May 25th - 31st Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  Chaos Walking (2021):

    A sci-fi thriller that takes place on an unexplored world, this is the first in a trilogy based on the novel “A Knife of Never Letting Go.” Tom Holland (Spider-Man) stars as Todd Hewitt, a young man with an adoptive family who struggles with the challenges of the remnants of an alien war. That war, taking place on the aliens’ home world, killed off all the women as well as half the men. The survivors have to deal with something called “The Noise,” a condition left by the defeated aliens, that allows every surviving person’s thoughts to be seen and heard by everyone else. When Todd suddenly finds that things have gone quiet, his foster parents rush to protect him, and soon it becomes clear what has caused the void in his mind – it’s a young woman (Daisy Ridley) named Viola who crashed in a scout ship and is the sole survivor of the accident. Todd cannot keep her secret because all the other men, when he gets within range, can see and hear his thoughts, so he scoops up Viola and they head out cross-country to places no one has ever been. An excellent cast also includes Cynthia Erivo, Nick Jonas, Mads Mikkelsen, and David Oyelowo. The writing is crisp and spare, and the performances are believable and tight. As Viola and Todd make discovery upon discovery, it becomes apparent that it was not the alien race, but humanity itself that has brought much of the disaster on the planet into play. Rated 14A.

  • Happily (2021):

    Joel McHale (he was Jeff Winger on the TV series “Community”) stars opposite Kerry Bishe (“Halt and Catch Fire,” “Scrubs”) as one half of a couple in this dark, romantic comedy. They have been happily married for years, but things seem to stop on a dime and begin to change when a visit from a mysterious stranger leads to a dead body, and many good reasons to go on the run. As Tom and Janet, the couple is the envy of their friends, but once the revelations from the stranger come into play, they have to question the motives of their friends … or whether they are really friends or not. The script is from BenDavid Grabinski who also directed. He has a lot of experience with the dark side, as he created and developed the series “Are You Afraid of the Dark.” It's not for everyone, but the story has enough pull to make it worth seeing. Rated 14A.

  • Supernova (2020):

    Contrary to the title, this is not a sci-fi thriller in which a star explodes dramatically. It’s a much softer story, and it’s really an actor’s workshop. The basic premise here has two men, partners for over two decades, named Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), who are travelling across England to the Lake District in an old RV. The trip itself, through marvellous scenery and meeting amazing people, should be enough to make this time together even more special, but there’s a catch. Tusker has been diagnosed with dementia, and he is slipping slowly into a world far different from the one the two men have occupied up until now. Sam wants to experience Tusker’s last months, weeks, and days, in a fresh new way, and Tusker goes from happiness to confusion along the way. Both actors are outstanding here, and British director/writer Harry Macqueen has handled this sensitive material in a very special way. A gentle, thoughtful character study that makes for an interesting series of thoughts as it ends. Rated 14A.

  • Blue Miracle (2021):

    This Netflix original movie is both inspired by and based on actual events which occurred in Mexico in 2014 when Hurricane Odile crashed into the Baja Peninsula with a vengeance, taking its toll on many people and many properties, including Casa Hogar, an orphanage which was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy before the big storm, and which was utterly devastated by the aftermath.  Dennis Quaid stars along with a largely Mexican cast as those responsible for the young people in the orphanage face the inevitable closure of the home, and the dispersal to the four winds of the orphan children.  With a plot right out of an Andy Hardy movie from the 1930s when Mickey Rooney or Judy Garland would say, "I know ... let's put on a show!", a decision is made, as a last gasp, to enter the famous Brisbee's Black and Blue fishing tournament with the hope that the big cash prize would be enough, if won, to pull the place out of debt, and save the home and the kids.  The Cabo San Lucas fishing derby has rewarded winning teams with the biggest marlin with up to $3 million in past years.  But can these non-fishers make it happen?  Rated PG.


     

    The Banana Splits Movie (2019):

    This is more of a warning rather than a recommendation.  It might be easy, if you are a certain age, to think this is a slice of your childhood, your formative years when there were just two or three channels, and everyone watched almost everything.  Fleegle, Bingo, Droopy, and Snorky were puppets created by Sid and Marty Kroft who went on to create the iconic HR Pufnstuf.  The show's producers were Hanna Barbera, famous for "Huckleberry Hound," and such characters as Yogi Bear and Pixie and Dixie, the meeces that Tomcat Mr. Jinks hated to pieces.  The original Banana Splits were a band, and the cartoon hour that aired from 1968 - 1970 was full of music.  Then-unknowns who worked on the show's music as writers included Barry White, Al Kooper, and Gene Pitney.  Each week was an hour of fun and music.  Not so with this new film.  It carries an R rating because the Banana Splits puppets here go on a killing spree with a high body count.  If you think you're going to sit down with kids or grandkids and relive a touch of your childhood, not going to happen.  You have been warned!  Rated 18A.

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

Panic (2021) (TV series):

Season one of this new series is available for streaming now, and it brings us up close and personal to the graduating class of the only high school in the small, out-of-the-way town of Carp, TX.  Each year there is a competition with a cash prize that is life-changing money, and is viewed by the former students as their only ticket out of this backwater burg in which they live.  Everyone can play, but only one can win.  When the season opens, the new competitors learn that the money in the pot has gone from "big" to "gigantic."  With those high stakes comes a series of challenges that bring each participant face-to-face with his or her deepest fears, and the consequences for losing can be fatal.  The youthful cast includes Jordan Elsass ("Little Fires Everywhere," "Superman and Lois") and Jessica Sula ("Scream: The TV Series").  Rated 14A.

 

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

Cruella (2021):

Cruella De Ville, villain in the Disney animated classic "101 Dalmatians" (1961), later taking a live action turn in 1996 with Glenn Close in the lead role, is played here by Emma Stone in a prequel that is designed to help us understand just how she came to be so cruel a woman.  Set in London during the 1970s, we meet Estella (Stone) who, as a young girl, was bent on becoming a famous fashion designer, but life gave her a bad hand, and by age 12 she was orphaned and homeless on the streets of Britain's largest city, soon falling in with a couple of petty thieves who made their livings in the crime business.  Estella still sported fashions of her own design, and one day on the streets, she caught the eye of world famous designer the Baroness Von Hellman (Emma Thomson).   The Baroness takes Estella under her tutelage, and it looks as though the young girl's dreams may yet come true.  Unfortunately, her darker side prevails and no good can come of the new relationship.  Available on Disney + at a premium price.  Rated 14A.