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August 27th - Sept 10th Downloads
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  • Adrift:

    This based-on-actual events movie was not what I expected.  Knowing that it told the true story of Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin) and their sailing misadventure into a Category 4 hurricane, I expected a "Perfect Storm" kind of film, full of crashing waves and howling winds as the weather did its worst.  While there are some scenes just like that, the story plays out differently, in a non-linear fashion.  It opens with Tami regaining consciousness in the wreck-at-sea of the 44-foot sailboat.  Richard and Tami were an item, very much in love, and planning a future together.  With some reluctance, she agreed to the diversion, repositioning a boat for an acquaintance - they had actually been planning to sail Richard's boat to Japan - and the adventure had begun.  The timeline moves back and forth between their flawless - until the hurricane - trip to San Diego - and their lives together in Tahiti prior to the trip, their courtship, and their love for one another.  Richard was 10 years Tami's senior, at age 34, but both were experienced sailors.  Once the storm hits, the story moves back and forth through that event, and we piece together the pending disaster- limited food and water, a boat that was severely damaged, no radio, and only a sextant and a few maps to use for navigation.  There is a twist to the story that changes the complexion of this survival tale, but the movie belongs to Shailene Woodley as Tami.  She plays the pre-storm, post-storm, and during-storm character with skill and passion, an excellent look at what this kind event does to a person's life.  No more explanation for fear of spoilers, so it's just fair to say that this is an easy movie to watch, despite the challenges of being at sea and in distress, and it's more a love story than it is a disaster tale.  Rated 14A. 

     

  • Hereditary:

    Many have observed that this horror film is "the new Exorcist," so frightening that a few audience members left the theatre in terror.  Or perhaps that's just good publicity.  You have to really like the horror genre, filled with make-you-jump moments devilish plot devices that will make you keep looking over your shoulder long after you leave the theatre.  Toni Collette's performance steals the show as Annie, daughter of the family matriarch.  When Mom passes away, there is the usual sadness, but soon, something else takes over.  Something haunting.  Was it kept at bay when mom was alive, based on something she was able to do, or was it always there, lying in wait, to scoop up the souls of the remaining family members.  You really have to love the horror genre to have the stomach for this film ... it's not blood-and-guts, but rather something far more subversive that focuses on who and what the dead really need.... and what they want.  Scary stuff!  Rated 14A.

  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?:

     This year marks the 50th anniversary of what is perhaps the most gentle, peaceful, and thoughtful television show ever to grace our screens.  When Fred Rogers, an ordained Presbyterian minister, a licensed commercial pilot, and the holder of many awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, began his show in 1968 on Public Television in the U.S., Misterogers was already a hit with children in Canada.  Rogers entered the television business because he hated it, he said, and believed it could be done better.  After working on such shows as "Your Hit Parade," and the Gabby Hayes children's show, Fred Rogers decided that children's programming would never achieve any level of respect when it was driven by the commercial aspects of network television.  He looked for a better way, and found himself in Toronto, under contract to the CBC where he created many of the characters, such as King Friday XIII, that became staples on the PBS show that ran from 1968 to 2001.  Interestingly enough, one of Rogers' staffers on his show when he was in Canada, was Ernie Coombs, who created the children's show Mr. Dressup when Rogers left Toronto to go to WQED in Pittsburgh where Mr. Rogers Neighborhood began airing nationwide in its second season.  Rogers never felt called to preach, but rather felt that his ministry was that of treating children with an exceptional sense of kindness and familiarity that made him such a favourite.  This is an exceptional documentary may cause you to shed a tear or two. Fred Rogers passed away in 2003 after a short battle with stomach cancer.  Rated PG.

  • Downsizing (2017):

    An interesting social commentary with a great premise that really doesn't come together at the end, this Matt Damon film is a sci-fi proposition that takes place in the near future.  It's a society in which a major discovery allows for people to be downsized - shrunken to just a few inches tall.  For those who make this choice, they do two things - one, their own money goes much farther, because you need so little space and so little food; and two, the environment is helped because the waste is just a fraction of what normal-sized people leave behind.  Paul and Audrey Safranek (Matt Damon and Kristin Wiig) decide to do it ... but something changes at the last minute that forces Paul in a new direction.  Christof Waltz also stars, along with Jason Sudeikis.  Rated 14A. 


     

     

    A Hologram for the King (2016):

    Based on David Eggars best-selling novel, this Tom Hanks movie does a great job of showing us what it's like to do business in Arab countries.  Hanks is Alan, a sales rep for a company that allows hologram communication between individuals so good that it almost seems like you are really there.  After a business failure in the States, he tries to recoup his losses by trying to sell his product to a wealthy king in Saudi Arabia.  Didn't do much at the box office, but it's an interesting story.  Rated 14A.



The Roast of Bruce Willis (2018):

If you haven't caught up with this one yet, which has been on Cravetv for a couple of weeks now, get ready for some heavy-handed jokes at the expense of Willis, who may be rethinking every having done this.  Most notable among the roasters is Cybill Shepherd who co-starred with Willis on Moonlighting and who came to despise him so much, most of their scenes were not done together.  She gets it all back in this roast.  Rated 18A.

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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.