March 5th - 12th Downloads
& DVDs
  • Thor: Ragnorak:

    Well, first that title. We know Thor (Chris Hemsworth), is​ God of Thunder, but what's "Ragnorak?  It's not a place, but rather a piece of Norse mythology referring to a time when the worlds ​ and realms​  all end and all the gods die.  This story is that of Hela (Cate Blanchett), first born of Odin, but  exiled for thousands of years, who comes back to take over Asgard, home of the gods, and every other realm.  She is a diabolical character and is referred to b​y​  Odin (Anthony Hopkins) as all-powerful.  The first thing she does is to destroy Thor's magical hammer. ​ Not good!​   The story bounces around from realm to realm, introducing us to a series of characters in each place, beginning with a goofy-looking Matt Damon in an uncredited cameo.  Jeff Goldblum is hilarious as The Grandmaster, ruler of a realm that mixes pop music with gladiator-style combat, in which the in-house bad guy is The Incredible Hulk, stuck i​n that transformation for the ​two previous years since the action in 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron left him MIA. Idris Elba is all business as Heimdall, trying to save the Asgardian citizens, ​and ​Benedict Cumberbatch does a turn as Dr. Strange.  The real key to this movie is that it does not take itself too seriously with one-liners abounding, most of which were improvised by the cast as they worked through their scenes. The story is credible, special effects are sensational, and the fun is undeniable.  Rated 14A.


  • Lady Bird:

    This small movie is getting Oscar buzz for the performances of two-time Oscar nominee Saorise Ronan and Laurie Metcalf.  Written and directed by one-time actress Greta Gerwig (To Rome With Love), it's a somewhat autobiographical story of a mother and her teenage daughter, and the love-hate relationship that develops in many families where teenagers seem to transform from cute young girls to raging monsters.  It takes place in Sacramento, which is Gerwig's hometown and the self-named Lady Bird (Ronan), is one who loves theatre, and just wants to get away to someplace that has culture, like New York City.  A little early for that, says mom, and the fight is on once again.  A character study and a coming-of-age movie that will resonate with women more than men, it's a small film with a big message.  Rated 14A. 

  • The Man Who Invented Christmas:

    I loved this movie that tells the story of Charles Dickens and his journey to create what is arguably the finest Christmas story ever.  Dan Stevens (Downton Abby, Beauty and the Beast) is excellent as the author, struggling with writer's block after the failure of his previous works - The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist made him a renowned author and celebrity in London, but now, after three failed publications, he is in trouble emotionally and financially.  His wife Kate (Morfydd Clark) is expecting their sixth child, his near-con-man father is bleeding him financially by selling off anything that has Dickens signature on it, and he cannot come up with a new idea as he slips further into debt.  It is Christopher Plummer, as Ebenezer Scrooge, who steals the show. A little like watching a PBS Masterpiece Theatre production, I thought it was excellent, but did not make a dent in the box office.  Rated PG.

  •  Altered Carbon:

    This mind-bending sci-fi series is a Netflix original that is set 300 years in the future, and bases most of its action and intrigue on the fact that digital technology now allows one person's mind and consciousness to be swapped into another body almost at will.  This offers an interesting new outlook on crime and punishment and also makes for a very seedy, but highly profitable sex industry.  The good news is that the show is truly original and very wierd in its dystopian San Francisco setting ... but the bad news is that it moves very slowly, one of the challenges that we have seen in other made-for-Netflix shows.  It's almost as though they just don't want us to get to the good stuff.  Rated 18A. 



    Sharknado Five: Global Swarming:

    Ian Zering is back as Fin, for the fifth time, and Tara Reid is once again his wife April.  This time the damage has already been done, and it's about to get personal.  Much of the United States lies in ruins after the most recent sharknados that seem to have impacted everyone everywhere.  Their son is now trapped in a Sharknado that has international implications as it heads out across the ocean, picking up more sharks every moment, as it sets its sights on Europe.  As usual, everyone wants a part in this movie ... watch for Clay Aitkin, Charo, Samantha Fox, Olivia Newton-John, Downtown Julie Brown, and Margaret Cho to name just a few.  Rated 14A.


This sci-fi series from the American cable channel Starz has its third and fourth  episodes, and again. like Altered Carbon from Netflix, has an interesting premise but a very slow start.  It focuses on a government bureaucrat (J.K. Simmons) who learns that he has a counterpart in a parallel world, and that part of his job has always been to guard the comings and goings of those from the other side.  Too much dialogue though, and not nearly enough action.


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!