May 18th - 24th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  Minari (2021):

    This film about a Korean family finding their way in 1980s America after immigrating from their home country has a pile of Oscar weight behind it. Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Steven Yuen), Best Supporting Actress (Yuh Jung Youn), and Best Director (Lee Isaac Chung), the story with an ambitious family at its heart is based on the early experiences of its director, Lee Isaac Chung. Jacob Yi ("The Walking Dead's" Steven Yuen) is a Korean-American, husband of Monica, and father of two children, who decides, against the better judgement of wife Monica, to pull up stakes from their California home, and move to rural Arkansas where he has purchased a home on 50 acres, sight unseen. Life was hard in California, they were managing, but they argued a lot, which upset the children. When they first caught sight of their new home after driving across the country in their old station wagon, Monica was unhappy. It was a single-wide mobile home, wheels still on. Jacob's dream was to farm, growing Korean vegetables. Grandma came to live with them to help with childcare. The family managed but still argued. When the unthinkable happened, the arguing led to an agreement to separate, with Monica taking the family, and Jacob taking the farm ... or so it seemed. With that as a base, this story of immigrants quietly challenged with a strange and foreign world has a distinct charm, although I don't quite see the reason for the Oscar buzz. Minari, by the way, is an Asian plant that has been used for food, medicine, and other applications for centuries, and it factors into the story. Rated 14A.

  • Cosmic Sin (2021):

    This sci-fi film that stars Bruce Willis as a retired general named James Ford is a dud of cosmic proportions! It is set in the year 2524, more than 500 years into the future. The outer planets are colonized, and space warp technology has allowed human outposts as far as 100 light years away. And guess what? The action that takes place on earth of 2524 still has people driving Ford F-150 pickup trucks on freeways that look exactly like our own. There is a character who rides a motorcycle, which is a Harley Sportster, and all of the guns that are used by a group of seven soldiers are today's - handguns are .45 calibre automatics, and the assault weapons are right out of the current gun owners' catalogue. We have not made much progress in 500 years! Fashions are exactly the same, buildings are the same and in an early barroom fight, the liquor bottles are recognizable brands from today. Suffice to say the budget was too small to dress the sets or provide evidence of futuristic hardware. Gen. Ford is pulled out of retirement to lead a band of soldier-astronauts when first contact with an alien race is made at a human outpost ... which, by the way, despite being 100 light years away, is in a forest with poplar, birch, and spruce trees. And the humans are in tents that look like they just came from "Outdoor Man." There is no attempt to engage in dialogue with the aliens, which, by the way, look like us, and speak perfect English - the job is to eradicate them. Period. Willis is an embarrassment here, as is co-star Frank Grillo. The screenplay and direction come from Edward Drake who has very little movie experience, and that shows in every scene. It is a travesty. 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.

  • Army of the Dead (2021):

    This Netflix original was directed and co-written by Zack Snyder ("Justice League," "300," "Dawn of the Dead'') and combines a pair of genres we have not seen together before:  the classic heist movie, and a zombie apocalypse.  WWE superstar Dave Bautista (''Guardians of the Galaxy'') is Scott Ward, who, along with his team, decide to rob a major Las Vegas casino when the zombie hordes invade the Nevada gambling capital.  Seems like a perfect cover - while all the law enforcement people have their hands full fighting the undead, it should be a simple process to walk in and help themselves to the booty.   Garret Dillahunt ("Fear the Walking Dead") and Tig Notaro ("Star Trek: Discovery") also star, and with a closed casino in Atlanta doubling for the Las Vegas facilities.  Rated 14A.


     

    Monster (2018):

    Although this film was completed and released at a film festival in 2018, it had no wide release until Netflix signed on as the key distributor, and is debuting it this month.  A strong cast includes John David Washington (son of Denzel, star of "Tenet" and "Blackklansman"), and Oscar-winner and one-time American Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson.  Based on the best-selling book by Walter Dean Meyers, it tells the story of a young man from Harlem who is described as "likeable" and "smart," 17-year-old Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison, Jr. of "Trial of the Chicago 7"), who is a gifted student at a prestigious film school.  His world, and that of his family, are turned upside down when he is charged with felony murder.  The story follows his journey through the court system and faces the very real possibility that he could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.  Co-produced by John Legend, it also stars Jeffrey Wright ("Westworld") as young Steve's father, who grapples with a future for his son he could never have imagined.  Rated 14A. 

New on CRAVE

I Propose We Never See
Each Other Again After Tonight (2020
):

Even though this release is a very Canadian story - make that a very "Manitoba" story ... or maybe even a very Winnipeg story, it has received some promising reviews from South of the border.  It's a romantic comedy and the hook is that a Filipina girl meets a Mennonite boy when one helps the other dig their car out of a snowbank, which American reviewers referred to as "a very Canadian thing to do."  The first full-length Canadian film to feature a member of the Filipina diaspora in a leading role, we see the very shy Iris De La Cruz (Hera Nalam) agreeing to date the equally shy Simon Friesen (Kristian Jordan) enter a storyline in which boy meets girl, girl loses boy, boy gets girl back, girl moves on, and boy and girl now have to figure out what to do.  It has a heart, it has a strong finish as well as a light touch, and it's definitely not a Hollywood film.  Rated 14A. 

 

New on AMAZON PRIME

Pink: All I Know So Far (2021):

This documentary by filmmaker Michael Gracey ("Rocketman," "The Greatest Showman," "Ned Kelly") goes behind the scenes and a whole lot more on Pink's "Beautiful Trauma Tour," which began in 2018 and ended in November of the following year.  Alecia Beth Moore, Pink's birth name shows up on many writing credits including episodes of "The Kelly Clarkson Show," "The Voice," and "The Masked Singer, Australia."  She also wrote the theme song for the Ellen DeGeneres show, and has made hundreds of television appearances on everything from "Ellen," to "Law & Order SVU."   In this documentary, we see candid interviews with the star herself, and with her young son, as well as a hard look at the mechanics of being on a world tour - what has to be put into it and what it takes out of you.  Travelling with her husband, Carey Hart, and their two children offers a different kind of life for the entire family.  Rated PG. 

 

Solos (2021)(Limited Series

This seven-part Amazon original has a stellar cast with three Oscar-winners participating, that include Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, and Anne Hathaway.  The rest of the cast is stellar as well, with Emmy winners and Emmy nominees as well as such crowd pleasers as Anthony Mackie and Constance Wu.  Each of the seven stories is different, making this an anthology series.  The only thing tying each episode together with the others is that, from the perspective of each character, even though they may be completely alone, there is a thread of humanity tied to each, meaning that we are all in this together.  The creator and director is David Weil who is responsible for the award-winning Al Pacino series "Hunter."  He says that he created it with the thought in mind that, no matter how isolated one might be in their circumstances or their thoughts, they still have a connection to others.  Rated 14A.


New on DISNEY + /Star

The Alligator People (1959):

If you want a good, old fashioned "B" horror movie of the type that populated drive-in theatres and second-run movie houses in the '50s, you may find this feature as cheesy as a wheel of cheddar, but with a certain panache that allows you to sit back and say, "yep, the sure don't make them like that anymore."  Beverly Garland, already a movie veteran, was still some years away from becoming the new mom on "My Three Sons," and a recurring character on "Gunsmoke," and "Mannix" when she signed on to be Joyce, the new wife of a man named Paul Webster (Richard Crane).  The newlyweds are travelling across the country by train when Paul gets off at a station stop to use a payphone.  The train pulls out without him, and Joyce is alone.  For years she searches for him, finding herself eventually, by accident, at a research facility in Louisiana where she learns that experiments were being done on humans and alligators, and that her husband Paul was now more alligator than man.  Some of this will make you laugh out loud, although that was never the intent of the movie makers.  Rated PG.