April 13th - 19th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  • Little Women:

    Based on the memoir by Bryan Stevenson, this true story stars Michael B. Jordan as Stevenson.  He's an African American  lawyer who takes on the case of a convicted murderer named Walter McMillan  (Jamie Foxx) whom he believes has been unjustly sentenced for a crime he did not commit. In addition to being an in-depth look at how a criminal defense case can be put together from records and from recollections of scarce witnesses, making this an ideal courtroom drama, it speaks to a much bigger issue, one that we have seen many times before, which does not excuse it.  Walter McMillan was poor, Black, and available - available because a murder had been committed, the police and the local DA needed a quick conviction, and there was no one to stand up for Walter.  No one that could be listened to anyway.  More than a dozen witnesses swore that he was with them all day long when the murder occurred.  But no one asked them to appear in court.  Black, and poor.  There was no hard evidence, no motive, but an eyewitness, a convicted felon, made up his testimony against Walter in exchange for a better deal in terms of his own sentencing.  The tension and drama are palpable every step of the way and we cringe as lawyer Stevenson, Michael B. Jordan's character, is pulled over by police for no reason on a dark country road.  A gun is put to his head by a pair of white cops, who wanted to do nothing more than scare him off.  But he's a lawyer, Harvard educated.  We can only imagine how those far less educated, and far less privileged would fare under similar circumstances.  Despite the gravity of the story, it is handled with good sense and good taste, even when we witness a death in the electric chair.  Stevenson works long and hard, turning over every stone, looking at every piece of evidence, in the crusade to find his newly acquired client innocent.  Oscar-winner Brie Larson also stars.  An exceptional movie!  Rated 14A. 

     

  • Underwater:

    This sci-fi horror thriller takes place miles beneath the sea in a high-tech drilling operation rocked by an underwater earthquake.  Kristen Stewart is Nora, a mechanical engineer who is part of the small crew that now tries to save themselves as the damage to their structure becomes more serious by the moment.  They don huge diving suits built to withstand the pressures of the deep, but don't know that they are walking into another kind of pressure as they try to find their way to another facility a mile away.  The difficult journey is high danger ... and that's before they learn that the quake has awakened something else ... a huge carnivorous monster that has them on the menu. Although the tension and the performances are certainly top-rate, I was disappointed in the fact that, given today's movie technology, we really didn't get a decent look at the creature, which was always shrouded in darkness and cloudy water.  A serviceable thriller though, for fans of the genre. Rated 14A.

  • Final Kill:

    Any movie, the premise of which is: “an aging ____ fill in the blank – robber; hitman; athlete; serial romancer; “takes on one last job,” is likely a story we have seen before, with all the originality of a photocopy.  That’s the problem here – a “B” and “C” level cast struggles with a “D” level story as a guy running a protection business decides to take on just one more job. He is going to protect a couple who stole eight million dollars from a crime family, and split to Central America.  The crime family doesn’t like the idea that it had been stolen from – these are people who would cut off an arm and a leg from a low-life criminal that they think may have stolen a pinch of coke … just imagine what designs they have for the people who take millions of dollars. The dialogue is poor, the plotting is out of a hundred movies we have all seen before, and the outcome … well, I’ll leave that to you to decide, should you choose to spend your time on this.  Wrestler Randy Couture and tough guy Danny Trejo are among the low-level stars. Rated 18A.

  • How to Fix a Drug Scandal (2020,
    four-episode-series
    ):

    his Netflix original further cements Netflix's ability to corner the market on true crime stories and create additional investigations into cases that seemed to be settled and done.  In 2013, Massachusetts State Police arrested Sonja Farak for tampering with evidence.  Farak was 35 years old and worked in the drug lab that tested narcotics that had been confiscated as parts of criminal actions.  The work that Sonja Farak was doing resulted in either the conviction or acquittal of hundreds of individuals arrested on drug charges.  What this documentary reveals is that Sonja was not only testing the drugs - she was using them on herself, and had become hopelessly addicted.  How many people went to jail because of her actions?  And how many were set free who should have been jailed?  We see repeated attempts by officials at various levels to suppress evidence on the case, and we look into who knew what, and when was it known?.  Some of the scenes are recreations, such as the Grand Jury investigation that is reconstructed from court records.  Rated 14A. On Netflix.

     

    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 Dead Don't Die (2019)

A great cast in yet another zombie film, we start out with two police officers (Bill Murray and Adam Driver) in search of a missing chicken, and a series of comedic events that make this one of the best, and funniest zombie movies ever.

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.