Author: Jordan Parker

  • REVIEW: Indian Horse a difficult, but necessary film experience

    REVIEW: Indian Horse a difficult, but necessary film experience

    Not all films are intended as escapist, popcorn entertainment. Indian Horse — a harsh examination of the life of Saul Indian Horse — is unflinching in its portrayal of both the best and worst in the First Nations man’s life. The film festival favourite shows the horrors inflicted upon young kids in the residential school […]

  • REVIEW: Quiet Place a heart-pounding thriller

    REVIEW: Quiet Place a heart-pounding thriller

    Rarely does a thriller attack the senses like A Quiet Place. In a film where silence is king, you’ll be able to hear a pin drop in even the busiest of theatres as your heart pounds with suspense. John Krasinski — who you’ll remember as funnyman Jim from The Office — pulls triple duty as […]

  • REVIEW: Blockers a hilarious comedy with a social conscience

    REVIEW: Blockers a hilarious comedy with a social conscience

    In its glory, Blockers could have been the next Hangover: a movie so damn funny that substance was an afterthought. But with the directing debut of Kay Cannon — writer of the Pitch Perfect trilogy — there’s an intelligence and conscience behind this teen sex comedy that leaves its mark long after the credits. Part […]

  • REVIEW: Chappaquiddick a rich, complex character piece

    REVIEW: Chappaquiddick a rich, complex character piece

    The type of mature, methodical filmmaking contained within Ted Kennedy scandal drama Chappaquiddick is a lost art. The story of the senator’s car crash off a bridge in 1969 that claimed the life of Mary Jo Kopechne, a campaign worker, is told with a sure hand. With precise pacing, artful performances and patient tonal shifts, […]

  • REVIEW: Miracle Season sticks to sports film tropes, but more than delivers on heart

    REVIEW: Miracle Season sticks to sports film tropes, but more than delivers on heart

    In a world where people fight to be extraordinary, we’re taught to defy convention. But sometimes in film — as is the case with The Miracle Season — sticking to tried-and-true just works. While Miracle Season won’t make any best-of lists this year, it’s certainly never disappointing. It does go through the sports drama motions, […]

  • REVIEW: Annihilation hindered by a flimsy third act

    REVIEW:  Annihilation hindered by a flimsy third act

    Annihilation is the type of frustrating film that presents so much potential, and squanders it during the big reveal. This female-led sci-fi picture is impeccable in its casting, but director Gareth Edwards fails to provide proper closure to an evolving story. Based on the novel series Southern Reach, it revolves around a group of female […]

  • REVIEW: Beau Dick doc a deep portrayal of influential artist

    REVIEW: Beau Dick doc a deep portrayal of influential artist

    The life of First Nations activist and artist Beau Dick is immortalized in this beautiful, provocative film. Like the cultural landmark pieces he created, his life story is as beautiful, magnetic and moving as can be expected. Maker of Monsters is one of the best documentaries to come about in recent memory, and limited showings […]

  • REVIEW: Action-packed Raider best video game adaptation ever

    REVIEW: Action-packed Raider best video game adaptation ever

    After a beloved video game and two average-to-middling movies, Tomb Raider is back as a reboot iteration. It’s part of a adaptation lexicon that churns out embarrassingly bad films based on beloved game characters, and manages to be the best ever. Star Alicia Vikander brings new life to the role, while raising the overall quality […]

  • REVIEW: Midnight Sun rises over usual genre fare

    REVIEW: Midnight Sun rises over usual genre fare

    Midnight Sun is a romantic drama that exemplifies the best qualities of the genre. It’s a humorous, moving and deeply satisfying film — One that takes the characters from the page and turns them into living, breathing people in front of your very eyes. The screen takes great care to focus on and celebrate the […]

  • REVIEW: Love, Simon a triumphant coming out story

    REVIEW: Love, Simon a triumphant coming out story

    As queer culture has become more mainstream, steamy gay sex scenes, passionate forbidden affairs and other things that were previously taboo are hitting screens. But not until this thoughtful, beautiful portrait of a young man’s struggle to come out have we seen a truly honest, heartfelt attempt to provide insight into the LGBTQ community. Love, […]