Jan 1st - 7th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  • Bad Times at the El Royale:

    This mystery thriller is based on an actual hotel once owned by Frank Sinatra.  Seven different people find themselves within the confines of the somewhat seedy establishment on the California - Nevada border in the early 1960s, each with a past that is being hidden, and each with a desire for redemption.  As they settle in, it becomes clear to the diverse group, that includes a vacuum cleaner salesman, a priest, and a gangster among others, that they are unknown to one another, but someone, or something seems to know all about them.  The dialogue is sharp and crisp, and the story plays out like an episode or two of "Lost," with a supernatural undercurrent that exposes us to kidnapping, murder, and much more.  If you like the unusual, this movie has a lot of gravity in that department, but to say more would spoil some plot sequences that need to stay under wraps. Stars included John Hamm, Jeff, Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, and Dakota Johnson.  Rated 14A.

     

  • Night School:

    Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish lead a strong cast in this broad comedy about a group of trouble-making adults who are all trying to get their GED in night school classes so they can be viewed as high school graduates. Hart is Teddy Walker.  He sells barbecue grills for a living, and he is hoping to become the store manager when a terrible accident levels the place - propane tanks and stupidity don't go well together.  Now Teddy is starting his career all over again, and what keeps him from getting any kind of decent job is the fact that he is a high-school drop-out.  That's the set-up for his enrolling in night school, with Haddish's character Carrie as the teacher.  They haven't hit it off well, having already had an incident at a traffic light in their respective cars, so the conflict is set.  What's wrong with this movie is that it is little more than a sitcom - no - make that four sitcoms - with a number of contrived situations among the adult students that make little sense, but are just there to create a laugh.  There are a few of those, but too few, and Hart's shtick gets old quickly.  Mary Jane Rajskub also stars - she used to be Chloe on the TV series 24, and it's clear why she stuck with that genre, as she really doesn't do comedy well.  Although it wasn’t really worth a trip to the theatre, this comedy makes a very respectable download.  Rated 14A

  •  A.X.L.:

    The title initials belong to a top-secret robotic dog that has been developed for specific action in this sci-fi thriller.  Although it's just a sophisticated machine, A.X.L. develops what appears to be real feelings for its handler, a young man named Miles (Alex Neustaetder from Marvel's Agents of SHIELD).  Attack, Exploration, and Logistics is what the AXL acronym stands for, and Miles, a somewhat errant young dirt bike racer with no real direction, becomes acquainted with the artificial intelligence robot when it escapes from the dastardly arms dealer that created it. Now they are on the run, with Miles protecting the “dog,” but we learn soon enough that AXL is a killing machine that does not really need protecting.  There is no fuzzy warmth from the robot dog, nor is their much from Miles, who is more interested in impressing that certain girl than he is in fighting whatever war the dog’s creator seems to be making. It’s a sort of kid’s story, but when AXL gets too violent, youngsters will likely not be happy … nor will their parents.   Thomas Jane (The Punisher) also stars, in this hide-and-seek action movie in which everyone is a suspect.  Rated 14A.

  • Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War:

    James Brolin joins all the usual members of the Marvel Universe - Robert Downey, Jr.'s Ironman, Chris Hemsworth's Thor, Chris Evans' Captain America, Mark Ruffalo's Incredible Hulk, and a list that encompasses more characters and actors than we can name.  Brolin is Thanos, the most evil of all villains, who, along with his team of very bad people, has chosen as their mission, the destruction of 50% of the known universe, with whatever survives living under his domination.  At 2:29, there still isn't enough time to finish this story ... it's a part one of two, so we have to wait a year to find out what happens after Thanos gets control of time itself.  An excellent yarn with more action than we can digest.  Rated 14A. 

     

    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011):

    Although it's a few years old now, this is still one of the best depictions of the famous fictional detective, played here to perfection by Benedict Cumberbatch.  There are terrorist bombings going on in London, Holmes believes the culprit is his arch-enemy Moriarity (Jared Harris), and the detective is on his own as his partnership with Watson (Jude Law) has been set aside because of Watson's marriage to Mary (Kate Reilly).  But when one of the targets of the bomb attacks is the train on which the Watsons are riding, they are all back on the job in no time.  Rachel McAdams also stars.  Rated 14A. 

Isle of Dogs (2018):

Wes Anderson wrote and directed this very unusual animated film about a young Japanese boy's search for his lost dog, which leads him to a place where all the dogs have been sent because of a canine flu that threatens to wipe them out.  They are at the mercy of a greedy and harsh mayor who placed the ban, and it could spell doom for the all.  Voices include Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Murray.  Rated PG.




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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.