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Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman (Rated R) is a suspense, thriller kind of movie. I really liked the actress, Carey Mulligan, who plays Cassie. She is a young 20 something, super smart, pretty, medical school dropout who works in a small coffee shop by day. And then at night, she goes out to local bars and pretends to be drunk so that she gets guys to try and take her home to have sex with her. One day, an old former med school classmate comes by the coffee shop and asks her out. This person talks about other classmates from med school and how successful they have become. He doesn't understand why she's working in a coffee shop and why she dropped out of medical school. This opportunity opens Cassie up to reveal her problems to him and the sweet smell of revenge that is to come.




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The Gift

A little bit older of a movie but is still really good. This thriller makes you double check that your doors are closed and has a good hook that keeps pulling you in. 

The Gift (Rated R) is available for checkout on DVD.




Fear Street Part One: 1994

Celebrate Halloween early with this teen slasher film based on the books by beloved author R.L. Stine. This is the first installment of a trilogy that follows a group of teens who are terrorized by an evil ancient spirit that has plagued their town for centuries. At first, Deena Johnson doesn't believe in the town witch; that is until her ex-girlfriend Sam accidentally disturbs the witch's grave following a car crash. The witch is furious and will stop at nothing until she gets revenge, no matter how brutal. The film does a great job honoring its source material and has an impressive, committed cast. If you're looking for horror/suspense mixed with 90's nostalgia, then this one's for you.

You can watch Fear Street Part 1: 1994 (2021, Rated R) on Netflix with one of our Rokus.



Let Him Go

George & Margaret Blackledge (played by Kevin Costner and Diane Lane), are a retired sheriff and his wife living with their son, daughter-in-law and grandson, on a Montana ranch. Their son, James dies in a horse riding accident and then many years later, their daughter-in-law, Lorna , remarries Donnie Weboy. Margaret sees that this union is very abusive and wants to get her ex daughter-in-law and grandson back. Lorna, Donnie and her son are taken away by Donnie's family. And George and Margaret must go to long measures to locate their grandson. Neither Donnie's family or George & Margaret are willing to let the boy go and George must rescue his grandson before it's too late. Very good movie.

Available in DVD and Blu-Ray.




Horizon Line

If you enjoy edge-of-your-seat thrillers, this movie is for you! Sara and Jackson are a young couple who board a small single-engine plane to fly to a friend's tropical island wedding. The pilot, who is another friend of theirs, is not in the best of health. Nothing bad could ever happen, right? Very shortly after takeoff, the pilot suffers a heart attack which proves to be fatal. Sara and Jackson have no idea where they are or how they can possibly land the plane. All they can see is miles and miles of ocean in every direction.

Watch Horizon Line (PG-13) available on DVD.




Uncut Gems

Known mostly for his comedic roles, Adam Sandler does a terrific job playing Howard Ratner, a gambling addict in New York City's Diamond District. He owns a jewelry store and struggles to pay off his massive gambling debts (well over $100,000). He has a rare and expensive opal smuggled into the U.S, but he lets basketball star Kevin Garrett borrow it for one night after he insists the stone will bring him good luck for his game. Howard has trouble retrieving the opal afterwards, and the people he owes money to are fed up. This anxiety-inducing thriller will you have biting your nails as you follow Howard through nerve-wracking scenes. As the stakes grow impossibly high, so does your anticipation for the final scenes; the end will leave you speechless.


Watch Uncut Gems (2020, Rated R) on DVD or Blu-Ray today.



The Last Right

I really enjoyed watching the movie called The Last Right on Hoopla. It was a quirky, light-hearted comedy set in Ireland. The story begins with a death in the family that causes Daniel Murphy to be flying from the US back home to his family's home in Ireland to attend his mother's funeral. A chance encounter with the passenger sitting next to him on the plane sets the entire movie in motion. I really enjoyed this movie because it reminded me of an updated 2021 version of  Rain Man. It is an interesting adventure with two brothers, a friend and a stranger and their adventure across Ireland not knowing that the police are in hot pursuit of them. It's about doing what's right for FAMILY.

Watch The Last Right on Hoopla.





Good Will Hunting

This terrific movie features the great pair Matt Damon and Robin Williams. Good Will Hunting (1997, rated R) has drama, comedy, romance—everything anyone would want. I sure wish I had a math brain like Will (Matt Damon); I would not be cleaning floors. It's cool how Will and his doctor (Robin Williams) end up helping each other but only after each can open up to the other.

I'm sure there were other important themes going on in this film however I must admit it's over my head. But I was drawn into this story nonetheless and I was pulling for Will to find happiness (and a better job).

Watch the film that garnered two Oscars: Robin Williams (best supporting actor) and Ben Affleck and Matt Damon (best original screenplay). Check out Good Will Hunting on Hoopla today.



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The Bourne Identity

A man is pulled from the ocean by a fishing boat. He is riddled with bullet holes but somehow still alive. He has no recollection of who he is or what he was doing, yet he has advanced combat skills and can speak several languages. A laser projector found with him gives the only clue: a safe deposit box number in Zurich. After he goes to the bank to retrieve the contents of the box, very dangerous people begin trying to kill him, and he expertly evades them. Can he remember who he is before it is too late?

The Bourne Identity (2002, PG-13) is the first action-packed movie in the Bourne series starring Matt Damon (and based on the novel of the same name by Robert Ludlum). Watch the entire series by checking out "The Bourne Series" binge box, which includes The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Legacy, and Jason Bourne.



The Founder

I highly recommend this film about the true story of the founding of McDonald's Corporation. It's about an ambitious malt shake mixer salesman, Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) and his chance encounter with Mac and Dick McDonald in 1954.

Mac and Dick have a highly successful hamburger stand in San Bernardino, CA. These two brothers have developed a speedy assembly line for producing hamburgers at a rate of 30 seconds from beginning to end. They changed the idea of a food stand or drive-in and came up with a cost-efficient model that is highly effective in reducing overhead costs. Ray Kroc sees the potential of this and goes into partnership with franchising the company, McDonald's.

The Founder (2016, rated PG-13) is the story of how Ray Kroc turned this concept into the billion-dollar empire that we have today. Check out the DVD today.


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Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind is by far, the BEST movie ever made. Each scene could be an oil painting, a work of art! The story is so fascinating, and it has been impeccably transferred to the screen. By the end of my first viewing, I wanted to see it again. I thoroughly enjoy it every time that I watch it. One is completely transported back to this point in time.

Check out Gone with the Wind (1939) today. Starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, and Hattie McDaniel, this film won 8 Oscars. You can also listen to the soundtrack on Hoopla.




Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is the coolest kid in his suburban school, and he has decided to take a day off with his best friend and girlfriend. After scheming their way out of attending school for the day, they sneak into Chicago for an adventure. Everything seems to go Ferris's way, but the principal is on to him and determined to put an end to the fun. This John Hughes film, with Ferris's signature soliloquies, is a classic 80s comedy.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986, PG-13) is part of the "1980s Radical Adventures" binge box along with E.T., Ghostbusters, Goonies, and Better Off Dead. And for more films set in Chicago, check out our list Location: Chicago.


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Tremors

Val (Kevin Bacon) and Earl (Fred Ward) have decided to leave the small, isolated town of "Perfection" for greener pastures. Unfortunately, they are a little too late. There's something under the ground, and it's killing people one by one. Now they are trapped. This comedy-horror film will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Tremors (1990, PG-13) also stars Michael Gross and Reba McEntire. This film is available on DVD in the Binge Box "Funny and Scary Collection" along with Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, Cabin in the Woods, and What We Do in the Shadows.


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975, rated R) is a great film that brilliantly illustrates the tyranny of authoritarian care, scary institutional stations, and social support systems. It depicts how they can trap people into dependency whilst robbing them of their dignity and independence. The film shows how the labeling or "statementing" of minds regardless of age can remove all sense of responsibility, adulthood, control, and accountability for their actions. 

This movie featuring Jack Nicholson shows how in life, one has to take risks to reap rewards and that 'flying over a cuckoo's nest' implies that taking some lesser risks are better avoided as they can lead to far greater dangers namely to risk being consumed like the hatching fledglings eaten by the young cuckoo laid in the bird's nest.

The film won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. 

Check out One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest today. Based on the novel by Ken Kesey.

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1945

I recommend the black and white film 1945. Set in a small village in Hungary in 1945 just as World War II finished, it opens on a summer day as the town prepares for a wedding. Two Jewish men get off the train with two large crates and go through town. The town's residents are wondering who these two men are and why they have returned. Some of the town's people were part of a coverup in getting a prominent Jewish family deported and taking over their possessions. Many of these people have such profound guilt, leading to irrational decisions while they think these two strangers are there to take back what was taken from this family. What happens in the town all takes place in a few hours.

This film was released in 2017, winning several awards at film festivals. In Hungarian with English subtitles. Watch 1945 on Hoopla today.