Dec 10th - 16th Downloads
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  • It: Chapter Two:

    It doesn't hurt to go back to watch the previous movie, "It," from 2017 - because there are a lot of characters, and because this new film is really a second half, and not a sequel, the references, both visually and verbally to the first movie are incessant.  Set in the fictitious town of Derry, Maine (played here by Port Hope, ON), it's the present day and the seven members of The Loser's Club have long ago left the old home town, except for Mike (Isaiah Mustafa), who has remained.  The Loser's Club was a group of misfit young teens who banded together, and ultimately defeated the unbelievably frightening Pennywise the Clown (played once again here by Peter Sarsgaard).  We know from the previous movie that Pennywise appears in Derry every 27 years, and while there, commits a reign of terror in which people, often children, go missing, with only body parts to be found later.  In this new movie, it's 27 years later.  and one day each Club member gets a call from Mike who tells them that it's time to return home.  They made a blood pact swearing that, if the monster wasn't truly slain after their efforts in the first film, they promised to return home to face it again.  An exceptional horror film, it is too long, at nearly three hours.  As they hunt Pennywise, and as he hunts each of them, the astounding scenes of acute horror escalate one after the other.  It will become a classic horror-chiller with its exceptional production values, frightening scenes that curdle the blood, and a satisfying ending to it all.  Watch for a scene in a second-hand store, in which the proprietor may look just a little familiar.  It's Stephen King himself, who also co-wrote the script, in a cameo role. Rated 14A for language and frightening scenes here, R in the States.

     

  • Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood:

    This Quentin Tarentino masterpiece is so full of content, detail, and a just-won't-quit story, that it needs at least a second, and maybe a third viewing - not to "get" it, but rather to appreciate all that happens.  The first movie made by Brad Pitt and Leo DiCaprio together, the pair found it such a great experience that they are currently looking for more projects on which to partner.  Set in Los Angeles circa 1969, it tells the story of TV and movie actor Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), and his stunt double and long-time friend Cliff Booth (Pitt).  Hollywood is changing ... the studio system that used to employ actors under contract, almost as employees, is in decline, and Rick Dalton, who was a household name in his long-running TV series, a western called "Bounty Law, now relegated to guest roles as villains on such series as The FBI.  Dalton left the security of the weekly series to strike out as a movie star, but as was often the case in those days, his TV talent really didn't make it on the big screen.  Booth, Pitt's character, is very much Rick's employee, working not only as his stuntman, but as a gopher, handyman, and mister-fix-it.  He recognizes his role based on limited talent for acting.  Way too many spoilers wait in the wings for me to talk much about the plot, but I can say that this was the summer of 1969, Sharon Tate and two friends were renting the house next door to Rick and Cliff in Benedict Canyon, and Charles Manson's minions become a factor.  The music is a soundtrack of the lives of those who were there, and every TV commercial and radio spot in the background is the real thing ... until Tarentino mixes just a little fantasy with it.  Outstanding movie - lots of language, but little else that could be considered off-putting ... rated 14A here, R in the U.S. It got a standing ovation for over seven minutes when it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival.   Don't stop when the credits roll.  There is another piece about two minutes in and then right at the end of the credits is a great piece of audio.  Superb movie, Tarantino's best!


  • Hustlers:

    Jennifer Lopez headed up this crime-and-punishment story winning at every turn - Rotten Tomatoes, Cinemascore, and Metacritic, all strong indicators of the worth of a movie, saw this as an exceptional film, and the box office doesn't lie. Inspired by true events, and based on a New York magazine story, the initial focus is on Dorothy (Constance Wu from Crazy Rich Asians), who works to support her ailing and aging grandmother, by stripping in a nightclub, using her stripper name, Destiny.  She is befriended by an older and more experienced stripper in the club, Ramona (JLo) who takes a special interest in Destiny, and helps her learn how to deal with the club's clientele, which has a number of high-end hedge fund managers and other Wall Street types as customers.  With the recession of 2008, that market dries up, and the two women, along with most of their co-workers, have to find a new way to support their lifestyles.  Destiny now not only has her grandmother to support, she is a single mom with an infant daughter.  Thus begins the new plan ... target the wealthiest clients, get them drunk, take their credit cards, and max them out before the men really understand what has happened.  The game gets bigger and bigger, and soon they women are drugging their clients, they aren't splitting the business with the club anymore, are using their own homes, or hotel rooms, and organized crime seems to be sniffing out their operation.  Lopez gives the performance of her career here, as the whip-smart Ramona.  Also stars Julia Stiles as the journalist, Cardi B, and Keke Palmer.  Rated 14A for coarse language and nudity, it's an "R" rating in the U.S.  
  • 6 Underground (2019):

    A Netflix original spy thriller that stars Ryan Reynolds with the short, and easy-to-remember name of "One."  He leads a covert team of operatives with global reach that all have one thing in common:  they are dead.  Well, not really dead, but for all intents and purposes, that's what the system, the grid, and the world thinks.  Now that they are supposedly deceased and untraceable, they can go about their business of righting significant wrongs without concern of being discovered, tracked, or killed.  Filmed in Italy, Dubai, China, and the U.S., it has an international cast and was directed by Michael Bay.  Rated 14A.

     

    Marriage Story (2019):

    This film about the breakdown of a marriage, had limited theatrical release to allow for Oscar possibilities, before going to Netflix.  It has a stellar cast that includes Adam Driver, Scarlett Johannsen, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Wallace Shawn.  The challenge here, for filmmaker Noah Baumbach, is to demonstrate the relationship between husband and wife coming apart piece by piece, while the overarching need is for the family to stay together.  Musical score is by Randy Newman.  Rated 14A. 

New on CRAVE

Framing John DeLorean (2019):

Alec Baldwin plays the title character in this dramatic biography that looks at exactly what happened to the car maker whose vehicle is better known today as the time-travel car in the Back to the Future movies than as a legitimate threat to the big three automakers in North America.  DeLorean was, depending on whom you ask, either a leading-edge visionary, or a classic con man.  Marina Baccarin and Josh Charles also star.  Rated 14A.

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.

New on DISNEY +

Forky Asks a Question

This series of Pixar shorts features Forky, the plastic spork from Toy Story 4, asking, and getting answers to some of life's most important questions, couching them in a style that can be understood by children.  This week Forky asks, "What is Love?"  Future episodes will ask such important questions as "what is cheese?"  Rated G.