April 5th - 11th Downloads
& DVDs
  •  Scream (2022):

    I am generally not a fan of the slasher genre of horror movie, but this new version of the Wes Craven original from 1996 is brilliant. Within the context of the film, which is both serious and camp, we learn many rules about watching slasher films, and we also learn that this one is a "requel" which is a combination of a reboot and a sequel. This version of "Scream" is both of those things. The dialogue is brilliant with a tight script, and enough of the original characters to create a high degree of familiarity. 25 years ago Neve Campbell starred as Sidney Prescott, a young woman pursued by a knife-wielding masked murderer who dispatched several young woman with Sidney in his sights as the next and best victim. Now it's a quarter century later and the town of Woodsboro, location of the first series of crimes, sees the emergence of a new masked killer who is terrorizing the town. There is a lot of graphic violence here, as the college kids who are at the heart of the action hold a clinic on how to survive a horror movie ... they use the series of films titled "Stab" as a facsimile for the movie we are watching, and there are numbers of references to everyone from Michael Myers from the "Halloween" franchise, to a setting that takes place on Elm Street with a tip of the hat to Freddie Krueger. The person in the Ghostface mask seems to have a method in the killings, seeking specific secrets kept by some townspeople. This, the fifth in the "Scream" franchise, requires Sidney's return to Woodsboro as the only person who may be able to stop the mayhem. Also returning from the first film, and from the fourth one as well, are David Arquette and Courtney Cox. This is a direct sequel to "Scream 4" and also may be the launching of a new franchise. Rated 14A.


  • Jockey (2021):

    Although there is no question that this indie film belongs almost completely to its star, Clifton Collins, Jr. as Jackie De Silva, the supporting role played by Maple Ridge, B.C. native Molly Parker (“Deadwood,” “Lost in Space”) is key to the success of this little film. De Silva is a jockey who sees the end of the track just around the corner after a long and mostly satisfying career, but medical problems encroach and riding may not be in his best interests. He wants one more good season, and with the help of Ruth (Parker), and a new horse, it looks as if he just might get his wish. The fly in the ointment is a new arrival on the scene, a competing jockey named Gabriel (Moises Arias) who claims to be his long-lost son, the product of a one-night stand nearly 20 years ago. Ruth and Jackie look like they might have a future together away from the racetrack, but with the new horse, the new kid on the block, and the worrisome health issues thing now look somewhat dodgy. The best part about this film is the highly accurate world of the racetrack as writer/director Clint Bentley grew up in this world, and recounts it with stunning detail. Rated 14A.

  • Parallel Mothers (2021):

    Penelope Cruz is in her element here literally in this drama set and shot in Madrid, Spain. She is a professional woman named Janis, a gifted photographer, who finds herself in the maternity ward, about to give birth, sharing the room with a much younger woman, a teen named Ana (Melina Smit). Both are single, both are expecting for the first time, one ecstatic about this turn of events – that’s Janis – and the other frightened and horrified by the experience and by what is to come. Thus begins a strange “buddy” movie as the two women face their situation together, but as is so often the case, what we don’t see becomes the problem. Each has situations in their respective lives that had them end up here, and each has personal difficulties that come to the fore as they strike out on this difficult journey. Interesting character study, and very, very Spanish. Rated 14A.

  • Against the Ice (2022):

    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ("Game of Thrones") leads the cast here in a historically accurate story of the exploration of the North in the first Netflix original from Denmark and Iceland. Coster-Waldau plays Captain Ejnar Mikkelson who led a Danish expedition to Greenland bent on proving that it was one island, and not broken up into several, some of which were being claimed by the United States circa 1909. He left his crew behind with the ship and set out cross country with just one inexperienced crewman, and in a journey that took far longer than expected, ultimately found the one-island proof that he was seeking. When he returned to the ship he found it crushed by ice floes and abandoned, with the brutal northern winter setting in. If you liked the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton in "Endurance," you will find this an excellent journey of man against nature. 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.



Lizzo's Watch Out for the Big Grrrls (TV Series) (2022):

Lizzo, who was born Melissa Vivienne Jefferson in Detroit 34 years ago was raised in Houston, TX and in the space of her relatively short life has founded and fronted five different hip hop groups beginning with "The Chalice," then "Grrrl Prty;" followed by "The Clerb;" "Ellypseas;" and finally "Absynthe." She received 8 nominations at the 62 Grammy Awards, the most of any female artist, and won in four categories including "Best Solo Pop Performance." This series focuses on Lizzo's hunt for a number of tough, confident, and talented young women to join as dancers on her upcoming world tour. In addition to composing music and performing, she has also become an actor with both voice credits and acting credits on her resume. Her words to live by, as exhibited in this Amazon Original series are the following: "The space I'm occupying isn't just for me. It's for all the big Black girls in the future who just want to be seen. Rated 14A.

New on DISNEY + /Star

West Side Story (2021):

This remake by director Stephen Spielberg in his first musical is officially a box office bomb, but for those audience members who loved it, and there were many, it is a modern classic. Spielberg has taken much of what made the 1961 original an Oscar-winning machine, and has updated it and put together a cast in which the diversity of the cast is ethnically correct, something that the original was not, which had George Chakiris, of Greek extraction, playing a Puerto Rican. Rita Moreno was the only Puerto Rican in the original cast, and here she plays a different role, that of the owner of a drug store, missing her late husband, but being connected to the two gangs that are rivals for turf and for the spoils of the game. Spielberg insisted that all Latino characters be played by Latino actors. It is a musical with many of the original songs intact, and it offers excellent performances by Ansel Elgort as Tony and Rachel Zeigler as Maria. If you don't know the story of two rival gangs and the girls they love, or even if you do, keep the Kleenex handy! Rated 14A.

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.