June 1st - 8th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  The Courier (2021):

    Benedict Cumberbatch is exceptional in this based-on-fact spy thriller that is very James-Bondian in its approach to telling a highly detailed Cold War story. Cumberbatch is a salesman who is recruited by MI6 to help build a liaison with an informant within the Soviet Union who has information on the potential for nuclear war as the Cuban Missile Crisis heats up leading to President John F. Kennedy’s blockade of Cuba in one of the tensest world situations in modern times. Cumberbatch is Greville Wynne, and as the story opens in 1960, the Soviets have already compromised the American U-2 spy plane program by shooting down American pilot Francis Gary Powers, and the world was on the brink of a nuclear holocaust. Throughout the story, the names and places used are all real – the spies and counterspies lived the life depicted in this movie, and the threat to the world was likely at its peak historically. Cumberbatch, who has played a member of British Intelligence three times now, is perfectly cast and completely believable as he disappears into his character. Excellent film! Rated 14A

  • The Vault (2021):

    If you like a good heist movie, this one fills the bill. Freddie Highmore (“The Good Doctor”) stars in his first “R” rated film along with Famke Janssen (“X-Men”) in the story of a bank robbery with a difference. Highmore’s character is Thom, an engineering graduate who is a certified genius. The movie was shot on location in Madrid, and uses the Bank of Spain as its subject. Thom has been intrigued by the 100-year-old building with its supposedly impenetrable vault below. An underground river runs beneath the vault, and around the foundation of the building, and if the walls are breached, the vault will flood. When Thom learns that a treasure of incalculable proportions will be stored in the vault for just 10 days, he takes on the task of planning the heist of the century. Joining a team of master criminals, they use the World Cup Final as a cover for their activities, as the streets are full of celebrants watching Spain’s entry trying to win the event on big-screen TVs outside the bank. The clock is ticking down, the authorities are closing in, and the tension is enormous. Rated 14A in Canada, “R” in the U.S.

  • Trigger Point (2021):

    B.C.’s Barry Pepper (“Saving Private Ryan”) stars in this thriller as a character named Nicolas Shaw, part of a group of invisible, secret operatives, who take on the task of ridding the world of the most dangerous people on the planet. It’s interesting casting, because Pepper’s character in “Private Ryan” was a sniper, and here he is a former Special Forcers operative who had been a sniper. Pepper was born in Campbell River, and graduated from high school in Courtney before seriously pursuing his acting craft that led to roles in “The Green Mile,” “Battlefield Earth,” and “True Grit” among others. Filmed in a variety of Ontario locations, including Hamilton and Toronto filling in for American cities, the cast of “Trigger Point” is peppered, no pun intended, with numerous well-known Canadian faces including Colm Feore, Jane Eastwood, Carlo Rota, and Rainbow Sun Francks. A solid thriller! Rated 14A.

  • Dancing Queens (2021):

    This Netflix original comes from Sweden, and that fact, and the movie's title, would have us think immediately of ABBA.  Not quite.  The Dancing Queens of the title are actually mostly drag queens.  It is a saga of friendship and love as a young woman, a dancer-in-the-making, gets a job as a cleaner in a drag club because it gets her closer to her dream pursuit, that of being on stage pursuing her craft.  She desperately wants to be in the show, and when a choreographer at the struggling club notices her, things look as if they may change.  The LGBTQ community has embraced this film as an accurate and touching view of the life of those who just want to be themselves as they pretend to be somebody else.  Rated 14A.  


     

    Wrath of Man (2021):

    Still playing in theatres in the U.S. three weeks after its release, this Jason Statham action-thriller was directed by Guy Ritchie ("Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels," "Snatch") and is only the second Guy Ritchie movie set outside of the UK.  The story jumps around in time, but we are first introduced to "H," Statham's character who is applying for a job as an armoured truck driver after the opening scene in which a robbery occurs at the truck company.  He barely passes the requirements, his shooting skills and physical fitness just on the right side of the borderline, but he's in.  We learn, through flashbacks, that "H" suffered a terrible loss at the hands of the organized criminals that have been conducting the heists, and now he is out for revenge.  Scott Eastwood (son of Clint) is one of the gang members who is a loose cannon and we just know that when showdown time comes, it's going to be his character, Jan, and "H" squaring off.  There is a full ration of action with a high body count as the bad guys plot the heist of a lifetime by going right into the armoured truck compound for a $200 million payday, and it's there that the final standoff occurs.  Jeffrey Donavan ("Burn Notice") is the gang leader, a former Afghanistan military veteran, with his crew, all former soldiers in his unit.  We know what we are getting from a Jason Statham movie, and we know what Guy Ritchie offers up, so just sit back and watch the action - there is a lot of it to take in!  Rated 18A for violence and language.  $20 on demand.

New on CRAVE

Intergalactic (2021)(TV Series):

This eight episode sci-fi thriller which debuted last month on SkyTV in the U.K. takes feminism to the extreme in the year 2143 with climate change having impacted more worlds than just our Earth.  Ash Harper (Savannah Steyn) is a Skycop for the Commonworld Authority, a blanket term for the worlds under its control.  She is also a pilot, and in the process of apprehending a criminal, she is accused of having destroyed evidence, and is confined to a prisoner transfer ship bound for an off-world prison.  She has been framed - we know that as an audience, but no one else acknowledges the truth.  The ship, populated by hardened female criminals, is taken over by that faction, and Ash is forced to pilot the vessel to freedom.  Ash's mother is a government official who learns too late of her daughter's fate, as Ash warps into cyber-space with her cargo of volatile prisoners who threaten her life at every turn.  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.

New on DISNEY + /Star

Raya and the Last Dragon (2021):

This has been available On Demand from Disney + at a price of about $35 since its release last March, and it is now available at no extra charge to Disney + subscribers, so if you chose to wait, you saved some money.  It is Disney animation at its best, and is the 13th Disney feature in which the lead character is a princess.  It is set in a mythical land in a time long ago, which retains elements of the cultures and legends of Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia, The Philippines, and Laos, the voice cast is largely Asian American with Kelly Marie Tran as the voice of Raya, the young girl who will become Princess and keeper of the spirit of the last dragon that protected the people of the land of Kumandra.  Raya's father is the protector of the spirit, and his young daughter, skilled in martial arts and in sneaking into places, Indiana Jones-style, earns the right to become a protector too, in the early frames.  Protection is required because, more than 500 years ago, the idyllic land of Kumandra was taken over by evil spirit-like creatures that destroyed the environment and turned the people, along with the last of the dragons, to stone.  Raya, as she grows up, becomes the leader of her people to embark on a quest to find the last dragon, voiced by Akwafina, when it finally appears.  The story isn't just kid stuff - in fact, I wouldn't recommend it for children under the age of seven or eight. Its themes are adult enough to provide a great experience for viewers of any age.  In her quest to reunite her people, and to get those turned to stone back to normal, Raya learns lessons about trust, about honesty, and about risk-taking.  Excellent film, and by the way, not a Disney musical - it's all drama.   Rated PG.