Jan 21st - 27th Downloads
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  • Black and Blue:

    The title of this taught and compelling crime thriller refers to the lead character, Officer Alicia West (Naomi Harris), a Black woman wearing police Blue as a rookie cop in the City of New Orleans.  The tension starts ramping up in the first minutes of this gritty look at working in the largely Black, and very poor Parishes of the Crescent City in the present day, with the poverty and destruction of Hurricane Katrina still evident.  It's clear immediately that the tough, dangerous, and lawless area that she is policing along with her senior partner is a place that she knows ... a place from which she came some years ago before abandoning it at the age of 17 to sign up for the Army and two tours of duty in Afghanistan.  As a rookie cop, she is required to wear a body camera, and understands that sometime soon, because of corruption among the officers in this story, all officers will be required to wear one.  Paired with a different senior officer when someone has to work an overtime shift, she sees something, as does her body cam, that was not meant for her eyes ... the execution of a Black drug dealer by White cops.  She is discovered instantly, and the cops shoot her, but her vest affords some protection.  Now it's a race for Alicia to get back to the police station with her footage so she can blow the whistle ... but it's soon clear that many of the cops are in on the corrupt drug business, and she can trust no one.  Most of the film is one long chase scene with tension oozing out like blood from her gunshot wound, getting worse by the moment.  The Black community won't open a door to her because she's a cop, and the police are closing in ... and soon, because of a lie told by officers, the Black community is gunning for her too, believing that she was the one that took out their friend.  How or if she can ever get out of this is the question, all the while offering up and adrenaline-pumping story.  I liked it a great deal - most reviews were negative, most audience members loved it.  Rated 14A here, R in the U.S.  Tyrese Gibson also stars.

     

  • Zombieland: Double Tap:

    This sequel to the 2009 "Zombieland" movie reunites most of the original cast that became something of a rag-tag family as they dealt with America in the 21st century, which had become overrun with zombies. Back in the cast are Woody Harrelson (Tallahassee), Jesse Eisenberg (Columbus), a much more grown-up Abigail Breslin (Little Rock), and Emma Stone (Wichita).  Although the Zombie Apocalypse is serious business, especially when we are introduced to Super Zombies which are fast, smart, and very hard to kill, the dialogue is hilarious and very clever, as are the sight gags.  The four returning friends set up housekeeping in the deserted White House, which still has most of the interior accouterments intact, including the Hope Diamond, and a silver-plated .45 caliber pistol that Elvis Presley gave to President Richard Nixon, both of which come into play as the plot moves forward.  You have to pay very close attention to what is being said, because the lines are very funny, you laugh, and you miss the next line, even funnier.  New characters are introduced as our heroes take to the road, soon running into Madison, an airhead blonde cheerleader type who has some of the best lines in the film, Nevada (Rosario Dawson), who looks after an Elvis-themed motel near Graceland, and Albuquerque and Flagstaff (Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch) who are doppelgangers for the characters played by Harrelson and Eisenberg.  This is a very clever movie that will keep you tied right in until the end ... but don't stop when the credits start to roll ... Bill Murray shows in a great cameo.  Excellent film - Rated 18A for gore and violence, as well as Harrelson's language, but very smart! 

  • Jexi:

    This “R” rated comedy isn’t all that funny – not to me anyway, as Adam Devine, as the lead character, a guy named Phil, works his way through a life that does not have much going for it.  Phil is an addict. Not drugs, not alcohol, but rather, to his cellphone. He can’t put it down, he does nothing without the phone up in front of his face, and what passes for a career is something to which he is also barely hanging on.  He writes top 10 lists for a Buzzfeed-type website. He has no other life at all – no friends, no girlfriend, noting but his phone. All of that changes when Phil is forced to upgrade his phone, to find that there is an AI presence in it called Jexi … sort of and Alexa but with heavy life coaching skills.  Soon Jexi is directing Phil’s actions, trying to help him get a life. Wanda Sykes also stars, Rose Byrne is the voice of Jexi, and Justin Harley, who plays Kevin on “This Is Us” also stars. Rated 18A for language and nudity.

  • Ares (2020, series):

    This Netflix original is the first project of its kind from the Netherlands, and it sets up a situation in which horror is at the forefront.  It features a group of college students who belong to an old and very exclusive organization that finds itself on the brink of opening a portal to a demonic world that threatens all life on the human side of the portal.  The first season of eight episodes is ready for binging.  Rated 14A. 

     

    Tyler Perry's A Fall from Grace (2020):

    This is Tyler Perry's first film for Netflix.  It's premise involves a woman (Crystal Fox) whose life begins to fall apart after entering a hasty marriage.  All that appeared good and righteous quickly turned to challenging and ugly.  A strong cast includes Perry himself, along with Cicely Tyson and Phylicia Rashad.  Rated 14A. 

New on CRAVE

Three Identical Strangers (2018)

This true story stars the actual participants in what may have been some kind of covert psychology experience or worse.  Three brothers, identical triplets, were given up at birth to three different New York families for adoption.  The adoption agency did not tell any of the prospective parents that the boy they were acquiring was a triplet, and all went on to have relatively normal lives.  In 1980, through a significant series of events, the three boys, now young men, meet, learn that they are brothers, and begin a journey of discovery that becomes more mysterious the more time passes.  An excellent portrayal of a series of families in crisis.  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

Treadstone (2019, series):

The Treadstone project is the one that developed Jason Bourne as a super-spy. Now it turns its attention to something even more ambitious - creating unstoppable human assassins.  This CIA Black Ops organization has created these beings, who go about their day-to-day lives all around with world until they are activated to carry out various missions.  They don't know who they are, as their memories have been erased as well as all sense of conscience and all sense of right and wrong, making them diabolical killing machines.  Jeremy Irvine stars.  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.