Feb 23rd - March 1st Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  Silk Road (2020):

    This crime drama is based on the actual events that culminated in American deep web entrepreneur Ross Ulbricht’s capture, arrest, and sentencing to two life terms in prison plus 40 years. The charges were manifold and went back to his beginnings where he made a decision to create a place on the dark web where anybody could buy anything, and nothing could be traced back to the buyer or the seller. Using Bitcoin as the only currency, Ulbricht became involved in money laundering, narcotics dealing, and computer hacking on his website what was titled “Silk Road.” Ulbricht is played here by Nick Robertson (“Jurassic World”) working to avoid DEA agents conspiring to track him down and get the goods on him. Jason Clarke plays Agent Rick Bowden who follows Ulbricht with Colombo-like efficiency. In 2015, Ulbricht was sentenced, and later had any and all appeals thrown out. Rated 14A.

     

  • The Last Vermeer (2019):

    This dramatic thriller stars Guy Pierce in the true story of Han Van Meegaren, an extremely social art dealer who, right after WWII, is tracked down by an investigator as Han has been suspected of selling art treasures to the Nazis, an offense punishable by death. As the cat-and-mouse game spins out, it looks to us as if Han may actually be innocent ... and now not only his life, but that of the investigator, is at stake. It's a pretty good thriller, well-scripted with a very good story. I don't give too much away by telling you that Pierce's Van Meegaren is himself a gifted artist, one who specializes in making copies of paintings by Dutch masters. While we learn early on that he is selling what appear to be rare pieces of art to the Nazis, it is at first suggested, and then demonstrated, that he is in fact, selling them his own duplicates. Instead of the Nazis taking advantage of him, it has been the reverse. Well-made character study with a nice mystery wrapped around it. Rated 14A.

  • The Croods: A New Age (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.