Dec 28th - Jan 4th Downloads
& DVDs
  •  The French Dispatch (2021):

    If you are fan of writer/producer/director Wes Anderson, all you need to know is that here he is again! If you don’t know his work, no amount of explanation can help. Anderson is best known for his quirky indie movies such as “Bottle Rocket,” “Rushmore,” “The Royal Tenenbaums” and most recently, “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” This movie is more of the same, full of quirky characters, odd plot devices and many, many places where you just want to laugh, but sometimes don’t even know why. He favours such actors as Bill Murray, who has been a stalwart in these films, and he is exactly that here, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, and Bob Balaban, all of whom have appeared in several of Anderson’s films. The story here is about a fictitious magazine in a fictional French city, staffed by made-up American journalists, mid-20th Century whose stories become set pieces in the French Dispatch Magazine. The characters take on lives of their own, and often we have to wonder if they are actually based on real people, until a turn is taken that makes us see the silliness of what has happened. The extensive cast includes Benicio del Toro, the previously mentioned “regulars,” as well as Timothee Chalumet, Henry Winkley, and Owen Wilson. This is clearly a love-it-or-hate-it move (I hated “The Royal Tenenbaums,” loved “Grand Budapest Hotel.” Rated 14A.


  • Mayday (2021:

    Grace Van Patten of the family that includes her aunt and uncle Dick and Joyce Van Patten, is the star here, in this dramatic fantasy that presents two sides to a coin. Her name is Ana, and she is somehow transported to a dreamlike and somewhat magical land where all the women are soldiers, and where they have all been at war forever – or at least for as long as her people have been alive. She was a former hotel worker with a pretty ordinary life before finding her way to an island where she became part of the crew on a submarine, a U-boat in the unending war. At first it seems to be all about girl-power, but when Ana uncovers some communication that suggests the women are luring men to their deaths in order to make them look like better soldiers than their male counterparts, she becomes disillusioned. Taking a big left turn, Ana teams up with other soldiers who hope to even the score. Juliette Lewis also stars in what was originally a film festival darling …. And maybe that’s where it will remain, as it is definitely an odd movie quite unlike most others. Rated 14A.

  • Castle Falls (2021):

    All the tough guys show up for this action-drama in which an ex-kick-boxer named Mike Wade (Scott Adkins), now working on a demolition crew, winds up on one side of a triangle opposite a bunch of other operators looking to score a huge windfall. Mike, working out his demolition regime to dynamite the building, an old hospital, to the ground, finds, stashed between the walls, the nice, tidy sum of $3 million. He isn’t the only one who knows about the cash, and now it becomes a race to see who gets into the hospital, who gets the money, and who gets out before the entire thing blows up. Dolph Lundgrin, one time B-grade action star himself, directs, and also plays a part here in getting to the money. 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.



Being the Ricardos (2021):

Opened in theatres selectively last week, and now here it is streaming. Aaron Sorkin both wrote and directed this film which also messes with a classic - but it's a classic relationship and not a classic movie or TV show. Sorkin gives us his spin on what happened during the lives of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz when they faced a major personal and business crisis that threatened both their marriage and their business. Nicole Kidman plays Lucy, with Javier Bardem as Desi, her Cuban-born husband. Desi struggled with alcoholism for years, and Lucy struggled with his macho ways and difficult attitudes when it came to their business, Desilu Studios, which essentially created the sitcom as we know it today, and which also created the ability to show reruns, which is where the real money is. J.K. Simmons plays William Frawley, who was Fred Mertz on "I Love Lucy" and Nina Arianda plays Vivian Vance, who was Ethel. Rated 14A.

New on DISNEY + /Star

Encanto (2021):

This animated feature about a town in Colombia where everyone has a special magical or superpower, except for one little girl, opened in theatres two weeks ago and begins streaming on Disney + today. Little Mirabel is the girl with no powers, and none in the town of Encanto can find a way to help her. When things change, and those with powers become powerless to save the day, Mirabel steps forward. Great movie for kids of all ages and for parents too. Rated PG.

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.