June 29th - July 5th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  Percy VS Goliath (2020):

    Christopher Walken stars as the title character here in true story, based on the legal battles between Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser and the giant Monsanto corporation, which took Percy to court for infringing on its allegedly patented genetically modified canola seeds, which Percy claimed were his and his alone. Shot in the Winnipeg area, using a good number of Canadian actors such as Adam Beach (“Arctic Air,” “Nancy Drew”), Roberta Maxwell (“Brokeback Mountain”), and Anna Hardwick (“Murdoch Mysteries”), the story follows Percy’s fight all the way to the supreme court. Along the way it became clear to him that this was not his battle alone, but rather was one that was representative of farmers everywhere who were being pushed into submission by huge corporations that had no legal right to punish them for the spread of the corps’ own genetically modified products. The real Percy Schmeiser died at the age of 89 just four days after this movie was released to theatres last year. Zach Branff also stars in this Canadian/American co-production. Rated PG.

     

  • Siberia (2019):

    Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate,” “The Lighthouse”) takes on another actor’s workshop role here in a film that is not aimed at a mass audience, but rather seems, more than anything, to be purely a showcase for this intense performer’s work. Although he has appeared in more popular fare over the years, such as “Aqua Man,” and “John Wick,” Dafoe seems to have an affinity for films in which there are few other characters, and a lot of focus on his craft. Here he is a man named Clint who feels like an outsider, and decides to leave his own country and become an expat in Siberia. Now, living in a place where he doesn’t speak the language, having opened a bar as a way to make a living, he finds himself just as haunted and alone an outsider as he did back home. Suffering from hallucinations, he decides to go even farther afield, and takes a dogsled trip to a frozen cave in which he confronts all the demons of his past. A very odd, film-festival kind of movie that the arts crowd loved, and that most everyone else ignored. Filmed in Italy and Germany. Rated 14A.

  • The Paper Tigers (2020):

    Alan Uy, a Philippines-born utility actor in such series as “The Rookie,” is the lead character in this film shot entirely in an alley behind a restaurant in Seattle. The story focuses on three one-time martial arts aficionados who are now in middle age and long past their best-before date. At one time, a quarter century earlier, they were a formidable trio known as the Three Tigers. They learn individually that their former martial arts instructor has been murdered, and they get back together to avenge his death. It’s a challenging task, as they have let their skills slide, they no longer see eye-to-eye with one another, and they have important roles as husbands, fathers, and people who work in dead-end jobs. Like the Blues Brothers, they get the band back together, they get into shape, and they pursue the killers with a vengeance. 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.