April 27th - May 3rd Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  Vanquish (2021):

    Ruby Rose (“Batwoman”, “The Doorman”) is Victoria, a talented woman – talented in the ways of hand-to-hand combat – is working hard at putting her past behind her. That past consisted of working as a Russian drug courier, but now she was a mom, and was walking the straight-and-narrow. Until retired cop Damon (Morgan Freeman) showed up. Damon had a good record as a cop, but he also had a number of grudges against gangsters that he could not send up the river. When he became aware of Victoria’s past and of her various talents, he kidnapped her daughter and made a deal – do what I ask, and you’ll get the daughter back – eventually. Don’t do what I ask and you will never see her again. At this, Victoria has to go to work on the bad guys, and she uses every tool at her disposal, whether it be knives, guns, grenades, bombs, or motorcycles. It becomes clear to her that, even being as compliant as she is, Damon may not be trusted to keep his word, which means that she may have to go to work on him. Rated 18A for violence and language.

  • Earwig and the Witch (2020):

    This made-for-TV animated movie is strange and challenging due to its multi-ethnic origins, but kids should like it just fine. Magic abounds in the story set in England in the earlier part of the last century. Despite its setting, the film is clearly done in the Japanese anime style and will appeal to those who like the genre. Earwig is a 10-year-old orphan girl. She gets adopted by a strange couple named Bella and Mandrake, and Bella promises that, in exchange for help around the house, she will teach little Earwig all about magic. Once Earwig agrees, everything changes. Bella refuses to teach her magic, and Mandrake has her imprisoned in the house. It turns out that Bella isn’t the only one who can teach magic – Earwig befriends Thomas, the family’s talking cat, who teaches her magic, and allows her to be set free. An odd little film with a certain charm about it. Rated PG.

  • Space Dogs: Tropical Adventure (2020):

    Another very odd animated film – odd to us on these shores, but not the young people in Russia who are the target market – is the third in a series of the titular dogs, named after the real-life Belka and Strelka. They were a pair of dogs launched into space in 1960 as part of the early Russian space program to determine whether or not human space flight was possible. In this adventure, which follows on the heels of the space-pup’s 2014 movie, they are sent to investigate a strange whirlpool in Earth’s tropical regions as they return from a mission to Saturn. The learn that aliens trying to steal the Earth’s water are behind the whirlpool, and the two space dogs go to work to vanquish the bad guys and save the world. Rated PG.

  • Things Seen & Heard (2021):

    Amanda Seyfried stars as Catherine Clare, a wife and mother moved with her husband George (James Norton) and by circumstance, to a small town in New York's Hudson Valley.  She is an artist from Manhattan, and it looks initially like this is the right thing to be doing at the time, but soon things change.  There is now a sinister cloud moving through their marriage, and an even more sinister feeling in the old house in which they have settled.  Based on the American Gothic horror novel "Things Heard & Seen" by Elizabeth Brundage, the terror that begins to well up within the home and within the family is the real thing, and not the product of any imagination other than that of the author.  Shot on location, it also stars Rhea Seehorn.  Rated 14A.


     

    The Mitchells VS The Machines (2021):

    This animated adventure from Sony Pictures, distributed by Netflix, has a great voice cast and a premise that will make it worth all family members watching it together.  The Mitchells are an ordinary family who decide on one last road trip as a family when daughter Katie gets accepted into the film school of her dreams.  Once Katie is off to college, and then off on her career, the family will be somewhat scattered, so off they go.  Things are awkward with this forced road trip, but just when it looks like it could not be more uncomfortable, the Mitchells find themselves in the midst of a robot uprising.  Everything from Roomba vacuum cleaners to smart phones to GPS instructions turns on the humans, and it's up to the Mitchells to save the world.  Voices include those of Maya Rudolph, Conan O'Brian, John Legend, Chrissy Tiegen, Olivia Coleman, and Danny McBride.   Rated PG.

     

    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 Handmaid's Tale, Season 4 (2021):

The long-awaited next series of episodes in this epic tale of a dystopian world in which women are nothing more than property begins this week with three new episodes.  Elizabeth Moss is back as June, who has been leading the fight for freedom for the previous three seasons.  Moss directed three of the 10 episodes in what will likely be the final season of this award-winning production.  Based on the novel by Canadian writer Margaret Atwood, we are told by the author that virtually everything portrayed in her story has occurred at some point in reality in past human history, whether it be The Bible, the Iranian Revolution in the 1970s, or the backlash to American feminism in the 1980s.  Season 3 ended with June helping many of the women escape Gilead, but she is still there, with a gunshot wound that must be dealt with.  Most of the previous cast is back, with some new additions as well.  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

South Pacific (1958):

I don't recall this, the highest grossing movie of 1958, ever coming to television in an uncut, commercial-free version.  Based on the book by James Michener, and having replaced the entire cast that first appeared on the Broadway stage, with just one exception, that of Juanita Hall who plays Bloody Mary.  Watching the film today is a great exercise in trivia, as many of those performing had not yet hit their stride in terms of recognizable roles.  Ray Walston (Luther Billis) was still five years away from landing his signature role as Uncle Martin opposite Bill Bixby in "My Favourite Martian''.  France Ngyuen (Liat) had not even learned to speak English yet, when she appeared in South Pacific, a decade prior to her marriage to actor Robert Culp, and 35 years before playing the mother in the movie "The Joy Luck Club."  Ron Ely (Navigator) was eight years away from becoming one of television's best-known Tarzans, and Doug McClure in a bit part as a pilot in hospital eight years later would become a TV staple in such series as "The Virginian," and "Checkmate."  Also, if you watch closely, you'll see author James Michener in an uncredited role as a missionary.  Rated PG.