Sept 6th - 12th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  Together Together (2021):

    Meet Matt (“The Hangover’s” Ed Helms), a guy in his 40s who decides that it was time he became a father. The fact that he had no wife, no girlfriend, no partner of any sort didn’t seem to be a hindrance since he felt that an in-vitro process and the use of a surrogate would be the way to go. The surrogate’s job was to carry the baby, and was in no way a part of the process – this would be Matt’s child with the egg of an anonymous donor. Now meet the surrogate, Anna (Patti Harrison). She is much younger than Matt, and enters into the arrangement with enthusiasm. The movie is both a character study and a sort of rom-com without the “rom” as the pair manage to build their platonic relationship, and manage the relationships with friends and family. Watch for good supporting performances by Rosalind Chao (“Mulan,” “Freaky Friday”) as the doctor who works with Matt and Anna, and from the always delightful Tig Notaro (“Star Trek: Discovery”). An interesting, and mostly delightful film with a lot of excellent comedic moments. Rated 14A.

     

  • Great White (2021):

    Charlie (Aaron Jakubenko) is a retired marine biologist, he is a pilot, and he is a shark-bite survivor. He and his girlfriend Kaz (Katrina Bowden of such dubious movies as “Piranha 3DD” and “Scary Movie 5”) work, along with Charlie’s friend Benny, to keep their struggling seaplane business in the air and afloat on the water, but times are tough. Things take a turn for the better when a high-flying and monied group of holiday-joy-makers charter the plane for a run out to a remote area where they just want to have fun. Everything is looking up until Charlie puts the plane down on sandy beach on a remote island called Hell’s Reef. With no warning at all, a surprising and tragic event occurs that completely totals the aircraft leaving the group with nothing but a small, inflatable life raft between them, and 100 miles of water between them and any semblance of civilization. With no choice but to try to find the mainland and some assistance, they set out in the raft … but soon there is company as a Great White shark begins to stalk the rag-tag crew, and death is just a bit away. Very much on the cheesy side, but if the “Sharknado” movies got you going, this one will as well. Rated 14A.

  • Slaxx (2020):

    I have seen a lot of horror movies in my life, and I have seen a lot of things that threaten the lives of the characters in the film – everything from the demon-possessed dolls of the “Annabelle” movies, to the otherworldly spooks of “The Conjuring” films. I have seen insane robots, vampires and zombies that were once human, the whole spectrum, but I have never seen an antagonist like the one in this low-budget horror-thriller with comedy chops and a largely Canadian cast. Libby (Romaine Denis) is a somewhat naïve young woman who gets a job in a clothing store called Canadian Cotton Clothiers and meets the staff, a collection of people who are all awaiting what the owners describe, as “the pants of the century,” a high-fashion clothing item that will change the business as we know it. They are called “Super Shapers” and it isn’t long before one of the young women decides to steal a pair from the stock room. The staffer, whose name is Jemma, breathes her last when the jeans rip her in half. Turns out they are demon-possessed and very much alive. Some of what happens is simply laughable, although it doesn’t mean to be, and some is just silly. An interesting diversion if you’re in the mood. Rated 14A.

  • Afterlife of the Party (2021):

    Director Stephen Herek ("Hawaii Five-0," "MacGyver") takes a run at an old supernatural theme that has been done in many ways over the years, from "It's a Wonderful Life," to "Heaven Can Wait," making his lead character a young woman named Cassie (Victoria Justice) in this Netflix-distributed film.  Cassie is having the time of her life, and on her birthday, the social butterfly does something that really throws a pall over the proceedings.  She dies!  But things aren't over for Cassie.  She is given a second chance at life, and at that party, but returning to the land of the living and attempting to right some of the wrongs she had done during her alive years.  A drama with comedy overtones, things aren't a shoo-in for Cassie as she sometimes slips back into her old habits.  Singer/Actor/Model Spencer Sutherland co-stars.  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.