might have come to be there with its alleged cargo of gold is the story.  In a subplot, he crosses paths with a World Health Organization scientist (Penelope Cruz) who is being harassed by a ruthless West African dictator, and soon Dirk and the Doc are on the same page as they look to solve a pair of mysteries.  Despite being a dozen years old, it still holds up as a good action movie that could have been the first in a series ... but wasn't because of the poor box office results for this one.  It plays well on TV though!  Rated 14A.

Witch Hunt (1994):

This made-for-TV film has been long-buried, and its theme has suddenly become relevant again with such movies as Fantastic Creatures, and the Harry Potter series being so popular.  Set in the 1950s, we have Dennis Hopper as a private eye on a murder case.  Only it's not the regular 1950s that we all know and love.  In this world, everyone uses magic to do everything ... except for H. Philip Lovecraft, Hopper's character, who refuses to use magic - it's all straight up for him.  His client is Kim Hudson (Penelope Anne Miller), and his best source for info is a witch played by Sheryl Lee Ralph.  When he consults her on he case, she is mysteriously sentenced to be burned at the stake.  Rated 14A. 



Charlie Wilson's War (2007):Everything old is new again.  Wilson was a real-life congressman from Texas who headed a couple of covert ops subcommittees in Washington DC, but who also had a little something going on the side - he was working with the Afghans at the expense of the Russians.  Or was it the other way around?  With all the focus on Russia in the Donald Trump administration, we might think that this kind of thing is all new, but not so ... this is based on a 2003 novel about Wilson's exploits a few years earlier.  Screenplay is by Aaron Sorkin (The Newsroom, The West Wing) and the director is Mike Nichols, with Tom hands as the lead character.  If you thought Donald Trump rant to excesses, check this one out!  Rated 14A.