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  •  Ava (2020):

    Jessica Chastain is the title character here, a black ops agent whose job is to murder whomever her bosses at "The Company" tell her to take out. When we first catch up to her, she is in the process of deleting a general of a foreign power, who is number 74 on her list of kills, for which she is paid $75,000 per. This is an action-adventure thriller all the way, with Ava touching on her damaged relationships with her mother (Geena Davis) and her sister Judy (Jess Wexler). We learn that the family tension comes from Ava's dropping out of sight eight years prior, without a word to anyone. We learn, as an audience, that she joined the army and learned hand-to-hand fighting skills, and became a crack sharpshooter and a weapons expert, but her family thinks only that she works for the United Nations in some kind of low-level position. Ava is in AA, has had substance abuse problems, and is a generally unhappy person. Her handler at "The Company" is Duke (John Malkovich), the man who recruited her and who taught her all she knows about black ops. When we glean that "The Company" thinks she is no longer capable of doing the job, the boss of bosses, Simon (Colin Farrell) decides that Duke must take Ava out of circulation. Violent with mind-numbing action scenes, this is perfect for those who like a good thriller. Rated 18A for violence.


  • The Irishman (2019):

    In this Netflix production, Robert De Niro is Frank (The Irishman) Sheehan, a mob hitman who reminisces about some of the hits that he executed during a long and successful career as a killer-for-hire. Frank learned how to kill while serving in Italy during WWII, and here talks about his involvement in the disappearance of American Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa. Martin Scorsese is the director, and he has assembled a great cast of wiseguys including Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, and Harvey Keitel. We watch as the career of Frank moves from the realm of being a low-level “helper” to a guy who makes his first kill, and then to an old man reflecting on the life that he has led. Excellent character development, but very long, with some stretches that just don’t keep our interest well. The period sets, costumes, and cars are perfect. Rated 18A for violence and language.

  • Peninsula (2020):

    It’s difficult to believe that the zombie genre on film just won’t die. With television’s “The Walking Dead” and all of its iterations, one would think that it has all been said and it’s all been done. Well, not yet. This Korean production, a non-sequel to the zombie movie from 2016 called “Train to Busan,” sends its characters, mostly soldiers following orders, back into the squalor and the danger that resulted in the first zombie outbreak on the Korean Peninsula. This time the mission is not necessarily to save people, but rather to recover a transport truck full of money – tens of millions of dollars. Of course, people being what they are, not everyone plays by the rules. Rated 14A.

  • 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.