Oct 16th - 22nd Downloads
& DVDs
  • Ant Man & the Wasp:

    This is a far better film that I expected, but there's one caveat ... if you don't recall the action in Captain America: Civil War (2016), you may find yourself out of the loop for a time as the action in this movie picks up.   When Ant Man & the Wasp opens, Scott Lang aka Ant Man is still under house arrest after the events of the earlier movie, with an ankle bracelet, and just days left to go on his remaining two year sentence.  He is forbidden from seeing any of his old gang, especially Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) who invented the ant-suit that allows the wearer to shrink to microscopic size or become a 40 foot-tall giant.   A vivid, dream-like incident prompts Scott to make the forbidden contact, and soon he is with Pym, and Pym's daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) aka The Wasp, neither of whom are happy to see him, as they blame Scott for what happened to Hope's mother, Hank's wife Janet (Michelle Pfieffer) aka the original Wasp.  She has been trapped in the sub-atomic world for 30 years after an experiment gone wrong, and Scott thinks she may have been trying to contact him.  So begins the work of getting her back, but it's fraught with peril between a nefarious cad named Sonny (Walton Scoggins), the FBI, and a new character named "Ghost" who can walk through walls.  Along the way, great special effects, a plot that keeps you on your toes, and a subtle sense of humour.  Don't shut down when the credits start to roll, as there is a key scene that sets up the next Ant Man /the Wasp movie, and after that, another  set of credits, and then peek at the next Avengers film.  Rated 14A, and great fun!


  • Unfriended: The Dark Web:

    The late Roger Ebert dubbed this kind of picture the "Dead Teenager Movie," and that's just what it is - an R-rated horror thriller that takes place on the computer screen and a couple of mobile devices of the teens portrayed in the movie, most of whom have been culled from the youthful parts they played on such daytime soaps as Days of Our Lives and General Hospital. And secondly, as is the case always with this genre, the young people get offed one at a time in the most hideous of ways, but the characters are so one-dimensional that it's difficult to care all that much.  The premise is right out of today’'s social media, and something that may hit far too close to home for some families:  off the top we see a teenage girl in a piece of footage shoot herself in the head after having had a very embarrassing moment put out there by others who don't know any better.  Soon, for the group of friends who see each other, it seems, only on facetime and Skype, the horror begins when someone or something is using the dead girl's account ... and that's when the mayhem starts as the chatroom pals are offed one at a time.  There are some genuinely scary moments as the horror builds, but we know from the Scream movies and such similar films, that only one will be left standing at the end.  Maybe.  The teen-and-early-20 audience at which this is aimed will totally get it.   Rated 18A.

  • Down a Dark Hall:

    A supernatural thriller in which a schoolgirl, Kit Gordy (AnnaSophia Robb of "Soul Surfer) enters her first semester at a high-end and very exclusive boarding school, only to find that there is something very unworldly about her headmistress, Madame Duret (Uma Thurman).  A troubled past haunts Kit.  She had been accused of arson, and although innocent, no one believes her, including her parents. The “exclusive” school turns out to be an old mansion, and she soon learns that there are only four other girls at the school, all equally challenged with their past behaviours.  They are told, once their cellphones and mobile devices are taken away, that the place is an alternative to their going to prison, although the dark hallways of the school seem to be harboring something other than classrooms, and prison might have been a far better alternative!.  Rated 14A.

  • Bad Neighbors (2014) /
    Bad Neighbors 2 (2016

    The pair of incredibly profane R-rated comedies can't be entirely blamed on Seth Rogan, who stars, along with Rose Byrne as his wife.  Rogan normally writes the sexually-charged material, but here, he is just on board as an actor.  His character, Mack Radner, along with wife Kelly, have a new baby, and they have new neighbours in the person of a frat house that sets up next door.  The kind of noise and wild goings-on are not conducive to a young family, so the fight is on.  This became the fourth-largest-grossing R-rated comedy in all of movie-dom, so it begged for a sequel, and that's what it got ... although in the second one, Rogan has a writing credit as well as his starring credit, so it's fair to blame him for the extremely R-rated material.  You know what you're getting when you watch a Seth Rogan movie, so you have either been warned or tipped off, depending on what you like.  Both rated 18A. 


    Legend (2015):

    Tom Hardy takes on a duel role here as real-life 1960s British gangster Reggie Kray, and his identical twin brother Ron Kray.  The two were absolutely diabolical criminals with no conscience, and a complete inability to do anything in moderation.  They not only terrorized the public with their robberies and other capers, but they were feared by other criminals, many of whom were missing body parts after run-ins with the brothers.  A very violent film, but one that is very true to life as it was in 1960s England.  Rated 18A. 

Life Is Beautiful (1997):

The Best Actor Oscar that went to Roberto Benigni for his role as mild-mannered librarian, confined to a concentration camp during the Holocaust, was well-deserved.  This is one of those stories that must not be forgotten, and it's a time in history that hasn't been viewed from this perspective before.  Excellent film!  Rated 14A. 



Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan:

Although this Amazon-made series has been heavily promoted on television for more than a month, actually sitting down to watch it is an amazing experience.  The eight episode story arc follows Ryan (John Krasinski) in his evolution from CIA analyst following money trails, to a man of action in Middle Eastern locations trying to track down a bin-Laden-like leader who has only terrorism in mind.  Exceptional production values, and outstanding writing make this one of the best experiences ever for a streaming original series.  Rated 14A.