April 20th - 26th Downloads
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  •  Crisis (2021):

    There are three separate stories here that converge in a most unusual way in this profile of sorts of the drug trade, of addiction, and of the business connections that enable all of this. The first part of the plot looks at the work of a drug trafficker plying his trade smuggling fentanyl across the border between the U.S. and Canada. The second seemingly unrelated series of events follows the recovery of an architect from an oxycodone addiction, who recognizes the signs of addiction in her teenage son when she tries to take action to free him, while third is the focus on a university professor who uncovers very disturbing ties between big pharma, the world of academia, and the streets on which he walks each day. Slowly, every story bumps into the other, until we have one very disturbing tale of the opioid epidemic in North America. Canadian actress Evangeline Lilly stars, along with Oscar winner Gary Oldman, Armie Hammer, and Greg Kinnear. Rated 14A.

  • Body Brokers (2021):

    In keeping with the theme of drug addiction, this movie, which smacks of some hard-to-believe plot points, still managed to recruit an Oscar-winner, Melissa Leo into its cast. Utah and his girlfriend Opal are a pair of junkies living on the streets of small-town Ohio when an apparently chance meeting with a man named Wood leads them to Los Angeles and a drug treatment program that will allegedly free them from the grip of their addiction. Woods is a little too slick and a little too persuasive, but by the time Utah and Opal catch on to the fact that this too-good-to-be-true hospital is not what it appears to be, it is too late for them. It turns out that it’s a front directed at bilking millions from the government, and that the name of the game is to continue to recruit addicts so that the centre’s fees grow, making the behind-the-scenes baddies very, very wealthy. The con game turns bad and everyone is soon at risk. Also stars Frank Grillo and Jessica Rothe. Rated 14A.

  • The Mortuary Collection (2019):

    This fantasy-horror thriller tells the tale of a young woman named Sam (Caitlin Custer) who shows some interest in working for a creepy old mortician and in becoming his apprentice. His name is Montgomery Dark (Clancy Brown) and his first explanation, at her request is to explain the story behind the little, child-size casket on which he is working. Through the course of their early work together, he spins tales of evil, murder, and supernatural horror, all purported to have really happened in the town of Raven’s End where the movie is set. As the stories become more and more bizarre, she comes to realize that, in what he says is the final tale, is actually about her … the young woman who comes to work in the mortuary. And who meets a terrible end. Rated 18A.

  • Shadow and Bone (2021)(TV Series):

    This Netflix original series begins streaming this weekend and is a perfect choice for Young Adults and their older cohorts who enjoy the fantasy and science fiction genre.  Based on the trilogy of YA novels by Leigh Bardugo, it sets out to tell the story of Alina Starkov, a teenage girl who lives in a Russian-inspired kingdom that is fraught with peril at every turn. She grew up in an orphanage in the Kingdom of Ravka, and begins a march across a forbidding strip of land called "The Fold," a place inhabited by monsters of various sorts who attack without provocation.  That's what happens to Alina's friend Mal, and without a thought for her own safety, Alina jumps into action, learning that she has a special power that enables her to bend and shape the elements at her will.  Suddenly Alina is in demand by various factions who want to take advantage of her powers, but many are not what they appear to be.  Filmed in Hungary for a more exotic look, this one promises thrills at every turn.  Rated 14A.


     

    The Prodigy (2019):

    A most interesting horror-thriller that missed most theatres in its original release, this Toronto-shot story is an apparently-at-first standard trope about a young child, loved by his mother, but who seems to be someone with an evil undercurrent.  Miles (Jackson Robert Scott who played Georgie" in Stephen King's "It") seems like an ordinary little boy, however, his  mother begins to wonder if some of his more bizarre behaviour may have its roots in the supernatural.   Young Miles has genius-level intellect, yet is completely detached from the society around him - he doesn't relate at all to other children and is becoming increasingly hostile and aggressive.  When his mother Sarah (Taylor Schilling) decides to set out to find out what's behind Miles' troubles, she embarks on a wild excursion into a frightening series of events that may or may not be real.  Rated 14A. 

     

    The Nest (2020):

    This film looks, at every turn, like it has possibilities.  The casting is excellent with Jude Law in the lead role as Rory O'Hara, a British businessman who leaves the old sod for America where he makes a mark for himself in a successful investment firm.  There is an ominous sense of "what next" when he decides to go back to the UK for the opportunity of a lifetime, his chance, he tells his wife Allison (Carrie Coon from The Avengers), to hit it big once and for all.  Their children, particularly the teenage daughter, want nothing to do with moving away from friends and from school, but there is no choice.  When Rory moves them into a huge 300 year-old manor house on a large piece of property, it looks like one of those, "uh-oh - what's in that house?" movies, but it's not that.  In fact, it's not really anything.  We learn, as the layers are peeled back, that Rory is not quite what he seems to be, that Allison is not quite as cooperative as we thought, and that this family is headed for big trouble.  Does not end well, in my opinion - a weak script left me wanting more.  Rated 14A.

New on CRAVE

The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020):

This was the final appearance in a film by actor Robert Forster prior to his death from cancer in October of 2019.  Here he is a small town sheriff who reminds himself early on in the film that "there is no such thing as a werewolf."  Well, look again, Sheriff.  In a small mountain town in Utah, bodies are found after each full moon, leading the local constabulary into some strange territory as the mystery deepens each month.  Jim Cummings plays the deputy sheriff named John Marshall, who has his hands full with his job, raising a teenage daughter, and looking after his aging father, when the series of murders takes precedence in his life and his work.  Could it be a werewolf?  The movie is a horror-comedy, a difficult genre to pull off, and some of the cracks show in the execution of this thriller.  Rated 14A.  

 

New on AMAZON PRIME

Selah and the Spades (2019):

Haldwell is a prestigious east coast boarding school, but its longstanding reputation hides a more sinister kind of life beneath the surface.  It is run by five separate factions - not from the faculty viewpoint, but from the student perspective.   Lovie Simone ("The Craft") plays the title character.  Selah heads up the most influential, and the most feared of the five factions, a group of girls known as The Spades.  She has a difficult role - she needs and wants to be liked - that's critical to recruiting - but she also needs to be feared.  Get on the wrong side of Selah, and things will not go well for you.  When Selah's right-hand girl gets distracted by a new male love interest, she takes on a new protégé, but this young woman may be able to play Selah's game better than the leader herself.  Rated 14A. 


New on DISNEY + /Star

Secrets of the Whales (2021):

Each year in celebration of Earth Day, the Disney organization releases a film in tribute of those animal factions on our planet that need more recognition and investigation.  This documentary, narrated by Sigourney Weaver, took three years to film, across 24 different locations, telling the story of the lives, the loves, and the challenges faced by these gentle giants of the deep.  Four episodes round out this exceptional miniseries produced in conjunction with National Geographic.  Rated PG.