Aug 18th - 24th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  Military Wives (2020):

    From the director of “The Full Monty” comes an all-British cast, and a different way of looking at becoming a musical group. Kristin Scott Thomas leads the way as Kate, a military wife whose husband has been shipped off to Afghanistan, along with hundreds of other soldiers from the U.K. Holding down the home front is a challenge for all the ladies whose husbands and partners are off fighting for freedom. In an earlier generation, they would have filled roles as everything from factory workers to field hospital personnel, but these are different times. Inspired by the idea of military choirs, many of the women on the base flirt with the idea of starting up something just like that in their little world. Of course, whenever you get a group of people together, some get along, some do not, and others have relationships that grow from nothing into lifelong friendships. As the ladies get better at their craft, they become something more than just a choir … they are headed towards becoming a global sensation. Rated 14A.

     

  • Prevenge (2016):

    Imagine being an actress who, because she is seven months pregnant, cannot get hired for an acting role. That was the problem in which Alice Lowe, a British performer, found herself. Many women would have waiting until after they had the baby. Not Alice. She wrote a script about a seven-month-pregnant woman whose husband was killed in a mountain climbing accident. She found the financing to make the film, she starred, and she directed. It’s a horror story in which her character, the Widow Ruth, begins to suspect that the accident wasn’t all that accidental, and prompted by what she believes to be messages from her unborn child, she begins a series of vengeance-related killings that eliminate each and every person connected to the death of the baby’s father, her husband. Soon, Ruth has gone from a gentle mom-to-be to something otherworldly. Rated 14A.

  • The Wretched (2020):

    A horror thriller with a small budget and a seen-it-before premise, which is dressed up into a very serviceable frightener, a perfect teen movie for the summer season. In fact, it was actually in the small handful of American theatres that were still open in May, which would make it the number one film at the box office for the summer. Ben (John-Paul Howard) is a troubled teen whose parents go through a divorce, that has Ben sent to live with his father. It’s not where he wants to be, and it’s not really where his father wants to be, but in short order, it’s clear to Ben that there is something very wrong with the house next door. Children go missing, and then all of those around the area have no recollection of any children having been there at all. As the strange events escalate, it’s clear that a thousand-year-old legend about a skin-walker who steals people’s souls may be at work here. Can Ben be the one to stop the horror? Rated 14A.

  • The Sleepover (2020):

    This Netflix original is a family comedy with action overtones that stars Sweden-born, Toronto raised actress Malin Akerman (Rock of Ages).  The story is a high-concept one - in TV and movie parlance, it means that the entire idea of the movie can be framed in just one sentence.  Here it is:  "two siblings learn that their mom is a former thief living with them in the witness protection program, who is called upon for just one more job."  That's the setup, and of course, the kids aren't going to be left behind on this one - they are going to be a part of it.  Bad guys who turn out to be good guys, and good guys who turn out to be bad guys abound, as Mom is spirited away under cover of darkness, and the kids give chase.  The entire story takes place over the course of just one night, with the kids demonstrating some skills that seem to have been inherited.  Rated PG. 



     

    Tiny Creatures (2020) (TV series):

    True-life animal adventures have long been a staple of television, with such series as "Shark Week" bringing us the biggest and the most frightening action scenes.  There's another world though, a much smaller one, in which the battles for survival and for life and death occur every day, sometimes right under our own feet.  This Netflix documentary is excellent for younger viewers - I would say 10 and up - as it explores the world of the field mouse, and all the dangers that exist, from people and their traps, to hawks and owls.  In another episode, little ducklings, all decked out in yellow fuzz, swim in line behind their mothers, but have to be wary of what's below the water, as fish and other predators lurk about.  The rating is G, suitable for all family members, and even little animals in danger get away ... but very sensitive younger children may find this a little intense.

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.