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Sept 13th - 19th Downloads
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  •  The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021):

    This is the third "Boss Baby" movie in what is now officially a franchise, the first having been released in 2017, telling the story of seven-year-old Tim whose parents bring home a new baby - one that wears a business suit and makes business phone calls late at night. Tim is not happy that this little executive has moved him out of the preferred position in the family, and goes to work trying to sabotage the little guy. But soon they have a common enemy to fight, go to work, setting differences aside. A quick sequel was released in 2018 that had Tim and Boss Baby as partners, and now, the two brothers have moved on, having grown up and embarked on their own lives - but wait ... what's this? It appears that there is a new boss baby on the scene that requires the two brothers to get back to work to save their world once more. Alec Baldwin returns as the original Boss Baby voice, with Amy Sedaris as the new Boss Baby voice. Kids just love this stuff. Rated PG.

     

  • Out of Death (2021):

    Bruce Willis in yet another video-on-demand movie that seems to be the place his career has been parked now for several years. The movie, one in which backwoods good-old-boys meet modern police work, was drubbed by critics during its initial release, but iTunes sales were very strong, indicated that there are still lots of fans of Willis out there, and also indicating that the critics, and those who download and apparently enjoy movies, are again diametrically opposed. Willis is Jack Harris, a retired forest ranger, who is inserted into the story when a lone hiker (Jamie King) sees something that she should not have seen, and now the bad guys need to get rid of the witness. Her calls for help are heard by Harris, and now it’s two against the world, because the criminals and their dirty cop associates seem tied in with the backwoods boys. Willis completed his work on this film in just one day of shooting, so if it looks kind of taped-together, well, it is. Rated 14A.

  • Mare of Easttown (2021):

    Although not a movie, this six-part mini-series from HBO almost broke the internet when it streamed its final episode. So many people signed on that the servers in many American cities couldn’t handle the load. Kate Winslet is superb as Detective Mare Sheehan in a small Pennsylvania town that is host to a missing persons case that morphs into a whole lot more as she begins her investigation. Winslet is exceptional in this role, a worn out, used up woman who has seen better days, struggling with family issues, police issues and personal issues as she works her way through a case which, like an octopus, has tentacles that reach everywhere in the community. Jean Smart is outstanding in her role as Mare’s mother, and the supporting cast allows its star to shine in a different kind of most unglamorous way. A very good binge-watch, with rumours of a sequel in the works. There are more red herrings than the contents of a trawler’s net as we sift through who may be implicated and who may be ordinary. Rated 14A.

  • Kate (2021):

    Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("Live Free Or Die Hard," "Scott Pilgrim VS the World") is the title character here, a female assassin at the top of her game who makes a big mistake in a business that is very unforgiving. She targets members of the Yakuza in Tokyo, crosses paths with the wrong people, and they assassinate HER. But it's not a bang, bang, you're dead kind of killing, but rather a much slower and much worse way to die. She is given a poison which takes 24 hours to bring death, and as the minutes tick down, she loses control of her finely tuned attributes one moment at a time. This gives her just one day to exact revenge upon her killers, and to do this, she enlists the help of the daughter of one of her victims. Woody Harrelson also stars. Rated 14A.


     

    Prey (2021):

    This German thriller tells the story of a group of young men, all good friends, and all celebrating a pre-wedding bachelor party weekend. They are hiking in the woods when they hear gunshots, and assume that they have come across a hunter, or hunters, and get closer to take a look at what game is being stalked. Turns out that the guys are themselves the game, and they are the hunted. A thriller in which someone is after them for reasons they cannot imagine, and it's clear that survival is not a given. 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

Beyond Bravery: The Women of 9/11:

Not every first responder who rushed towards danger to try to save as many people as possible was a man. In fact, many of the women who worked as paramedics, police officers, ER doctors and nurses, and firefighters were of a female persuasion, and this decade-old documentary tells their story. Soledad O'Brien, former CNN anchor, is the host here as she looks at actual footage, conducts interviews with those who were there, and offers a perspective that can only come from the ones who were first in line. Rated 14A.

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.