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BILL AND TED FACE THE MUSIC (1hr 29min) *** ½  Leave your brains at the door, dude!   The third installment of the Bill & Ted Trilogy is wildly funny, imaginative and totally bonkers and should be a massive hit for the two time-traveling lovable characters now middle-aged, Bill (Alex Winter) and Theo (Keanu Reeves). In Dimas, Caifornia devotedly married,  Bill to Princess Joanna (Jayma Mays) now has daughter Thea (Samara Weaving) and Ted to Princess Elizabeth (Erin Hayes), has daughter Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine). Both daughters are devoted to each other and their dads. For 25 years the guys and daughters have not worked, having difficulties creating their masterwork. A giant pod from the Future brings Rufus’ daughter Kelly (Kristen Schaal) warning them of future destruction and disaster. Kelly takes them to meet their powerful mother The Great Leader (Holland Taylor), confirming that they must create the song in 78 minutes that would unit humanity across all time "at 7:17pm at MP 46" or time and space will collapse! They decide to steal the already written song from their future selves in 2720 by utilizing Rufus’ time traveling phone booth, but in different centuries they come across themselves in ever increasing disastrous encounters, ending on their deathbeds in 2067!  Party on, dudes! (Digital /VOD) 
THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY (1hr 38min) ** ½  In Milan, once prominent art critic James Figueras (Claes Bang), promoting his book The Power of Critics, lectures about art and authenticity and the critic’s power over gullible American tourists, while they admire an unremarkable abstract painting passed off as a masterpiece to rapturous applause, till he admits it’s his creation. From his audience he meets Berenice (Elizabeth Debecki), a Minnesota schoolteacher on a European tour. He invites her to join him for a weekend drive to the elegant Lake Como villa of eccentric wealthy art collector Joseph Cassidy (Mick Jagger) where he would interview exclusively Cassidy’s house guest, elderly iconic reclusive painter Jerome Debney (Donald Sutherland), who disappeared decades ago when his studio burned down with all his paintings. In return Cassidy wants Figueras to acquire by any means one of Debney’s hidden unseen new paintings or he will expose the art critic’s shadier past dealings. With Cassidy away in London, Delaney bonds with Berenice and Figueras makes his move. He can either increase his reputation as a critic or he could make millions. Unfortunately a lot of what happens next doesn’t make sense. There are acts of extreme violence and the finale is more than a bit confusing. (DVD)
DA 5 BLOODS (2hrs 36min) ** ½  Producer/director Spike Lee’s latest will have special appeal for black audiences. Four 60 year-plus, argumentative African American army veterans, Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Melvin (Isiah Whitlock Jr) and Eddie (Norm Lewis), calling themselves Da Bloods, return to Vietnam on a personal mission to discover what happened to their beloved squad leader Stormin’ Norman (Chadwick Boseman), killed in 1971, and to retrieve a secret cache of US gold bars they found in a burnt out plane and buried in the jungle (“We repossess this gold for every single black boot that never made it home”). Tagging along on their trip is widower Paul’s estranged adult son David (Jonathan Majors). Lee has added subtitles of the dialogue which may otherwise be difficult for some moviegoers, and when he goes backwards and forwards in time, the lead performers remain at their present age. Although it has interesting sequences, it is uneven and stretched too thinly. (Netflix) 
THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME  (2hrs 18min) ** Film narrator Donald Ray Pollock’s novel is based on growing up in Knockemstiff, Ohio. God fearing father Willard (Bill Skarsgard) believes he can influence God’s will through daily prayer even if it’s through blood sacrifice, like shooting his son Arvin’s pet dog. Following Willard’s tragic death, Arvin (Tom Holland) lived with his adopted stepsister Lenora (Eliza Scanlen) in grandmother Emma’s (Kristin Griffith) home. When Lenora was harassed at school, Arvin came to her defence but was beaten and swore revenge. Lenora’s preacher father Roy (Henry Melling) was married to Helen (Mia Wasikoewska). He believed he could bring the dead back to life, and so he killed Helen but failed to resurrect her, and fled, leaving their daughter Lenora with Emma. Lenora was seduced by slimy preacher, Preston Teagardin (Robert Pattinson), and when she became pregnant, she hanged herself. In retaliation Arvin killed Teagardin!  Roy hitched a ride with a devious married couple Carl (Jason Clarke) and Sandy Henderson (Riley Keough) and Carl killed him when he refused to have sex with Sandy. The murderous couple then picked up hitch-hiking Arvin … but who kills who? Religion connects and controls every character in an area Pollock knows intimately. (Netflix)
NEW: ENOLA HOLMES (2nrs 4min) *** Meet the Holmes siblings, of which private detective Sherlock (Henry Cavill) is obviously the best known. The eldest, disapproving, intolerant although assumed smartest is Mycroft (Sam Claflin),  The youngest by 20 years is Enola (Millie Bobby Brown), a bright, intelligent and strong-willed teenager who has formed a bond with Sherlock but never with Mycroft who is her legal guardian. He wants her to finish her education properly to become a Victorian lady. Unlike Sherlock, he is unaware of how different she is from girls her age. Their eccentric, free-spirited, revolutionary mother, Eudoria (Helena Bonham-Carter), raised Enola to pursue her own path, and she has gone missing on Enola’s birthday. Enola is determined to escape finishing school and to find Endoria somewhere in London. Readers know that Enola is the centre of author Nancy Springfield’s successful books The Enola Holmes Mysteries. However, the Holmes bros do not have featured roles here and are relegated to the start and the end.  These are Enola’s adventures aimed for a young audience, and it begins in 1884 when England was on the verge of important reforms. Enola waits at the train station for her brothers who she hasn’t seen for years, so much so that they walk past her and she has to introduce herself. Mycroft is particularly critical of her, the way she dresses and talks, and he has asked Miss Harrison (Fiona Shaw), headmistress of the finishing school, to meet them to discuss Enola’s immediate attendance. The spinster is flattered by bachelor Mycroft’s comments and has hopes for a closer friendship. Enola escapes from the school disguised as a boy and meets 16 year old Viscount Tewkesbury, Marquess of Basilwethe (Louis Partridge) who has run away from his grandmother the Dowager (Frances de la Tour) as he refuses to take his rightful place in stuffy Parliament’s House of Lords in London. A sinister spy (Burn Gorman) has been sent to capture “the useless boy” by someone who wants him dead.  In London the teens decide to go their own ways, with the fledgling detective following a succession of word-play clues to find her mother. She had been trained well in the art of self defense as she has to tackle all kinds of ruthless attackers.  Since this is based on the first book in the series of six, we can expect five more films should the first be successful, and there is no doubt it will succeed if only to please Enola’s loyal fans around the world. (Netflix).
GARTH BROOKS: THE ROAD I’M ON. **** Recommended.  Parts 1 & 2  Biography.  His personal life story is told by Garth in close-ups on camera, interspersed with photos and videos, and comments from celebrities, business partners and family. In 1986 Garth married his high school sweetheart Sandy Mahl with whom he had three daughters before their divorce. In 2000 he gave up his lucrative career in order to share responsibilities bringing up their children. His band played in local clubs and saloons and lived penniless in one house which contained five guys, two women, one infant, a dog and cat. A chance fill-in at a 1988 concert attended by record officials landed him a contract with Capitol records and performance at the Grand Ole Opry. Garth’s explosive, energetic stage performances were influenced by pop stars like Mick Jagger. “I don’t want to be a human jukebox. I want to entertain.” He is the Best Selling Singles Artist in the US, outselling Elvis and Michael Jackson, and, with.album sales of over 148 million, he is second only to the Beatles, and he has received every accolade the music industry can bestow on an artist. (Netflix)). .
I AM WOMAN (1hr 56min) *** ½  Helen Reddy’s iconic hit “I am woman” was a rallying cry for women in the 1970s. the anthem for second wave feminism and it propelled the feminist poster girl to the top of the charts. Unjoo Moon’s  biographical film starts in 1966 with 24 year old Reddy (Tilda Cohham-Hervey) arriving in New York City, a single mom with a three year old daughter Traci (Molly Broadstock) and limited funds. Determined to pursue her music career, she took jobs in small clubs. She met Australian reporter/journalist Lillian Roxon (Danielle Macdonald), author of 1969’s Rock Encyclopedia, who became her closest friend.  She fell in love with and married talent agent/manager Jeff Wald (Evan Peters). She forced him to persistently phone Capitol Records and they eventually capitulated, and she recorded in LA “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” a surprise hit, and an album was commissioned. Within five years she became a superstar, with US hit singles and her own summer network TV show. Wald relied on drugs and bankrupted the family, so Reddy divorced him and revived her career. It is a fascinating, heart-breaking story with a riveting, captivating performance by Aussie newcomer Cobham-Hervey. (Digital & VOD)
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS  (2hrs 14min) **  Based on the first novel by Canadian Iain Reid and adapted and directed by Charlie Kaufman, the complex psychological horror story narrated by a quantum physics student (Jessie Buckley) tells about her being taken in mid winter by her boyfriend of six weeks, Jake (Jesse Plemons), to visit his Mother (Toni Collett) and Father (David Thewlis) in their farm in Oklahoma. She thinks aloud how to break the unexciting relationship and end things. The long drive with wide ranging conversation is awkward and on arrival at the house it appears empty. Suddenly the creepy parents appear and at dinner the conversation is forced and difficult.. Throughout the visit the parents appear at different ages of their lives from young to old. There’s another tediously long and boring drive back with baffling highbrow discussions and a stop at remote Tulsey Town Ice Cream before Jake detours to his old high school, leaves the car and disappears. Recommended strictly for Art House and Film Festival audiences! (Netflix)
INHERITANCE (1hr 51min) *** What an engrossing little thriller this is and it builds towards a justified and satisfactory ending.  Opening in NYC in 2008, the ultra wealthy Monroe family lived in a luxurious mansion and had powerful political clout. When patriarch Archer Monroe (Patrick Warburton) died in a car accident, and in his will he  bequeathed to his wife Catherine (Connie Neilson) sole control of the family estate, to congressman son William (Chase Crawford) $20 million and to Lauren (Lily Collins) $1 million. In addition his personal lawyer Harold (Michael Beach) gave Lauren a a key to a concealed bunker in the woods and a thumb drive with further information.  On opening the bunker, a long passageway led to a dark room and a dishevelld man (unrecognizable Simon Pegg) who had been kidnapped, chained and manacled by Archer for 30 years. On each visit to him, Lauren is shocked to discover he knows all the darkest secrets of the Monroe family, including Archer’s mistress (Christine DeRosa) who acknowledges his relationship. But is this man who he says he is and what would happen if she freed him?   (EST / VOD / DVD / Blu-ray)
JERRY SEINFELD: 23 HOURS TO KILL (1hr) *** (Stand Up Special) This is the show every Seinfeld fan has been waiting for and from the reaction of his audience to every single word of his observational stand-up comedy special and his take on everyday life, it is perfect … and without the use of profanity and Trump jokes!  Opening with a James Bond plunge from a helicopter into the Hudson River to get to the theatre, for an hour he effortlessly covers a multitude of subjects starting with this ”Hyped up not necessary special event put together so we could kill some time,” and our addiction to texting; our reliance on cell phones; “sucks” and “great” are closely related (e.g. ice cream falls off a cone onto the ground and that sucks, but you say “Great!”); gluttony in buffets, especially from those struggling with “portion control;” gaps under toilet cubicle doors; hotdogs at baseball games; ending with relationships between husbands and wives and arguments about “the tone of my voice, I thought it was a marriage, apparently it’s a musical!” and  “What else is annoying in the world except everything?” For all Seinfeld fans, this is a must see. (Netflix)
THE NEST (1hr 47min) *** ½  Canadian born but UK bred writer/director Sean Durkin won  the  Sundance award for his directorial debut, Martha Marcy May Marlene. His followup is a slow burn, quirky drama about the breakdown of a family when they moved from the US to the UK. Set in 1986, for 20 years Rory O’Hara (Jude Law), born in England, worked in the US as a commodities broker. He had a daughter (Oona Roche) before marrying American Allison (Carrie Coon), and they lived in a country mansion and had a son, Benjamin. With business drying up, Rory moved the family back to booming London with “a real chance to make more money,” He bought a massive, stately 1700s mansion in Surrey, commuting daily to his old company in London run by Arthur Davis (Michael Culkin). Rory tried to persuade Arthur into accepting a buyout from an American company for which he would receive a finder's fee. When that fell through, Allison discovered their bank account was down to 600 pounds. “Our account is empty!”. Both kids suffered from their parents’ squabbles and an unexpected death hastened their marriage’s spiral downwards, Law and Coon give impeccable, mesmerizing performances and Durkin’s dialogue is intelligent, sharp and right on the mark. (Intl Village, Fifth Avenue)
NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS. (1hr 35min) *** ½ What an absolute gem from screenwriter, producer and director Eliza Hittman this is!  It’s the simple uncomplicated story of two teenage close cousins, journeying from Pennsylvania to New York City for an abortion. The dialogue is sparse but the outstanding debut performances of Sidney Flanagan as moody loner Autumn and Talia Ryder as supportive Skylar, speak volumes. At a small town high school’s talent show, teenager Autumn is singing when a boy yells out “slut!” In her bedroom she checks out the bump on her stomach and is distraught. Being in Pennsylvania, Autumn would require parental permission for an abortion, so she has to book an operation secretly in New York City. They steal enough money to cover the abortion and transportation and catch a bus where friendly Jasper (Theodore Pellerin) chats them up, giving Skylar his phone number. At the Brooklyn clinic, their planned brief stay is lengthened by the pregnancy being further along than anticipated, which meant staying two days without money for accommodation and food.  Although bleak, this is an extraordinarily honest and emotional film with wonderfully natural performances. (VOD)
THE OUTPOST (2hrs 3min) *** CNN Reporter Jake Tapper’s 2012 non-fiction book The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor is the story of 2009’s Battle of Kamdesh when 300 Taliban attacked the American Combat Outpost Keating, 20 miles from Kamdesh in eastern Afghanistan, where 8 Americans were killed and 27 wounded out of 53, while about 150 Taliban died.  Keating was overrun and nearly destroyed by the heavily armed Taliban when the choppers arrived just in time. The base was located in a valley surrounded by a mountain range from where the Taliban fired down on the Americans. The wall to wall action is well choreographed and filmed, and the film conveys the bravery of the besieged men and the chaos and carnage they experienced.  The film's main problem is the lack of development of the characters (Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry, Orlando Bloom, Milo Gibson, Daniel Rodriguez), all heroes who we never get to know: Bravo Troop 3-61 Cavalry became the most decorated unit of the Afghanistan War. The tale of survival would have benefited from a large screen and a more involving script. (EST/VOD) 
PRIMAL (1hr 37min) ** Once you accept the fact that if a movie is B grade, expectations should not be very high. The budget is smaller and there are no “star” performers. That generally means a merely adequate screenplay, cheaper effects and no future awards. Its target audience for B grade films are younger, less discerning viewers without critical eyes. Primal is passable, borrowing extensively from numerous other similar action thriller films.  Nicolas Cage and Dutch actress Famke Janssen are the only recognized names. Frank Walsh (Cage), a big game hunter who collects exotic wild animals, manages to capture a unique, rare white jaguar (atrocious CGI) expected to sell  to sell for a million. On the same freighter containing the animals and bound for Puerto Rico, the US government is transporting Ex-Special Ops, psychopathic mercenary killer Richard Loffler (Kevin Durand). Caged Loffler feigns a seizure, overpowers the guards, frees the animals and the killing spree starts. The rest is predictable. Your enjoyment will be determined by your age. Wisely, it’s just 90 minutes long. (DVD and Blu-ray) 
RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE (1hr 20 min) ** ½  Here’s a gory horror story which starts off innocently enough.  Based on 2010 Image comic horror book story by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, Todd Walkley (Jesse Williams) is a comic book writer who has turned real gruesome Slasherman murders in McBain into a hugely successful fictionalized graphic book series, told from the killer’s perspective. That’s now come to an abrupt halt as he hasn’t found his ending yet. Slasherman disappeared before he was captured.  Todd needs a special ending. With writer’s block, Todd decided to go back to see if he can get inspiration. With him will be his partners Kathy (Jordana Brewster) and Ezra (Jay Barachel, the film’s director and co-writer with Jesse Shabot), and Todd’s personal assistant Aurora (Niamh Wilson), publisher and book illustrator. At the town’s radio station, Todd admits he hasn’t found an ending yet, when a listener calls in, and, it’s Slasherman himself, and he’ll give Todd a perfect ending.  (VOD).
RISING PHOENIX (1hr 45min) *** ½  Documentary  Ian Bonhote and Peter Ettedgui’s highly acclaimed sports documentary is the story of athletes with physical disabilities competing in a series of international contests following the Olympic Games. In 1948 Jewish doctor Ludwig Guttmann escaped Nazi Germany, fled to England and worked in a hospital for wounded soldiers with spinal injuries. He organized a sports competition in Stoke Mandeville involving 16 WW11 veterans with spinal chord related injuries. 4 years later after Holland joined the Games, the Paralympic Movement was born. In 1960, Olympic style Games were organized in Rome for 400 athletes with disabilities from 30 countries. Other disability groups joined the Toronto Games in 1976 leading to the first Paralympic Winter Olympics in Sweden and it kept growing. It’s changed the way people think about disability, diversity and human potential. The documentary selects a few of these extraordinary athletes, giving gruesome details of their defects and their subsequent ambition to be accepted by the world as undisputed athletic champions. Brilliant! (Netflix)
THE SECRET GARDEN (1hr 46min) *** Published in 1911 by Victorian author Frances Hodgson Burnett, this story became a favourite with children worldwide. Set in 1947 India during the turbulent partition between India and Pakistan, orphaned 10 year old Mary (Dixie Egerickx) was discovered alone and was returned to England to her only relative, reclusive uncle Lord Archibald Craven (Colin Firth) living in a dismal Manor on the Yorkshire moors. Strict housekeeper, Mrs. Medlock (Julie Walters), warned where she was forbidden to go. The only servant, Martha (Isis Davis), brought meals to her room. Mary gradually learned of the tragedies of the house, and in a hidden room lay sickly bedridden son, Colin (Edan Hayhurst), with a spinal problem making him unable to walk. When uncle was away, Mary explored the forest and found, assisted by Martha’s son, Dickson (Amir Wilson), an overgrown forbidden secret garden which she opened with a magical key. That resulted in a miraculous future for everyone in the story. It’s a delightful and entertaining fantasy tale. (VOD)
THE SHOW MUST GO ON: THE QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT STORY (1hr 24min) *** ½  Documentary. For fans of rockers Queen, this is a “must see” as it continues the story of the iconic band following singer Freddie Mercury’s sudden death in 1991, and includes the story of phenomenal singer Adam Lambert and his rise to fame as lead singer for Queen. Adam describes himself as “the strange kid … kind of ashamed of his body and in the closet.” Fast forward to “American Idol” and Adam impressed all with his powerful voice range, except initially for panelist Simon Cowell.  Queen’s guitarist Brian May and drummer John Taylor backed him at the Idols finals where he sang We Are the Champions, and in 2012 Adam was invited to join them for a live telecast performance in Kiev before a crowd of 350,000!!! Adam was sensational and Queen knew he was a natural and the right choice as lead.  Queen’s story is told from their legendary performance at Live Aid’s concert in 1985. Included are numerous performance clips, comments from actor Rami Malek, Oscar winner as Freddie in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” interviews with Freddie, recognizing his health deterioration, and so much more. Fantastic!  (Netflix)
TAINTED (1hr 30min) ***  Here’s an intriguing grim and gritty Canadian crime drama if you’re into John Wick action. Hardened Neo-Nazi loner Lance (Alan Van Sprang) served 15 years behind bars, following a botched job for the Russian drug syndicate resulting in three deaths and a crippling. An enforcer for the Russian mob, he joined the Aryan Brotherhood and now wants out of both. Living in a bleak rundown apartment block, his neighbour Anna (Sarra Weisglass) is an aspiring singer-songwriter. Lance’s Finnish crime lord and handler Gregor (John Ralston), co-owns a pastry shop with wife Adalina (Lina Roessler).  Drug kingpin Vladimir (John Rhys-Davies) offers him a final deal with a new passport and cash and the Russians will forgive and forget. The deal is to kill all the Ayrans. A 10 year old boy witnesses the bloodbath, saw Lance and reported him to the police. The Russians think Anna is his partner. Vladimir insists they are killed but Gregor knows what the end result will be. Brent Cote gets my thumbs up for his direction and writing. (VOD/DIGITAL)
THE TAX COLLECTOR (1hr 35min) ** Critics and reviewers will hate this all out gang warfare crime thriller but there is definitely an audience of hardcore fans for it. Affectionate couple, David Cuevas (Bobby Solo) and wife Alexis (Cinthya Carmona) live in an upscale mansion in Los Angeles with two kids seemingly a loving normal family. Cuevas is an enforcer in a cartel, extorting 30% of their take as protection money from 43 small South Central L.A. street gangs running drugs, stolen goods and sex workers. David’s partner is volatile psycho killer The Creeper (Shia LaBoeuf), prone to extreme violence As tax collectors, they work for crime lord The Wizard (Jimmy Smits), currently imprisoned, and the money laundering falls on David’s uncle Louis (George Lopez). An ambitious crime lord Conejo (Jose Coenjo Martin) with henchman Venom (Brian Ortega) intend to take over Wizard’s operation and control of the city. You know a never-ending savage bloodbath will take place. It’s over the top gruesome. (EST, VOD (English)  Oct 6: EST, VOD (French), DVD, Blu-ray)  
TESLA (1hr 42min) *** Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical and mechanical engineer, best known for his design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.  He studied engineering and physics in the 1870s, gaining experience in the 1880s working in telephony and at Continent Edison in the new electric power industry. In 1884 he emigrated to the US, worked for a short time as inventor for power figure Thomas Edison (Kyle MacLachlan) in NYC before striking out on his own.”  Writer/director Michael Almersyda’s biography of Tesla, as played by Ethan Hawke, is unlike the usual bio and is narrated by Anne Morgan (Eve Hewson), daughter of financier/banker J.P. Morgan (Donnie Keshawarz). George Washington (Jim Gaffigan) bought the patents for Tesla’s inventions and updated him on the rivalry between his and Edison’s findings. A handsomely mounted production with solid performances, the subject matter may have limited appeal. (EST, VOD (French & English), DVD, Blu-ray)
TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS: PENINSULA (1 hr 54 min) *** Train to Busan was a 2016 South Korean horror/thriller about passengers trapped on a speeding train from Seoul attacked by flash-eating zombies. They continue in this sequel with South Korea experiencing zombie pandemonium. Marine captain Jung Seok (Gang Don-won), driving his elder sister, husband Chul-min (Kim Doo-yon), and young nephew to a ship leaving South Korea, were stopped by a family begging for transportation, but were ignored. The refugee laden ship was re-routed to Hong Kong. One afflicted person on board spread the infection to everyone.  Four years later, only Jung-seok and Chul-Min survived and are broke. They are informed that in Incheon’s quarantined peninsula is an abandoned truck with US $20 million. On return they will receive $2.5 million each. They accepted, found the truck but were surrounded by swarming militia mercenaries, heavily armed, uninfected human scavengers. Jung Seok and Chul-min are captured but the former escapes with the assistance of two girls who take him to their mother Min-jung (Lee Jung-hyun). Min-jung and Jung Seok now must save Chul-min and regain the truck. Strong action sequences are a plus. (Metropolis / VOD)   
THE TRIP TO GREECE (1hr 52min) ** ½ We followed popular British comic performers and co-writers Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as fictionalized versions of themselves through the Lake District in England (2010), Italy (2014) and Spain (2017) on their culinary tours, stopping at luxurious hotels for fancy meals while arguing about democracy and history, movies and personalities, tragedy and comedy, bickering and mocking each other while continually interspersing their conversation with impressions of celebrities, by now excessively repetitive. The scenery and photography are breathtakingly beautiful including Delphi’s Temple of Apollo, the Ancient Agora of Athens, the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, the Island of Hydra, the Caves of Diros, Nestor's Palace, Niokastro Fortress in Pylos, and Ancient Stagira. This 6 day trip, starting in Turkey and continuing through modern Macedonia and Greece, was commissioned for an article in which they retraced the steps of Odysseus, a legendary hero in Greek mythology. The constant petty arguing is exhausting for viewers but Brits will understand the one-upmanship game being played non-stop by these two blokes. (VOD/DVD)
UNHINGED (1hr 31min) *** ½  Bulked up, bearded psychopath Tom (excellent Russell Crowe0 pulls up in his SUV in torrential rain to his ex-wife’s house in a quiet New Orleans suburb, picks up a hammer, smashes in the front door. There are screams before they subside and he torches the house before driving off.  What an opener!  When single mom Rachel (terrific Caren Pistorius), driving 15 year old son Kyle (Gabriel Bateman) to school, has an  altercation with Tom in gridlock traffic, he pulls up beside her, lowers the window and apologizes for it being his bad day. She ignores him and Tom deliberately threatens, “I don’t think you know what a bad day is … but you’ll find out.” Rachel was to meet her divorce lawyer Andy (Jimmi Simpson) at a diner, but Tom arrived first, and, while phoning Rachel, he viciously beats Andy to death.  He had earlier stolen her smartphone and she realizes he has details of her life and friends,.  He demands who she wants killed next!. Tom breaks into Rachel’s mother’s house, gags Rachel’s brother, threatening murder to her on the phone. The chase is on and exciting, brilliantly choreographed, causing massive chaos and destruction with police sirens blaring. With superb direction by Derrick Borte, it’s shockingly violent but totally engrossing. (Scotiabank Theatre, Marine Gateway)
WHITE LIE (1hr 36min)  *** ½  Rarely does a film come along with no fanfare or star performers and you’re totally captivated by the story, the script and the performances. And this brilliant little gem is Canadian with screenplay and direction by 30-somethings' Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas. Katie (Kacey Rohl) is a young student who fakes she has terminal cancer, even to her generous partner Jennifer (Amber Anderson). To create the impression the cancer is incurable, she shaves her head and takes diet pills.. She raises money with fraudulent requests for donations, charity fundraising and borrowing money for a “very expensive operation in Seattle.” She wants a university bursary but she must provide proof of her illness with medical records by her doctor before the week is up. To forge documents would cost thousands, so she turns to her estranged father (Martin Donovan) and gets the response “I don’t believe you. I don’t think you have cancer,” pleading her to be honest and forthcoming. It’s a compelling fascinating character study of a pathological liar, winning awards for its production team. (VOD)  
THE WILLOUGHBYS (1hr 32min) *** Animation. A sarcastic talking stray blue tabby Cat (voice Ricky Gervais) is the narrator of this inventive computer animated comedy about the family of selfish spindly Father and heartless Mother Willoughby (Martin Short, Jane Krakowski) who are so obsessed and engrossed with each other that they resent their four clever children, Tim (Will Forte), Jane (Alessia Cara) and the creepy twin boys Barnaby A and B (Sean Cullen) who stay out of their neglectful parents’ way. An abandoned baby is left outside their home and the parents refuse the children’s re-entry till they find a home for her. They leave her with a kindly candy factory’s owner, Commander Melanoff (Terry Crews) and scheme to orphan themselves, presenting enticing world-wide travel brochure of perilous exotic locations for the parents. They succeed but first hire an eccentric, unconventional Nanny (Maya Rudolph). When the travel money runs out, the house is sold and demolished and the kids sent to foster homes. What can Nanny do? It would be a spoiler for me to go any further.(Netflix)

                                                              NEW DVDs....

NEW DVDs ... starting Tuesday September 29
THE LEGEND OF TOMARIS. Almira Tursyn, Adil Akhmetov, Yerkebulan Daiyrov, Berik Aitzhanov, Azamat Satybaldy
ROGUE Megan Fox, Philip Winchester, Jessica Sutton, Calli Taylor, Brandon Auret, Adam Deacon, Sisanda Henna
THE SILENCING  Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Annabelle Wallis, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Zahn McClarnon

NEW DVDs ... starting Tuesday October 2
ROGER WATERS - US + THEM. Documentary. From 2017-18 tour Songs from Pink Floyd and Waters' albums.

NEW DVDs ... starting Tuesday October 8
ELI ROTH'S HISTORY OF HORROR Season 1. Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, Rob Zombie, Slash, Robert Englund
INVISIBLE DRAGON  Martial Arts Movie  Max Zhang, Anderson Silva, Kevin Cheng, Annie Liu, Stephy Tang
THE PALE DOOR. Devin Druid, Zachary Knighton, Bill Sage, Pat Healy, Natasha Bassett, Stan Shaw, Melora Walters
THE SECRET GARDEN. Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Dixie Egerickx, Edan Hayhurst, Amir Wilson, Maeve Dermody
THE TAX COLLECTOR  Shia LaBeouf, Bobby Soto, Cinthya Carmona, George Lopez, Brendon Schaub, Jimmy Smits 
VALLEY GIRL  Jessica Rothe, Josh Whitehouse, Mae Whitman, Judy Greer, Logan Paul, Alicia Silverstone
YUMMY. Maaike Neuville, Bart Hollanders, Benjamin Ramon, Clara Cleymans, Annick Christiaens, Eric Godon

NEW DVDs ... starting Tuesday October 13
CATS & DOGS 3: PAWS UNITE!   Melissa Rauch, Max Greenfield, George Lopez, Sarah Giles, Kirsten Robek

NEW DVDs ... starting Tuesday October 20
CUT THROAT CITY Wesley Snipes, Terrence Howard, Eiza González, Ethan Hawke, Shameik Moore, Tip Harris,
THE GREAT Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge

NO ESCAPE   Denzel Whitaker, Keegan Allen, Kimberly Quinn, Holland Roden, Emelia Ares, George Janko
THE SECRETS WE KEEP  Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Chris Messina, Amy Seimetz, David Maldonado
THE VANISHED.  Thomas Jane, Anne Heche, Jason Patric, John Hickman, Aleksei Archer, Peter Facinelli

NEW DVDs ... starting Tuesday October 27
ATTACK OF THE UNKNOWN. Richard Grieco, Jolene Andersen, Douglas Tait, Robert LaSardo, Paul Gunn
AMULET   Carla Juri, Imelda Staunton, Alec Secareanu, Angeliki Papoulia, Paul O'Kelly, Yonah Odoom

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HARD KILL Jesse Metcalfe, Bruce Willis, Natalie Eva Marie, Lala Kent, Texas Battle, Swen Temmel, Sergio Rizzuto
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