April 21st - 27th Downloads
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  • The Gentlemen:

    The title of this Guy Ritchie-directed romp is a satire, because many of the British drug-dealing outlaws depicted here are anything but "gentlemen."  A collection of bizarre and sometimes frightening characters details a part of the UK drug trade, with a couple of American drug lords thrown in just to even the score.  Matthew MacConaughey is Mickey Pearson, an American marijuana grower and seller that has the British market cornered.  He decides to sell his operation to a local cartel, but it is not as easy as it might appear to be.  That's the story in short, but in "long," the movie is filled with stories-within-stories, inside movie talk, and what turns out to be a remarkable mystery tale that unravels as a screenwriter and con-artist well-played by Hugh Grant tells his story.    Murder, mayhem, and twists and turns made all the more difficult to follow because of the accents involved on behalf of some of the characters, mean that you must pay close attention, or be forever lost.  Colin Farrell is superb as a community gym owner who tries to keep young would-be thugs off the streets, and Charlie Hunnam is the only real gentleman in the story, who keeps the pieces on the board in action.  Profane and violent, but most entertaining.  Rated 18A. 

     

  • The Turning:

    I feel terribly sorry for those who performed in what is one of the worst examples of a Gothic horror-thriller of all time - Vancouver natives Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) and McKenzie Davis (Tully) among others in the small cast.  Based on the Henry James novella "The Turning of the Screw" (1899), but set in a more modern time, the 1990s in rural Maine, the film is a "genre jumble," appearing to take every possible stereotypical device known to the horror film genre, and use it, but generally with no follow-up and no satisfactory outcome.  All the pieces are there - a ghost or two seems to haunt the place, residing in mirrors and in windows to the outside; the children, Miles (Wolfhard) and Flora (Brooklyn Prince) are very strange; and Kate the new nanny isn't sure if she is losing her grip as she sees "things" inside and out.  But despite the wonderful job of setting the mood, there is no resolution of any kind.  This movie ends badly despite its promising beginning.  The true horror is in wondering why we bothered spending the time and effort for no outcome at all.  Rated 14A. 

  • The Last Full Measure:

    The cast of this based-on-fact story that began with heroism in the Vietnam War, and ended with the right outcome after more than three decades of struggles, contains Oscar nominees Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Diane Ladd, Peter Fonda, and Amy Madigan, and Oscar winners Christopher Plummer, and William Hurt.  That's a lot of talent for a film with so little fanfare.  In April of 1966 an American Battalion of 134 men following badly misdirected orders by the higher-ups walked right into a bloody massacre with no way out at Xa Cam My, 42 miles east of Saigon.  114 were killed. One of the first casualties was the team's medic.  A Huey helicopter was dispatched into the fire fight to airlift wounded men, and U.S. Air Force Pararescueman William Pitsenbarger, Jr. insisted, after the wounded medic was lifted into the chopper, on taking his place as there was no one on the ground to help the casualties.  He could have flown out with the injured soldier, but instead stayed to help not only tend the wounded and the dying, but take up arms to fight side-by-side with men he didn't know, ultimately taking a fatal bullet to the head.  The movie isn't a war story though.  It's really the tale of a Pentagon staffer, Scott Huffman (Sebastian Stan) assigned a throw-away job during a period of change in his area ... that of going through the motions of trying to get a Medal of Honour given to Pitsenbarger posthumously.   A study in the politics of war, the tragedy in human life that is taken for both the living and the dead, and ultimately, an outcome of what doing the right thing can deliver, makes it an interesting and compelling story.  This was the final performance of Peter Fonda prior to his death from lung cancer last year.  Rated 14A.

  • Maid in Manhattan (2002):

    If you want to get away from the news of the world, if you want something light and fun, this Cinderella story from nearly two decades ago will give you a boost.  Jennifer Lopez is the maid of the title, Marisa Ventura, working at scrubbing, vacuuming, and otherwise cleaning in a high-end New York City hotel.  As with most romantic comedies, the trouble starts with a misunderstanding.  A Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes) is guest at the hotel, when he sees Marisa trying on an extravagant dress in a posh suite.  He thinks that she is the resident of that suite, and instantly falls for her.  But the occupant is Caroline (Natasha Richardson) who is a bit of an airhead, but who has money.  Of course, when the Senatorial candidate asks for a date with the occupant of the suite, it turns out to be Caroline, not Marisa, and the first of an endless series of misunderstandings in in the books.  A delightful romantic comedy with nice people and a nice outcome, this one is worth visiting if you have never seen it, and it's worth revisiting if you have seen it.  Rated PG 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.