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April 17th - 23rd Downloads
& DVDs
 
  • The Post:

    I did not believe this was an Oscar-winning movie for any of major categories of actors, director, or Best Picture.  And that’s just the way things turned out.  It's a good movie, a nice slice of the '70s, and a fine telling of the story of the purloined Pentagon Papers by Daniel Ellsberg, which proved that the Presidents of the day, going back to Johnson and Nixon, as well as Eisenhower and even Truman, knew that the war in Vietnam was not winnable.  But because American prestige was on the line, for six years, the US Government continued to draft young men and send them to Southeast Asia, many to their deaths.  I know that Steven Spielberg, the director of this piece, and Meryl Streep who plays Washington Post Publisher and owner Kay Graham, and Tom Hanks as Post Editor Ben Bradlee, may have carried a halo effect into the Oscars just because of who they are ... but at no time did I see Ben Bradlee or Kay Graham in this movie ... I only saw Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, almost smacking their respective lips after ever scene, as if to say, "see folks ... that's what you call acting."  Every Oscar season seems to bring us a story such as this, out of the headlines, and focusing on work of those who bring us the news ... two years ago The Big Short and Spotlight, the year before it was Selma, and in 2013, Argo, and Zero Dark Thirty.  I liked the story, I thought the performances of Bob Odenkirk as reporter Ben Bagdikian, and Vancouver's Bruce Greenwood's portrayal of Defence Secretary Robert McNamara were all worthwhile, and it's a film that's worth seeing – but it never was Oscar-worthy.  Rated 14A. 

     

  • The Commuter:

    Liam Neeson is pretty much where he was in 2014's “Non-Stop” where he was an air marshal with personal problems who learned there was a hijacker on an overnight flight, that he had to stop before it was too late.  Now his character is named Michael McCauley, he's an ex-cop with personal problems on a train, and he has to stop something big before it's too late.  This is vintage Neeson.  His character left the police force a decade before to sell life insurance from his midtown Manhattan office ... but now, at age 60 with two mortgages and two kids headed to college, he has been let go.  On the train ride home, wondering what he will tell his wife (Elizabeth McGovern), he is asked by a stranger who sits down opposite, if he would do something simple for $100,000.  That sets the action in motion - he has to find someone on that train - all he has is a name or a nick-name and if he doesn't find the individual before a specific stop, his family will be killed.  There's some incentive, and now it's a little like the Orient Express with red herrings abounding, a ticking time clock, and tension you could cut with a pair of wire cutters.  I have to admit that I figured out a part of who was behind this, but not enough to put the rest of the pieces together.  Action fans will like this, and so will mystery fans ... not time to be bored, and director Jaume Collet-Sera, who did the shark adventure "The Shallows," knows how to keep your attention.  Oh ... he also directed Non-Stop ... with Liam Neeson.  Rated 14A. 


  • Deep Blue Sea 2:

    In 1999, director Renny Harlan put together a sharks-gone-wild feature, and this direct-to-video sequel, which stands alone and does not require your every having seen the original, moves forward by combining some strong themes that seem to work every time.  On this occasion, it’s bull sharks that have been genetically modified by a pharmaceutical company, the intent of which is to make big money based on shark behaviour. Well, as is always the case in low-budget sci-fi movies, the sharks turn out to be smarter than the humans, they turn on them, and now it’s a whole new ball game.  Michael Beach stars, along with a whole batch of animated CGI sharks. Rated 14A.

  •  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016):

    On the surface at has that "Jane Eyre" or "Wuthering Heights" look, but underneath it has more to do with horror-comedy than it does Charlotte Bronte.  The Bennett sisters are all here, but in addition to the romance and the angst of this period romance, they have to avoid zombies that are almost everywhere.  There is a scene in which Elizabeth Bennett (Lily James from Downton Abbey) stomps on some zombie heads ... most were fake, but a couple were stunt people ... and she stomped on the wrong head, hurting a stunt person.  Matt Smith who plays Prince Philip on The Crown also stars.  Good fun!  Rated 14A. 


     

     

    By the Sea (2015):

    Brad and Angelina aren't a couple any more ... maybe this movie has something to do with that.  Jolie wrote, directed, and stars in this story of a couple whose marriage is on the skids, and they spend time in a hotel in the South of France to see if things improve.  No spoilers here, but ... well, it takes more than a hotel!  Interesting because of the history of the two stars, and interesting to watch Jolie directing her then-husband.  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.

New on AMAZON PRIME

Roseanne

If you missed the first two episodes that set the ratings world afire, you can stream the series from Amazon ... I was never a fan of the original series, but I have to admit that this one is a lot of fun ... very well-made, and a lot of laughs!