Oct 12th - 18th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  Free Guy:

    Vancouver-born Ryan Reynolds stars in, and produced this very unusual film, which, in its opening minutes, reminded me totally of "The Lego Movie," with its main character starting each day exactly the same way, greeting a pet, saying hi to the same people on the street, and going to the same job. Reynolds is Guy. He works in a bank, and every morning when he goes to work the bank is robbed. It's all in a day's work. What Guy doesn't know, but what he comes to learn, is that he has no life at all ... he is a character in a video game - a background character whose code somehow began allowing him self-awareness. He finds himself falling for an action-oriented woman named Millie (British actress Jodie Comer), but he can't approach her, because that is just not done in Guy's world. She is a sunglass person, referring to all the major characters around him, all the major players, all of whom wear sunglasses ... and he is not a sunglass person. When Guy finds himself in a situation where he can actually put on the glasses, he sees a totally different world - the world of the video game where players worldwide are online shooting things up and creating mayhem. Thus begins his journey to find his place in the world, to find out where he belongs ... and also, in a major subplot, to perhaps save his world from an external threat. I am not a gamer, and I found that much of what transpired in this film went over my head, with younger people in the theatre laughing uproariously at specific scenes that were meaningless to me. They knew a lot of things I didn't know, but still once in the groove, I enjoyed the movie a great deal, Reynolds was hilarious, and Alex Trebek appeared on the "Jeopardy" set in a cameo, his last such appearance before his death. Rated 14A.

     

  • The Green Knight (2021):

    Dev Patel is the lead character here, nephew of King Arthur, who sets out on a quest to find and defeat the Green Knight. As the legendary Sir Gawain, he must contend with all manner of obstacles in his journey, including ghosts, thieves, giants, and schemers of various sorts. The Green Knight is a tester of men and knows nothing but to win and get his way. For Sir Gawain, the quest becomes not just a challenge for the defeat of the enemy character, but is also an opportunity to demonstrate his worth to his family as more than just a headstrong upstart. Alicia Vikander and Joel Edgerton also star. All of that sounds like an exciting adventure, but I found the movie a hodgepodge of disconnected story elements that often made little or no sense. It is laid out chapter by chapter like the stanzas of an epic poem, which it actually is, but the narrative is disjointed, and none of the characters seemed to ring true. Normally in a tale such as this, the good guys win, the bad guys get what’s coming, and the audience is happy. Didn’t work out that way for me at all. Rated 14A.

  • Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021):

    This biography of the man who would become one of the most-watched chefs-turned-travel guide offers insight into just how his life ended by his own hand in France in 2018 at the age of 61. Known to most of us as the lead in his “Parts Unknown” series on CNN where he travelled the world sampling cuisine that would make most people shudder in revulsion, what is revealed is his depression, his daredevil behaviour, his lack of concern for his own safety as he pushed the envelope beyond any reasonable limit. I was disappointed to learn so much about by man behind the myth, finding him in many ways, sad and drenched in baggage that he just could not leave behind. There isn’t much uplifting here, but it is a most interesting view into a life lived. Rated 14A.

  • Diana: The Musical (2021):

    This Netflix production features the entire cast of the Broadway musical, recorded on the Broadway stage without an audience, having been done during one of the few preview performances last year before Covid shut down production. It's the story of the princess trapped in a loveless marriage, challenged by a family that by and large treated her poorly, and having to deal with, in her words, "three people in this marriage, so it's a little crowded." There is no date set for the show's return to Broadway, and its producers hope that this Netflix production will catch the attention of the public who will once again want to see the show's live version. Jenna De Waal plays the lead as Diana, Roe Hartrampf is Prince Charles, Erin Davie is Camilla Parker Bowles, and Judy Kaye appears as Queen Elizabeth. The production carries a 14A rating as it has some suggestive scenes and occasional harsh language.


     

    The Guilty (2021):

    This film starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a 9-1-1 dispatcher opened in theatres just 12 days ago, and here it is on Netflix today. Gyllenhaal's character is named Joe Baylor, and he is a police officer who has been demoted to the incoming call dispatch desk. Taking place in real time over the course of a single morning, he tries to save a woman who appears to be in grave danger, but as the call progresses, it becomes clear that something very different is afoot, and he will have to save himself before saving anyone else. The entire movie takes place with the viewer watching Joe at his computer screen - no car chases, no foot chases, and a cast that includes the voice of Ethan Hawke, and a number of other voices, but very few people show up. 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.