March 20th - 26th Downloads
& DVDs
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle:

    This movie is very much a sequel to the 1995 movie that starred Robin Williams and has updated being trapped in the action of a board game to being trapped in the action of a video game with several levels and three lives to expend.  But lose the third life and you are dead for real.  Fail to get through all the levels, and you are trapped in the game, perhaps forever.  Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson does what I consider his best acting job ever - he is the avatar in the game, of a nerdy high school guy named Spencer, and many of the nerdy qualities of the little nebbish kid try to override the characteristics of Johnson's character, Dr. Braveheart.  Four high school students serving a detention discover the old video game in the school basement, they boot it up, and they are sucked into the game in the jungles of Jumanji, where a task must be completed in order for them to win the game and go back home.  The action is excellent as they cope with hippos, rhinos, elephants, poisonous snakes, and a diabolical villain who wants what they have, a huge emerald that has to be returned to a giant statue of a leopard, but with a trail fraught with peril at every turn.  Lots of action, plenty of tension driving the drama, and the very real possibility that not all of them will get out at all, or get out alive.  Take heed to the PG rating, parents, as there is some language, and a few suggestive scenes, especially when Bethany finds herself exploring the unique parts of being in the body of a man.  Well-played though, good movie! Rated PG.


  • Downsizing:

    Other than the obvious premise of people opting for a new scientific procedure that lets them shrink down to a size of about 5 inches tall to save the planet's resources, there was nothing in the trailers that offered any hint of what this film is all about.  Matt Damon is Paul Safranek, an occupational therapist, married to Audrey (Kristin Wiig), who just can't come up with the money to move out of the house in which he grew up and inherited, to buy the home of their dreams, like all their friends.  In the background are stories of a global crisis involving the polar ice caps, and the strains that our ever-growing population is putting on the world.  New science which allows for the one-way, irreversible downsizing of humans, creating communities that generated just a tiny fraction of the waste that full-size people produce, and allowing for substantially better lifestyles in miniature, where, for example, Paul and Audrey's $150,000 net worth in the full-size world, translates into a $30 million lifestyle in the downsized world.  They sign up, deciding to take the plunge.  What follows is a strong social satire that hits on several key elements of the human condition.  The story is really about Paul's search for himself, looking to find meaning in his life.  Interesting film, unique in many ways ... shot in Norway, the US, and in the Toronto area.  Rated PG.  

  • Perfect Pitch 3:

    Here we go again with the Bellas who, in the previous movie, won the world a capella singing title for their school.  They have gone their separate ways since those events, but they choose to reunite for a USO tour and find themselves up against a group that uses instruments as well as voice, which presents a new set of challenges.  Anna Kendrick returns as Beca, Brittany Snow, Elizabeth Banks, and Rebel Wilson are all back in their familiar roles. If you liked to two previous movies, you’ll like this one just fine, with Rebel Wilson’s character over the top as usual … but I think three is the limit, and the films series has now run its course. Rated 14A. 

  •  Ray (2006):

    Hard to believe that this Oscar winner for Jamie Foxx is 12 years old already.  Foxx won for his portrayal of Ray Charles, and did all his own piano playing in the film - as well, he wore eye prosthetics that made him blind for each of the 14 hour days of filming.  Ray Charles himself was a consultant on the movie, but died before its release, but wa at least able to hear the final edit.  Directed by Taylor Hackford, the story stops in mid-life for Ray, because, according to Hackford, beyond that point there was no more conflict, no more heroin addiction, and nothing but positive events for Charles ... he wanted to focus on the difficulties that the singer and composer had to overcome.  Rated 14A. 



    The Theory of Everything (2014):

    Another Oscar-winning movie for Best Actor, Eddie Redmayne is full value in his portrayal of genius Stephen Hawking, with a significant look at the relationship with the scientist's wife Jane (Felicity Jones).  Both these performances are outstanding, and watching Redmayne move from an able-bodied young university student through the various worsening stages of ALS.  Hawking himself said that the portrayal was so accurate that he felt at times that he was watching himself.  An exceptional performance and an exceptional story.  Rated 14A. 

The Young Pope (2016):

This 10 episode HBO series moves to Cravetv this month and it tells the story of the first American Pope, originally named Lenny Belardo, abandoned as a child, and raised by Nuns.  A New Yorker, he became Pope in 1996 and is played here by Jude Law.  Diane Keaton also stars, in the story of a man that was not one of your more likeable Popes - harsh, homophobic, and authoritarian.  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!