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April 10th - 16th Downloads
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  • Molly's Game:

    Writer Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network, A Few Good Men) makes his directorial debut here in the Oscar nominated true story of Molly Bloom, a skier who was an Olympic hopeful, who wound up running a high stakes poker game for Hollywood celebs and business tycoons. Bloom, from Colorado, and an elite athlete until an accident washed away her Olympic hopes, took a year off before going to law school, and found herself working for a man who ran poker games in which the buy-in was $10,000 and where millions could change hands in a night.  Jessica Chastain plays Bloom, and the dialogue, like anything Sorkin does, is hot, smart, and abundant.  The movie opens when the FBI raids her apartment in the wee hours, jailing her and seizing more than $4 million.  Her position from the outset was that she was not running a game of chance, which is illegal, but rather was providing an opportunity for poker, a game of skill.  Idris Elba plays her lawyer, Charlie Jaffey,  who does his best to help her, but the one thing Bloom refuses to do is to name names - she is implicated with a world of fashion designers, hedge fund managers, and at least one Hollywood actor, said to be either Ben Affleck or Toby McGuire, played here by Michael Cera.   Chastain is excellent here, as is Kevin Costner in a small role in which he plays her psychologist father. Shot in Toronto, debuting at TIFF, this one is a smart, quick movie that has a more meat than a prime rib of beef.  Rated 14A.

     

  • All the Money in the World:

    Inspired by the true story of the kidnapping, in Italy, of John Paul Getty III, grandson of the then-world’s wealthiest man, director Ridley Scott has done a masterful job of spinning the tale, with a couple of disclaimers in the opening titles saying that some of the characters and events were created for the purpose of dramatic license.  It doesn`t matter.  There is enough truth here, about the abduction of 16 year-old "Paul," whose grandfather refused to pay the ransom, to generate a most watchable story loaded with tension, villains, heroes, and everything in between.  Michelle Williams portrays Abigail Getty, married and later divorced from Getty’s son, J. Paul Getty II, and the mother of the kidnapped boy.  She is the spark plug that incites the action to get her son back, even after her wealthy father-in-law refuses to pay the ransom.  The elder Getty is played by Christopher Plummer, having replaced Kevin Spacey after the film had been completed, a masterful piece of work by director Ridley Scott.  Shot in Italy and in the UK, we get a rich set of backgrounds, superb performances by all, and a most believable turn by Charlie Plummer (no relation) as the kidnapped teen who had his ear severed and sent to a major newspaper to show that the kidnappers were serious.  Rated 14A. 


  • Proud Mary:

    It's hard not to quote the headline on the review of this story of a hitwoman working for a Boston crime family, from The Wrap.com ... "she should have kept her job in the city."  The opening credits and the soundtrack make us feel that we are watching late '60s or early '70s television, reminiscent of "Get Christy Love," SWAT, or even Charlie's Angels.  That doesn't last was we meet Mary (Taraji P. Henson) doing a hit on a man in his home ... and she is supposed to snuff his 11 year-old son too, just to tie up the loose ends, but chooses to leave him alive.  The boy, Danny (Jahi Winston), shows up in her life a year later and complicates the gang wars between rival factions.  Mary works for Benny (Danny Glover) who brought her in off the streets as a young girl, teaching her the business of killing, and he'd like to do the same for little Danny.  A lot of gunplay, several action sequences that have little credibility, but hey, it's not a documentary, just an action-oriented crime story, and for what it is, it's fine.  Rated 14A.

  •  The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017):

    Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson team up in what is an excellent thriller in which Michael Bryce (Reynolds), once the world's top bodyguard, hits the skids after a protection case goes badly wrong on his watch.  He is left with doing low-end bodyguard work when he is assigned the task of getting a ruthless hitman, Darious Kincaid (Jackson) to the World Court in The Hague to testify in the case of a ruthless dictator.  Sounds easy, but soon everyone is after both of them.  Great action, with a sense of humour.  Rated 14A. 


     

     

    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. 


The Truth is in the Stars (2017):

William Shatner is probably the only person qualified to walk through this documentary look at how Star Trek and its optimistic view of life changed science and technology in the years that followed the series' release in the mid-1960s.  We will hear from such intersted observers as Jason Alexander (George Costanza from Seinfeld), Whoopi Goldberg who was a regular on The Next Generation, our own Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to command the ISS, genius Stephen Hawking, and even David Suzuki, all of whom bring their own special look at how the Enterprise and what it stood for, changed our world.  Rated PG.

The White Queen (2013):

This series from British television, which aired a few months later on the American cable network Starz, is set during the years of the Wars of the Roses in England, beginning in the year 1464.  The House of York and the House of Lancaster have been contesting the throne in nine years of war, and the women both behind the scenes and in front of them are the focus here.  Based on Phillippa Gregory's series of novels, "The Cousin's War," it was announced that there will be no season two, so history buffs will have to get all they can from this outing.  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!