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March 27th - April 2nd Downloads
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  • Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi:

    If you are a Star Wars aficionado, this film will offer up all you could hope for and more.  Nothing is new here, and everything is new.  We are still steeped in war between the First Order, which grew out of the evil Empire from the first movies, and the Resistance, which is still the Resistance.  General Leia is its leader, much older, but still played by the late Carrie Fisher, and Luke Skywalker is back, older, and still played by Mark Hamill.  I have to exercise great care here, because, despite the fact that it's still a lot of X-wing fighters going at the cruisers and battleships of the First Order, and the fact that a lot of stuff blows up, there are many story threads which, if explained fully, will result in spoilers. This is not the Luke Skywalker of old, although most of us get a little cranky as we get older.  There are many new characters involved, several having been introduced in the most  recent Star Wars films, including Finn (John Boyega), Kylo Renn (Adam Driver) whom you must remember killed his father, Han Solo in the last movie, and Daisy Ridley as Rey, who has a strange connection to Kylo Renn.  No Darth Vader here, but instead of just cameos in the last Star Wars film, both R2D2 and C3PO are back in the heart of the action this time.  Many light sabre battles ensue, and Imperial Walkers are among the hardware deployed by the First Order.  Supreme Leader Snoke of the First Order is diabolical in every move of his misshapen head and face, and is very well-played by Andy Sirkis.  I enjoyed the movie, but I could not help but feel, being a Star Wars veteran, that the franchise is beginning to pass me by just a little bit.  We have a new generation here, of both Resistance players and First Order megalomaniacs, and we also get a glimpse of an even younger generation coming up.  Rated 14A.

     

  • Acts of Violence:

    Bruce Willis stars here, along with Cole Hauser, in an action adventure thriller that will keep you guessing as each gunshot rings out. When Roman (Ashton Holmes) learn that his fiancée has been kidnapped by human traffickers, he seeks help wherever he can find it, and that includes Detective Avery (Bruce Willis).  Avery knows all about human trafficking, and he also knows that there are powerful people in various levels of government that are making a great deal of money on these transactions, so he must constantly be looking over his shoulder. Sophia Bush plays Detective Brooke Baker, a role very similar to the one that she owned on Chicago PD as Erin, until she left to pursue other interests, and Mike Epps, also of Chicago PD, shows up here as a shadowy character.  The entire movie only took 15 days to shoot, and Willis, despite his starring position, was only on the set for one day of work. A fairly predictable, but interesting thriller. Rated 14A.

  • Ferdinand:

    This movie is based on a Disney short animated film from the 1930s, and tells the story of a bull in Spain who loves to sit under his favourite cork tree and just smell the flowers.  But bulls in Spain have other uses, and because of Ferdinand’s fierce look, its felt that he belongs in the bull ring. The original movie was only six minutes long, and the book on which it was based was just 11 pages, so to flesh out a story that makes sense on the big screen, it takes a lot of new characters and new situations to get that job done.  Kids will love it for the colour and the calm demeanour exhibited by the bull and his animal friends, and John Cena does a fine job as the voice of the title character. Rated PG.

  •  The Fast & the Furious (2001):

    Too Fast, Too Furious ( 2003);  Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006); Fast Five (2011):  Four for the price of one offers up a veritable festival of smoking tires, crashing cars, and fast men and faster women.  The first four movies in the series, three with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, one without (Tokyo Drift went its own way) provide action, thrills, and high adventure for car fans.  Rated 14A. 

     

     

    The Brothers Grimm (2006):

    This fantasy adventure really owes nothing to the source material, the fairytale-spinning Grimms of the 19th century who were cultural academics in Germany circa 1830.  Instead, the filmmakers have placed Matt Damon and Heath Ledger as the brothers, a pair of Bavarian con-artists who get caught up in some real fairytale magic.  One of these tales is that of Jack and the Beanstalk, not from the Grimms at all, but rather based on an old English folktale, and not well-known in Germany.  Still and interesting story!  Rated 14A.


Is O.J. Innocent ?:  The Missing Evidence:

This mini-series from Discovery Channel from last year postulates that Simpson was not guilty at all, despite the fact that many disbelieved his court outcome and still believed that he killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.  You'll have to be the judge on this one!  Rated Mature.

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!