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August 21st - 27th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  • Dead Pool 2:

    Vancouver's Ryan Reynolds stars once again, and was also co-producer and co-writer.  The script is full of pop culture references, many of which are very funny, and there's a final scene right at the end of the credits that I won't spoil for you, but it's something that was clearly written by Reynolds where he pokes a finger right in the eye of his own career.  The story this time has Dead Pool, the R-rated superhero, trying to put together a sort of "junior X-Men" force, although he tries to be politically correct in a gender-neutral sort of way ... X-Force seems to work.  The language is atrocious, hence the 18A rating here, but the dialogue is fast and funny, and you have to be aware every second to see cameos by such actors as Brad Pitt (The Vanisher) and Matt Damon as a Trailer-Park boy-type redneck.  We also see uncredited actual X-Men in the person of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Beast (Nicholas Hault), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), and Charles Xavier (James McAvoy).  The heart of this story has Deadpool suffering an inconsolable loss, and in the first few minutes before the credits, he commits suicide by blowing himself up.  Of course that doesn't stick, otherwise there would be no movie, and soon he is trying to manage his life when Cable (Josh Brolin) shows up from the future, with a need to change the past to save his daughter.  (Now, if you encountered a person from the future, what would you want to know?  For Deadpool, it’s "what Sharknado are they on now?).  Cable is an enemy at first, but soon an uneasy alliance is formed between the two superheroes, and the story progresses along relatively familiar lines, punctuated with Dead Pool's continual breaking of the fourth wall by looking at the camera, and in so doing, at the audience, and commenting on socially relevant topics before returning to the action.  Reynolds is superb here as an actor, and as a writer, with some great bits of dialogue.  Lots of action, lots of stuff blows up, but it's a story with a heart.  Rated 18A. 

     

  • Show Dogs:

    This G-rated talking dog comedy has been pilloried by reviewers who see little value in the story, and even less in the alleged humour. An NYPD dog operative named Max (a Rottweiler voiced by Ludacris) crosses paths with a human FBI agent named Frank (Will Arnett).  The story is pretty thin, and nothing we haven't seen before.  It seems there is a plot afoot to steal a baby panda, and Max, who prefers to work alone, gets teamed up with Frank, most reluctantly.  The trail leads them to Las Vegas and a major dog show.  The only way this take-down will work is if Frank pretends to be a dog owner and trainer with Max as his show entry.  There are a number of other talking dogs here too, although they just talk to one another.  Criticism of the movie includes the plot being shallow - Turner and Hooch did it better -  the dialogue being terrible, such as Max saying that he is there to "take a bite out of crime."  Might be funny for a seven year old ... but not funny for a film critic.  And that's just the problem - this is a movie that will make kids laugh even if their parents do not.  No Oscars for this one, but I can't be too hard on it because it does a job for its target audience, and that's just fine with me.   Rated G.

  • God Is Not Dead: A Light in Darkness:

    This is the third movie in a series of faith-based films that use the book by Rice Brooks as the inspiration for the action .. that book was titled, "God's Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty."  The first movie in 2014 got terrible reviews from most of the mainstream press but was endorsed by church officials of various faiths the world over.  It cost $2 million to make and grossed $65 million, making it a huge money maker.  The second film, God's Not Dead 2 was not as successful financially, having a budget of $5 million and only putting $24 million in the till, but that's still not a bad payday.  This film shares several characters from the first movie, and is led by David A. R. White who has acted, and played a hand in producing all three films.  Once again he is Reverend Dave Hill, and this time the crisis surrounds his Church, St. James, pastored by his father before him, on the campus of a major university.  There has been concern by the university board that the land could be put to better use, and that the political implications of a church on campus create far too many issues around religion and education.  When the church has a fire occur at the hands of an unlikely vandal, and a person dies as a result, the entire community is enraged and inflamed.   What I liked about this portrayal was the fact that the characters are complex, not cardboard cut-outs designed to further a specific agenda, and the outcome could have gone several different ways.  Ted McGinley co-stars as the school chancellor, a long way from his time on the series Happy Days, and we also see Tatum O'Neal, and John Corbett (Northern Exposure) as the brother.  Regardless of your faith, or lack thereof, it's a better movie than many of its ilk.  Rated 14A.

  • Like Father (2018):

    This Netflix original has a lot going for it if you like Seth Rogan, who co-stars.  And there's more Rogan input too, as it's the directorial debut of his wife Lauren Miller Rogan who also co-wrote the script.  Kristin Bell plays a young woman who is a career-climbing workaholic left standing at the altar by her intended who made a last-minute decision to get out of the relationship.  She decides to go on the honeymoon anyway, which is all bought and paid for, and is accompanied by her father (Kelsey Grammer) who is himself an overachieving career man who left his wife and family years earlier because he believed they were holding him back, preventing him from achieving all that he could.  The honeymoon cruise was shot on the Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas, and filming was interrupted by Hurricane Irma, forcing all the production crew to be evacuated to Walt Disney World.  Rated 14A.


     

     

    The Package (2018):

    Another Netflix original, this one is a dark comedy produced by Ben Stiller.  Jake Szymanski, who directed "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates," and "The Step Brothers," took the helm here in a story about a group of teenage friends who go on a spring break camping trip when an unfortunate incident leaves one of the boys minus something very important to him.  Some ice, a cooler, and a frantic race against time punctuate this R-rated story that will appeal to teens and sub-teens who think this stuff is funny.  Interesting that it's a spring break movie that isn't heading into theatres, and that isn't being released anywhere near spring break.  A youthful cast of young men and women familiar to viewers of such fare as "Sausage Party" and "50/50."  Rated 18A. 



Sasha Baron Cohen: Who is America?:

This series has a new episode this week.  Cohen, not my favourite guy - I was the one that didn't think Borat was funny - has managed to destroy the career of at least one American politician so far, by making them think that his show is real - that the things he asks of his political guests, are actually designed to curb terrorism, or to spread important news for patriots ... of course it's all fake, and many political flies have been caught in his web.  Rated 18A. 

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.