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October 31st - November 6th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  • The Dark Tower:

    This excerpt from the series of books in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series was quite divisive, with some King fans feeling that it was a sell-out and others thinking it was brilliant.  I’m a big fan of the books, and despite the obvious changes from original source material, I found this a very serviceable piece of sci-fi, introducing us to Roland Dechaine, aka The Gunslinger (Idris Elba) and Walter, aka The Man in Black (Matthew MacConaughey).  Despite the fact that the volumes in the series take up thousands of pages, script-writer Akiva Goldsmith has used an interesting economy of style, and along with director Nokolaj Arcel, has managed to give us the entire length and breadth of the story in less than two hours of running time.  The Gunslinger is in an alternate world, which once was ours, but which is running down, with the world having passed it by.  He meets a young boy, Jake (Tom Taylor) who is from our world, and where these two lines intersect, we see action in both.  Not a box office smash, it did serviceable business, but it remains to be seen if there will be more from this series.  MacConaughey, incidentally, is amazingly diabolical as the devilish Man in Black.  Rated 14A.

     

  • Kidnap:

    This is a chase movie on a relatively low budget, in which Halle Berry spends most of her time driving her car after people that have kidnapped her son from a carnival while she sat on a bench taking a call from her lawyer concerning the custody battle in which she is embroiled. The good news is that, overall, it’s not a bad movie from the viewpoint of tension and drama.  The bad news – well, there are enough holes in the action, the plot, and in the execution of most scenes through which you could drive a rather large truck.  When she sees her son forced into a car in the parking lot, she is off in pursuit.  They have a Mustang V-8 … she has a minivan with, at best, a six, but more likely a four cylinder engine.  Somehow she manages to keep up with the baddies, and in an amazing display of coincidence, even when she loses sight of them, and there are myriads of off and on ramps to the Interstate, she manages to take the right one each time, getting them back in her sights.  Of course her cell phone doesn’t work because she ran the battery down on the lawyer call, so she’s all on her own. Laughable at times, and not in a good way, it’s still a pretty good ride if you have nothing else to do. Rated 14A.

  • Person to Person:

    Despite the inclusion in the cast of the talented Michael Cera, this film that follows the lives of several New Yorkers as they go about their lives in a single day, really doesn’t get the job done.  It’s billed as a comedy-drama, but it’s not very funny, and unfortunately not very dramatic.  Much of the fault lies at the feet of Dustin Guy Defa, inexperience shows at every turn.  He has been an actor playing bit parts with limited success, and as a writer and director, hasn’t a single significant project on his resume, just a few short films with go-nowhere themes.  How Michael Cera would up in his company is beyond me.  Unless you are a rabid Cera fan from such movies as Scott Pilgrim VS The World, Juno, or Superbad, you might just want to give this one a pass. Rated 14A.


  • I Love You, Man (2009):

    Sometimes a mediocre movie plays better with age as its castmembers develop stronger ties and bigger followings.  And sometimes they just stay mediocre like this one in which Paul Rudd stars as Peter, a man about to marry Zooey (Rashida Jones), when, during the wedding planning, it becomes painfully obvious that he has no male friends, and thus, puts everyone in a spot when it comes to selecting a Best Man.  Everyone goes to work trying to find someone to whom Peter can relate, and when he meets Sydney (Jason Segal) things start looking up.  But the relationship with Sydney begins to eclipse Peter's relationship with Zooey, and now there's a new problem with which to deal.  Also stars Andy Samberg and J.K. Simmons.  Rated 14A.

     

     

    Gerald's Game (2017):

    A Netflix original, this horror-thriller looks at what happens to Jessie (Carla Gugino) when her husband, looking to spice up their marriage, dies suddenly, leaving her handcuffed to a large, metal bed in a remote house in the woods.  Now it's time for the demons to come out to play.  Bruce Greenwood is Gerald, Henry Thomas also stars.  Rated 14A.

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

The plot for this alleged sci-fi thriller sounds far better than the execution.  An artifact found on earth suggests that a long-lost alien spacecraft is hidden nearby, and that, on the moon, people will find the secrets of the stars.  Doesn't really play out like that - looks like it was made using an iPhone and some props made in a neighbour's garage.  Wordy, with far too much talk and no action, this one is a real dog.  Just warning you!!  Rated 14A.


 
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.