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  •  The Forever Purge (2021):

    This is the fifth and final instalment in the series of profanely violent action thrillers built on a single premise: allow Americans one night each year to do whatever they want, and the rest of the year will be easier. This is the deal put forth by "The New Founding Fathers" who make it legal for anyone to commit any crime at all, from something as simple as vandalism to as complex as murder. During the darkness mayhem ensues. But this morning is different. The roving gangs have decided not to stop in the morning ... to make the Purge last ... well, indefinitely. I was expecting a mindless, hyperviolent action-thriller as were the previous films in this series, but I was surprised. Yes, there's action and violence, but also a remarkable social commentary. What happens to this Purge Night is an extension of what happened in Washington, DC on January 6th of this year. White supremacists, racists, and Neo-Nazis have taken over the Purge, and it will become a permanent thing until all of what they call "undesirables" are eradicated from the United States. Two families are the focus of this set-in-Texas movie - one recently arrived as refugees from Mexico, the other a long-standing, wealthy ranch family near El Paso. We see factions band together here in a fashion never experienced in a Purge movie before, as it is announced that Canada's Prime Minister (a woman named Sophie by the way) and Mexico's President, are allowing free crossing into those countries for a six hour period for anyone fleeing the American violence, and then the borders will be closed forever. Native Americans play a significant role, the lead protagonist is a Mexican woman, Ana de la Reguera, and the gun-toting rednecks appear well on the way to destroying their own country. Josh Lucas and Will Patton headline a large cast. An excellent film with a great message Rated 18A for violence.

     

  • Blithe Spirit (2020):

    Based on the Noel Coward play by the same name, this remake of a remake of a remake (the first movie was in 1945 and starred Rex Harrison and Constance Cummings), tells the story of a famous writer suffering terrible writer’s block. Dan Stevens (“Beauty and the Beast”) is Charles Condomine, and in an effort to free himself from whatever holds the words back, he embarks on a séance with a medium who feels that she can assist him. Accompanying Charles to the event is his wife, Ruth (Isla Fisher). The twist here is that, among the spirits roused and brought forth, is that of Charles’ late wife, Elvira (Leslie Mann) … and Elvira is not all that thrilled that her husband has taken another wife. This sets up an intriguing love triangle involving both the living and the dead. Dame Judi Dench also stars. Rated 14A.

  • Twist (2021):

    Imagine taking the Charles Dickens classic, “Oliver Twist” and updating it to the present day, where the former “street urchins” are now thugs of various stripes, and the petty crimes they committed now become the heist of the century. That’s what happens when a group of street-smart young hustlers in central London plan a crime of major proportions. The youthful cast is headed by Raff Law with just a couple of movies on his resume, playing Oliver Twist, and a more experienced star, Lena Heady (“Game of Thrones”) along with the always perfectly cast Michael Caine as Fagin. Rated 14A.

  • Code 8 (2019):

    Police aficionados may recognize this title as law enforcement code for "robbery in progress," which is where this highly unusual superhero film heads. In fact, "super heroes" might be the wrong term to use in this world in which those with exceptional powers become marginalized as the Second Industrial Revolution begins, relegating them to second class citizens, a group collectively called "The Powers." Connor Reed (Robbie Amell of "The Flash") is a member of this once-powerful group of people with various talents, now relegated to doing labour jobs with their abilities tightly controlled by government agencies that want to keep them in check. His mother Mary (Kari Matchett) has terminal brain cancer and Connor works day and night to generate the income to pay for her treatments. In desperation, he falls in with a gang of robbers who want to use his abilities to help them with a big score, and when his mother finds a stash of money, the jig seems to be up. Sort of a combination sci-fi, heist movie with family drama overtones. 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

The Mad Woman's Ball (2021):

This Amazon studios original based on a best-selling French novel, tells the story, at the turn of the 20th Century, of a young woman named Eugnie who has a very specific psychic gift - she can both see and talk with the dead. That should be enough to help her to win friends and influence people, but in the late 19th Century in France, such things were frowned upon, and Eugenie, when her "gift" or "curse" is discovered by her family, has her father and brother escorting her against her will, to a mental asylum, a place from which she will never leave. Or maybe she will. An understanding and caring nurse who befriends the young woman soon comes to learn that she is not mad, but rather is gifted, and promises to help her escape. A series of tortuous events occur, each one possibly the thing that will bring the entire escape plot crashing down around them. Rated 14A.

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.