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Jan 23rd - 29th Downloads
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  • Jigsaw:

    The "Saw" movies that began at Halloween of 2004, are built on blood, gore, sadistic gratuitous violence, and little else.  The sequels that followed became more and more graphic, with this new entry quite a surprise.  There is still plenty of blood and some very sophisticated torture devices, but it now has a substantial story and has a point.  Jigsaw, aka John Kramer, has allegedly been dead for 10 years, but now a spate of mutilated bodies begins showing up around the city that have his trademarked style of death.  The movie toggles back and forth between the police investigation and the fates of five people who find themselves chained up in a room, heads covered by buckets, locked chains at their throats, and the directive that if they confess their sins, the reason why they should die, they will be spared.  Soon the blood is spurting from everywhere, and then there are four.  And then three, and so it goes as each new torture chamber awaits and creates more agony.  The police are trying to figure it out making it a pretty good whodunnit, and it's a respectable slasher movie too.   It should serve as a good reminder for horror fans as to why they should make certain that their organ-donor arrangements have been made.  Rated 18A.

     

  • Thank You For Your Service:

    The title is somewhat satirical as this based-on-actual-events film follows the challenges of an army unit in Fallujah, Iraq, both on the ground in that country, and throughout their return home.  It's on the home turf that the plight of this handful of soldiers represent what is happening day in and day out with returning veterans.  Their Veterans Affairs benefits get hung up in the bureaucracy leaving them without income, and suffering from various levels of PTSD, their families are strangers to them and they deal with the demons of what they have seen and what they have done on the front.  Miles Teller (Only the Brave, Whiplash) is Adam Schumann, excellent as a sergeant who returns home to small-city Missouri, finding that he can no longer relate to his wife and young children, choosing to spend his time with his army buddies.  The buddies aren't doing much better as they have fractured family relationships and deal with depression and thoughts of suicide.  It's an acutely interesting commentary on the politics and realities of today's American forces.  From the creative team that brought us American Sniper, this is a strong thoughtful, though profane movie that had far too small an audience south of the border.  Rated 18A.  

  • Geostorm:

    Gerard Butler is in a familiar role, tasked once again with saving the world as he did in Olympus has fallen and London Has Fallen, and once again he is up close and personal with the President of the United States, played here by Andy Garcia.  This time he's Jake Lawson, the mechanical genius who took the International Space Station several steps beyond what it is today, in this near-future time, and helped organize a matrix around the earth that managed out-of-control weather, dealing effectively with floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and other global events.  Now, something is wrong.  His estranged brother Max (Jim Sturgess) was his partner of sorts in the venture but now, the weather controls seem to have a mind of their own, choosing to freeze a village of 300 souls in the Afghan desert rock solid, creating mass hysteria in Hong Kong and Tokyo as massive earthquakes set off the underground gas systems, and creating a tidal wave rushing through Dubai.  It's sabotage, and everyone is a suspect, especially the American President.  The special effects here are excellent, especially those on the much-more-complex-than-today ISS and they actually looked more realistic than some of the ground-bound shots, especially trying to make Louisiana look like Florida.  This is a popcorn movie with many stereotypical characters, several of which might just as well be cardboard cut-outs, placed to simply advance the action, but that's okay, because we don't go to see a big-budget disaster movie for in-depth character studies.  Abbie Cornish is a Secret Service agent assigned to the President, Romanian actress Alexandra Maria Lara is the chief science officer on the ISS, and Ed Harris is the Secretary of State.  For what it is, this one's good entertainment.  Rated 14A.


  • Fallen (2016):

    Based on the series of young adult novels by Lauren Kate, this is a story of a love that transcends most of what any young woman might expect.  Lucinda Price (Addison Timlin) is a 17 year-old girl who is sentenced to a reform school for a crime she did not commit that involved the death of a young boy.  While there, she finds herself strangely drawn to a pair of young men who are, it turns out, fallen angels who claim to have been in love with her for more than a thousand years. One is connected to heaven, the other to hell, and Lucinda must make a choice that will have earth-shaking implications.  Rated 14A.


     

     

    Inconceivable (2017):

    Angela and Brian (Gina Gershon, Nicolas Cage) are a husband and wife that have almost everything in life, but long for a more complete family.  When Katie (Nicky Whelan) arrives in their lives, it seems to be a perfect fit ... the young mother becomes first a fast friend, next a live-in nanny with the family and then ... something very strange that borders on obsession.  As one might expect, Katie is not what she appears to be, and instead of mending and supporting the family, seems to be threatening its very existence.  Faye Dunaway and James Van Patten also star.  Rated 14A. 


Counterpart (TV series, 2017):

Oscar winner (for Whiplash) J. K. Simmons is Howard Silk, a low-end, nearly invisible bureaucrat in a UN agency based in Berlin.  Purely by accident, Howard stumbles across the true purpose of the agency, which is far different than advertised.  Its job is actually to protect a portal to a parallel world in a parallel universe, and suddenly, everyone is after Howard.  He an trust no one, except perhaps his double from the parallel earth ... that person also has a similar struggle ... or does he?  Episode one available now on Cravetv.


New on AMAZON PRIME

First Flights with Neil Armstrong (1991)

Although this series is 26 years old, and Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, has been dead for five years, aviation buffs will want to catch each season of the three that Amazon is offering, in which Armstrong introduces specific eras in aviation, and sometimes flies the planes that he is profiling, from the old "Jenny" biplanes that delivered the mail in post-WWI America, to the first jet trainers such as the T-33 Silver Star that set the tone for the jet age.  I know it's a specific market, but if you like planes, you'll love all of this!