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April 3rd - 9th Downloads
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  • Insidious: The Last Key:

    This will be, in the fullness of time, a classic horror film, crafted with all the care and craft of a fine wine ... that runs blood red!  The fourth film in the Insidious series, this is, in effect, an origins story for Elise Ranier (Lin Shay) who has played this character in each of the films.  She is psychic, she is a ghost hunter, and she walks in the nether-world between the land of the living and the land of the dead, trying to eliminate the evil that holds hostage the lives of the living.  We learn in this film that her prison guard father (Josh Stewart) was a volatile man who would beat her mercilessly each time she had a paranormal experience, seeing spirits that haunted their old, New Mexico house.  It was his belief that he would beat the devils out of her that had her seeing things ... but dad had his own secrets.  Elise, at age 16, fell for a ruse by a demon wanting access to the land of the living that resulted in the deaths of people she loved, and in her later years, as the action in this film picks up, she is trying to right those wrongs, back in the same old house.  This is a finely crafted film that is not a slasher movie, despite the fact that it comes from those who did the Saw franchise, but rather a thoughtful, but very spooky journey into the world between worlds.  Excellent film.  Rated 14A.

     

  • Father Figures:

    Owen Wilson and Ed Helms play the Reynolds brothers, Kyle and Peter, who have been told all their lives that their father is dead, but they learn that this may be the case, and they embark on a road trip to find him, interviewing several “possibles” in the hunt for dad.  This movie falls apart at almost every level. Helms and Wilson are supposed to be twins – not identical, but twins nonetheless. The two actors are six years apart in age and share no common points of temperament at all. Wilson is stereotypical here as his weasely-loser-character, living off of the risiduals of his likeness that is on the label of a popular barbecue sauce, while Helms character is a proctologist.  Okay. Even an appearance by Christopher Walken falls short as it seems that there is just no chemistry between any of the players here. Not a good movie unless you are an intense Owen Wilson fan. Rated 14A.


  • Beast of Burden:

    Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe continues to select roles that play against type.  Here he is a drug mule trying to put his past behind him, he is connected with the CIA as they lean on him to turn over evidence, and his wife is increasingly suspicious about what is going on.  The entire movie takes place inside the cockpit of his Cessna aircraft, while en route across the Mexican border with his final cocaine run. His character is named Sean Haggerty, and Haggerty has loyalties to his friends in the drug cartel, he has made a deal with the DEA, and he doesn’t know where to turn.  Much of this just doesn’t hang together well as the flashbacks make the story disjointed – we sometimes forget that he’s in a plane while flashing back, and it’s a jolt when we are back in the cockpit. Rated 14A.

  •  Wind River (2017):

    This exceptional Oscar-nominated movie stars Jeremy Renner as a Fish and Wildlife officer on an Indian reservation, the Wind River reservation, seventh largest in the United States.  The shoot took place in a bitter winter in Colorado leaving actors and crew alike with frostbite as a result of the long hours spent outdoors.  Renner's character, Cory Lambert, finds a Native American woman frozen solid in the wilderness, and uses his close ties to the tribal elders to work towards finding her killers.  There are many parallels here to the missing Indigenous Women's Task Force in Canada, as it is pointed out that at the time of the making of the movie, there were 12 unsolved murders of women in a population of just 6,000. Canadian First Nations actors Tantoo Cardinal and Graham Greene also star.  Excellent movie.  Rated 18A.

     

     

    St. Vincent (2014):

    ​One of Bill Murray's best performances, here he is the Vincent of the title, a hermit-like neighbour to single mom Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) and her young son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher).  Vincent is a Vietnam vet struggling with the remnants of PTSD from what he saw and what he did, and exhibits anti-social and antagonistic tendencies making him an outcast.  When Oliver comes home one day to find his mother still not home, he finds his way to Vincent's house next door, and there begins a special relationship that has interesting twists at ever turn.  McCarthy plays this one straight, not for laughs, and Murray is just superb.  Rated 14A. 


Cries from Syria (2017):

This documentary explores the five-year-long conflict in that country from the viewpoint of soldiers, politicians, and ordinary citizens whose lives have been torn into small pieces because of the vicious conflict that seems to have made the country a pawn of the various factions that include Iran, Russia, the US, and maybe even North Korea.  A gripping look at a country in crisis.  Rated 14A.

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!