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June 12th - 18th Downloads
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  • I Can Only Imagine:

    This is the title of the biggest-selling Christian music single of all time, and the movie goes behind the tune and looks at its origins.  Bart Millard (J. Michael Finlay) had a difficult childhood at the hands of his abusive father Arthur (Dennis Quaid). Arthur develops a terminal illness and seeks forgiveness and redemption for is behavior through his faith, and through some kind of absolution from Bart.  Many years later, Bart used the emotion and the understanding that he gained through this experience to write the title song, and record it with his band Mercy Me. This is a two, maybe three-hanky movie. It is inspiring, motivating, and speaks the truth about the value of common sense and faith in healing relationships.  Rated PG.

     

  • Tomb Raider:

    Lara Croft is back again, this time in the person of Oscar winner Alicia Vikander, who takes over this reboot of the original that starred Angelina Jolie in 2001.  Vikander says she was a huge fan of the videogame when she was growing up, and in the early going of this action-adventure thriller, it looks almost as if she has not yet finished growing up.  My first impression was that Vikander was too young to be playing Croft, looking, especially in the initial scenes, like she was a think 16 or 17 year-old.  The fact is, she is 30 this year, she did all her own stunts, which were considerable, and as a character, she grows on you as the film progresses.  The tomb in question here is on a mysterious, remote island.  Mathias Vogel (Walton Goggins) is the taskmaster who has hundreds of workers slaving away under a tropical sun, and under the barrels of several guns, to secure a secret for his hidden employer.  He has been here on this outpost for almost a decade, and still no luck.  Lara, daughter of the enormously wealthy, and missing and presumed dead, Lord Richard Croft, follows his trail to the island where an extended scene in complete darkness, has her and shipmates smashed apart in a violent storm.  Soon they too are under the thumb of Vogel who is happy to relieve Lara of her father's notebook, which reveals the secret location of the tomb.  Dad wanted the book destroyed, because opening the tomb could be the end of the human race.  The action scenes are exhausting with Lara fighting all manner of desperate characters, special effects are excellent, and as a popcorn movie, it's a great thrill ride.  And in the end, it sets us up for a perfect sequel opportunity.  Rated 14A. 

  • Love, Simon:

    This teenage romance and coming of age movie is well-scripted, very well-acted, particularly by the title character's Nick Robinson (Jurassic World), and is in many ways, a likeable and sometimes predictable look into high school dynamics, the whole boy-meets-girl thing, with a twist:  Simon is gay.  His family, friends, and classmates don't know, and he takes to communicating his feelings to someone he knows only online, ostensibly another gay teen who has not come out.  Simon becomes a blackmail victim as a classmate figures out his secret and wants something very specific in return for his silence.  Greg Berlanti (Dawson's Creek) uses his signature touches here to flesh out characters and demonstrate that what is perhaps the first real mainstream gay teen movie isn't much different from a mainstream straight teen movie.  Rated 14A.


  • Coco (2017):

    This Oscar-winning (for Best Song) animated feature has a great soundtrack and a complicated story that makes it a great film for young and old.  It's the story of Miguel, a 12 year-old boy who lives in a small Mexican town with his extended family.  Miguel has a secret ... he loves to play the guitar, and he loves music, but both are banned from his household, and to be caught singing is a terrible sin.  He does not know why.  He idolizes dead musician Ernesto De La Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt), and due to a quirk of fate, finds himself on the side of the deceased during the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead.  It is in this land where he does not belong that Miguel learns the secret behind his family's music hatred.  The overriding theme here is the importance of family, and of pursuing one's dreams.  A fine movie!  Rated PG.


     

     

    My Next Guest Needs No Introduction:

    If you have missed it, David Letterman is back doing celebrity interviews on this Netflix series.  Now sporting a long, white beard that would rival Santa Claus, the 71 year-old talk show host goes one on one with his subjects, no Paul Shaffer, no studio audience.  This week Letterman's guest is shock-jock Howard Stern in an insightful interview.  Rated 14A. 



The Fourth Estate:

If you are going to go after the fake news business in documentary form, you had better be prepared for a lot of flack from the mainstream press.  That's just what producer and director Lee Salter gets in this UK-produced film that chases down some of the most nefarious stories ever foisted upon the public under the guise of truth.  Rated 14A. 

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!