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  •  Glorious (2022):

    Wes (“True Blood’s” Ryan Kwanten) is coming off a devastating break-up with Brenda (Sylvia Grace Crim) and he tries to escape his anguish at the split by heading out on the road to get away from all other people and to try to heal his mind of the loss of the love of his life. In the middle of nowhere, he pulls off the road to a remote rest stop and begins self-medicating with an alcohol-fuelled binge that leaves him passed out in his car. Awakening early in the morning and hungover beyond belief, Wes heads to the restroom to be sick, and in moments, in his misery, realizes that he is locked in. Worse, a strange voice (J.K. Simmons) from the stall next to him begins a horrifying dialogue, and it is soon clear that the neighbour is a demon. It becomes even more clear that the demonic entity wants something that will allow it to cross over from the spirit realm to our world, and in so doing, will pose a threat to all that is righteous and holy. Wes begins to realize that the fate of the world may be in his hands and that he may be ill-equipped to live up to the task. The film is rated 18A for some pretty unsavoury stuff!


  • Mindcage (2022):

    Some aspects of this crime thriller have parallels to such classic movies in this genre such as “The Silence of the Lambs.” That comes primarily from the role played by John Malkovich here, and incarcerated killer known as “The Artist.” Serving a life sentence for multiple murders, he becomes the go-to guy as a serial killer is on the loose, and he seems to be emulating some of “The Artist’s” work in a copycat sort of way. A pair of police detectives assigned to the case are played by Martin Lawrence, and Melissa Roxburgh respectively. Lawrence, who cut his teeth as a stand-up comedian has played cops before, but always in a comedic sense. This is his first straight-up dramatic role. Roxburgh is a Vancouver-born actress best known for her role in the sci-fi TV series “Manifest,” which began on NBC and which now resides on Netflix. As Det. Mary Kelly, she and her partner Jake Doyle (Lawrence) form an uneasy alliance with “The Artist” and the “Lambs” similarity continues here as Mary works closely with Malkovich’s character trying to get inside his psyche to plumb the depths of the murderous personality, but as the story plays out, we begin to wonder who in in whose mind – is the criminal getting the bigger part of this, or is it Mary? Malkovich is always full value in these psychological criminal roles. Rated 14A.

  • Taurus (2022):

    Not being a fan of actor/musician Colson Baker aka Machine Gun Kelly, and liking his paramour Megan Fox even less, I didn’t expect much from this story of the excesses of a rock star whose creative process is fuelled with drugs and bad behaviour. That was my expectation, and that’s what was delivered. Baker plays Cole, a drug-addicted pop star who is working at getting his career on a specific track, but his horrific excesses get in the way more often than not. The film is a profane attempt at a slice of life for those in the hardcore rock business, and there are some moments where one could say, “yep, that could happen,” and a few where you could almost, but not quite, respect the journey of its characters. There is conflict between Cole and just about everyone, his world is a string of personal appearances, personal dips into sex, drugs, and a little time for rock-and-roll, and his ability to create music seems occasionally inspired, but more often it’s a drudgery. Megan Fox’s character Mae looks like what it is – something written into the script to create a reason for her to work with Baker aka Kelly. Rated 18A.

  • That '90s Show (2023) (TV Series):

    Two decades have passed since a teenaged Eric Forman (Topher Grace), living with his family, and enjoying a life of 8 track tapes, the music of Led Zeppelin, and Farrah Fawcett posters, was the perception many had of what those days were like. To help make the transition to the '90s, a much more grown-up Topher Grace reprises his role of Erik in the first episode of this new series, not to be seen for the balance of the episodes of season one. The actors who played his parents, Red and Kitty Forman (Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp) are back for the full 10 segments of this new show however. Wilmer Valderrama who played Fez in the original series also makes an appearance in the initial episode. The venue is still the State of Wisconsin, and it's 1995. Leia Forman, daughter of Eric and Donna (Laura Prepon) pays a summer visit to her grandparents and is introduced to a whole new generation of friends, not-so-friendly teens, and some that will become friends for life in the town of Point Place. Rated 14A.


    Slumberland (2022):

    A good cast shows up for this adventure story that will appeal to children 8 or 10 and up. Based on the comic book series "Little Nemo in Slumberland '' by Winston McClay, we follow the adventures of a tweenage girl named Nemo and her eccentric companion Flip (Jason Mamoa) who come together after Nemo's father Peter (Kyle Chandler goes missing at sea. Set in the Pacific Northwest, but shot in Toronto, we follow Nemo as she is sent to live with relatives in the big city, a place foreign to her after the coastline life she had been living. While struggling in a new school with new people all around her, Nemo finds a secret map which hooks her up with Flip, and begins a challenging journey through lands of dreams and nightmares that she believes will help reunite her with her lost father. Rated PG.

New on CRAVE

The Serpent Queen (2022) (TV Series):

The only snakes and serpents in this historical drama are of the human variety as we get an eight-part series based on Leona Friede's book "Catherine de Medici, Renaissance Queen of France." Samantha Morton ("Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them") plays the title role here. She was queen of France by marriage to King Henry II for a dozen years and became one of the most significant political voices of her generation. After the death of her husband, she continued to become increasingly more influential, pulling the strings on the reigns of her subsequent sons who had no idea of the extent to which they were being manipulated. For most of the 16th century she was the most important woman in Europe, and was known for her ruthlessness and for her ability to make ground-breaking decisions with no concern for the human price. Rated 14A.



Detective Knight: Independence (2022):

The third and final segment of this trilogy that features a tough detective (Bruce Willis) has our hero struggling with a case in which an errant first responder threatens to make a disaster out of the Independence Day holiday using a stolen gun, a police uniform, and a lot of reasons to blow up a bank vault. Willis doesn't do a lot here, having filmed this segment, and the previous two simultaneously in Vancouver, using a number of Canadians to flesh out the cast. If you are a longtime fan of Willis, it's worth watching just to see what he is doing at the end of his acting career, but as a movie, it doesn't offer a lot that is new. Rated 14A.


New on DISNEY + /Star

Disenchanted (2022):

Amy Adams and much of the original cast, including James Marsden and Patrick Dempsey, show up 15 years after the movie "Enchanted" graced the big screen and was a blockbuster hit bringing in more than $350 million. In that film, Princess Giselle (Adams), living in an animated fairytale land, was just biding her time and singing her songs while she waited for Prince Charming. He showed up in the person of Prince Edward (Marsden) and the day before their marriage, a tragedy befell the princess. At the hands of an evil hag (Susan Sarandon), she was dumped into a well, which was actually a conduit between two worlds, the animate land of Andalasia, and now, the harsh, racaus world of New York City, complete with honking taxis and frenetic pedestrians. There she met a divorce lawyer named Robert Philip (Dempsey) and eventually fell in love, married, and lived happily ... well, not quite ever after. As this new story opens, it is 10 years later and Giselle and her husband are moving to the suburbs with their child and new baby in tow. On arrival, it's clear that something isn't quite right as their new home in Monroeville seems to be under the control of Malvina Monroe (Maya Rudolph) who is not what she seems. As Giselle struggles with this new twist, she makes a wish, wanting everything to be a perfect fairy-tale. The spell backfires and it turns both her live-action world and the animated world of Andalasia upside down. There are more songs in this sequel than in the original, a good account given by Idena Menzel who once again plays Nancy. Rated PG.

New on Apple +

Spirited (2022):
Just when you thought you had seen every possible variation on the Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol," from the Muppets to George C. Scott, to the Alistair Sim version from 1951, along comes a truly different twist. Set in the present day, the star here, the Scrooge of the story, is a character named Clint Briggs (Ryan Reynolds). As expected, he is a miserable soul given to creating chaos and grief all around himself through his thoughtless, sometimes mean, stingy mannerisms. As Christmas Eve approaches, Briggs is visited by the first of three ghosts, this one being the spirit of Christmas Present played by Will Farrell. Each Christmas Eve, this spirit seeks out a wretched person to reform, and this time it's Briggs. Unlike Dickens' original story, Briggs turns the tables on the ghost and soon has Christmas Present examining his own past, present and future, completely forgetting the original mission. This is the first version of "A Christmas Carol" told from the perspective of the spirits themselves, Past, Present, and Future, and it's clear that they picked on the wrong Scrooge this time. Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer also stars, as does Sunita Mani from the series GLOW, as the spirit of Christmas Past. An interesting spin on an old classic, and a musical version at that. Rated PG.