Aug 24th - 30th Downloads
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  •  The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It: (2021):

    This is the sixth movie in the "Conjuring" universe that includes the stories of the demon-possessed doll Annabelle, subject of two of these horror-thrillers. The doll makes a cameo appearance here, as it resides inside a glass box, protected by Holy Water, inside the home museum of Lorraine and Ed Warren, the real-life paranormal investigators on whom the stories are built. Based on actual people and actual events, the story here takes place in 1982. It opens with a family in the throes of the exorcism of a young boy named David. The Warrens, again played respectively by Vera Farmiga (Lorraine) and Patrick Wilson (Ed), are calling for the priest as the possession of the young boy becomes more intense. The scene, just a couple of minutes in, is a tip of the hat to "The Exorcist" as the priest arrives by taxi, gets out, and stands facing the big house in the dark of night in stark silhouette, his bag in hand. Inside, the attempt to eradicate the spirit seems successful, but it actually migrates to a young man, a friend of the family, who ultimately murders his landlord. The Warrens and their lawyers attempt to save the young man from life in prison for murder by taking on the defense that he was not guilty by means of demon possession. That story was actually the subject of its own movie, "The Demon Killer Case" in 1983. The horror that is elicited from both the sharp writing and the outstanding production values keep us glued to the action as Lorraine and Ed move from place to place in the community working on both solving the murder, and on freeing the young man from what possesses him. This is an excellent story, probably the best of the "Conjuring" movies to date, offers relatively little gore, and a healthy dose of what scares us the most. Rated 14A.

     

  • Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021):

    A sequel to the animated-live-action film from 2018, James Corden is once again the voice of the titular rabbit based on the stories of Beatrix Potter, and again with a number of characters introduced for the movie alone, rather than a continuation of those in the original source material. In this instalment, Thomas and Bea (Domnhall Gleason) and Bea (Rose Byrne) are now married, and settling into to a nice little farm life. Peter, on the other hand, doesn’t like things to be so pedestrian, so he decides to head off on his own adventure in the big city, but, a little like Pinocchio, he really isn’t well-versed in the kinds of nefarious characters that populate areas that are not so rural, and in no time at all, Peter is in big trouble. The farm family is worried, and wants him back, and soon everyone is trying to find Peter and get him back to safety. Margo Robbie is the voice of the narrator, and also that of Flopsy. Rated PG.

  • Lansky (2021):

    This is the second movie about the life of criminal kingpin Meyer Lansky, the first starring Richard Dreyfuss as the notorious gangland leader, head of “Murder Inc.” and the National Crime Syndicate, and this one with Harvey Keitel in the lead role. Lansky is nearing the end of his life when he tells this story, one of murder, of avarice, of revenge, and of far-reaching crimes of all kinds. He also names names, and may have revealed where some of the tens of millions of dollars from his life of crime are hidden. Investigated yet again by Federal authorities, and interviewed once more by journalists, and many of the tales in this film were untold to this point. Lansky was known as “the Mob’s Accountant,” and he was all of that and more. He died in 1983 at the age of 80 … and some of that money may still be out there! Rated 14A.

  • He's All That (2021):

    This Netflix original is a remake of 1999's "She's All That," with a bit of a gender switch up.  Padgett Sawyer (Addison Rae) is the high school's biggest influencer with an online social presence that has made her appear, in the eyes of the other students, as a goddess.  She takes on a challenge, one that her ego cannot resist - she is charged with taking the school's biggest loser, Cameron Kweller (Tanner Buchanan of "Cobra Kai), giving him a makeover, and turning him into a prom king.  Yet another riff on George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion), the story is old, but the casting is all new, and includes Kourtney Kardashian just for a little realism.  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.  

New on Apple +

The Beatles: Get Back (2021):
Originally slated for release last year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' Abbey Road album, Covid issues forced the date back, and ultimately created a window for a streaming release rather than a theatrical one.  Director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings" trilogy) does some of the same movie special effects magic here that he used on his World War I documentary "We Will Not Grow Old" which allows us to see the never-before-released footage from hundreds of hours of filming, in an entirely new light.  The focus of the documentary is around the recording of "Let It Be," and it offers its share of surprises for Beatles fans and for those who wish they could have been there.  Rated PG.