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August 8th - 14th Downloads
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  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword:

    This is a magnificent film which may put off some Arthurian purists, but which I found captivating, intriguing, and totally entertaining.  Director Guy Ritchie puts his own stamp on the story of how Arthur came to pull the magical sword, Excalibur, from the rock in which it was placed, helping him to become a great warrior and a great king in the 5th century A. D.  Charlie Hunnan is ripped and buff as the royal heir who had no idea who he was, having been driven from his legacy as a child by his evil uncle Vortigern (Jude Law), murderer of King Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana).  Guy Ritchie pitched this movie as Lord of the Rings meets Snatch, and that's exactly what it is, with a little of Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels thrown in.  It sometimes looks medieval in its dress and dialogue, and other times looks like it could be a crime series in the present day, but all told, it's an amazing mix of magic, martial arts, great special effects, and outstanding storytelling.   Arthur is a reluctant hero, not interested in the sword, his legacy, nor the impending battles for freedom, but as each magic-encrusted scene plays out, he becomes more and more involved, and eventually sees his destiny as it is.  Merlin makes only the briefest of appearances here, Guinevere has yet to arrive on the scene, also true of many of the "name" knights who would eventually populate the Round Table.

     

  • Snatched:

    Amy Schumer is Emily, a young woman who’s fiancée dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation in Ecuador, the same day she is fired from her job.  The ticket is non-refundable, but it’s transferrable, so Emily talks her mom Linda (Goldie Hawn) into travelling with her.  Mother and daughter haven’t spent a lot of time together of late, so the entire trip is a little shaky, but there’s little time for that.  Once on the ground, Emily talks her ultra-conservative mother into doing something adventurous, but they are immediately kidnapped by desperados, and everything changes.  Confined to a van by masked me, and learning that the ransom is $100,000, they are expected to turn over their PIN number to allow the bad guys to drain their bank accounts.  Escaping for the moment, the chase is on, and this becomes a comedy of errors and of black humour.  Not bad overall, some good laughs – fine for a nice evening, but you’ll forget it all by the next day. Rated 14A.

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Long Haul:

    When the first movie in this series debuted seven years ago, it was an endearing, funny, and amiable romp featuring characters created by author Jeff Kinney in his Wimpy Kid series of books.  Greg Heffley just didn’t fit in well with his family, always managing to get the short end of the stick at home and at school.  But Greg and his sibs, as well as his school friends, have all grown up and are now too old to be convincing as middle schoolers.  As a result, all the roles have been recast, including those of the kids, and the road trip on which this family embarks for Granny’s 90th birthday is more National Lampoon than it is Wimpy Kid.  Greg doesn’t want to go to visit relatives – he wants to attend a videogame convention, this story is consumed with his devious desire to get that done.  Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott are now the parents, while Jason Drucker plays son Greg. Rated PG.

  • Morgan (2016):

     Kate Mara is a corporate risk consultant named Lee Weathers.  She is called in to a remote location where the company, which specializes in artificial intelligence and android creation, has its latest product, but something seems to have gone awry.  Anya Taylor-Joy (Split) is the title character, a perfectly constructed artificial human that is impossible to tell from the real thing.  The corporate behavioural team is at the lab location and has been teaching Morgan how to be human, which has been working well until Morgan has a moment, and seriously injures one of her handlers.  As Morgan loses more and more control, it's up to Lee Weathers to determine whether she (or It) is saveable, or must be destroyed.  Low budget, with a twist ending that you'll probably see coming, but still pretty good entertainment.  Rated 14A. 

     

    Cave (2016):

    Unless you are a follower of Norwegian movies, you will likely not know any of the cast members of this adventure thriller shot in both Norway and Mexico.  It's the story of a group of military elite members who are cave diving, and who find that things deep in the abyss are not what they appear ... something lurks below that is unknown to them.  Some excellent diving sequences, and if you are at all claustrophobic, be warned.  The divers and stunt people are exceptional, and the thrills are the real thing.  Rated 14A. 

Interstellar (2014):

 It's a tired and dying earth sometime in the near future, where global warming has taken its toll.  Almost everyone still alive on the planet is immersed in the business of farming, to provide much-needed food in this devastated, dust-bowl world.  Matthew MacConaughey is Cooper.  He's a farmer with two kids, a deceased wife, and a father-in-law (John Lithgow) who helps with the youngest daughter, Murphy, played by Jessica Chastain as a grown-up, and McKenzie Foy as a 10 year-old.  Murphy says she has a ghost in her bedroom, and that might just be true.  On strange instructions from the unseen entity, Cooper finds his way to a secret underground facility to learn that NASA is still functioning, and that a trip to the stars is in the works in an effort to save humanity.  Soon he is the pilot of an interstellar spaceship heading for a wormhole near the orbit of Saturn, that will propel him and his crew ... somewhere.  Lots of tips of the hat to 2001: A Space Odyssey, and some very smart sci-fi.  Rated 14A.