Nov 3rd - 9th Downloads
& DVDs
  •  Hard Kill (2020):

    The decline of Bruce Willis as an A-lister continues with this action-thriller, his third direct-to-video project with director Matt Eskandari. In the first two low budget quickies, Willis hardly showed up on film, with last year’s “Trauma Center” appearing that he did perhaps two day’s work on the film. Prior to that it was the Eskandari-directed “Survive the Night” in which Willis again barely showed up, but was used in all the advertising as though it was “Die Hard” all over again. “Hard Kill” is no “Die Hard.” Here, Willis is high-tech billionaire Donovan Chalmers. He’s a CEO with secrets, mostly those relating to the technologies that he has created. The police are not nearly strong enough to protect his interests, and he has developed a team of mercenaries, all with special fighting skills, to protect him. Media personality Lala Kent is Chalmer’s daughter Eva, and when she is kidnapped by terrorists after his secrets, the fight is on. Most of the action is carried by Jesse Metcalf playing Derek Miller, perhaps the key to getting Eva back safely. Rated 14A.


  • Misbehaviour (2020):

    This British film tells the mostly true story of what happened at the Miss World telecast in London in 1970. A group of women representing the then-newly-formed but now-defunct Women’s Liberation Movement, infiltrated the proceedings and caused a major disruption to the pageant. At that time, this telecast was the most-watched TV event in the world with some 100 million people tuning in. Bob Hope was the host, and when he made a number of misogynistic remarks that demeaned certain contestants, as well as the pageant at large, the group took over. They invaded the stage and completely disrupted the live telecast. When all was said and done, Miss Sweden, who was expected to win the competition, was out, and Miss Grenada, the first woman of colour to ever win a major pageant, was crowned. An excellent cast is led by Kiera Knightly, with Gugu-Mbatha Raw playing the winning Miss Grenada. Bob Hope is played by Greg Kinnear. Rated 14A.

  • Antebellum (2020):

    Available on demand for more than a month now, this highly controversial film makes its DVD and Blu-Ray debut this week. Janelle Monae plays what appears to be two roles here, that of a black woman on a slave plantation during the time of the American Civil War, named Eden, and a woman named Veronica in the present day who is a best-selling author and speaker, delivering TED Talks and signing books at major events. The scenes of slavery are like a slap in the face, so shocking and so horrifying are they. Beatings, rape, and all manner of hideous behaviour victimize those on the plantation, and even though we have seen such things in films like “12 Years a Slave,” they are still shocking and hard to watch. Eden struggles with her place here, watching as other slaves are mercilessly murdered at the hands of the Confederate soldier who oversees the cotton fields where they work. She plots an escape, and a familiar noise changes everything. To say more gives away the big twist. Rated 18A.

  • Enola Holmes (2020):

    Netflix acquired the distribution rights for this whodunnit after it was decided to stream the movie rather than put it in theatres.  It's a Sherlock Holmes story, but unlike any that have come before.  Enola (Millie Bobby Brown who played "Eleven" on ``Stranger Things") is a much younger sister to Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, but she has the detective genetics that it takes to go looking for a mystery to be solved.  None of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle books mention a younger sister, but here she is, and when her mother goes missing, Enola sets off to find her.  Helena Bonham Carter plays Mother Holmes, and Henry Cavill is Sherlock.  When it's discovered that mother is missing, and that there are a number of gifts and trinkets that she has inexplicably left behind, big brother Sherlock continues to insist that Enola leave the matter alone, and head off to boarding school.  Not her ... soon she is searching all of London, looking for clues.  A crime-adventure, rated 14A. 


    Country-ish (2020)(TV series):

    This Netflix original is a reality series that features country singer and internet star Coffey Anderson and his wife Criscilla.  It walks through their daily lives with the couple, and focuses on their careers - she's a hip-hop artist - their Christian faith, and their desire to provide wholesome entertainment in a world that seems to want things a lot more raunchy.  A former U.S. Marine, and an active participant in the Nashville music scene, Coffey has released nine albums so far, about half of them faith-based and the other half mainstream.  He was a contestant on season 2 of American Idol in 2003 where he made it as far as the Hollywood round.  Rated PG.


    Pets United (2020):

    A perfect animated film for youngsters, parents, and grandparents, but only if they watch with the kids. The central characters are all pets of one sort or another, and their common thread is that they are spoiled, they are selfish, and they live a life of luxury, because their owners have all the mechanical denizens of Robo City doing the hard work.  But what happens when the robots run amuck and the humans have to flee?  Time for the skate-boarding pug, the self-aggrandizing Siamese, a pet pig, and a smart fox to grow up and take some responsibility.  Good fun for kids of all ages - meaning, much past 13, they will probably think it's lame, but younger ones will relish it.  Rated G.

New on CRAVE

A Hidden Life (2019)

This dramatic re-enactment of actual events that took place during WWII tells the story of an Austrian farmer named Franz Jagerstatter (August Diehl) who was recruited by the German army during the days prior to the outbreak of the war.  After basic training, he, and the other able-bodied men who had been conscripted, returned to their farms and villages, and to their previous lives.  With the fall of France, Jagerstatter and his peer group were called to active duty, and as their first requirement, had to swear allegiance to Adolf Hitler and to the 3rd Reich.  He refused, despite the fact that the consequences of doing so could be severe.  He fell back on the support of his wife and children, and despite the pleas of people in his village to capitulate, Jagerstatter refused.  They told him he could face prison, and even death.  He refused to swear allegiance, and was whisked away to prison to await trial.  Many of the locations used in the film are the actual places that Jagerstatter lived, raised his family, and ultimately faced incarceration and a trial.  Directed by Terence Malik, rated 14A.

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. 



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 +

Mulan (2020):
T21 years after the animated version of this classic story was in theatres as an animated, full-length feature, it's now a live-action film that was originally headed for theatres this summer, but which is now going to be streamed by Disney + for an extra fee - probably in the $30.00 realm, in addition to the five or six dollars that is your monthly Disney + fee.  33 year-old Liu Yifie plays the title character here, a young woman who steps in for her ailing father when the Emperor decrees that one man per household must serve his country in a war against northern invaders.  Disguised as a man, Mulan is tested every step of the way, as no one knows her true identity.  The story is based on a Chinese folklore tale and also stars Jet Li and Rosalind Chao.  Rated 14A.