Sept 17th - 22nd Downloads
& DVDs
 
  • Dark Phoenix:

    For those who might not know, at first blush, just what this title means, it helps if you understand that everywhere else in the world, it is being released as "X-Men:  Dark Phoenix," so that patrons will understand its heritage.  It is said to be the last of the X-Men films, and is a direct sequel to 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse. Set in 1992, we see Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) in her formative years, first as a young child whose powers of telekinesis cause a terrible accident, and then later as she is part of the group of mutants at Professor Charles Xavier's (James McAvoy) school for the gifted.  I like the X-Men movies, but I no longer pretend to understand them, with alternate timelines creating entire worlds where some dead X-Men still live (X-Women too) and where friends are enemies, and enemies friends.  The heart of the action in this film, and it has some great action sequences, is a rescue mission by the X-Men to save the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavor which has been impacted by a solar flare.  This is an excellent set-piece as each of the mutants uses his or her powers to retrieve the astronauts, and they think they are done when it is realized that the commander is still missing.  It is Jean Grey who goes to his rescue, but she is caught up herself in the solar flare, which, we learn, was not a flare at all, but a device used by a small group of all-powerful aliens from a dying civilization.  Of course, they want the earth, but don't need its people, and Jean Grey may be just the person to utilize in their plot.  The leader of the alien force is played by Jessica Chastain in a blonde wig that makes her look a lot like The Mother of Dragons on Game of Thrones, and the game is one with the earth as its prize.  I liked this movie a lot, felt that you did not have to be and X-Men expert to "get it," and enjoyed the character development around Jean Grey.  Jennifer Lawrence is back as Raven / Mystique, Michael Fassbender is Magneto, Nicolas Hault is Beast, and James McAvoy is the younger Professor Xavier.  Missing from the cast is Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, as he said two years ago he was retiring the character in terms of his playing it.  Rated 14A. 

     

  • Wild Rose:

    Who didn’t want to go to Nashville, get discovered, and become the next big singer-songwriter?  Many, many talented people feel that this is a likely career choice, although, like making it as a good college basketball player into the NBA, the odds of success are about the same as making it in Nashville – better odds of being struck by lightning and eaten by a shark at the same time.  There’s a wrinkle here though … Rose-Lyn, a guitar-plucking singer with the Nashville dream is more than just down the road apiece. She’s in Glasgow, Scotland. She has a wicked temper, has spent time in jail, has a couple of kids that she chooses to ignore as she dreams of success in the U.S., and has just about everything going against her.  She settles on a job, after prison, cleaning houses, and while singing as she worked, is overheard by the wealthy and well-connected Susannah who listens to Rose-Lyn’s dream, and decides to help her. But that’s the easy part … Rose-Lyn has two children, aptly named Lyle and Wynona, they aren’t too happy being ignored, and there’s a layabout boyfriend too.  Interesting because it’s a British film trying to follow the American dream. Rated 14A.

  • Above the Shadows:

    This fantasy romance has at least one thread that is sort of based on real-life.  It’s the story of Holly (Olivia Thrilby), a young woman who has been fading away, literally, to the point where virtually no one can see her.  Since she lost her mother to cancer a few years earlier, Holly felt that she was becoming less and less visible, to the point where she was almost non-existent.  Quite by accident, and MMA fighter, the career of which she played a hand in ruining, catches her in the act of doing that to another … surprised that he can see her, Holly sets out to find out how she can re-enter the world of those who are seen, and who see.  It’s a real stretch and would work better as a Twilight Zone episode, but for those who think that they too go unnoticed too much, maybe there’s a thread of truth here. Also stars Megan Fox. Rated 14A.
  • Tall Girl:

    In this Netflix original film, Jodi has always been the tallest girl in school, and she has always been very uncomfortable with her height.  She has been slouching her way through her life, always being made fun of by classmates and kids on the street. Maybe things will change when she meets Stig, a foreign exchange student from Sweden who is even taller than she.  She develops a crush on him, but soon finds herself a part of a surprising love triangle that makes things difficult for her, and makes her insecurities even worse. With the help of her beauty queen sister and a couple of good friends, Jodi’s coming of age takes on a much more positive spin.  Rated PG.

     

    The last Kids on Earth:

    Just in case you think you have seen every possible iteration of the zombie gene, hold on for one more.  An excellent cast participates in the Netflix Original series in which a young teen named Jackie Sullivan (Nick Wolfhard) and his friends, set up their resources in a treehouse where they play videogames and try to save the world from a monster invasion that has left only zombies on the planet.  Rosario Dawson, Bruce Campbell, Mark Hamill, and Catherine O’Hara also star. Rated 14A.

Room 104 (Season 3, Episode 1):

This very unusual series originating on HBO starts its third season following its established format.  It explores the lives of the people who check in to this room in a New York hotel. Each segment is different and the genre ranges from comedy, to drama, to horror.  Very weird series! 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.