June 9th - 15th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  Assault on VA 33 (2021):

    This action-thriller stars Sean Patrick Flanery (“The Outsider”) as a decorated U.S. military vet who, like so many of his confreres, suffers enormously from PTSD from the things he saw and the things he did while overseas in Afghanistan. The movie opens with Jason Hill (Flanery) meeting his wife Jennifer (Smithers, B.C.-born Gina Holden), for lunch in the Veterans Affairs hospital where she works. Jennifer is called away for an emergency consultation with her boss who is the visiting military Chief of Staff. With her gone for the moment, and with Jason struggling to manage his own issues, the hospital is besieged by a terrorist group, heavily armed, and bent on taking everyone hostage. Jason has his military skills at his disposal, but also has a lot of baggage through which he must work as the only line of defense between the bad guys and his wife, her boss, and the other hostages. Also starring Michael Jai White, action specialist and martial arts expert, along with Mark Dacascos who was Wo Fat on “Hawaii Five-0.” Lots of action, some good fight scenes, and a lotta stuff gets blown up. Rated 14A.

     

  • Flashback (The Education of Frederick Fitzell) (2020):

    Dylan O’Brien (Thomas from the “Maze Runner” movies) stars in this drama-thriller about Fred (O’Brien), a young man working in a corporate environment, who just isn’t certain that this is the path he wants to have his life take. As he contemplates his future, he begins having flashback thoughts to his high school days. They are vague and undefined, but he recalls a girl named Cindy (Maika Monroe) whom he thinks may have disappeared mysteriously. That leads to memories of a drug called Mercury that seemed to play a part in his high school years, and perhaps was linked to the girl’s disappearance. He reconnects with some old buddies from school to ask them if they remember Mercury, if they remember Cindy, or if he is simply losing his mind. As the memories open up, much of Fred’s recall becomes populated with horrifying memories, including that of a hideous monster which now, with the memories unlocked, is stalking him in his adult life. Written and directed by conspiracy theorist Christopher McBride. Rated 14A.

  • The Unhealer (2020):

    A couple of Canadians lead the cast in this supernatural thriller shot in the Arizona desert location of Apache Junction. Newfoundland and Labrador-born Natasha Henstridge (“Species”) and Manitoba native Adam Beach (“Nancy Drew”) join some recognizable American actors such as Lance Henrikson (“Aliens,” “Alien VS Predator”) and Branscombe Richmond (“Chicago Med”). A bullied teenage boy, Kelly (Elijah Nelson) who suffers from an eating disorder is worked on by a shadowy shaman who not only cures the eating problem, he bestows the young man with powers that allow him to inflict whatever pain he feels himself, upon others. When his best friend is killed accidentally by boys who meant harm, but not death, Kelly contemplates a bloody rampage that will unleash the full length and breadth of his powers. This sci-fi thriller takes Kelly from an unintentional bestowing of powers, to an unstoppable force for evil. Rated 14A.

  • Awake (2021):

    This sci-fi thriller is a Netflix original with an excellent cast headed by director Mark Raso, a Toronto-born filmmaking prodigy who won a Student Academy Award Gold Medal for his thesis at Columbia university in 2012.  He co-wrote this script about a global event that wipes out both all electronic communications, as well as having ended the human population's ability to sleep.  A former soldier played by Gina Rodriguez, may have found the solution as to what happened, and sets out against incredible odds, with her young daughter, to try to save what is left of the rapidly deteriorating world.  The cast includes BC-born Barry Pepper ("Saving Private Ryan"), Jennifer Jason Leigh ("The Woman in the Window"), and one-time Clint Eastwood paramour, Francis Fisher ("The Lincoln Lawyer") as well as Vancouver-born Gil Bellows ("Ally McBeal," "The Shawshank Redemption").  


     

    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

The Croods: A New Age (2020):

Seven years ago DreamWorks Animation introduced us to the Stone Age family, the Croods.  They were an appealing bunch, with a Neanderthal sense of humour that appealed to both kids, who loved the cartoon aspect, and adults who found the dialogue particularly smart.  This sequel, which consistently brought families into those few theatres in the US that were still open during the height of the Pandemic, brought in audiences to the tune of about $2 million a week, even though it was available on Premium On Demand for much of that time.  Now available on Crave for no additional fee, we are allowed to see just how clever this new story is.  It’s a keeping-up-with-the-Joneses theme as the father Grug (voice of Nicolas Cage) runs into the Betterman family headed by Guy (voice of Ryan Reynolds).  It seems that the Bettermans are a step ahead of the Croods in everything that occurs.  Also includes a voice cast with Cloris Leachman, Emma Stone, and “Game of Thrones” star, Peter Dinklage.  Rated PG.

 

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

The Owl House (2021)(TV Series):

This animated series debuts its second season this week on Disney +.  It's a fantasy story with some sci-fi overtones about a teenage human girl named Luz who, on the way to a detention summer camp for alleged misbehaviour, accidentally stumbles into a portal to another world, one of magic and witchcraft.  During season one, Luz became set on mastering witchcraft by serving as an apprentice to a woman of magical abilities in a place called The Owl House.  As season two opens, three separate storylines converge as Luz has supporters who want to help her to go back home to the human realm, while she works to support and help her friends in the Owl House.  A third season of three 90-minute specials will appear next spring and that will round out the life of the series.  Rated PG.