Nov 21st - 27th Downloads
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  • Crazy Rich Asians:

    The first North American studio film to feature an all Asian cast since "The Joy Luck Club" 25 years ago, it's the story of Rachel Chu (Fresh off the Boat's Constance Wu), and her boyfriend Nick Young, the impossibly handsome Henry Golding.  Rachel a professor of economics, has been an item with Nick for over a year, when invites her to Singapore, his family home, to attend the wedding of a friend.  What follows is totally consistent with the title - unbelievable wealth and ostentatious trappings, combined with the kind of money that exists in few places in the world ... the kind of money that allows for a bachelor party at sea, where the guests come in via jet helicopters, and land on a huge container ship tricked out to be the biggest party site on the planet, and the kind of money that takes over a rooftop mini-city above three high-rise buildings in Singapore for a post-wedding party complete with dozens of synchronized swimmers in the giant pools that grace the facility.  Coupled with the money and the opulence is the behaviour of people of multi-generational wealth, much of originating in China, spreading through Malaysia and creating its own issues if one comes from the wrong family, is born in the wrong birth order, or simply can't compete with the family-first traditions.  Poor Rachel has no idea that her boyfriend Nick is from one of the wealthiest families in all of Asia, and that he is the heir-apparent, but with a lot of strings attached.  One of those is the fact that Rachel is all wrong for him - she is Chinese-American, she does not come from money, and she is viewed by Nick's mother Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh) as a threat to the family and its future because she is too much an outsider.  The characters all work very well ... and the actors, including Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding, and many others are actually natives of Malaysia.  This is a delightful romantic comedy with characters that leap off the screen, and with a story that, while being somewhat derivative, is all new because of the background and the setting.  Rated 14A.

     

  • Kin:

    This is a sci-fi thriller  seems to try hard to be something it just can't reach - a sensible, well-positioned story with  characters that matter to us, and about whom we care.   Myles Truitt plays Eli, an African-American boy of about 14 who has been adopted into a family of criminals and near criminals with Dennis Quaid as the Dad.  While looking for copper wire, or anything of value in a junkyard, Eli comes upon something not of this earth.  He finds what appears to be a weapon.  The rifle-like device is imprinted to his touch and to his DNA, so no one else can fire it, and soon his adopted brother fresh, out of jail, is back home and in trouble.  So is Dad because the a local gang is looking for a big payment of protection money, and a bad situation gets worse ... until Eli pulls the trigger for the first time.  The weapon has enormous power, and soon Eli and his brother are on the run, chased by the bad guys, the FBI, and whatever other-worldly creaturs own the gun.  The problem with the story is that it doesn't hang together, doesn't build characters that are relatable, and ultimately, just doesn't make us feel like, whatever the outcome, that we really care.  The other problem is that the gun in the hands of the 14 year old is the solution to everything.  Shoot this, shoot that, kill these people, and maim those ... the 14A rating means that a lot of 12 year-olds are going to be in the theatre too, and the lesson for them - shooting with guns, at people, is good ... trying to do the right thing is bad.  Not a good message, and ending that is so far out that it is not to be believed in the context of the movie, and at the end of it all, not one that I can recommend. Also stars James Franco.

  •  Little Italy:

    This romantic comedy didn’t show up in box office numbers because it did not have an American release.  What it has is an American star, Emma Roberts, niece of Julia Roberts, a largely Canadian cast, a Toronto setting, and a number of jokes that just don't make it.  It's a Romeo and Juliette story, but the respective feuding families are in the pizza business, and the two young star-crossed lovers, played by Roberts and Vancouver-born Hayden Christensen, do their best with a flawed script full of been-there-done-that situations.  Andrea Martin, one of my favourite comic performers, just becomes a parody of herself, but the real let down is a story that doesn't work.  Rated 14A.

  • The Holiday Calendar (2018):

    Political correctness rears its head in the title of this Netflix original movie which was produced under the title "The Christmas Calendar."  A romance starring Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries), we follow the challenges of a gifted photographer, Abby Sutton (Graham) who, despite her talent, can't get her business to the place where it pays the bills.  She inherits an advent calendar which, she believes may have a supernatural ability to foretell the future .. will it make her luckier at business ... or more lucky at love?  Ron Cephus Jones (This is Us) co-stars.  Rated PG.

     

    The Other Side of the Wind (2018):

    Orson Welles spent a good part of the 1970s shooting this film-within-a-film in which John Huston stars as an old-Hollywood movie director who is trying to revitalize his career by making a flashy, splashy movie unlike anything ever before seen.  When Welles died in 1985, the film remained unfinished, and actor-director Peter Bogdanovich, who has a part in the film, vowed, in the early 2000s, to raise $2 million to finish it.  That didn't happen, but in  2017 Netflix bought the rights to the movie and completed it.  Dennis Hopper and Edmond O'Brien also star.  Rated PG.

Star Trek; Short Treks:

The first in a series of stand-alone short films based on the Star Trek: Discovery series, and featuring relatively minor background characters, we see crewman Craft (Aldis Hodge) awakening in the sick bay of an unfamiliar craft, finding it completely abandoned, and facing little chance for survival.  His only contact is with the AI within the ship, which may be his way out.  Rated 14A. 


 

New on AMAZON PRIME

Event Horizon (1997):

An outstanding sci-fi thriller that predates the DVD era, and much of the CGI era is all the better because of the imagination required to manage the story, taking place on a space ship near a black hole.  A space vehicle enters the hole, and returns, somehow ... with something very strange on board.  Stars Sam Neill, Laurence Fishburne, and Kathleen Quinlan.  Interstellar, 18 years later, used similar science to explain its encounters with black holes.  Rated 18A.