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November 7th - 13th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  • Cars 3:

    Owen Wilson is back for the third time as the voice of Lightning McQueen, whom we find on the racetrack in the opening minutes matching his peers turn for turn, when a new, strange car blasts by them all to win the race.  It’s Jackson Storm (voice of Armie Hammer) and he is a new, high-tech car with moves never seen by the veterans.  An interesting approach, as the parallels to people in the workforce who are getting on in years fall to the youth movement, are deliberate and obvious.  In race after race, more and more of the high-tech cars muscle out the old guys, but Lightning looks like he might have their number, when he pushed too hard and winds up as a wreck on the side of the track.  He is sent back to his old home town of Radiator Springs to recover, where he hooks up with his best friend Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) and gets some advice from an unusual quarter.  Paul Newman as Doc Hudson explains to Lightning that this kind of thing has been going on for years – happened to Doc too, and there’s only one way to get things settled – don’t quit!  The voice is all that of the late Paul Newman who was Doc in the first Cars movie, and left enough dialogue behind to allow it to be cobbled together for this film.  Kids will love the action, adults will totally get the bigger picture about becoming obsolete.  Also features the voices of Chris Cooper, Bonnie Hunt, and Kerry Washington.  Good for all ages!  Rated PG.

     

  • The Glass Castle:

    Based on actual events and an actual family, this film follows the dysfunctional events set in motion by Rex (Woody Harrelson) and his wife Rose Mary (Naomi Watts) who have taken their children pretty much off the grid.  They live in bad places in smaller towns and cities, eking out a living until they run up so many unpaid bills that they are evicted and are on the run again. At one point they live in a dumpster, at another in an abandoned house with no heat, no lights, and no furniture.  Rex has the children mostly convinced that this is all a big adventure and some of the time they buy into it.  Told from the point of view of eldest daughter Jeanette, played as an adult by Brie Larson, and as a child by two different young actors, we get the sense that something major is about to happen, but in the minds of the parents, with Rose Mary an eccentric artist who really believes in what she does, and Rex for whom lying and cheating are just a way of life, it’s all just another day of adventure.  And unusual movie with some good performances by all. Rated 14A.

  • Westworld: The Complete First Season:

    A great opportunity to check out the Blu-Ray or DVD of this superb HBO series that is a remake, in spirit at least, of the Yul Brynner movie from 1973.  Binge watching allows you to get a strong sense as to how this “adult Disneyland” functions – a place where anything goes, where the android actors often can’t be viewed as being anything but human, and a place where some of the artificial creations are more human that the visitors to the location.  If you have enough money, you can live out your fantasies as a gunslinger in the old West who comes into town and becomes anything they want.  Great performances by Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, and Jeffery Wright, along with some exceptional special effects.  Although the mayhem takes place in the streets of the town and in the saloon, the real action is behind the scenes. Nudity, violence, and rough language abound, so remember that this isn’t for the kids! Rated 18A.


  • Jerry Before Seinfeld: (A Netflix Original):

    This sharp documentary looks at Jerry Seinfeld as he returns to The Comic Strip, the club where he began his career at age 20, working for free hamburgers as he sharpened and developed his style and his jokes.  His 40 minute routine, peppered with new material and a lot of his classics, is interrupted by film clips of him returning to his family home back in the old neighbourhood, there are home movies, and there is a lot of warmth and some very funny moments.  Rated PG.

     

     

    Our Brand Is Crisis (2015):

    Easily the worst title for a movie in many years, it tells us nothing as to what this film might be about.  Sandra Bullock is Jane, a long-time political consultant who takes on a job in Bolivia to help get the existing government re-elected.  Sounds simple enough, but her old rival, Pat Candy (Billie Bob Thornton) is working for the opposition, and he knows a lot about how to win.  Bullock did double duty here, starring in, as well as producing the film, which is based on actual events and actual people, although it is highly fictionalized.  Rated 14A.

Shut Eye:

Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice) is back in a Cravetv original series (it's from Hulu in the States, the same folks that brought us The Handmaid's Tale), in which he plays a failed magician, who, after a freak accident, goes to work as a psychic.  Not the real thing ... or maybe he is!  Season one consists of ten episodes, season two has been assured, coming early next year.  Rated 18A. 

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.