Dec 4th - 10th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  • Mission Impossible: Fallout:

    Well, just when you think you have seen it all, along comes Tom Cruise as producer and star, offering up a spectacular version for this long-running franchise.  I love the fact that appropriate homage is paid to the original.  All the bones are there, from the theme music by Lalo Schifrin, to the disguises, the ploys to trick the bad guys, and the tight, action-filled sequences that sometimes defy all logic, but fit perfectly. This time around, it's a new twist on an old story - a highly organized group of game-changers called The Apostles, answer to leadership that is calling for a new world order.  Its mantra is that, before there can be great change, there must first be great suffering ... and the greater the change, the greater the required suffering.  The country of Kashmir, on the India-Pakistani border is the target here for a nuclear event that will destroy the ability of a third of the world's population to survive.  The Apostles have bombs fueled by plutonium, and it's Ethan's job, along with his Impossible Missions Force, to secure the munitions and save the world.  At the heart of the movie is Tom Cruise and all of his own stunt work, which is amazing to see.  I looked for, but could not find, any significant scenes where the action and the locales were faked using CGI ... Cruise jumping from building to building, going head over heels in a motorcycle accident, flying his own helicopter in a stunt move that took him 18 months to master, and everywhere running, running, running, are all as authentic as being there.  Terrific film, great popcorn movie with some brains, and an exceptional job turned in by a sensational cast.  Rated 14A.

     

  • The Nun:

    This is a marvelous example of Gothic horror, filmed in Transylvania, using authentic old castles portraying the actual convent of cloistered nuns that is the centre of the demonic action in what is a prequel to the Conjuring movies.  Mood is everything here, and it's easy to believe that it is based on actual supernatural events, however, the story is completely made up.  That doesn't mean it isn't an entertaining and frightening horror film - it checks off all the right boxes as a priest with a past, Father Burke (Damien Bicher) is assigned this task by the Vatican - the task of investigating the suicide of a nun in the Romanian order that has had its share of very scary stuff.  The church fathers also assign a novice nun, Sister Irene (Tessa Farmiga) to accompany him, as they say, "she knows the territory."  But Irene tells the father that she has never been to Romania before.  We learn over the course of this haunting story that the "territory" is actually that of visions and prophesy, not physical locations.  A demon, in the guise of a spectral nun, haunts the corridors and catacombs of the convent - it's the same demonic nun that haunted real-life psychic and ghost hunter Lorraine Warren in the previous Conjuring movies, having made appearances in two of those films. What makes this story seem so real is that the Warrens, Ed and Lorraine, who have worked such cases as the Amityville Horror and the Enfield Haunting, are briefly shown at both the beginning and the end of this movie. .  If you are afraid of being buried alive in a coffin in a cemetery, there is an extended scene that will scare you beyond imagination. Rated 14A. 

  •  The Happytime Murders:

    Brian Henson, son of Muppet creator Jim, has had his own career, and that of his company hit bottom in this disgusting display that has no redeeming value.  Melissa McCarthy stars as Detective Connie Edwards, an LAPD detective working a murder case with a former cop, a disgraced officer who is now a private investigator ... and oh yes ... he's a puppet.  A Muppet really, but they don't say that here.  In this world, puppets live alongside humans, just like cartoon characters interacted with real people in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.  The difference is that the puppets in this film are profane, drug-using, sex-crazed creatures who don't belong on screen, or even in an Oscar-the-Grouch type garbage can.  The story doesn't work, despite its attempt at social relevance demonstrating that puppets were once only good for entertainment, but can now get real jobs - and the lewd, pornographic behaviour is cheap, useless, and serves no purpose but to offend.   Rated 18A.  Should be rated "PS" for "Pure Sleaze!"

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018):

    This Netflix original is actually an anthology of six different western stories from those thrilling days of yesteryear when cowboys ruled the territory, until someone bad happened along.  Written and directed by the Coen Brothers ( Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men), it stars Liam Neeson, James Franco, Tyne Daly, Brendan Gleeson, Tom Waits, and Saul Rubinek among many others.  Expect the same quirky characters and situations that you know from such films as "O Brother Where Art Thou," and "Hail Caesar."  Rated 14A. 

     

    Cam:

    This horror-thriller is a Netflix original that seems to take a page from standup comic Steven Wright's universe ... he has a bit in which he tells us he woke up one morning to find that everything in his house has been replaced by an exact duplicate.  In this movie, Alice (Madeline Brewer) is a webcam model, streaming directly to the internet with her talents, who finds one day, that she has been replaced by an exact duplicate of herself.  This one is from Blumhouse Productions (Insidious, Paranormal Activity) and also stars Melora Walters (Venom).  Rated 14A.

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

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018):

Based on actual events, Joaquin Phoenix stars as John Callahan, a young man severely injured in a car accident in which he was the impaired driver.  His alcoholism led him to that place, where he emerged a quadriplegic, and it appeared that his life was pretty much over.  While in rehab, he found that he had an ability to draw editorial cartoons, and with the help of his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and his sponsor (Jonah Hill), he learns that perhaps there is a life worth living after all.  Set and shot in Portland, OR, home of the real-life John Callahan.  Rated 14A.