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October 3rd - 10th Downloads
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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales:

    Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is his usual drunken self as this movie opens.  His ship is no longer functioning, his crew no longer have any trust in him, and none of that really matters as long as he has enough grog to drink.  But things change quickly when Captain Jack’s arch-enemy, Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) escapes from the Devil’s Triangle where he had been imprisoned by Sparrow, and sets out with his dead and ghostly crew to scour the Seven Seas looking for his enemy.  By the time Captain Jack gets wind of what is happening, it’s almost too late.  Only one hope, and that is to find the Trident of Poseidon, with which the holder, legend says, will rule the oceans.  Jack is on his way with a crew of sorts, while Salazar is close behind.  Orlando Bloom is back as Will Turner, Geoffrey Rush is on the case as Barbosa once again, and you can watch for an interesting cameo.  You may recall that in two previous movies we saw Rolling Stone Keith Richard as Captain Jack’s father … this time Jack encounters his Uncle … his Dad’s brother … played by Paul McCartney.  Lots of action, lots of fun. Rated 14A.

     

  • The Book of Henry:

    An interesting and unusual story, without predictability and with its own unique charm, we see Susan Carpenter (Naomi Watts), single mother of two young boys, slinging hash in a café, trying to keep the family together financially.  Her boys are eight and 11 and are marvellously played by Vancouver’s Jacob Tremblay (Room), and Jaeden Lieberher (St. Vincent).  Jaeden’s character is the Henry of the title.  He is 11 and he is a genius, and is as responsible as his mother for keeping the family whole.  When Susan discovers a book that Henry has written, that outlines both a tragic wrong done to one of the family members next door, as well as a plan to solve the problem, she soon becomes involved in ways she never would have thought possible.  Great performances all around, especially by the young actors.  Sarah Silverman also stars, as does Dean Norris from Breaking Bad. Rated 14A.

  • A Ghost Story:

    Another most unusual film, we see Casey Affleck as the Ghost in question.  He plays out the entire movie as just a pair of eyes peering out from behind a white sheet draped over his head.  He is known only as “C” and he has died.  As a ghost, he finds his way back to the family home and tries in vain to make contact with his wife (Rooney Mara) who is overwhelmed with grief.  This is not your standard ghost story, and it is not a horror-thriller, but rather is a love story about loss and the search for redemption and the world of just one dead person.  Written and directed by David Lowry (Pete’s Dragon), he made this film with the profits earned from the Dragon movie.  Very unusual, and very compelling …. But very different. Rated 14A.

  • Hidden Figures (2016):

    This exceptional true story of three women of colour who worked at NASA during the 1950s and '60s, and helped put American astronaut John Glenn in orbit with their amazing mathematical abilities is a double-edged tale, all documented as fact. On one side is the amazing academic ability of these women played by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae, portraying Catherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson while on the other side is the tyrannical segregation issue that forced them to sometimes abandon their work stations to walk or run a half-mile to the nearest "coloured" restroom. It remains an amazing thing for today's audiences to think that so few years ago, this was the law of the land in the United States. Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, and Jim Parsons also star in what is must viewing for family members in their early tweens and beyond. This must never be allowed to happen again. Rated 14A.


     

     

    Why Him? (2016):

    A highly profane movie about a conservative couple, the Flemings, Ned and Barb (Bryan Cranston and Megan Mulally) who learn that their daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutsche) is about to get married. She isn't marrying just anyone ... she is going to marry a Silicon Valley billionaire named Laird Mayhew (James Franco) who's wealth is exceeded only by his inability to complete any sentence without lacing it with the most profane language the Flemings have ever encountered. With Christmas coming and Ned learning that Laird is about to pop the question, he simply cannot get over the younger man's foul mouth, and cannot see how he can allow this marriage to happen ... but how can he stop it? Rated 18A for language.

     

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.

 

New on AMAZON PRIME

The Tick: I have to say that I didn't like this series when it first came around back in 2001 with Patrick Warburton in the title superhero role, and I don't like it now with Peter Serafinowicz doing the same. It's based on a comic book and takes place in a world where superheroes have been the norm for decades, when a man with no powers at all is forced into league with the blue-suited title character. It has been popular enough for three TV versions to exist as well as the comic, but I just don't get it. It's a series, so you can binge-watch to see if it works for you. Rated 14A.