July 7th - 12th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  Equal Standard (2020):

    Actor Robert Clohessy began playing a cop in 1987 when he was Officer Flaherty, a regular on “Hill Street Blues,” and here he is, decades later, still on the force, this time in Internal Affairs. Ice T began playing cops on TV in the ‘90s and continues to this day as a regular on “Law & Order: SVU,” plays a major role here in a story that, while fictional, is an all-to-familiar tale involving the shooting of a black man by a white police officer. The difference in this story is that the Black man is a police officer mistaken for a criminal by police who opened fire, killing him. What follows is an intense series of scenes dealing with the issues of race, bigotry, and the pressures that law enforcement personnel deal with each and every day trying to do the right thing, and bowing to the almost inborn threats around race and leaping to conclusions based on what we think we see. Miles Clohessy, the son of Robert, plays a police officer at the heart of what has gone wrong here, in a non-feel-good tale that could be right off the evening news. Rated 14A.

     

  • Space Dogs: Tropical Adventure (2020):

    A very odd animated film – odd to us on these shores, but not the young people in Russia who are the target market – is the third in a series of the titular dogs, named after the real-life Belka and Strelka. They were a pair of dogs launched into space in 1960 as part of the early Russian space program to determine whether or not human space flight was possible. In this adventure, which follows on the heels of the space-pup’s 2014 movie, they are sent to investigate a strange whirlpool in Earth’s tropical regions as they return from a mission to Saturn. They learn that aliens trying to steal the Earth’s water are behind the whirlpool, and the two space dogs go to work to vanquish the bad guys and save the world. Rated PG.

  • Georgetown (2019):

    Christoph Waltz has played many different roles since his breakout performance in “Inglorious Basterds” where he was a diabolical WWII German officer on the trail of those who would harbour so-called “enemies of the state.” Since then, he has played sympathetic roles, but he really stands out when he is, if not the bad guy, at least the guy with the edge – a cutting edge. He makes his debut as a director here in this based-on-fact story of a man who is a major social climber in Washington D.C. in the years following 9/11. He stars as well, playing Ulrich Mott, a man driven to rub shoulders with the influential, the wealthy, and the powerful. Waltz directs a cast that includes Annette Bening and Vanessa Redgrave as he pursues, and finally marries, a widow (Redgrave) with all the social, financial, and political clout that he so desperately sought. As their relationship evolves, it’s clear that Mott wants it all – that which is his, and that which is not yet his. A strong character study, and no spoilers here if you don’t remember how things worked out in 2011 in a celebrated case. Rated 14A

  • Fear Street: Part 1: (1994):

    This is the first of three interconnected horror stories that are closer to "Stranger Things" than they are to the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" as the author of the originating material is R.L. Stine of "Goosebumps" fame. As a result, the protagonists are young people living in the idyllic-sounding town of Shadyside, a group of teens that discovers that the strange and terrifying events that have plagued their town for several generations, all seem to have a common ancestor, a blood connection that goes back some 300 years. There is a lot here that is scary, and there are some bloody scenes to remind us that this isn't just YA material, but rather has much bigger teeth. Next Friday and the following one we will see the release of Part II, 1978, and Part III, 1666. The story in each timeline is separate, but connected in a most unusual and frightening way. That's on Netflix, 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

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

The Tomorrow War (2021):

This sci-fi thriller that stars Chris Pratt ("Guardians of the Galaxy," "Jurassic World") was set to head for theatres with a big screen debut by its producer, Paramount Pictures, but a change of heart by the leaders of that company had them choose to auction off the distribution rights and Amazon Prime scooped them up, and that's where you can see this action extravaganza beginning today. Pratt plays a character named Dan Forrester. The setting is the present day, and Dan is a parent, a teacher, and a former Delta Force veteran having seen action in Afghanistan and Iraq. Things are fine, he has put soldiering behind him, and he is focused on family life and on being a good citizen. That all changes when a time portal opens up and through it comes a squad of battle-scarred veterans of another kind of war, this one of an interstellar variety. They come from the year 2051, a time when earth is under siege in an alien invasion, and humanity is not doing well, with its military forces decimated at every turn by the vicious creatures. The message from the time travellers is dire: the global war is being lost to the alien hoards. The only possible chance to survive is to recruit people from the past, willing to go to 2051 and go shoulder to shoulder with the remaining humans. Dan has a young daughter, and he does the math - she'll be in her 30s, maybe with a family of her own when the alien invasion strikes in her future, and he vows to go, to fight for her. This means making peace with his estranged father (J.K. Simmons), and befriending a scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) who might have some answers. Mary Lynn Rajsckub (she was Chloe O'Brien on "24") also stars. Despite its dire future, the film has a sense of humour too. 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.