Feb 4th - 10th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  • Doctor Sleep (2019):

    In this sequel to The Shining (1980) based on the follow-up novel by Stephen King, we follow the now grown-up Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), who had been the little boy with a special type of ESP known as The Shining.  The adult Danny has had a lifetime of mental anguish and torture from what he went through as a child, and has battled alcoholism as well as the ghosts of the past.  He encounters Abra Stone (Kyliegh Curran), a tween-age girl with the most powerful Shining ever experienced, and realizes they are both being pursued by a supernatural crew called The True Knot, bent on torturing them slowly to death in order to live off the emanations of their powers.  Danny teams up with Abra to fight the True Knot, and its powerful leader, Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson).  Rose, along with her crew, are virtually immortal, as long as they eat well and live well ... eating well means taking in the "steam" - the emanations from those whom they torture and then kill ... but the pickings have been slim over the past couple of decades.  When they encounter Abra's strong vibe, they want her ... and they want to torture her for as long as possible, as the purest steam comes from the greatest pain.  13 year-old Kyliegh Curran as Abra is superb.  McGregor also fits his role perfectly, with the challenge of overcoming his alcoholism oozing out of his pores like vodka after a three-day bender.  There are some scenes recreated from the original movie, with a look-alike Jack Nicholson (Henry Thomas) and a look alike Shelley Duvall (Alex Essoe) reprising the chopping-a-hole-in-the door scenes.  Director Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House) captures the true essence of the story, which plays out as a very tense and special kind of horror.  Rated 14A.

     

  • The Good Liar:

    The cast here is worth watching, even if the movie were a poor one - "poor" is a value judgement, but the box office has spoken, and the movie is officially a flop.  Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen are outstanding as she, a newly widowed millionairess named Betty McLeish, and he, a scurrilous con-man named Roy Courtney, bent on divesting her of her fortune.  They meet through the use of an online dating app, each lying their way through their respective profiles, and it isn't long before Roy has talked his way into Betty's spare bedroom.  A cat-and-mouse game begins that has the appearance of a high-end tennis match, volley by volley.  To explain more would introduce spoilers.  The light-hearted fun of much of the early going is punctuated by jarring scenes of violence in flashback that change the parameters of what we are seeing, ramping up the tension, and making us wonder if what we thought was happening was real, or a big misread.  Great performances, but a directorial hand by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters) that is a little too heavy.  Rated 14A.

  • Arctic Dogs:

    This animated feature has a great cast of voice actors to help drive the action as Swifty, the Arctic Fox (voice of Jeremy Renner) is top dog in the mailroom at Arctic Blast Delivery Service, but he has much bigger dreams.  He wants to become a Top Dog, the name of the Arctic's top couriers, and to prove he's the right dog for the job, he goes off-script taking a mysterious package to a mysterious location, where he discovers a diabolical walrus (voice of John Cleese) that has designs on taking over the world. Unfortunately for adults, this is not one of those cartoon features that has two levels - one for the kids who love the colour and the action, and another with more sophisticated levels of humour that will appeal to grown-ups.  Actually, it's debatable as to just how keen kids are with an animated feature that isn't part of a franchise, and of which they know little or nothing of the characters.  Box office on the weekend was slow for this one.  Additional voices are proved by Heidi Klum, Alec Baldwin, and James Franco.  Rated PG.



  • Horse Girl (2020):

    Allison Brie is Sara, a socially awkward woman who loves horses, arts and crafts, and supernatural crime shows.  Troubled by lucid dreams that seem to be finding their way into her waking life, she struggles to determine what is happening to her.  Also stars Paul Reiser, Robin Tunny and Molly Shannon.  Rated 14A. 

     

    Who Killed Malcolm X?:

    (TV Mini-Series, 2019):   American minister Malcolm X was assassinated in 1965, allegedly by members of the Nation of Islam.  What really happened, and was the person imprisoned for the crime correctly convicted?  A strong drama, and a Netflix original.  Rated 14A. 

New on CRAVE

Star Trek: Picard(TV series 2020)
This new Star Trek version created for the CBS streaming service, All Access, stars Patrick Stewart in the continuing adventures of Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise, those events that happened well after the end of the original series.  Look for a number of Next Generation characters to appear, including Mr. Data (Brent Spiner), Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), and William Riker (Jonathan Frakes).  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

Honey Boy:
An Amazon Prime original,  actor Shia LaBeouf wrote the script based on his own childhood and coming of age.  He plays his own father, with such actors as  Lucas Hedges, playing the younger Shia.  The dad was an ex-rodeo clown, convicted felon, and musician.  The movie received a standing ovation when it opened at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.  The characters, according to LaBeouf, are based on himself and his father, although there are fictional elements too, including their names.  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.