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  •  Women Talking (2022):

    This "Handmaid's Tale"- like drama about women being abused and controlled at the hands of a group of men to whom they belong by way of marriage or other family ties belongs completely to Sarah Polley. Polley was just 11 years old when she came to the attention of TV audiences first in Canada on the CBC, and later in the US when the series, in which she appeared in almost 70 episodes, "Road to Avonlea," became a hit. "Avonlea," which was loosely based on the characters created by Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables stories, led to much more movie and television work for Polley. Here, she turns her hand to writing and directing. "Women Talking" is based on the book by Miriam Toews about women living in a closely held Mennonite religious community isolated from the outside world, forcing them to grapple with the harsh realities of their faith. Polley wrote the screenplay and directed the picture, which was executive produced by Brad Pitt. The women in the starring roles, playing characters who have to keep their heads down and their lips sealed, include Oscar winner Francis McDormand, Rooney Mara, "The Crown's" Claire Foy, and Fargo's Jessie Buckley. Based on a true incident, we hear the dialogue as the women talk about their options after having been drugged with cow tranquilizers and serially raped at the hands of the men in the colony. Do they maintain the status quo and do nothing? Should they leave the colony and strike out on their own? Or should they stand and fight? None of these options is palatable for a variety of reasons. Ben Wishaw plays the only man that we actually see in the film, in a touching performance as a schoolteacher on the farm. Polley received the Director's Prize in January at the Palm Springs International Film Festival for her work here, which is exceptional. Rated 14A.


  • Christmas Bloody Christmas (2022):

    It’s not exactly the time for a seasonal story, but a horror movie is a horror movie no matter what the time of year. This one carries a harsh “R” rating and it lives up to its billing as it not only offers all the bloody horror of a slasher film, but all the sexual content and foul language of what is a most unsavoury group of characters. The action centres on Tori (Australian actor Riley Daly) who is a record shop manager, and in closing up one night during the Christmas season, finds herself without her computer-arranged date, and turns her favours reluctantly to her employee Robbie (Sam Delich). It seems that all the characters in this film are concerned about nothing but sex until a Robo-Santa in a toy store down the street develops a mind of its own, and becomes a military-grade killing machine. After dispatching an amorous couple in the store, it takes to the streets looking for more victims, and there is no shortage of that commodity as the machine runs rampant. Logic would suggest that even if a toy store had a mechanical Santa, it wouldn’t have the capacity to kill with military efficiency, but that’s what we have here. Tori decides that someone has to stand and take charge, and her foul language and tough-girl demeanour fills that bill handsomely. Not my cup of plasma, thanks very much, but certainly a film for a market out there that likes this kind of thing. Rated 18A.

  • God’s Country (2022):

    The “God’s Country” of the title is the state of Montana where a female college professor named Sandra (Thandiwe Newton) faces a threat that may turn her time in God’s country into a hellish experience. This is a slow-burning dramatic thriller which begins to take shape when Sandra finds two men on her property who don’t belong there. As she asserts her rights to have them leave or suffer the consequences, the tables turn when we learn what the men are after, and what they are prepared to do the get what they want. To say much more would spoil the story and the outcome, but it’s safe to say that what seems to begin as a battle of wills, and evolves into a turn towards violence, will have you, as a viewer, going into nail-biting mode. Who will prevail? It could go either way until a major revelation threatens to change everything. Rated 14A.

  • 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.