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July 31st - Aug 6th Downloads
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  • Tully:

    This dark comedy with dramatic overtones is a very difficult film to review.  It's kind of like doing a restaurant review, but you can't talk about the food.  On the surface, this story by Diablo Cody (Juno), directed by Jason Reitman (Whiplash, Juno), and co-produced by Charlize Theron, who put on 50 pounds for her role as Marlo, a mother of three, the last of which is a newborn daughter, will be easy for parents of young children to understand.  Marlo and her husband Drew (Ron Livingstone) have two children, age six and nine, and then get the surprise newborn.  He works hard in IT, she was in HR, but has been on mat leave for some time, and this third baby is somewhat overwhelming, in part because young son Jonah, the six year-old, has behaviour challenges and my lean towards autism. Marlo can't keep the house properly because she is so consumed with the new addition, and in managing Jonah, whose school is asking him to leave because he would be a "better fit" elsewhere.  Marlo's brother, who is doing very well financially, offers her a gift - a night nanny - someone who will come in late in the evening, and take over the work of managing the home and simply bringing the baby to mom at feeding time, allowing Marlo some much-needed rest.  She is reluctant to take up the offer, but one night, the doorbell rings, and it's Tully, a young woman in her middle 20s who has an amazing grasp of just what Marlo and Drew are going through ... mostly Marlo, because Drew comes home from work, hugs the kids, eats whatever is put before him, and disappears into the bedroom where he puts on a headset and plays videogames until he falls asleep.  That's the story so far ... what Tully brings to Marlo is a kind of peace that borders on amazing.  It's when we learn more about Tully that we find out just how this night nanny can change this family's dynamics.  I can say no more.  Rated PG, but there are some suggestive scenes that lean much more towards 14A.

     

  • Overboard:

    Anna Faris (Mom) is Kate, a hardworking single mother who gets a job cleaning a yacht belonging to Leonardo, a wealthy Mexican man born of privilege (Eugenio Derbez) who treats her like a slave, works her relentlessly, and then fires her without pay for no reason.  When Leonardo has an unexpected accident, Kate goes to the hospital to attempt to get her payment, and learns there that Leonardo has amnesia.  She convinces him that she is his wife, and soon she appears to be a woman of means, and she has him working at menial jobs, convinced that this was the life he always had.  The movie is a remake of a 1987 film in which Goldie Hawn starred, although for this one, the roles are reversed … in the original, the rich, uncaring, selfish person was the woman. Holds up well … maybe better than the original. Also stars Eva Longoria.  Rated 14A.

  • The Miracle Season:

    Helen Hunt stars in this true story of a girls’ high school volleyball team in Iowa that loses its star player in a tragic accident, and must find a way to move forward.  Danika Yarosh plays the star, Caroline Found, who has led her team to undefeated seasons, and as they look towards the State Championships, makes it appear that it’s just a matter of showing up.  She sneaks away from a team victory celebration to go to visit her mother who is in hospital being treated for cancer. Tragedy strikes when Caroline is involved in a moped accident and loses her life.  Hunt is the team’s coach, and works relentlessly to get the team refocused, and despite the death of their friend and leader, to go on to play, and if possible, to win. Also stars Erin Moriarity.  Rated G.

  • Mom and Dad (2017):

    A direct-to-video horror thriller that stars Nicholas Cage offers a most disturbing theme.  The movie opens with a mother putting soothing music on the car radio with her infant in his car seat.  The camera pulls back to see that she has parked the car on railway tracks in front of an approaching train.  There is no doubt that the child is killed, and that's just the first of an unexplained phenomenon affecting radio and televisions with strange static that urges parents to kill their own children.  Soon, it's Brad's (Cage) turn to go after his own children, teenage daughter Carly, and young son Josh.  As the hysteria heightens, Carly works to protect her little brother from the madness.  Despite its bleak theme, Nicholas Cage said this was his favourite movie of the past 10 years.  Selma Blair also stars mother to Carly and Josh.  Rated 14A.


     

     

    Father of the Year (2018):

    This Netflix original is the fifth collaboration between the streaming service and Adam Sandler's "Happy Madison Productions."  Sandler is not in the movie, but his long-time buddy David Spade is in the lead role, and his nephew Jarrod Sandler plays a prominent part as well.  Two recent college grads, lifetime friends, head back to the hometown after graduation, and get into a drunken argument as to which of their fathers is the toughest.  The dads, played by David Spade and Kevin Nealon, take the challenge seriously, and they begin a fight that escalates into a situation in which jobs are lost, relationships are destroyed, and the future of the dads and their families come crashing down.  Oh ... and it's a comedy!   Rated 14A.



Shark Week Specials:

Cravetv, which shares a common owner with Discovery Channel, goes off in its own direction this week to celebrate Shark Week in its own way.  Titles available include, "African Shark Safari," The Great Hammerhead Invasion," "Return to the Isle of Jaws," "Sharkstorm," and a pair of shows in which Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps goes head to head and fin to fin with some of the most frightening denizens of the deep.  

New on AMAZON PRIME

Battalion (2018):

Here's a hint .. if you are going to produce a sci-fi movie about an alien invasion that the US Marines take on face-to-face, might be a good idea to get some Americans
to play the Marines instead of a group of Aussies who spend more energy struggling to put on and American accent than they do fighting the baddies, who look like they were created by a little kid with a box of crayons and a scanner. So this is a warning, not a recommendation. The premise is just fine, but the film, shot entirely in Australia, pretending to be such places as Los Angeles and New York, just doesn't work on any level, so if you value your time, you may not want to get caught up in this alleged action thriller, hoping that it's going to get better. It does not. Rated 14A.