Aug 3rd - 9th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021):

    This Angelina Jolie action drama is directed by Taylor Sheridan ("Sicario," and an Oscar nominee for Best Screenplay for "Hell and High Water" in 2015). Sheridan co-wrote the script and was the person who recruited Jolie to the project. Here, she is Hanna, a smokejumper in Montana who suffers from intense PTSD because in the previous year's fire season, she made an incorrect call on estimating wind speed and direction, and failed to protect three teens who were engulfed by flames and died. Her language would make a sailor blush, with F-Bombs peppering every sentence, and in this new fire season she has been relegated to staffing a lone watchtower in the mountain forest to watch for impending signs of fire. As we see her struggling with trauma and its effects, a side story focuses on a dad named Owen (Jake Weber) and his 14-year-old son Connor (Australian actor Finn Little) who are on the run because Dad's boss just perished in an explosion in his home, which was no accident. Owen is a forensic accountant, he found a huge issue in an audit he was doing, and became a whistle-blower, and now the bad guys have a pair of brutal hitmen on his trail. Dad and Connor find their way to Montana where the hunt continues with the merciless hitmen leaving devastation everywhere they turn. When Hanna becomes the protector of the boy who is a target because he saw who killed his dad, the story ramps up even more. It has great action, a lot of violence, and over-the-top language, but all in all is an excellent thriller. Rated 14A.

     

  • Here Today (2021):

    Billy Crystal is sort of playing a version of himself in this comedy-drama in which he plays a writer of sitcoms and other funny things, named Charlie Burnz. He is a veteran in the business, and an icon of sorts, having written movies, television shows, and having won all the awards to prove it. But that was a long time ago. Tiffany Haddish is Emma Payge. She’s a street-singer who wins a big contest, the prize of which is lunch with the comedy legend, Charlie Burnz. She has never heard of him because of the generation gap that separates them and agrees, with some reluctance, to claim her prize. The lunch begins in a most awkward fashion, with Charlie having no real idea how to relate to this young performer, and she having no clue about the life he has already lived. An odd sort of relationship evolves from this first meeting, as they develop a fondness for one another, realizing that friendship has nothing to do with age. It has a charm of its own, and Crystal is always worth watching. Rated 14A.

  • Séance (2021):

    This horror thriller, with a mystery twist, is set in a girls’ school called Fairfield Academy where Camille Meadows (Suki Waterhouse of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu) finds herself occupying a dorm room that turns out to have been previously assigned to a girl who died tragically. Camille’s classmates are a snobby bunch who really don’t like her, and when things start to go bump in the night in her room, the other girls decide that they should hold a séance to see if the spirit of Kerrie, the dead girl, is hanging about. Of course, it’s a prank they are playing on Camille, but once into séance mode, a connection is made, and it is something far darker than the spirit of a young girl. Murder, the powers of darkness, and much worse are in store for the girls who should have left well enough alone. Rated 14A.

  • '76:

    This drama, based on actual events that followed the civil war in Nigeria in 1976 was released in that country in 2016, and is now getting worldwide release on Netflix. From the "truth is stranger than fiction" department, it is difficult to imagine any writer scripting the events that actually occurred in the lives of those portrayed here. It tells the story of Joseph Dewa, a young military officer who gets into a romantic relationship with a female student named Suzy. The problem is that her family wants her to have nothing to do with Joseph, because of his birthplace in the country, and because of his heritage. A tale of race, of love, and of loss set against the political upheaval that shook Nigeria for many years, this is a refreshing, non-Hollywood treatment of the classic love story. Rated 14A.


     

    Anne Boleyn (2021):

    This three-part mini-series from Britain's Channel 5 takes place five months before the wife of King Henry VIII had her beheaded in 1536. Billed as a psychological thriller, Jodie Turner-Smith takes on the role of the woman bent on fighting the system of the day, the church, and those who would have her dead because of her ability to produce a male heir. Much of what we see focuses on Anne's work to try to protect her daughter Elizabeth from the brutal reality of the times that left women with no rights and no real future unless a man deemed it to be so. A solid British cast shows up for these three episodes, streaming this weekend, that make up season one of the ambitious series. Rated 14A.

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

Jolt (2021):

Kate Beckinsale is Lindy, an attractive woman with an unusual occupation. She is a bouncer in a high-end club, and she also has serious anger management issues. She loses her temper often, and employs the martial arts skills that made her a great bouncer, but her behaviour has become more and more bizarre, and as part of managing her intense anger, she wears a vest which gives her a serious jolt of electricity whenever she begins to lose her temper, the set up for her next rampage. The first guy she has ever fallen for turns up murdered, and Lindy goes on an anger-fuelled rampage to get revenge, while the police are after her as the prime suspect. An excellent cast also includes Susan Sarandon, Bobby Cannavalle, and Stanley Tucci. Rated 14A, R in the States.

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.