Aug 10th - 16th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  Finding You (2021):

    Based on the best-selling book, “There You’ll Find Me” by Jenny B. Jones, Rose Reid, an actress with just one Hallmark TV movie on her resume, plays Finley Sinclair, a violinist with high hopes for a career with a symphony orchestra, but has her New York City audition turn into a complete disaster. She is embarrassed and ashamed, and decides to sneak away quietly to a small village on the coast of Ireland. Her plan is to do a semester of study abroad, and take time to try to figure out how so much could have gone wrong so quickly. It wouldn’t be a romance without a guy, and that’s exactly what she encounters when she meets Beckett Rush (Ontario actor Jedediah Goodacre from “The Originals,” and “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” He is the star of a wildly popular Harry Potter-like fantasy movie franchise, and it appears that he and Finley are headed for a romantic relationship. Sounds great, but Finley soon learns that being involved with a movie hero that makes sparks fly everywhere he goes is a lot more difficult that first appearances might indicate. The complicated story also stars Vanessa Redgrave and Tom Everett Scott. Rated PG.

     

  • Queen Bees (2021):

    Helen (Ellen Burstyn) is not aging well. Her daughter no longer trusts her mom to look after herself after an incident in which Helen accidentally locks herself out of her house while the kitchen catches fire inside. It’s time, decides the daughter, for mom to move to an assisted living facility, and Helen is reluctantly pushed in that direction. Director Harvey Lembeck (“Murphy Brown,” “The Santa Clause 2”) handles his subject matter with a deft comedic hand, using a stable of veteran performers who are the denizens of the Pine Grove Retirement Community. Helen runs headlong into a group of women who do not seem to have progressed socially, much beyond the high school cliques and jealous relationships that abounded in earlier days. The cast includes Ann-Margaret, Jane Curtain, Loretta Devine, and a marvellous turn by “Taxi” veteran Christopher Lloyd. Soon, just like high school, Helen learns the ropes, figures out who has the power, and even finds a little romance with a man of a certain age. James Caan also stars. Rated 14A.

  • The Misfits (2021):

    Pierce Brosnan stars in this heist movie with a difference in a story that could easily be termed as “Oceans 11” meets “The Fast and the Furious.” Brosnan is Richard Pace. He is a master criminal and also has a reputation as a breakout artist having escaped from a top-security prison. Approached by a group of Robin Hood-like criminals who call themselves “The Misfits,” Pace is told that his expertise is needed for a major heist that is all about gold, and all about revenge, in a way in which nobody gets hurt. Easy for them to say. The location is nearly impenetrable and the payoff is not easy. Nick Cannon and Tim Roth also star. Rated 14A.

  • The Kissing Booth 3:

    The third movie in the series since 2018 now has Elle Evans (Joey King) preparing for college, where the first had her confronting her secret crush at a kissing booth, part of a high-school event. Both the characters and the stories have matured, but this is still a young woman's film and a young woman's series, despite the preponderance of handsome young men and a few nerds. Now, before heading off to college, she has a big decision to make. Watch for a role by one-time Brat-Packer Molly Ringwald, now a respectable wife and mother. Rated 14A.


     

    Beckett (2021):

    This crime drama, distributed worldwide by Netflix, follows the story of the title character played by John David Washington (Denzel's son), an American tourist badly injured in an incident in Greece. He realizes that he is a target for some reason, and that those pursuing him are up to no good at all, wanting him dispatched as soon as possible. A chase movie at its heart, he strikes out across the country to the American Embassy, but as things play out, he realizes that he has no idea as to who he can trust and whom he cannot. Alicia Vikander also stars in this web of conspiracy that only deepens with each passing minute. 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.