Author: Jordan Parker

  • REVIEW: Thoroughbreds a twisted acting showcase

    REVIEW: Thoroughbreds a twisted acting showcase

    Thoroughbreds is the type of film that will ostracize a fair bit of its audience, but those who love it will champion the madcap filmmaking. First-time director Cory Finley takes this pitch-black film and somehow manages to inject it with some unexpected laughs and triumphs. The film explores the friendship between two loner girls, and […]

  • REVIEW: J. Law is raw, calculated in difficult Red Sparrow

    REVIEW: J. Law is raw, calculated in difficult Red Sparrow

    Jennifer Lawrence had made a career out of her bold choice in roles. Though espionage thriller Red Sparrow never quite comes full circle, it’s a hell of a showcase for Hollywood’s ‘it’ girl. Dominika Egorova has her ballet dreams ripped away with one terrible accident, and is left with an impossible choice from her domineering […]

  • REVIEW: Strangers sequel provides thrills, lacks common sense

    REVIEW: Strangers sequel provides thrills, lacks common sense

    The inherent problem with making a sequel is the follow-up won’t only be compared to similar films, but faces the scrutiny of rabid fans of the original. A decade in the making, Strangers 2 might have fared better against backlash regarding the tropes and cliches of horror films if it stood on its own. But […]

  • REVIEW: Death Wish a little less Die Hard, a lot more Hostel

    REVIEW: Death Wish a little less Die Hard, a lot more Hostel

    In his heyday, getting Bruce Willis for your action movie meant everyone was in for a generous helping of genre fare. These days, he’s more hit-and-miss. And yet, when it was announced he’d headline a remake of the 1970’s genre hit Death Wish, originally starring Charles Bronson, I was excited. Could this be a return […]

  • REVIEW: Game Night a hell of a ride

    REVIEW: Game Night a hell of a ride

    Game Night is the type of film you feel terrible for laughing at, but the dark themes and situational peril are so deftly balanced that you can’t help it. Jason Bateman and Rachel MacAdams star as that annoying couple who have to turn everything into a competition. And yet, we love them, because these are […]

  • REVIEW: Black Panther the best MCU entry to date

    REVIEW: Black Panther the best MCU entry to date

    To say Marvel’s Black Panther is the best in the comic book film studio’s lexicon doesn’t even begin to describe the great depth at this film’s core. It’s not just a superhero film; it’s a cultural landmark, a showcase of African American pride and tantamount to other genre films that transcend the very confines that […]

  • REVIEW: Call Me By Your Name an emotional, resonant triumph

    REVIEW: Call Me By Your Name an emotional, resonant triumph

    A film that can tug at your heart and break through without the typical bombast or heavy hand of a studio picture is something to relish. Here, this character study of a 17-year-old and his coming-of-age romance with a 24-year-old manages to burst with affection, sensuous undertones and near-perfect examination of matters of the heart. […]

  • REVIEW: Country twang and homegrown heart mark Forever My Girl

    REVIEW: Country twang and homegrown heart mark Forever My Girl

    There’s something truly heartwarming about this small, charming, out-of-nowhere film. It’s an unassuming, familiar tale of romance and never giving up on those we truly love. Liam Page returns to his quaint hometown after eight years touring as a country superstar. But when he does, there is a less-than-joyous crowd of family and friends upon […]

  • REVIEW: 15:17 delays and sputters on arrival

    REVIEW: 15:17 delays and sputters on arrival

    There’s something especially heartbreaking about a filmmaker’s failure when dealing with a story of real-life heroism. To fumble with a fictional script is an afront to the writer and audience, but to create a plodding, boring mess of an event that inspired the world is especially distasteful. Here, bravura director and film icon Clint Eastwood […]

  • REVIEW: Pitch Perfect pleasant, but slightly off key

    REVIEW: Pitch Perfect pleasant, but slightly off key

    This ending to the acapella saga that captivated a nation provides the closure fans of the Pitch Perfect franchise needed. But that doesn’t mean this film was all that necessary. While funny and diverting, Pitch Perfect 3 is an unoriginal effort. All the Barden Bellas are back, with no new flavour and very little character […]