Nov 2nd - 8th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  •  Paw Patrol: The Movie (2021):

    A big-screen version of the kids’ animated TV series that began running in 2013, the movie follows the continuing adventures of a boy named Ryder and his six rescue dogs, all of which can do amazing things. In a big movie, you need a big villain, and that’s where Mayor Humdinger comes in, bent on turning the relatively organized locale of Adventure City into a place of total chaos. As is so often the case with animated films such as this, it’s what you don’t see that is almost more compelling than what you do see. Voices behind various characters include such high-profile names as those of Tyler Perry, Jimmy Kimmel, “Young Sheldon’s” Iain Armitage, Kim Kardashian, and Dax Shepherd. There are actually three other “Paw Patrol” movies, but none of those made into theatres as they were all direct-to-DVD projects, but this one, with its more ambitious budget and its big voice cast, is by far the most ambitious. It’s one of the relatively few movies of its type, along with the “Dora the Explorer” film, that has garnered a “G” rating, suitable for all audiences, so parents and caregivers are very safe to sit down with youngsters of any age and enjoy the fun as the rescue dogs save the day.

     

  • Pig (2021):

    Nicolas Cage stars in this oddly-titled movie that is about exactly what one would expect – it’s about a pig, but a very special one. Don’t think, though, that it’s a family comedy on the level of the “Babe” movies that were also all about pigs. Shot and set in Portland, OR, Cage is a character named Rob Feld. He is a former top chef of legendary proportions, but since the loss of his wife, the love of his life, 15 years prior to the opening actions of this movie, he is now relegated to living his life deep in the Oregon forests foraging for expensive and exotic truffles, with the help of his truffle-sniffing pig, which is an actual thing. When the pig is kidnapped and held for ransom, Rob loses all composure and moves towards actions focused only on getting the prized animal back safely, and working towards getting revenge on the culprits who did the evil deed. A dramatic thriller, we are quickly submerged in Rob’s world, we feel his pain, and like him, we have no idea just how things will be resolved. Rated 14A for violence.

  • Come True (2020):

    This horror-thriller tells the story of a young woman, a high school student named Sarah (Vancouver-born Julia Sarah Stone) who is plagued with nightmares, and who becomes a runaway as she can no longer cope with home nor with her studies. She has no friends, no support system, and no clear path forward until she bumps into a university sleep study that may solve at least one of her problems. The lead scientist Jeremy (Landon Liboiron) takes particular interest in her, and she feels, that with him directing the experimental work, things will improve … but they do not. In fact, if anything, her nightmares are worse, they are more graphic and more disturbing, and she comes to realize that the real horror she faces is dramatically worse than the dreams that have haunted her. Shot in Edmonton with a mostly Canadian cast, this sci-fi horror film carries no rating, but looks like a 14A film.

  • The Harder They Fall (2021):

    A Netflix original production, if you were to watch the movie with the sound off, it would have the look and the feel of a classic western. A mostly African-American cast populates the areas of the New Mexico desert working towards a revenge story where Nat Love (Jonathan Majors), a grown-up version of the 10-year-old boy who saw his parents brutally murdered in front of him by Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) now seeks to get even. Turn the sound on, and you hear a soundtrack that combines contemporary R & B, James Brown-like funk, a little rap, and even some light classical, along with dialogue straight outta Compton. Somehow it all works together to offer an excellent, and highly unusual take on the western genre. Also stars Zazie Beetz, Regina King, and Delroy Lindo. Rated 18A for violence and language.


     

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000):

    Just in time for the Holiday season comes this near-classic live-action version of Dr. Suess' most popular seasonal book, which became a cartoon in 1965 and still holds up very well. Jim Carrey is the creature whose heart is three sizes too small. Deciding to ruin Christmas for the residents of Whoville, he goes to work stealing their presents and destroying all remnants of the season. He wasn't counting on running into little Cindy-Lou Who (Taylor Momsen), however, who catches him in the act, and over time helps to have the big green guy become a believer. Watch for performances by Molly Shannon and Christine Baranski in this Ron Howard-directed Christmas favourite. 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 +

Tom Hanks stars in this tale of a post-apocalyptic world in which Tom Hanks, an ailing inventor, is the title character and last man on Earth. His biggest concern, as he faces his ultimate demise, is that his trusted and beloved pet will be left alone to fend for itself. The dog, a mutt that looks a lot like Tramp from Disney's "Lady and the Tramp" will need companionship and caring, and to that end, Finch builds a robot with artificial intelligence. Once completed, the mechanical android, Finch and the dog, set off on a cross-country journey just to see what's out there. A product of Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, it was originally destined for theatres, but was purchased by Apple and will appear on that platform. Rated 14a.