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October 24th - 30th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  • War for the Planet of the Apes:

    The latest in the second reboot of this franchise which began in 1968 with Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowell, is the very best of a good bunch, if you exclude the version from 2001 that starred Mark Wahlberg.  The new franchise with Andy Serkis doing the motion-capture work as Caesar, who becomes the leader of the apes, has had two previous installments in 2011 and 2014.  In this one, we see the apes looking to live in peace with humans, carving out their own civilization, and working through the previous wars that decimated their numbers.  But peace is not at hand.  The Colonel (Woody Harrelson) has a fanatic desire to wipe the apes off the planet, and he launches an attack at the very heart of the ape society.  There is a turncoat ape that makes that easier for The Colonel, and there is Caesar, trying to protect, not only his own family, but the ape society at large.  As the mayhem rages on, Caesar develops the same kind of zeal to eliminate humans as has The Colonel to destroy all apes.  Not only and action-driven film, but one that is character-driven as well, and is a great thrill-ride all the way along, as well as offering interesting social commentary.  Rated 14A.

     

  • Annabelle: Creation:

    I think this will be pretty much at the top of the list of movies that have the most scares per minute of film that I have ever seen.  This is not a slasher horror film, but rather is a prequel to the Annabelle from 2014 that sort of introduced us to the doll that seemed to be a receptacle for pure evil.  Trying to keep the chronology of this series of horror films, some based on actual events, straight in our minds is very difficult.  The Conjuring started it, in 2013, with spiritual and ghost detectives Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) investigating a family haunted by evil in their home. The haunted doll, Annabelle, had a small mention this this movie.  Next came Annabelle, (a sort of origins story for the doll - the Warrens are not part of this movie).  It was purely made up for the movie and has no basis in fact.  And now, Annabelle: Creation, another story purely made up for the movie ... but it's a beauty.  Set sometime in the late 1940s in rural America, we first see a tragic accident from a dozen years before in which a young girl is hit by a car and dies right in front of her parents, while on the way home from church.  The farm and the big old house are now in disrepair as a decrepit old bus pulls up in the yard containing a half-dozen young girls and a nun, Sister Charlotte (Stephanie Sigman).  The girls are orphans and they are homeless, but have learned that Samuel Mullins, who used to be a doll maker before the accident that claimed his daughter, was offering a place for the girls to stay.  It's a sad, strange place and it isn't long before the girls discover a doll locked in a room papered with pages from a Bible. Soon the demon that resides there is attempting to take their souls for its own use.  The shocks and the scares are jarring, they come out of nowhere, and there is very little predictability as to what will happen next.  This is one of the best movies of this genre that I have ever experienced.  Rated 14A.

  • The Emoji Movie:

    This animated movie about the Emojis that live in Textopolis is an 86 minute-long feature, it falls apart like an iPhone screen hit by a rock.  The biggest problem is that it's a one-joke premise - all the Emojis skitter around in Textopolis just waiting to get attached to a text message so they can fulfill their true potential.  All of them except Gene, that is.  Gene isn't like the other Emojis, most of which have just one expression - you know - wide eyes, thumbs-up, gritted teeth, that sort of thing.  Gene laughs, smiles, does what he wants, and in the world of Emojis, which makes him an outcast.  Worse, the teenager who owns the phone in which Gene resides, figures that some anti-virus software may clear up the problem with the rogue Emoji who really just wants to fit it.  There aren't many laughs, and worse, the story arc begins, starts going somewhere, and then comes back to the beginning for a trip to nowhere.  Kids may not make that connection, and most will be mildly amused with the shenanigans, but for adults, it's along 86 minutes.  Features the voices of Patrick Stewart, with his very dignified British accent, as an Emoji named "Poop," and I need say no more about that - also the voices of Anna Faris, Maya Rudolf, and Steven Wright. Rated PG.


  • Suburra (2017):

     This is a Netflix original from Italy that explores the world of organized crime in the city of Rome.  It's a series with 10 episodes in the bag for season one, and explores not only the criminal elements involved in Italian life, but the political aspects as well, which some might argue is the same thing.  You will find this slower-moving originally, than if it were a Hollywood production, but the characters are richly drawn, and the belief in the characters is easy to accept.  Rated 14A. 

     

     

    War Room (2015):

    This faith-based movie did very well at the box office, staying in theatres for several weeks during its initial run.  It tells the story of the Jordan family, Tony and Elizabeth, who seem to have it all - great jobs, a beautiful young daughter, and the perfect home.  But that's just on the outside.  On the inside the family's home is a war zone with the couple unable to agree on anything, and with their young daughter as collateral damage.  They get help and guidance from an unusual source.  Written by brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, this is their first independent production - their other movies were done under the auspices of the Sherwood Baptist Church.  Rated PG.

The Handmaiden's Tale (2017):

This mini-series had streamed on Cravetv earlier, but since its landslide awards at the Emmys last month, it's available in its entirety all this month on Crave.  Based on the book by Margaret Attwood, it is set in a dystopian society where women are property.  Star Elizabeth Moss won Best Actress in a Drama for her role here.  It has been a movie before, back in 1990 with Faye Dunaway in the lead role.  Rated 14A.

New on AMAZON PRIME

American Gangster (2007):
Denzel Washington is the bad guy here, an organized crime kingpin named Frank Lucas who ruled the drug trade in the eastern US during the 1970s.  Based on actual events and real people, we see the inhumanity that Lucas dishes out in order to keep his empire intact, and we see the lengths to which Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe), a NYPD operative will go to stop Lucas.  At the heart of the story is the ingenious method that Lucas devised to get top-quality heroin into the country, and the ingenious police work needed to stop the inflow.  Josh Brolin and Idris Elba also star.  Good, solid, gritty crime story.  Rated 18A. 


 
With the remake of this science fiction classic arriving in theatres next month, this is a very good time to get reacquainted with the source material.  Harrison Ford is Rick Deckard in a future Los Angeles where he is an ex-cop, and now works as a "blade runner," people contracted to destroy "replicants" which are androids who look human.  When a group of four commit violent crimes in an off-world colony, he is called in to find them and to eliminate them.  Rutger Hauer co-stars, as does Sean Young.  Based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, director Ridley Scott still sees this as the most complete film he has ever made.