Dec 12th - 18th Downloads
& DVDs
  • Kingsman: the Golden Circle:

    It helps if you remember that this sequel to the 2014 original,  is based on a comic book - which explains why there are many things happening which just cannot be taken seriously.  This isn't James Bond - Kingsman has created a film genre that, in 2014, was unique - now, with the second film, the surprise is gone, so it has to manage on plot, action, and character, and it does that quite handily.  Taron Egerton returns as Eggsy, now an established fixture with the code name "Galahad."  That was the name of Colin Firth's character Harry Hart in the first film.  Hart was killed - shot in the eye by Samuel L. Jackson, but he returns here - not as an evil twin, not as a zombie - you have to see for yourself how that happens.  Statesman is an American spy organization that teams up with Kingsman after a cataclysmic event in the British home office forces an alliance that had actually been foreshadowed hundreds of years before.  Julianne Moore is Poppy, an opium queen taking over distribution of drugs worldwide, and she executes a plan to guarantee her product's sole survival at the expense of the lives of millions.  And just whom does she have in captivity in her tropical compound, protected by armed guards and landmines?  Why it's Elton John who turns in a somewhat shameful performance - great singer, bad actor.  It's all played with tongue in cheek, sort of, the language is terrible and there are some crude scenes.  Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges just phone it in as Statesman operatives, but it doesn't matter, as the movie really belongs to Eggsy.  Don't take it too seriously and you'll be in for a good time.  Also stars Halle Berry.  Rated 14A.


  • Viceroy’s House:

     This ambitious, and somewhat disturbing movie is best viewed by doing a little history lesson first, to at least get a better understanding, for those not intimately familiar with the countries of India and Pakistan, as to where they exist geographically, and what happened during and after the Partition of India in 1947.  Initially the movie reminded me of the 2010 - 2012 TV series Upstairs, Downstairs, where we viewed the help in the home of a British family of wealth, pomp, and circumstance which here, meets Colonial India.  There is romance of a sort, between a Hindu staffer and a Muslim woman in the house of the final Viceroy of India, Lord Louis Mountbatten. The movie, however, belongs to Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abby) and Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) as the Vice-Regal couple sent to India to create an easy and sensitive transition of power from 300 years of British rule to Independence.  The Viceroy House employed 500 people and was the epitome of British colonialism.  Everything was veddy, veddy proper when Mountbatten and his Lady Edwina arrived, but simmering below the surface was a political minefield centuries in the making that would become Mountbatten's tragic legacy.  The director of the film, and co-writer of the script, is Gurinder Chadha, the same woman that directed "Bend It Like Beckham." She has a personal stake in this, as her own grandmother, seen in the closing credits, was one of the many displaced, confined to a refugee camp, and thought lost or dead.   Rated 14A.

  • All Saints:

     It would be easy to dismiss this based-on-fact movie as a manipulative tale designed to get people to sign up for a specific religion, but this fine movie should not be viewed in that light.  John Corbett (Northern Exposure, Sex In the City) plays Michael Spurlock, who, as a sales rep, was fiercely competitive and never missed a production target.  After years of head-butting with his superiors, Spurlock dealt himself out of that business, or is perhaps dealt out forcibly, and found himself called to be ordained as an Episcopal minister.  As a man of the cloth, he retained his hard-driving nature, and the church assigned him to All Saints, a mid-sized church in Smyrna, TN.  What he is really there for is to conduct a liquidation sale.  The land on which the church sits is valuable and would do the church more good if it were converted to cash at the hands of developers.  As Spurlock goes about his business, he encounters the Karen (pronounced kuh-REN) community who have immigrated, under duress from Burma, and who now reside in this part of the United States.  For them, the church has been a safe haven and a place of solace ... does Spurlock follow his orders and liquidate, or does he follow his new-found heart?  A well-made film designed to do nothing more than tell a good story that happens to be true.  Rated PG.

  • Green Zone (2010):

    Directed by Paul Greengrass who did the Jason Bourne films, the same level of international intrigue and cat-and-mouse chase scenes abound here in the search for truth about the weapons of mass destruction that were the focus of the American invasion of Iraq.  Matt Damon is Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller who has information that the entire affair was a set-up to install and American-controlled puppet government in Iraq.  He also has information from and informant who knows exactly where the weapons are stashed.  Someone is playing someone, and Miller decides to go rogue, through following orders from a leadership that may be suspect.  Some great chase scenes, and an intricate plot that will get you thinking.  Amy Ryan and Greg Kinnear also star.  Rated 14A.



    The Case For Christ (2017):

    Lee Strobel was the real-life legal editor of the Chicago Sun-Times who set out to write a book that would definitively demonstrate that Jesus Christ was a myth and a legend, but not a real person.  As he researched, travelled, studied, and interviewed, he uncovered more and more evidence refuting his initial premise, and ultimately took a position of belief in what Scriptures taught.  Mike Vogel (Under the Dome, The Brave) is Strobel, along with a strong cast that includes Faye Dunaway, Robert Forster, and Grand Goodeve ( Eight is Enough).  Rated PG. 

Long Time Running (2017):

This is the documentary made on The Tragically Hip as they crossed the country doing a number of performances after the announcement of the now-late Gord Downie's terminal illness.  The featured part of the film is the final concert in Kingston, ON, hometown of the Hip.  Downie passed away a month after the film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival.  Rated PG.


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.