Author: Jordan Parker

  • REVIEW: First Reformed a return to form for controversial director

    REVIEW: First Reformed a return to form for controversial director

    ‘Writer/director Paul Schrader has had a rocky career. From Taxi Driver’s beautiful screenplay to one too many pairings with Nicolas Cage, he’s been a formidable force for controversy in film for 40 years. With First Reformed — his meditation on religion and its place in society — he creates his best, most beautiful work in […]

  • REVIEW: Deadpool 2 surpasses the original in laughs, subversive wit

    REVIEW: Deadpool 2 surpasses the original in laughs, subversive wit

    Not since Empire Strikes Back has a sequel delivered so stunningly as Deadpool 2 manages to here. This slapstick, jive-talking, full-nonsense, R-rated superhero is at his comic best here, and somehow manages to improve upon the near-perfect original film. Ryan Reynolds — who embodies the best parts of the Merc With the Mouth — gets […]

  • REVIEW: Infinity War brings another thrilling chapter in MCU

    REVIEW: Infinity War brings another thrilling chapter in MCU

    To take a 150-minute film, cram an entire comic universe of characters into it, and come out with a cohesive, exhilarating plot is a Herculian feat. Brothers Anthony & Joe Russo have brought together a beautiful, masterwork of a film that works not only as one of the best superhero movies of all time, but […]

  • REVIEW: Life Of The Party a bit too tame

    REVIEW: Life Of The Party a bit too tame

    Melissa McCarthy is at it again with this bland, boring version of a sorority movie. In odd fashion, she plays the straight-woman in a form that truly doesn’t suit her best talents. McCarthy is the female version of Eddie Murphy’s Axel Foley: A wise-cracking, mile-a-minute riot who’s as unpredictable as possible. She plays a mother […]

  • REVIEW: Tully is a triumphant comeback for its director/writer duo

    REVIEW: Tully is a triumphant comeback for its director/writer duo

    From the man who brought us Juno and Up In The Air comes his best film in a literal decade. Tully is the story of a mother of three, and the bond she makes with a night-nurse her brother hires to help her with her newborn. Charlize Theron is absolute fire as the title character, […]

  • REVIEW: Rampage is more like a pleasure cruise

    REVIEW: Rampage is more like a pleasure cruise

    Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has built a steadfast presence as one of the most marketable movie stars today. He’s saved bloated franchises, given broad comedic performances and showed dramatic chops. So it makes sense he’d take aim at the most ridiculed film sub-genre and try to make a hit. With this video game adaptation, he […]

  • REVIEW: Melski’s Child Remains channels the best of horror greats

    REVIEW: Melski’s Child Remains channels the best of horror greats

    Celebrated Halifax filmmaker Michael Melski returns to the fold with this bone-chilling genre fare. The Child Remains draws inspiration from horror greats like Rosemary’s Baby — while still providing a bleak canvas of creativity on its own. Based on the Butterbox Baby scandal of East Chester, the film focuses on an expectant couple who visit […]

  • REVIEW: I Feel Pretty reaps laughs from a shallow pool

    REVIEW: I Feel Pretty reaps laughs from a shallow pool

    Amy Schumer has long been a passionate, difficult and courageous presence for both female empowerment and vitriol from her detractors. No topic — and no taboo — is off limits for the comedian, and with her latest effort, she tackles body image in a grand way. The problem with the well-intentioned film — about a […]

  • REVIEW: Never Really Here leaves brutal, lasting impression

    REVIEW: Never Really Here leaves brutal, lasting impression

    There’s no film this year more deserving of your attention than this Joaquin Phoenix comeback. The eccentric, up-and-down actor won the Best Actor prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, and will be a force come the Oscars. His understated, cold performance as a deeply troubled veteran who rescues kidnapped girls is reminiscent of De Niro […]

  • SPOTLIGHT: Earth: Seen From The Heart a resounding call for change

    SPOTLIGHT: Earth: Seen From The Heart a resounding call for change

    This French-subtitled ecology film comes to select theatres this month, just in time for Earth Day. After strong showings in Quebec markets, the film will now seek success in other areas, and this documentary is an evocative piece of cinema. Director Iolande Cadrin-Rossignol touches on everything from climate change to human views on animals and […]