Dec 17th - 23rd Downloads
& DVDs
 
  • Downton Abbey:

    Fans of the TV series that ran for six seasons will be right at home as we are allowed to go back into the residence of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of the titular estate in the English countryside.  This movie is letter-perfect, with everything just a little bigger than was the TV series.  The theme music seems to have added another 200 symphony musicians, the Crawleys and their minions are everything that you might want, and all of the original cast has returned, including Matthew Goode, Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, and Imelda Staunton.  Set in 1927, the Abbey is about to become the visiting place of King George V and Queen Mary (Simon Jones and Geraldine James).  Fans will not be disappointed.  Rated PG.

     

  • Ad Astra:

    The title means "To the Stars" in Latin.  It reminded of what 2001: A Space Odyssey could have been, had the technology been available to take us on a journey to the far reaches of the solar system.  Top to bottom and bottom to top, this is Brad Pitt's movie.  He produced it, through his Plan B production company, he stars, almost to the exclusion of everyone else in the film, and much of the dialogue is stream-of-consciousness narration from inside his character's head.  That character is Roy McBride.  He is an exceptional astronaut with almost complete control of both his emotions and even the beat of his heart.  When he was 16 years old, his father, H. Clifford McBride, left earth in this near-future setting on a journey to the outer reaches of our solar system.  Somewhere near the orbit of Neptune, he went quiet and was not heard from in decades.  When a series of electrical energy pulses from that region of space begin to cripple not only the earth, but the well-established colonies on the moon and on Mars, it appears that there is a connection to the elder McBride's mission, and son Roy is recruited to make a trip to Mars, contact is father from that base, and proceed as ordered.  Nothing happens that you might expect.  There is exceptional tension running through this film like liquid oxygen through the tanks of a booster rocket, but it's not what you would call an action movie.  It's very introspective, the visuals are stunning, and our society in that near-future time, hasn't gotten better - only worse.  Terrorism and piracy, as well as espionage and double-dealing have spread everywhere that humans have gone, no one can be trusted, and we don't know where this mission will end.  Excellent film, and the ending makes good sense. I liked it a great deal and I thought that Brad Pitt did the acting job of his life.  Rated 14A. 

  • Rambo: Last Blood:

    It isn't Shakespeare, but if you like a good revenge movie where a lot of stuff blows up, where the dialogue is simple, and the plot is no more complex than "you did me wrong and you're gonna pay," this one gets the job done.  Sylvester Stallone wrote the script in which an older and more gentle John Rambo is raising his 17 year-old niece, Gabrielle, on his ranch in Arizona, not far from the Mexican border.  When she is kidnapped by a Mexican sex slave operation, the bad guys learn quickly that they have messed with the wrong family.  It is somewhat predictable, but not always, somewhat violent, but not always, and somewhat angry, but not always.  If you like the Rambo franchise, and I do, you'll get your money's worth.  Rated 18A for violence.



  • 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

The Two Popes (2019):

Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce star as Pope Benedict and Pope Francis respectively in a true story that goes behind the walls of the Vatican and reveals perhaps the most important transition of power and influence in 2,000 years.  Asking Pope Benedict (Hopkins) for permission to retire, the future Pope Francis is instead plunged into a series of events that concern a secret that could rattle the faith of the one billion Catholics worldwide.  After a brief theatrical opening, the film has been distributed exclusively by Netflix.  Rated 14A.

The Witcher (TV Series, 2019):

This Netflix original series is a sword-and-sandal thriller that follows Geralt of Rivera, a solitary monster-killer who roams the earth righting the wrongs created by monstrosities everywhere.  Henry Cavill stars as the title character, based on a novel series.  A second season has already been announced, so you can binge watch this one safely.  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 +

The Mandalorian, Chapter 6:

This Star Wars series made for streaming, is perhaps the most true and authentic spinoff that the franchise has offered in more than 20 years.  Taking place in the days of Jawas and Ewoks, it follows the adventures of a masked bounty hunter and his baby Yoda capturee across the galaxy.  The flavour is very much that of the Empire Strikes Back era, with outstanding special effects and a superb story.  Rated PG.