Nov 30th - Dec 6th Downloads
& DVDs
  •  Malignant (2021):

    Writer/producer/director James Wan is a triple threat in this outstanding slice of horror that is far, far more than your usual slasher flick. Known for such exceptional thrillers of the genre that include the "Saw" series of movies, the "Insidious" series, the "Annabelle" movies, and the three iterations of "The Conjuring," as well as having directed "Aquaman," and "Fast & Furious 7," he returns to a smaller scale film here, but that doesn't mean it won't frighten and amaze you like a movie with ten times the budget. There are several threads to the story that at first appear to be unrelated, beginning with older footage of a doctor named Florence Weaver (Australian actress Jacqueline McKenzie) reporting on findings on a patient in what appears to be a mental hospital in 1992. We cut to the present day where a pregnant mother-to-be, Maddie Mitchell (Annabelle Wallis) comes home from work exhausted, gets into a fight with her abusive husband, and has him smash her head against the bedroom wall, leaving her unconscious. Like so many men of this sort, he apologizes, says he'll change, and intimates that she "made him do it," so it's her fault. Watching the brutal scene makes us, as viewers, wish the worst for this guy ... and it only takes minutes for him to become an eviscerated mass of blood and tissue, murdered by someone, or something, only vaguely seen. Another vignette introduces us to a tour guide in Seattle's underground city, the home of the action here. Her name is Jeanne (Susanna Thompson of "Arrow") and she is locking up after her tour is done, alone in the dark, when she hears something. That's the last she will know until she comes to, bound and gagged, in some kind of attic or industrial place. Murders of sequential individuals start to show a pattern, and soon we learn more about Maddie, as she finds herself in a hallucinatory trance that allow her to "see" each hideous murder. The craftsmanship that director Wan demonstrates is superb, peeling back layer upon layer of his story, having it morph before our eyes into something unknowable and horrible beyond belief. It's a murder mystery within a horror story withing something even bigger. Outstanding film. Rated 14A.


  • Saint Maude (2020):

    Available earlier this year on demand, Amazon now offers this horror-drama for now additional charge. The central character is Maude (Moffydd Clark) who is a nurse with hospice skills, caring for Amanda Kohl, a retired dancer (Jennifer Ehle) whose body has been ravaged by cancer. Maude has a fervent Christian belief that grows exponentially as she cares for her patient - the belief that Maude, and only Maude, can save the soul of her dancer from eternal damnation, as well as the belief that malevolent powers of darkness are closing in on both of them. There are elements here of "The Exorcist," and similar films in which satanic threats to our immortal souls rear up and create chaos. The horror builds here frame-by-frame as Maude becomes more and more fervent in her belief that only she can save her patient, but her own dark past is also revealed leading us to wonder just what the real threat might be. Rated 14A.

  • The Eight Hundred (2020):

    Based on actual events, this Chinese military drama was the top-grossing movie at the worldwide box office in 2020, making it the first non-American, non-English language film to acquire that distinction. Set in 1937 during the Chinese war with Japan, it’s the story of the 800 Chinese troops tasked with defending a key warehouse during the Battle of Shanghai. Referred to by some as “The Chinese Alamo,” this is the commemoration of the battle that is technically an overlooked part of WWII. The movie’s $461 million gross has been attributed, by some, to the holding off of big Hollywood titles last year because of Covid, but regardless, this is an epic story. Rated 14A.

  • Tick, Tick ... Boom (2021):

    This Netflix original marks the debut of Lin-Manuel MIranda as a director, spelling out the answer to the question, "what do we do with the time we have?" The story follows Jon (Andrew Garfield) who is a promising young theatre producer on the cusp of his 30th birthday. He waits on tables in New York City while waiting for what he hopes with be his big break, but pressure is everywhere in his life - pressure from his girlfriend who wants to leave New York and the arts community behind, pressure from his best friend who has just left the arts community for the financial security of a real job, and the pressure of an artistic community being ravaged by the AIDS epidemic. What does he do? Where does he turn? Stars include Vanessa Hudgens, Joel Grey and Judith Light based on the story by the late Jonathan Larson ("Rent"). Rated 14A.


    Robin Robin (2021):

    This stop-motion animated film from the UK tells the story of a little baby robin who rolls out of her nest onto the ground, and who is saved, and then raised by a family of mice. As Robin gets older, she begins to realize that she is not a mouse, and that maybe she doesn't really belong with this family. A heart-warming story with an excellent message that both children and parents will enjoy. Gillian Anderson ("The X-Files") provides one of the major voices in this British made film. Rated G.

New on CRAVE

Star Trek: Discovery:

The long-awaited return of what has become the most complex and most thrilling of all the "Star Trek" iterations returns on Crave with season four. Set in a time 900 years after the events on the original Starship Enterprise, Sonequa Martin-Green is back as Michael Burnham, along with most of the regular cast including Anthony Rapp as Paul Stanets, Doug Jones as Saru who appeared to leave the Discovery for good, to go back to his home planet at the end of the last season; and Mary Wiseman as Sylvia Tilley. Tig Notaro will continue to make guest appearances as Jett Reno.



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

The Beatles: Get Back (2021):

Acclaimed director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) has been buried in archival footage of the Beatles' final days - film and audio tape that remained undiscovered and unplayed for 50 years. He has threaded this into a three-part production that follows the 1970 production of the album "Let It Be" which had the working title "Get Back." Each episode is two hours long and will be rolled out one part at a time on November 25th, 26th, and 27th on Disney +. Jackson has spent three years on the project, and will be using some of the special effects he developed for his landmark WW1 production of "They Shall Not Grow Old."

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.