Oct 26th - Nov 1st Downloads
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  •  The Suicide Squad:

    Director James Gunn was careful to say that this film was not a sequel to the previous same-titled film that starred Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and it was not a complete reboot either. It is what it is - it stands on its own, and it's "a 1970s war movie action comedy." Well, he got all of that right, except the language in 1970s movies was tamer than all the F-bombs that drop here. I found the movie audacious, ridiculous, funny, violent, and almost beyond description ... I also found it perversely enjoyable, far, far better than previous incarnations of this DC Comics franchise. Harley Quinn, who was the main squeeze of The Joker in earlier times, is the centre of this story, but she isn't totally the main attraction. The premise of the product has second-grade superheroes all locked up in a maximum-security prison overseen by a brutal warden named Amanda Waller, in a scenery-devouring performance by Viola Davis. The world is threatened by something overseas, we aren't sure what just yet, and prisoners are conscripted to face the threat and save the planet ... it's not exactly a volunteer thing - Warden Waller selects them, implants an explosive device at the base of their respective brains so that it can be detonated remotely if they don't play ball, and they are off. It's a remarkable collection of people with unusual talents. Along with Harley Quinn, we have "Peacemaker," a polar opposite Captain America character played by John Cena; Idris Elba is "Bloodsport," with a heavy-weapons arsenal tucked into his costume; Edmonton's Nathan Filion ("The Rookie," "Firefly") is a new character called TDK ... that stands for "The Detachable Kid," because his arms can leave his body and go off and strangle a bad guy at a distance; and among the many other characters is an "Incredible Hulk"-style landshark voiced by Sylvester Stallone. This Suicide Squad version overcomes the problem with the previous films in that it does not deal with too many characters at one time, and there's an ingenious plot device to make this happen. As for the threat to the planet, well, aliens are involved, there's the usual conspiracy at the top levels of government, d the Squad takes on the extra-terrestrial hordes. I liked the movie, it had some great comedy lines, its violence was so grotesque as to be unique and amazing, and I look forward to the next one in this series. Rated 14A.

     

  • Don’t Breathe 2 (2021):

    Five years ago Stephen Lang (“Avatar”) starred as a reclusive blind man living in an old home alone when rumours that it contained a lot of money reached the low-lifes on the streets who decided to break in and steal what was not theirs to take. They didn’t know that the man’s blindness was a result of his experience in the military where he was as Special Forces operative. Although the overseas wars were in his past, his military skills were still in intact, and, in the darkness of his house, he made them pay the ultimate price for their trespass. Now, years later, the man still lives in the old house, but he has a girl in her early teens living with him – an orphan who lost everything in a tragic fire. At least, that’s what she thinks. When kidnappers come looking for the girl, the man must face his own misdeeds, as he goes after those who have taken the girl. Blind, unable to drive, and going into the unknown, some ingenious plot devices lead him to his quarry … but things are not as they appear. A very violent film, but one which has most everyone gets what’s coming … with a surprise ending. Rated 14A.

  • Stillwater (2021):

    Matt Damon stars in this slow-paced character study about a man named Bill, a high school dropout who worked the oil rigs in his native Oklahoma, and whose daughter Allison (Abigail Breslin of "Little Miss Sunshine") is in Marseilles, France, serving a 10-year sentence for the murder of her roommate. He travels back and forth between France and the US to visit her, and on the visit in question as the story starts up, she tells him she has news - news that could give her a new trial and could find her innocent. She asks him to go to the French court lawyer and plead her case. Bill does so, and is told, flat out, that hearsay evidence such as this will not be entertained by the courts, and that she would be best served by accepting her fate and serving her sentence quietly. Bill decides to follow the lead himself, seeking out a young man whom the new "evidence" suggests might be the murderer. He lies to Allison, telling her that the court has reopened the case, but goes looking on his own, not speaking the language, not knowing the customs. I found the movie slow and plodding, as slow as Bill's Oklahoma drawl, too long, and once done, just "okay." The case is similar in some respects to the real-life murder trials of American student Amanda Knox in Italy ... and she is vocally very unhappy about this movie. Can't tell you why without a spoiler, but now, having seen the outcome, I don't blame her. Rated 14A.

  • There's Someone Inside Your House (2021):

    This Netflix original is a horror-thriller with a strong, youthful cast, and an horrific premise that leads them into the worst of all outcomes. Sydney Park from "The Walking Dead," is part of the graduating class of her high school, who learns that each of the class members is being stalked by a masked assailant bent on revealing their darkest secrets before murdering them. Only the class misfits seem to have the tools and the will to put a stop to the killings. Based on the best-selling thriller by Stephanie Perkins, it also stars Canada's Sara Dugdale ("Supernatural") and Quebec's Theodore Pellerin ("Boy Erased") and Kayla Heller ("Superman & Lois"). Shot on the BC Mainland and in Manitoba. Rated 14A.


     

    A Tale Dark & Grimm (2021):

    The story of Hansel and Gretel gets a new treatment here as the book by Adam Gidwitz comes to life in animated form. The brother and sister start off on their usual adventure in the woods, but rather than just winding up at the home of the woman who wants to cook them alive in the oven, they stumble into a number of Brothers Grimm fairy-tale settings, dealing with the dark and mysterious forces that sometimes rule the world. Yes, it's a little twisted and a little gory, but at the end, it's a heartfelt tale that will work for many kids if they aren't too young. Voices of Missy Pyle and "Spider-Man's" Tom Hollander star in this Netflix original along with the voice of Adam Lambert. Rated PG.

New on CRAVE

Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021):

Chris Rock stars as a police detective in this gore-fest from the "Saw" series of movies that has a sadistic murderer picking his victims to die in horrible ways. Those who are selected can be deemed to "have it coming" because of the things they have done in life, as the mysterious murderer sets trap after trap to bring his victims into his sights. The first episode, off the top of the film, has a cop chasing a suspect in the subway tunnels. He is hit from behind, and comes to standing perilously on a support on a subway track with an oncoming train just around the corner ... and he has a device around his head that gives him a choice - bite off his tongue, and fall to the ground, avoiding the train, or be hit by it, a fatal choice. Samuel L. Jackson also stars. Rated 14A.

 

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.