July 28th - Aug 3rd Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  The Other Lamb (2019):

    This horror-thriller made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival last September, but did not get into most theatres in its wider release.  Those who saw it chalked it up as one of the best examples of the genre, a coming-of-age story of a young woman who is in the clutches of a religious cult.  Her name is Selah, and she was born into this all-female cult, led by a man named Shepherd.  All the women in the small, remote religious community are either the wives of Shepherd, the daughters of Shepherd, or both.  As Selah approaches her teens, she begins to question the validity of what she is being taught, and of what is expected of her.  When she accidentally stumbles upon what happens the cult’s women as they age, her horror is magnified, and she has to make some hard decisions before it is too late.  Selah is played by Raffey Cassidy (Snow White and the Huntsman), while Shepherd is played by Game of Thrones graduate, Michael Huisman.  Rated 18A.

     

  • Fisherman’s Friends (2020):

    This British film is mostly a factual recounting of how a sort of boy band gets a number one hit in Britain with its collection of sea shanties.  It begins with a prank played on a smooth talking, fast-living London music executive who is sent to a remote village in Cornwall to find and sign the singing group of the title.  He doesn’t know that he has been set up, and he does not understand the style of life in this remote area.  It’s an unusual film with a strong thread of truth attached.  Two of those portrayed in the movie died before its release when a large, steel door fell on them, killing both.  You’ll see their names mentioned in the credits as part of the movie’s dedication.  James Purefoy stars.  Rated 14A.

  • End of Sentence (2020):

    John Hawkes (“Three Billboards,” “Peanut Butter Falcon”) is Frank, a man newly widowed.  His estranged son Sean (Logan Lerman) is getting out of prison in California at the same time that Frank is setting off to fulfil his late wife’s last request, that her ashes be spread on a remote lake in her native Ireland.  Frank wants to mend fences with his son, and he asks him to join him on the journey to the Emerald Isle.  Sean has no interest, but when his transportation out of California and away from prison falls apart, he reluctantly takes up his father’s offer, the promise of a return ticket back to the States, and the promise that he and his father never see one another again.  An Irish wake factors into the story as does a female hitchhiker who may change everything.  Rated 14A.

  • The Larva Island Movie (2020):

    This bizarre animated feature has been a TV series from Korea for the past three years, and now it has its own movie.  The title is sort of self-explanatory - the story follows the adventures of a pair of larvae, one yellow, one red, as they crawl about the island that is home to them.  It was originated as a cartoon for adults, then revised to be suitable for all ages, and now doesn't seem to know what its target market its, but the youthful filmmakers netted more than one million dollars in the first three months just selling merchandise based on the series, which now moves into the world of the movie.  The conflict here is between the Larva buddies, who sometimes seem to be part Minion and part Transformer, and a human on the island who is bent on eradicating them.  The animation and the colour are superb, and even if children don't understand the plot, there is enough frenetic action to keep them fully engaged for as long as you want to keep running the movie.  Strange, other-worldly stuff!  Rated PG.

     

    Fatal Affair (2020):

    Also new on Netflix is this dark, frightening relationship story in which Nia Long stars as Ellie, a woman who has a dalliance with a old friend named David (Omar Epps) works to get her marriage to Marcus (Stephen Bishop of "Criminal Minds") back on track, promising Marcus that nothing happened and that it was a mistake to see her old flame - and that it was accidental too.  Things seem to be getting themselves sorted out when David raises up to change things yet again.  Ellie realizes that he is not a stable person, and the threats he begins making have the possibility to destroy everything she knows and everyone she loves.  Ellie is no wallflower - she is a lawyer, she's tough and smart, and she has to go head-to-head with David in order to end the threats, which could just as easily end her and Marcus.  This is a much darker movie for director and writer Peter Sullivan, whose stock-in-trade previously has been lightweight TV movies such as "Christmas Hotel," Christmas Princess," and 92 other similar films. Rated 14A. 

New on CRAVE

Laurel Canyon (2020) (Part 1)

For those who lived the pop music of the '60s, or for those who wonder how the base of pop music that exists today was built, this exceptional documentary is just perfect.  Laurel Canyon was, in the days of the early-to-mid '60s, a part of greater Los Angeles that attracted musicians from all over the world.  It was, then, a cheap place to live, with rental houses available at bargain basement rates, and no shortage of sex, drugs, and rock and roll.  It was a place where Eric Clapton first met Joni Mitchell at a barbecue put on by Mama Cass Elliot.  It was a place where The Beatles schmoozed with one of their idols, Little Richard, and it was a place where Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young hung out together, wrote music together, and played what would become the hits of the century in their Laurel Canyon backyard.  Mama Michelle Phillips speaks candidly in an interview recorded last year as to how her inability to be with just one man hurt her then-husband John beyond belief, but ... he knew what he was getting, she says.  Interviews with Linda Ronstadt, Don Henley, and Jackson Brown are included, and there's a great look back at other Canyon denizens such as The Doors' Jim Morrison, and singer-songwriter Carol King.  Rated 14A.  Part 2 will be released next week.

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

Radioactive (2019):

Madame Curie is, in this Amazon original, far more than just a commonly used answer-and-question on the game show Jeopardy.  Rosamund Pike takes on the role of the woman born Marie Sklowdoska in Warsaw, Poland in 1867, and who died at a relatively young age in 1934 in a French sanatorium where she suffered from aplastic anaemia, the result of a working lifetime dealing with radioactive elements.  She was the first woman to win a Nobel prize, and to this day is the only woman to win a Nobel prize twice.   Sklowdoska met and married fellow scientist Pierre Curie in Paris and their work together pioneered the field of radioactivity, a term that Marie coined, and radioactive elements. He is played here by Sam Riley.  She created portable X-Ray machines that could be transported to field hospitals, and she operated such machines during WWI, doing so with no protection whatsoever, as the results of exposure to X-rays was not yet known.  This film is both a scientific biography and a love story telling the tale of two people so perfectly matched that their romance was as amazing as their discoveries.  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.