March 3rd - 9th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  • Dark Waters:

    This movie, similar in substance and style, to such films as Erin Brockovich (2000), Silkwood (1983), and A Civil Action (1999), and even The Big Short (2017), and Spotlight (2017) in that it takes a real-life situation and a real-life company, that of DuPont Chemical, and attempts to demonstrate that the company knew that its flagship product, Teflon, was systematically poisoning people. This is an exceptional film, and it's one that I think most people should see, not because it's another attempt to make a big business more responsible for its actions, but because it demonstrates the difference of one - the difference that one committed person who just won't quit, brings into the spotlight.  The person in question is Robert Bilott, a Cincinnati corporate lawyer, admirably played by Mark Ruffalo.  Bilott was a family man, a committed church-going Christian, who was approached by a farmer who said that his cattle were dying, and that big business was to blame.  Bilott convinced his company to take the case on a contingency basis, but it was to be a quick in and a quick out.  15 years later, with not a nickel in revenue to show for his efforts, Bilott was still trying to make DuPont accountable.  There was a track record of birth defects, of cancer, and of other illnesses, but a company the size of DuPont, which actually made a huge difference in the community as an apparently good citizen, is a formidable target to try to take down.  A legal thriller, with all the tension coming from the lives of the people affected, many playing themselves, even though its two-hour-plus length should make it draggy, we are engaged right to the end.  This is Mark Ruffalo's movie.  He produced it, having purchased the rights to the story, and he stars, having spent time with the real Robert and Sara Bilott (Anne Hathaway.  Just one problem with all this for me ... this is an intense, thought-provoking film, but it's not really just a nice night out at the movies.  It's a heavy message, it's a think-piece, and it's something that I probably would rather have seen as a documentary on Netflix or one of the streaming services.  I'm sure it will wind up there soon enough, and I don't want to discourage anyone from going to the theatre for this one ... but, especially at this time of year, it's not the kind of evening out for which most people are looking.  Rated 14A.

     

  • Queen & Slim:

    Sometimes a well-made movie can be too disturbing to be enjoyable, and that's how I felt about this slice-of-life story that deals with the ugly, but very real side, of racism as it exists in many parts of the US, and arguably, in Canada too.  Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) is a lawyer, and Slim (Daniel Kaluuya) is her date, and we never really find out what he does for a living - and since the dating experience first time out isn't that good, there probably won't be a second one.  They are an African-American couple pulled over by a white police officer for a minor traffic infraction.  The situation quickly escalates - the officer is spoiling for a confrontation, and despite Queen repeatedly asking why they are being detained, telling the cop that she's a lawyer, she winds up being shot by the officer, and Slim is forced to act in self-defense, killing him.  Now Queen & Slim are cop-killers on the run.  They are all over social media as the incident goes viral, and it's a toss-up as to whether or not they will survive.  The movie is far less an action-adventure thriller than it is an intense character study shackled by politics and race, and it is an ugly, but completely realistic portrayal.  It isn't long before the couple is referred to as the Black Bonnie and Clyde, and its challenging for us to guess where this might end up ... but the general feeling is, no place good.  The mechanics of the situation are ugly and near-hopeless, while inside all of that, an actual love story begins to develop.  I don't want to decrease in any way the importance of a story such as this, but at the same time need listeners to understand that this is not a nice, neat little formula picture ... it may leave you quite disturbed ... as it should!  Rated 14A. 

  • 2 Graves in the Desert:

    Imagine regaining consciousness in the back of a pickup truck with no recollection as you how you got there.  Imagine further, that you are not alone – there is a young woman in exactly the same predicament. Sharing what little information they have, it’s clear that they have been kidnapped, that they are out in the desert somewhere between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and that their kidnappers have an agenda that is mysterious, and likely fatal for the pair of strangers.  Will they escape? And if so, to where, with endless miles of desert everywhere. What do their kidnappers want? Do the wait and see, or cut and run? Michael Madsen, and William Baldwin are the bad guys, and Ivan Gonzales and Australian actress Cassie Howorth are the victims, Eric and Blake respectively. Rated 14A.



  • Spenser Confidential (2020):

    This Netflix original stars Mark Wahlberg in a setting in his native Boston where he is a private detective facing the most difficult case of his career.  The director here is Peter Berg who worked with Wahlberg on "Lone Survivor," "Deepwater Horizon," and "Patriot's Day."  A dramatic film with comedic elements, Alan Arkin also stars.  Based on the novels by Robert B. Parker.  Rated 14A.

     

    Coal Miner's Daughter (1980):

    This exceptional biopic of the life of country singer Loretta Lynn copped an Oscar for Sissy Spacek for her portrayal of the country star who got her start just over ... there ... in Custer, WA, just south of Blaine.  Loretta herself said that Spacek's portrayal was heaven-sent and the singer endorsed the performance at every level.  Rated PG.

New on CRAVE

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018)
Game of Thrones fans may wish to see this odd film just for the starring role of Kit Harrington, who was John Snow on the now-classic series.  An American TV star, now ten years dead, has his life examined through written correspondence between the actor and an admirer.  The film stars three Oscar winners, Natalie Portman, Cathy Bates, and Susan Sarandon.   Filmed in New York, Montreal, and Prague, it also stars Vancouver's Jacob Tremblay.   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.