Nov 26th - Dec 2nd Downloads
& DVDs
 
  • Angel Has Fallen:

    If you want a rock-solid, action-adventure popcorn movie with enough surprises to keep you fully at attention, and enough familiarity to make you feel that you don't have to work all that hard to get what's going on, this one will do just fine. Gerard Butler is back as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning in final third of this trilogy that started with "Olympus Has Fallen," in 2013,  and "London has Fallen" in 2016.  Morgan Freeman replaces Aaron Eckhart as the President of the United States, and Piper Perabo replaces Radha Mitchell as Leah Banning, Mike's wife.  Banning is very conflicted in this story, loving his job as the secret service operative who always saves the President.  He is having trouble with headaches from far too many head-butts and near-miss escapes, his traumatized mind and body are working against him, and he and Leah now have a little toddler, and he knows he needs to be home more.  Despite all of that, it's difficult to walk away from the action.  It kicks off quickly with a highly organized assassination attempt that doesn't quite succeed, but the perpetrators have done a marvelous job of framing Banning with DNA, bank transfers, and the apparent help of the Russians.  Now everyone is after Banning - his own agency, the FBI, everyone.  Finding the real culprits becomes his new job.  Great action, lots of stuff blows up, many twists and turns, and a great performance by Nick Nolte.  Rated 14A, and full value for action fans.

     

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette:

    If you read the best-selling novel by Maria Semple upon which this film is based, you will probably be disappointed in the way the story translates to the big screen.  It's a complex tale of love, loss, misunderstanding, and broken trust and has more twists and turns than a mountain road.  Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett is the title character here. She is damaged, and hates everything - her daughter Bee's school, all of the moms there who judge her, and perhaps most of all the agoraphobia that keeps her housebound.  When Blanchett's as Bernadette, is on screen, every word is riveting.  She can do more with a toss of her hair or a raised eyebrow than most actors can do with a hundred pages of script.  Life was not always terrible for Bernadette.  She was an award-winning architect back in the days before she married and had a family, and she misses all of that.  Now, a mom who has devoted herself to raising her family, she longs for the days when she can strike out on her own to explore creative talents that have been forced to lie dormant for years.  One day she just disappears.  Her high-achieving daughter Bee sets out, going through e-mails, texts, and other communications, to find out what happened to her.  Also stars Kristin Wiig and Judy Greer.  Rated 14A.

  • Mary:

    This is an alleged horror-thriller with too little horror, and not many thrills.  It stars Gary Oldman as a long-time, experienced sailor who impulsively buys an old hulk of a boat for no apparent reason, other than he believes that it will somehow save his failing marriage to a wife (Emily Mortimer) who truly doesn’t understand him.  After the mercifully short movie (84 minutes) comes to an end, I doubt that most viewers will understand him either. Putting their children aboard for the maiden voyage begins what should become a slide into the supernatural, as the boat seems to have a mind of its own, and quickly takes them off course.  A spectral being of sorts begins to haunt the family, and pushes Dad to the brink of insanity, all the while dwelling on the broken nature of the marriage rather than the fact that something very strange is going on. “Mary” is the boat’s name and it’s also the name of one of the couple’s daughters. As the kinds of stock actions that we have seen in a myriad of haunted house movies play out, we can’t fault the acting here … just the script which seems to wring all the supernatural stuff out, leaving a mystery story of sorts.  Rated 14A.
  • The Irishman (2019):

    This Netflix original opened in some theatres this week as well as debuting on the streaming service.  Robert De Niro is Frank (The Irishman) Sheehan, a mob hitman who reminisces about some of the hits that he executed during a long and successful career as a killer-for-hire.  Frank learned how to kill while serving in Italy during WWII, and here talks about his involvement in the disappearance of American Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa.  Martin Scorsese is the director, and he has assembled a great cast of wiseguys including Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, and Harvey Keitel.  Rated 18A for violence and language.

     

    Singapore Social (2019):

    A Netflix original inspired by the movie Crazy Rich Asians looks into the lives, the loves, the foibles and the habits of those who tread the tricky social networks in that part of the world.  Doesn't have the star power of the movie, but it has a certain charm that is difficult to resist.  Rated 14A.

David Foster: Off the Record (2019):

A great slice of the world of composer-musician-showman Foster, from his beginnings in Victoria to his collaborations with "A" list artists that have helped him sell a half-billion recordings.  Everyone is in this documentary - Paul Anka, Michael Buble, Peter Cetera, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Lionel Richie, and Barbara Streisand to name just a handful.  A must for music lovers!  Rated PG.

 

New on AMAZON PRIME

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan

John Krasinski is back for season two of this action-packed spy thriller which, in its first season last year, was a huge hit for Amazon Prime. This time the action shifts to Venezuela as Ryan is sent into to covertly determine the threat to the Americas given the challenges raised by the Government of this South American country. Filming also took place in Europe and in other parts of the world, giving this TV series a big-screen look that would fit perfectly in a movie theatre. Eight new episodes make this a perfect binge-watch. Rated 14A.