May 26th - June 2nd Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  The Invisible Man:

    A masterful job is done taking the 1897 H.G. Wells novel, and the 1933 movie and updating the tale with a storyline that focuses on the abuse of a woman named Cecile (Elizabeth Moss). She is is in the clutches of a brilliant and incredibly wealthy man, Adrian Griffin (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), who is a sociopath and a narcissist.  He keeps Cecilia a virtual captive in their incredible ocean-front home.  As she tells her sister, upon escaping his clutches, "he told me what to eat, what to like, what to wear, and what to think ... total control over every aspect of my life."   We never see Adrian being abusive - in fact, we almost never see Adrian at all, because he uses his technology to appear invisible.  That way, even though he seems to have committed suicide, he still taunts his wife, haunts her, and abuses her.  Elizabeth Moss is excellent, driven to the brink of madness by Adrian.  We see her go from hopeful escapee to borderline mental case, to incarcerated prisoner because of something Adrian had done ... but he's supposed to be dead, so how could it have been him?  There are some exceptional twists and turns in the plot. 14A rating.  Excellent movie - a real nail biter!

     

  • Emma:

    Based on the Jane Austin novel, this dramatic romance with comedic undertones, focuses on the life of Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy), a beautiful, vain woman who lives in a huge mansion with her elderly father (Bill Nighy).  She appears to have no interest in marriage, but has much interest in playing cupid for her friends.  I admit that I am not a follower of Jane Austin's period novels and do not have a good grasp on the fashions, mores, and behaviours of 1815 England.  The story aside, which I could not fathom for most of the first hour, this is clearly going to be an Academy Award nominee for such things as costumes, set dressing, and cinematography.  Every scene is letter perfect, looking like either a portrait or a landscape of the period.  There is no hurry for anything in this film, with each scene playing out in real time, whether they be dancing, dressing or being dressed, or playing the pianoforte for the entertainment of friends, relatives, and neighbours.  Beautiful visually, a fine story if you know a little of Jane Austin, and a movie that will hit its target audience with a bulls-eye.  Rated PG.

  • Brahms: The Boy II:

    Four years ago the horror-thriller "The Boy," introduced us to a couple who hire a nanny to look after their son ... which is really just a life-size doll.  The horror comes when it appears the doll may actually be alive, and quite diabolical.  In this sequel of sorts, shot mostly on Vancouver Island, Katie Holmes plays a mom with a 12 year-old son, and a husband who works a lot ... and one evening, she is the victim of a home invasion, with both she and her son Jude severely traumatized.  Dad (Owain Yeoman) decides that some time away will help the family to heal, so he rents a big guest house on large tract of land, with the in-need-of-repair mansion a few hundred meters away, through the dense bush.  Set in England, but clearly shot locally, the boy, Jude, who has not spoken since the terrible events of the invasion, finds a life-size doll buried in the ground.  He befriends it, says its name is Brahms, and soon Brahms is running the show, using Jude as its conduit.  Much of what we see is predictable - we know that the doll is really alive, that it is from hell or one of its suburbs, and that anyone getting close is marked for very bad things happening.  Lots of BC people in the cast including Global TV traffic reporter Natalie Moon, and live theatre producer Ellie King.  It is formulaic, it is easy to guess what comes next - when Brahms doesn't like the groundskeepers dog, you can guess that it doesn't end well for the pooch - but all in all, it’s a compact little horror-thriller with no blood or guts, but a number of make-you-jump moments.  Rated 14A.

  • 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.