Feb 25th - March 2nd Downloads
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  • Knives Out (2019):

    This is an almost perfect drawing room murder mystery that would have done Agatha Christie proud, although she had nothing to do with it, other than essentially creating the genre itself.  In a large, opulent mansion, we come to meet family patriarch Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), who is already dead in the opening scenes. It is through flashbacks and what if? scenes that we learn what it might have been that set one of his many dysfunctional family members to commit murder.  Thrombey is/was a self-made man, having built his fortune in the publishing industry where, as a writer of murder mysteries, he created an empire that is run by a variety of his adult children, all of whom need work. Jamie Lee Curtis and Don Johnson are Richard and Linda Drysdale. She is Harlan's daughter and runs a business of her own that is very successful, although Dad, having given her a million dollar loan, was somewhat complicit in her success.  Their son Ransom (Chris Evans) is a playboy who loves his trust-fund lifestyle, and Harlan's son Walt Thrombey (Michael Shannon) runs the publishing part of the business, but really doesn't do much. Each has good reason to wish dad dead and gone, to gain control of the empire. Lowest on the totem pole is Harlan's nurse, Marta Cabrera (Ana de Armis) who is viewed by many of the family members as "the help." Once the body of Harlan is revealed early in the first act, the only other cog in the machine is private detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) sporting a Southern accent, and could just as easily have been an Hercule Poirot archetype.  So, with the stage set, we work our way through motive, opportunity, and method, with the playing field switching back and forth as each new piece of evidence is revealed. Every performance is perfect, the story moves along at its own pace, and, despite my love for murder mysteries, I was not even close in guessing who did what to whom. Rated 14A.

     

  • Frozen II (2019):

    It has been six years since the original Frozen movie set young girls on a path to, once again, wanting to be princesses, and having all the magic and splendour that such a station includes.  Not only is this sequel more of the same, it's more than that too. On the off chance that, as a parent, you haven't actually seen the original, not to worry, as snowman Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) does a remarkable job of recapping the major plot points in just a few minutes at the opening of this new film.  With everyone up to speed, and the kingdom of Arendelle, home of princesses Elsa (Idina Menzel) and her sister Anna (Kristen Bell), awash in beautiful autumn colours, it's time for something unusual to happen. Elsa feels herself being called by a faraway voice - no one else hears it, but she is compelled to follow, and soon, she, her sister Anna, Olaf the snowman, Sven the Reindeer, and Kristoff, a suitor to Anna, who is looking for the right moment to propose, are on the road, following Elsa's calling.  They make their way through a forest that is both friendly and scary, and we soon learn of a threat not only to Elsa and Anna, but to all of Arendelle that must be overcome, or all is lost. The animation and colours are spectacular here, the story is gripping and engaging, and there are a couple of scenes that may frighten the smallest princesses-in-waiting, so parents should be aware. The songs are catchy, the performances leave no disappointment, and Disney has once again uncorked the formula for timeless story and animation that will make this as big as the original ... and maybe bigger!  Rated PG.


  • The Corrupted (2019):

    This hard-edged crime drama is a tale of both a search for redemption, and a search for revenge.  Sam Claflin is Liam, an ex-con who let his family down terribly when he made the mistake of pursuing an easy, and illegal way to riches, rather than taking the more normal route using hard work and honesty.  While Liam works to try to win back the respect of his family, Clifford Cullen (Timothy Spall) works to undo Liam’s life. Clifford controls everything from the mob to local politics, and has a foot in the door of the police department too, so if Liam doesn’t do as he is told, a world of hurt can be unleashed upon him.  Set after the 2012 Olympics and filmed in London and environs, we see the noose tighten around Liam’s neck while he continues to find ways out of his dilemma. Liam’s brother in the movie, Sean, is played by Sam Claflin’s real-life brother, Joe. Interesting film with some thoughtful action. Rated 14A.



  • I Am Not Okay with This (TV Series, 2020):

    This Netflix original series follows the life of teenager Syd, her friends, and her life so far.  It’s a teen drama that checks off all the boxes including those regarding love, parents, sex … and of course, the fact that Syd seems to be developing super powers.  Sophia Lillis (It, It Chapter Two) is Syd in this story based on the graphic comic book. Rated 14A.

     

    All the Bright Places (2020):

    Based on the best-selling novel by Jennifer Niven, this Netflix original film stars Elle Fanning as Violet, a young woman who falls in love with Theodore (Justice Smith), who has a significant amount of baggage, both physically and emotionally.  A romantic drama, it also stars Luke Wilson and Keegan-Michael Key. Rated 14A.

New on CRAVE

The Parting Glass (2018)
Edward Asner stars in this story of a family, if not in crisis, certainly in a strange place.  Having lost their sister in a sudden death, they travel from all over the country to meet, and to collect her belongings, as well as piecing together the recollections of their relationship with her.  Oscar winner Melissa Leo also starts, along with Canadian Paul Gross. 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

Run the Race (2019):
This sports drama focuses on the world of high school football, and puts a good cast together was we watch two brothers, Zach and Dave Truett (Tanner Stine and Evan Hoffer) take two very different approaches to the competitive life on the gridiron.  Mario Van Peebles, Mykelti Williamson, and Francis Fisher co-star as the adults who try to bring some resolution to the brothers’ conflict. 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.