Feb 13th - 19th Downloads
& DVDs
  • Roman J. Israel, Esq.:

    This amazing movie defies categorizing.  It stars Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell, both lawyers, but it's not a courtroom movie, it's not an inner city Los Angeles gangland movie, and it isn't a crime and punishment film.  It is a remarkable character study that likely would never have been made had these two big names not been attached.  The director and writer is Dan Gilroy who did The Bourne Identity, Nightcrawler, and Kong: Skull Island.  Denzel is the title character, Roman J. Israel, a lawyer who has worked in the background for 30 years with a partner who did all the courtroom work.  As a back office guy, he did not make a lot of money, he chose career over marriage, and his values are firmly stuck in the '70s, from his Afro hair-do, to his '70s double-knit suits, to his passion for social justice.  His long-time partner has had a massive heart attack and is in a coma,  there are cases in progress, and Israel, who hasn't seen the inside of a courtroom in years, struggles in trying to deal with those open cases.  Colin Farrell's character is George Pierce.  He runs a high-end law firm in the greater LA region, and the afflicted partner named George to act on his behalf should anything ever happen.  His actions are directed at winding up the firm, which will leave Roman jobless.  Roman is likely autistic, has attention deficit disorder, and he is a savant of sorts with a photographic memory.  We follow the path of this brilliant but dysfunctional man who struggles with his '70s values in light of the realities of having to survive.  Nothing is predictable here ... each time an event occurs, we think we know what happens next, but it's always something else.  The movie is a gripping character study with an exceptional pair of performances by Washington and Farrell.  A quiet, but most amazing film!  Rated 14A.


  • Wonder:

    Based on the inspirational best-selling novel by R. J. Palacio, Wonder is the story of 10 year-old Auggie Pullman, a little boy born with a genetic condition that has created significant facial differences from the mainstream. We meet him as he is being prepared for his first day at Middle school.  Mother Isabel, played to perfection by Julia Roberts, had been home-schooling him, but now, at age 10, it seems that Auggie must find his place out in the world. Novelist Palacio used his own experience with his own child as the deeply personal model for the story.  Set in New York but shot mostly in BC, we are ready for a rough ride for Auggie.  Day one is brutal with the staring, bullying, and taunting hurtful comments.  Much to the credit of the script, we are not immersed endlessly in the pain - we experience a number of extremely hurtful situations for the little boy, played by Vancouver's Jacob Tremblay,  - and then it lets us off the hook with a change of scenes.  We don't wallow in the bullying, the jokes about not touching Auggie lest one get the plague, and we don't wallow in the pain of their parents - father Nate is played by Owen Wilson, a casting risk that pays off like a winning lotto ticket.  There's a sister too, a high schooler named Via, whose life went on hold when Auggie was born.  A nice piece of construction allows us to first experience the challenges for Auggie day-to-day, and then it slips us into the backstory of each of the major characters, to show us just how they got here.  The film is not maudlin, but it will make you tear up a time or two ... there is much to be learned about people who, through no fault of their own, are different.  It doesn't preach - it shows instead of telling, and that's what a good screenplay is all about.  Rated PG.


  • The Florida Project:

    A movie about children, but not FOR children, this film, which did not get much distribution, but which received a lot of critical acclaim, is the story of Halley, a welfare Mom who raises her six-year-old daughter Moonee to be just like her – profane, unmanageable, with a vocabulary like a sailor on shore leave with his buddies.  The motel in which she lives is not supposed to allow long-term rentals, but a sympathetic manager (Willem Dafoe) tries to allow some room for people such as Halley … otherwise they would be homeless.  Living on a fringe property in Florida near Walt Disney World, their very odd lives spin out for the cameras.  Rated 14A. 

  • Carol (2016):

    Nominated for six Oscars including Cate Blanchett for Best Actress and Rooney Mara for Best Supporting Actress,  Blanchett is the Carol of the title, a woman significantly older than the young woman, an aspiring photographer, who develop an intimate relationship, which would not be news today, but during the 1950s in New York City, this was forbidden ground.  Kyle Chandler co-stars as the husband of Carol, failing to understand just exactly what is happening with this relationship.  Rated 14A.



    Rip Tide (2017):

    Disney star Debby Ryan stars as Cora, a teenage model of major fame, whose mother owns the modelling agency for which she works.  One mistake, and a video featuring Cora in a compromising situation goes viral and threatens to destroy her reputation.  She decides to move to Australia until it all blows over, where her aunt lives ... but it turns out that the aunt has troubles of her own.  Australian TV star Genvieve Hegney plays Aunt Margot.  Rated 14A.

Beware the Slenderman (2016):

A very interesting documentary which tells the story of two girls who were tried for the murder of another whom they stabbed to death, allegedly on the orders of The Slenderman, a fictional monster from a horror website.  There is a big-screen movie scheduled later this year on this topic - here you will see the actual girls accused of the murder, and follow some of the courtroom procedures.  Rated 14A. 


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!