Dec 15th - 21st Downloads
& DVDs
  •  Tenet (2020):

    This film, written and directed by Christopher Nolan ("Interstellar," "Dunkirk," "Inception") is a mind-bending and a time-bending experience that is, frankly, very hard to understand. That doesn't really matter because it is such an intense visual experience, that I would have loved it even if it had been a foreign language film. It follows the exploits of a man known only as "The Protagonist," (Denzel’s son, John David Washington of "BlackkKlansman"), who appears to be a CIA operative looking for a specific item known as the "algorithm" in locations around the world. Filming took place in Italy, Estonia, India, Denmark, Norway, the UK and the U.S., and each location is just riveting in the way director Nolan brings us into the film instead of just being spectators. The plot concerns someone in the future who is trading such things as munitions with people in the past, our present. Bullets from the future are much more explosive than ours, and we don't know the motivation of these not-yet-discovered individuals, but we know that they have a significant relationship with an arms dealer from the Soviet Union era named Sator (Kenneth Branagh). The Protagonist knows that failure to stop Sator will result in WWIII, a nuclear holocaust. One character in the know says, "I wish it was just nuclear holocaust ... it will be much, much worse than that." I loved the film and I heartily recommend it. Rated 14A.


  • Echo Boomers (2020):

    This crime thriller is based on actual people and actual events, and has tension that ramps up with every new scene. The concept, for a group of five friends, all well-educated and with good skill sets, is that it seems appropriate to rob from the rich, and to give to … themselves! Michael Shannon (“Knives Out”) stars along with Alex Pettyfer and Patrick Schwarzenegger as members of the group that have determined that the economy is unfair, maybe even “rigged,” and that the best way to equalize things is to go after the profits of high-flying corporations and key executives whom they believe have too much in terms of their gains, believing those profits to be ill-gotten. Lance Zutterland (Schwarzenegger’s character – by the way, he’s the Terminator’s son in real life) graduates from university deeply in debt, and believes that everything he was taught was a lie. When he stumbles into an underground operation, he finds a way to sow distrust, misdeeds, and mayhem … but once the law starts closing in, it’s every many for himself. Rated 14A.

  • Infidel (2019):

    Jim Caviezel is Doug Rawlings, an American journalist who has made a career out of writing articles critical of various factions in the Middle East that threaten world peace. When an associate gives him the opportunity to speak about some of his feelings and beliefs at a major symposium in Cairo, Doug jumps at the chance. Speaking about military uprisings and the abuse suffered by innocent citizens of select countries, he is kidnapped, moved to Iran, and is put on trial on trumped up charges. His wife Liz (Claudia Karvan), who works for the State Department, cannot get the U.S. Government to intervene, so she goes it on her own to try to get her husband freed. Iran is not a country friendly to an American woman out to save her man, and she is soon in trouble even more severe than that of her husband. A good political thriller. 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.