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Sept 25th - Oct 2nd Downloads
& DVDs
 
  • The Book Club:

    This is a girls-night-out movie that will have many of the men in their lives left on the fringe, just as the men in this movie find themselves lesser beings.  A strong cast of friends who belong to a book club, consists of Jane Fonda (Vivian), Diane Keaton (Diane), Candice Bergen (Sharon), and Mary Steenburgen (Carol).  It is decided that the book for review, for discussion, and for total immersion on this occasion will be the notorious 50 Shades of Grey.  Three of the four leading women are Oscar winners, and that shows as the story plays out with a clear and present sense of change as the ladies discuss the material in the R-rated book, and realize in turn, just how it applies to them in their lives.  Vivian (Fonda) has been footloose and fancy-free, dating and sleeping with a variety of men over a period of years, while the other three struggle with a ho-hum marriage, widowhood, and an endless divorce.  Each reads the book, and each sees herself represented, and each wants to make changes in their lives before it's too late.  This is a romantic comedy that is entirely concerned with sex, so those whose sensibilities might be bruised by such talk may want to either avoid it altogether, or be very careful with whom you see it.  The sense of sisterhood that is exhibited by the cast here is palpable - each character is real and the audience quickly forgets that they are movie stars ... they are just ladies of a certain age who are trying to make the best of the years they have left.  Among the men in their lives is an Oscar winner too - Richard Dreyfuss.  Andy Garcia and Craig T. Nelson also star.

     

  • Tag:

    This movie is based on the actual actions of a group of friends who have been playing the same game of tag for over 30 years, since they were children.  One of the characters, Jerry, played by Jeremy Renner, has never been "it."  Each year the month of May is dedicated to the game, and the person who is "it" on the last moment of the month, wears that shame for the rest of the year.  The story here revolves around trying to get Jerry as a team effort with the other three guys all in on it.  Jerry has chosen May as the month for his wedding which adds to the potential mayhem.  There is a lot of physical comedy here, some of it very funny, but much of it very ... well ... R-rated, not necessary for what is a funny enough premise without the naughty bits.  The closing credits show many of the real players engaging in some of the activities similar to what we had just witnessed in the movie.  Ed Helms and Isla Fisher also star.  Rated 14A. 

  • Upgrade:

    This B-grade sci-fi chiller has good bones ... it comes from Leigh Wannell who did the Insidious series as well as the Saw movies.  This time he is working in his native Australia with an American leading man, Logan Marshall-Green (Spider-Man: Homecoming), who plays a man named Grey Trace in a near future society.  When a terrible accident occurs in a self-driving car, Grey survives, but his wife who was with him, does not.  In a relatively old theme, in this relatively new world, he is given a new technique called "Stem," essentially a small piece of hardware governed by some software that enables him to walk again.  Stem is part Six Million Dollar Man mobility, and part Alexis ... it communicates with him, and sometimes when it disagrees with what he's doing, it takes over completely.  As Grey follows a revenge-themed story to find and punish those responsible for his wife's death, we get marital arts fight scenes that are among the best I have seen in some time  -  they are also realistic and tension-filled.  The entire movie, the focus of which is where does Artificial Intelligence begin, and where does the human being end, is tense, gripping, and will keep you riveted, sometimes with a laugh and sometimes with a cringe.  It is full value for all that it dishes up, and you will leave the theatre feeling like you might have been walking in Grey's shoes.  Rated 18A for violence, although it should be 14A.

  • 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.

 

New on AMAZON PRIME

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan:

John Krasinski takes off today as Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan in a new, big-budget streaming version of the action-spy adventure.  This one is a series that has a lot of juice behind it.  Ryan is a CIA analyst who is thrust into field work today as he uncovers a pattern of terrorist activity with frightening consequences.  Rated 14A.