June 16th - 22nd Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  Godzilla VS Kong (2021):

    Kong has a backstory this time, different from his previous origins on Skull Island. We see the great ape in his idyllic paradise in the early frames of the movie, but learn very quickly that Skull Island now has a dome over it which creates the feeling of a prison for Kong. He is not happy. We also learn about "Hollow Earth," a place within our planet where gravity is reversed, and where, it appears, to be the place from which Kong actually came originally, with a subterranean connection to Skull Island. Two stories run simultaneously, each headed up by young females. Kong's companion is Jia, maybe 10 years of age, and deaf - the young actress playing her is Kaylee Hottle, who is deaf herself, and comes from an all-deaf family. Her abilities with American sign language factor into the plot in a major way. While we follow her relationship with Kong on Skull Island, we move over to Pensacola, Florida where another young actress, Millie Bobby Brown (she was "Eleven" in "Stranger Things"), is a proponent of Godzilla, who is on the move again. She claims, to her scientist father (Kyle Chandler) that Godzilla is an ally, not an enemy. He, and most of the world disagree. It's decided to get Kong off of Skull Island to face-off against the big lizard who is running amok, and headed for Hong Kong, with the two young characters acting as advocates for their respective Titans. I liked the movie - great action, great special effects, and a story that involves corporate greed, a megalomaniac who has created a mecha-Godzilla robot, and characters who are more than cardboard cut-outs. I miss the big screen however. Rated 14A.

     

  • Voyagers (2021):

    This sci-fi thriller features a multi-generational cast playing a multi-generational team of adventurers who have set off to populate a new world and to escape a crowed, polluted Earth. Ty Sheridan (“Radio Player One”) leads the youthful group of travellers, while Colin Farrell represents the more senior team. Everything begins well as the ship heads off on its voyage with 30 people on board, selected for their intelligence, their discipline, and their ability to follow instructions at every level. As the mission continues, with the fate of humanity at stake, the behaviours of the voyagers begin to change, at first, just a little, as they begin challenging authority and become increasingly belligerent, and later as they are an out-and-out threat to the success of the enterprise. Is there something externally causing this, or is the paranoia and the primal actions of the young men and women the result of an internal issue. There is little time to find out. Rated 14A. Also stars Fionn Whitehead (“Dunkirk”).

  • SAS: Red Notice (2021):

    Andy McNab, an actual Special Air Service (SAS) operative for the British in this elite unit that is a special forces faction, the UK equivalent of the Navy Seals or the Green Berets in the U.S. He used his experience to write the novel on which this story is based. It’s the tale of a Government operation gone wrong that leaves a team of terrorists taking control of the train and all its occupants that travels beneath the English Channel in the “Chunnel.” SAS Special Agent Tom Buckingham (Sam Heughan of “Outlander”) is tasked with somehow getting on the speeding train, freeing the hostages, and taking down the gang of mercenaries that now control the conveyance after having been betrayed and set up by their own government. Ruby Rose (“Batwoman”) also stars in this action-drenched military thriller. Rated 14

  • 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.