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June 26th - July 2nd Downloads
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  • The Endless:

    The title might be somewhat prophetic as you try to wend your way through this low-budget, convoluted story of two brothers who had been members of a UFO death cult, and with great difficulty, got themselves out of the clutches of the somewhat bizarre organization, and reprogrammed themselves into some semblance of a normal life.  It’s now a decade later, and the boys – well, “men” actually – encounter something that makes them believe that perhaps the cult was much closer to the truth than anyone imagined. In order to work through this new information, they have to pretend to join the cult again, which as only become increasingly strange since their departure. The relatively no-name cast isn’t likely to have a familiar face for most movie fans – perhaps the closest one would be Tate Ellington who had a regular supporting role on Quantico last season.  Rated 14A.

     

  • Tyler Perry’s Acrimony:

    This movie did well at the box office, but was a no-show in Canada where it hadn’t been released in conjunction with the American opening.  It’s a quickie movie in that the entire film was shot in just eight days by writer/producer/director Tyler Perry, and stars Taraji P. Henson as a woman scorned – scorned by her philandering husband who just can’t seem to stop his bad behaviour – or can he?.  Henson plays Melinda, who fell hard for Robert (Lyriq Bent) while in college. She falls all the way and is soon not only warming his bed, she is financing him completely as he works on an invention that could change the world in some aspects. When Robert has an affair, Melinda goes ballistic, but they patch things up, she continues to work hard to support his efforts, and things seem okay until she has reason to believe that he is once again seeing the woman with whom he had the earlier tryst.  That’s it for Melinda, who, it turns out, has some pretty amazing ways to extract her revenge. But this is more than a revenge movie because the characters here aren’t always what they appear to be, and we learn along the way that Melinda is not quite the wronged spouse that we think. Or is she? That’s the question. Not a bad ride for what it is! Rated 18A.

  • Gemini:

    Jill LeBeau (Lola Kirk) is the personal assistant of a big, and somewhat temperamental Hollywood star named Heather Anderson (Zoe Kravitz, daughter of musician Lenny Kravitz and Cosby Show daughter Lisa Boney).  When Jill arrives at Anderson’s home for a routine meeting she walks in on an horrific crime scene with a dead body, a lot of blood, and a threat to her own person that puts her on the run. Of course the authorities see this as a clear admission that Jill is guilty of the murder and the chase is on.   A police detective, played by John Cho, feels that he has Jill’s number, and the cat-and-mouse dialogue between them is both entertaining and frightening, as we, the audience, are certain of Jill’s innocence, but everything points to her guilt. Did we miss something? Is there more afoot here that we think?  Despite its low-key cast and quiet splash when it opened, this is an intriguing story of a side of Hollywood, and perhaps a side of policing that we have simply not seen before. Rated 14A.


  • Hail Caesar (2017):

    While I liked this slice of old Hollywood, in which George Clooney plays a not-too-bright movie star making a film about Julius Caesar in which he is the title character, it did not get favourable reviews.  It's worth visiting now, if you haven't seen it before, because it features a then-unknown Alden Ehrenreich as Hobie Doyle, an Audie Murphy-like character making his first movie, and becoming swept up in both the politics and the practicalities of the motion picture business.  Ehrenreich’s performance here was one of the keys to his becoming the new Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story.  Josh Brolin is Eddie Mannix - he's a "fixer" whose job it is, when summoned by the studios who ran the movie business back in the day, to fix whatever was going on with the often loose-cannon stars who were paid huge amounts of money for their looks, but not for their brains.  Rated 14A.


     

     

    The Shallows (2016):

    Blake Lively is just superb in this tension-filled story of a young woman named Nancy who has recently lost her mother to cancer.  Mom was a serious surfer, and Nancy recalled her stories of a magnificent surf paradise in a hidden-away location in Mexico.  As a show of respect, and as a goodbye kiss to her mother, Nancy decides to deal with her grief by finding the beach and by surfing on the same waters that were so meaningful to mom.  As we see her with a hired driver travel for miles on back-roads, finally coming out on the secluded beach with just two male surfers in sight, and not another soul, we think this may become a story of her being put upon by strangers in a remote place ... not so.  Soon the two guys are gone, and Nancy decides on just one-more wave ... when she wipes out, runs into the carcass of a huge whale underwater, and finds that it is being tended by a Great White Shark.  Nancy retreats to a rock protruding from the water 200 yards from shore has her only refuge.  The tide is coming in ... and so is the shark.  Great thriller.  Rated 14A 



If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast (2017)

Carl Reiner hosts this interesting documentary in which he tracks down other nonagenarians such as himself just to have a chat ... that's people 90 or over.  Reiner himself is 95 now.  Included are interviews with Tony Bennet (90), Mel Brooks (90), Kirk Douglas (101), and Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee (95).  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!