Feb 16th - 22nd Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  The Informer (2019):

    Written by Matt Cook (“Patriots Day,” “Angel Has Fallen”) this action-thriller offers all the tension and edge-of-your-seat wonder as to what might happen next, it’s the story of somebody who goes to jail because he wants to. Pete Koslow (Joe Kinnaman) works undercover in a shadowy world in which we are really not certain who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. Tasked with getting information from a collection of key mobsters in a maximum security prison, Joe, already an ex-con, gets himself incarcerated again so he can find the information he needs from the people in the know. Although it sounds relatively simple, going undercover in a situation such as this, when no one knows who you really are, or why you’re really there, is fraught with peril. This prison is a very unforgiving place where violent offenders, and the worst of the worst control the flow of people, contraband, and information in and out. Shot on location in a real British prison in Gloucester, England, brings a further level of realism to the story, and it’s difficult not to imagine what it must be like to spend the rest of one’s life in such a place. Rated 18A for violence and language.

     

  • A Call to Spy (2019):

    Based upon and inspired by true stories and actual people, this WWII drama with action overtones focuses on the work done by recruiters and trainers working at the behest of Winston Churchill to create an entirely new spy agency – one that focused only on woman. The top-secret department was called the Special Operations Executive, SOE for short, and this film has at its centre, two woman brought into the business of espionage who could not have been more unlikely partners. Virginia Hall (Sara Meghan Thomas) was an ambitious and feisty American who sported a wooden leg. She was partnered with Noor Inayat Khan (Radhika Atpe), a Muslim woman who was a pacifist. Their SOE spymistress, Vera Atkins, gave them the tools they needed in order to work in France in conjunction with the resistance and the underground there, working jointly to undermine the Nazi Regime. Shot in the US and in Hungary, the characters offer believable performances especially that of Sara Meghan Thomas whose pain is real … the prosthetic leg she had to wear caused her Achilles to rupture, forcing her to have emergency surgery. Rated 14A.

  • Archenemy (2020):

    This action-adventure thriller, with a possible sci-fi twist features a tough-guy main character with the unlikely name of Max Fist (Joe Manganiello) who shows up on the streets apparently from nowhere. Max says that he is from another dimension and from another time, and that fell through both time and space to end up on this version of earth. He further adds that he has super powers, but none of them work in this destination in time. No one believes Max’s story … except for a teen named Hamster, who thinks that Max is the real deal. A series of unlikely events leads to Max and Hamster working together to take down a local drug syndicate and its leader, known only as The Manager. A surprisingly strong independent film, there is already talk of a sequel, even though theatres have been largely closed since its release. 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. 

 

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 +

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.