May 5th- 11th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  • Gretel & Hansel:

    I have no idea who the target audience of this retelling of the Brothers Grimm German fairy tale is supposed to be.  It is too bleak and dark for younger children, teens won't find anything here because of the plodding story telling that is almost all dialogue, and for most adults, it's like, "so what's the point?"  We are told by the filmmakers that the story is very true to the original.  A pair of siblings, Gretel, about age 15, and little brother Hansel, about eight, leave home to trudge through dark woods looking for work and for food, to help out their poverty-stricken parents.  They stumble upon the cottage of a witch who invites them in, and begins fattening up little Hansel, because she is going to eat him, as she has done with many young boys and girls before.  It's all about mood, light and shadow, and stilted dialogue that makes us feel that everyone is just reading their lines and not living them.  The cinematography is interesting, but story elements that pop in, and then disappear without explanation, make this a tedious exercise in movie watching.  Rated 14A.

     

  • Bloodshot:

    A very strong revenge movie based on the Valiant Comics character, Marine Ray Garrison, we see Vin Diesel in the title role of the soldier killed in battle, but reanimated scientifically.  He has been given powers of super strength and super healing, and has a mission, but spurns the scientists that brought him back from the dead to go on his own mission.  He leaves the lab where he was resurrected, commandeering a pickup truck, driving with wild abandon to find the man who killed his wife.  To that point, this is a lot like many movies we have seen before.  But wait ... everything changes.  Unlike many films of this sort, we get a very different take on things as Ray pursues his quest for vengeance.  The special effects are excellent, but that's what we expect from today's technology.  Diesel is seamless in his character, a human battering ram who stops at nothing until the cruel murderer has been found.  When the story takes its turn, we are in uncharted territory.  Once the mission is accomplished, and Ray returns to the scientist (Guy Pierce) whose technology created him in this new life we begin to get the sense that things are not quite right.  I won't offer any spoilers, so I can only say that much of what follows is not your standard out-of-the-box action-thriller.  You will have to think, you have to pay attention, and you have to try to move a step ahead to keep up - not the normal protocol for a Vin Diesel action movie, some of which are relatively mindless.  This one has an IQ, and it's quite high!  Rated 14A.

  • I Still Believe:

    Grammy-nominated gospel singer and songwriter Jeremy Camp's life, a portion of it anyway, is the subject of the fact-based film that stars Riverdale's K.J. Apa in the lead role.  Britt Robertson is Camp's love interest.  The two appeared together previously in "A Dog's Life," and this time you'll need some Kleenex handy too.  For those who know the Christian pop hit on which this movie is titled, there will be no surprises, and fans will get exactly what they expect - a full, musically driven, love story in which Camp meets Melissa (Robertson) and falls in love with her.  Gary Sinise and Shania Twain play Jeremy's parents, and both are excellent as they work through the issues with this star-crossed pair of lovers.  Those who like faith-based movies, based on actual events, will get everything they expect and want from the film directed by the Erwin Brothers, Andrew and John, who took on a similar approach with their 2018 film "I Can Only Imagine," which was also based on a Christian pop hit single.  There is love and there is death here, there is a renewal of faith and there is redemption of a sort, with all the performers doing a fine job, unless of course, you are a cynic, and not a fan of the faith-based style of movie.  For those who are, and for those who are looking for spiritual answers (why to bad things happen to good people), this one gets the job done.  Rated PG.



  • Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (2011):

    If you have young kids around the house because of the current crisis, this is a movie that may be just right for them ... "them" being those between, I would say, five and maybe 10 or 11.  It isn't one of those movies that adults are going to say, after all is done, "that was good!"  In fact, when the film appeared in theatres, it was widely trashed by critics.  Problem is, those critics weren't 10 years old, which is what it helps to be to get value from this movie.  Based on the "Judy Moody" series of books by Megan MacDonald, the stories follow the adventures of Judy, a grade three student who sees the world just a little differently than other kids.  When school lets out for the summer, Judy decides to have the most wonderful summer of her life, but it gets spoiled right off the bat when her parents have to go away to help another family member, and she and her brother Stink are left in the care of Aunt Opal (Heather Graham).  Things go from bad to worse until Judy decides to hook up with her brother in a search for Big Foot.  A frenetic, high-energy romp ensues, that will likely irritate adults, but charm and indulge youngsters.  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.