Aug 25th - Sept 1st Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  Deep Blue Sea 3 (2020):

    This sci-fi fantasy thriller has parentage and genetics equal to its predecessors from 1999 and 2018 respectively. The theme for all three movies is the same – bull sharks are being genetically engineered to become smarter, more dangerous, and hungrier than ever before. The setting once again is a man-made island in the Indian Ocean where Dr. Emma Collins (Tania Raymonde of “Texas Chainsaw 3D”) and her team have their research work interrupted by the arrival of her former boyfriend. He claims to be looking for some “ordinary sharks,” but it’s soon clear that the Bull Sharks he seeks are anything but ordinary. Not only are the genetically modified to become killing machines like no other in the world’s oceans, they are of breeding age, and if they pass their genes along to others of the species, mankind’s life in the ocean could come to an end. It’s Emma’s job to stop them, as the body count rises. Rated 14A.

     

  • Infamous (2020):

    This crime-spree thriller is a thinly disguised and updated version of the “Bonnie and Clyde” story. Arielle (Bella Thorne) works in a diner in Florida, slinging hash, but believes to her core that she deserves much, much more. Fixated on fame and fortune, she daydreams of ways to make this happen, when she encounters Dean Taylor (Jake Manley of “iZombie”), a recently paroled thief who has every intention of going straight. Arielle convinces him to do just one little job to put some cash in their pockets, and soon it become two, then three, and then bigger robberies. When the thought strikes Arielle to livestream their robberies on social media, the number of followers she acquires is staggering, which goes a long distance towards helping her get the fame that she craves. Convincing Dean that the biggest scores of all await them out West, in Hollywood, they take their crime spree on the road, posting as they go. Rated 18A.

  • The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019):

    It has been 19 years since Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger appeared in a big-screen movie, but here he is in a caper film about the theft of rare art. Shot in Italy, and based on a 1971 novel, it’s the story of an ambitious art dealer, critic, and thief, who is hired to steal a painting by one of the greatest masters of the current century. It becomes a tale of bold ambition, blind ego-driven desire to make a mark, and a staggering series of outcomes that change the lives of those involved forever. A solid cast includes Donald Sutherland, and Elizabeth Debicki (“Guardians of the Galaxy 2). The 18A rating is largely because of an early sex scene in which no body doubles were used, that becomes quite graphic. The movie was a hit at the Venice Film Festival.

  • All Together Now (2020):

    This original film, distributed by Netflix, has been able to arrange an exceptional cast to tell its story, that of a teenage girl with significant musical ability, and significant drive and dedication, whose plans for her future may be gutted because of her challenging home situation.  Her name is Amber (Auli'i Carvalho who was the voice of Moana in the Disney film of that title) and her mother, a down-on-her-luck woman relies upon Amber to supplement the family income by working in a donut shop with impossibly difficult hours - difficult because she wants to be pursuing her dreams to get into Carnegie-Mellon University's drama and musical programs.  She has, around her, a group of people who understand her ambition, and who offer good support, but they don't know all of the challenges that Amber faces at home.  She has a great ally in her drama teacher, Mr. Franks (Fred Armison), and she has a great relationship with Joan (Carol Burnett), a pessimistic nursing home resident whom she visits on Fridays.  As more obstacles arise that threaten Ambers future, she decides to try to rely on her friends who treat her like family.  Rated PG, this is an excellent film for teens and pre-teens.



     

    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

The Legion (2020):

This Amazon original takes place in the time of the Emperor Nero, who was busy fiddling - actually, if he played anything, it was the Lyre - while Rome began its torturous fall.   Noreno (Lee Partridge) is perfectly cast here, a short holdover from his badly groomed days in 2017's "Viking Siege."  The invasion of Parthia by the Roman Legions has been a total screw-up, and now two full Legions are stranded in the snowy mountains, slowly facing starvation and death by freezing.  There is a larger part of the Roman army that is in Syria, across the mountains and down into the desert, where the facing of the elements is different.  Someone needs to get from the snowy soon-to-be-graves, to the rest of the army so that help and supplies can save the remaining soldiers.  That someone is Noreno, as he is an amazingly fast runner and could cover the distance in the shortest time.  The problem?  Noreno is only half Roman, and his other half hates the city state that has never done him any favours.  Mickey Rourke and Bai Ling also star.  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.