March 8th - 14th Downloads
& DVDs
  •  The Matrix Resurrections (2021):

    If you were a fan of 1999's "The Matrix," and its two sequels in 2003, you will be delighted, 18 years later, to revisit the digital world in which machines rule, and human beings are hooked into a power grid for the rulers, with their brain waves generating energy to run that world. I have not revisited the world of "The Matrix" since seeing the two subsequent movies, "Reloaded" and "Revolutions," so I was a little rusty in terms of what was going on in this new action-thriller until I got into the groove. Keanu Reeves is back as Neo, although in the early going he isn't Neo at all, but rather a video game creator named Thomas Anderson whose career was built on his Matrix game, and who believes that the world in which he lives is the real thing, modern day San Francisco. We learn quickly though that Thomas isn't in the real world at all, but rather, is back in a pod hooked up to life support equipment, with the machines creating his life which runs in a continuous loop. More than 60 years has elapsed in real time since he escaped from The Matrix, along with his love interest, Trinity (Vancouver's Carrie-Anne Moss), and we learn that she is there too, back in a pod, and that the two of them are essential to the continued existence of this digital world. Laurence Fishburne was not invited back to reprise his role of Morpheus, which now falls to Yayah Abdul-Matteen II, nor was Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith, who had scheduling problems with another project. Jada Pinkett-Smith is back from the original film, and so are special effects by the trainload that keep us focused on which world, the real one, or the digital construct we are in, and the parade of characters both real and digital that keep us guessing. The movie is long at 2:48 and it tends to slump in a few places, but once you get the drift of what is going on, the time passes quickly. Reeves and Moss are great together once again, and the complicated plot forces us to pay close attention. A worthwhile movie, with a short scene at the end of the credits, which are 13 minutes long, that was barely worth staying for. Rated 14A.


  • A Journal for Jordan (2021):

    Based on actual events, the short version of this movie is that an American soldier, killed by an IED in Iraq post-911, has left a journal for his infant son, telling the boy, when he's ready, how to live a good life. The long version is that it's 2:11 length seemed endless, making me wonder, for much of the first hour, if anything was ever going to happen. Based on the memoir by Dana Canady, initially a New York Times reporter when she met First Sgt. Charles King (Michael B. Jordan), later his girlfriend, then his fiancé, and finally, the mother of his child, I give her credit for demonstrating character flaws that made her an unlikeable person, making me wonder what Jordan's character saw in her. Canady (Chante Adams) could have presented herself in a more favourable light, but she chose to tell the truth, demonstrating that Sgt. King was a more honourable man than she was a woman - he consistently wanted to do the right thing, while she constantly pined about what she wanted that she wasn't getting. She was selfish and self-centred in much of her behaviour. By the third act, in the days following 9/11 with Sgt. King deployed to Iraq and with Dana pregnant with their son, the action and the drama picked up significantly. We know from the beginning that the Sgt. is killed in action, but it isn't until a now 12-year-old Jordan asks how his father died that we learn the details. The journal that Sgt. King completed turned out to be a textbook on how to live a good life and how to be a respectful person, which, in the end, is what the journey of life should be about. Have Kleenex handy! Rated 14A.

  • The Legend of La Llorona (2022):

    Not connected to the previously released “The Curse of La Llorona” from 2019, this horror-chiller, shot in Mexico City, trades on the legend, one that some Mexican mothers still use to make their young kids compliant … “if you don’t behave, La Llorona will come for you!” La Llorona’s backstory is part fact and mostly legend. She was the most beautiful girl in her town, and when a wealthy rancher showed up, they fell in love, had two beautiful boys, and lived an idyllic life … until she caught her husband with another woman. Out of anger and spite, she drowned her two boys in the river, and, coming to her senses and realizing what she had done, she threw herself in the river and drowned. Because of her suicide, she was condemned to roam the land between death and life, always in search of young children whose lives she could trade for her lost children. The story here picks up as a couple, vacationing in Mexico, find their son missing. The only thing a search turns up is that maybe the child has fallen victim to La Llorona. Now it’s a race against time and the supernatural, to find the boy. Rated 14A.

  • The Adam Project (2022):

    Canadian director Sean Levy (the "Night at the Museum" movies) helms this time travel twister in which a 13 year-old boy named Adam, grieving the loss of his father to a sudden death a year earlier, walks into his home's garage to find a wounded pilot hiding inside. Played by Ryan Reynolds, the pilot is also named Adam, and he turns out to be the young boy's older self who, in the future, is working on a project involving time travel, which is/was in its infancy at that time. He is on a secret mission, and he must collect his younger self, and go further back in time where the two of them can find their father before his death, and deal with some world-threatening issues that could destroy life on our planet. Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo also star. 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

Pillow Talk (2022) (TV Series):

Not to be confused with the warm and fuzzy Rock Hudson/Doris Day movie from 1959, this one shares the same title and the same bedroom idea, but it is far more explicit. Debuting this weekend, this Crave original is based on a French language series currently on Crave. The new one follows four real-life couples who play fictionalized versions of themselves as well as one set of roommates. Set entirely in bedrooms, this ten-part comedy is described in publicity releases with such terms as "raw," and with unexpected drama and intimacy. Rated 18A.



I Want You Back (2022):

This is not the life that a pair of thirty-somethings envisioned when they are dumped unceremoniously by their respective partners. Peter (Charlie Day from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") and Emma (Jenny Slate from "Parks and Rec") have had their life partners move on, and they are devastated. They both felt that they were in a good place, that the road ahead was sunny and bright, and that their futures were secure. And now this ... and even worse, a quick check shows that their partners have moved on, and that Peter and Emma are stuck. They see only one solution - sabotage the new relationships of their partners, get them back, and carry on as before. Not so simple to achieve in real life! Scott Eastwood (Clint's son) and Gina Rodriguez ("Jane the Virgin") play the opposing partners. Rated 14A.

New on DISNEY + /Star

Turning Red (2022):

This animated adventure features a number of familiar voices and is the third Pixar film to be released directly on the Disney + streaming service rather than first going to theatres. "Soul" from last year, and "Luca" from the year before were the other two. Here we become acquainted with a 13 year-old girl named Mei Lee who turns into a giant red panda whenever she becomes too excited. Voiced by Rosalie Chiang, Mei faces the challenge of being a dutiful daughter and pleasing her mother (voice of Sandra Oh), and trying to manage the chaos that is early adolescence, with the panda change making things even more difficult as she tries to control her emotions. This is the second Pixar film to be directed by a woman, and the first to be directed by a woman of colour, China-born Domee Shi, who worked in the animation department as a storyboard artist on such films as "Inside Out," "Toy Story 4" and "Incredibles 2," before getting her first directorial assignment. Rated PG.

New on Apple +

The Tragedy of MacBeth (2021):
This one opened in limited theatrical release two weeks ago and is now available on the Apple + outlet. Denzel Washington stars as the man who would be king at the ambitious urging of his wife, Lady MacBeth (Francis McDormand). The unusual casting is a direct result of the film's director, Joel Coen who also shares a writing credit with the Bard himself, William Shakespeare. Filmed in black-and-white, and done completely on soundstages, with no exterior scenes at all, we see the prophecy of the three witches off the top, that drive the action for MacBeth to become a murderer in his quest for power. Rated 14A.