Author: Jordan Parker

  • REVIEW: Mudbound the most underrated film of 2017

    REVIEW: Mudbound the most underrated film of 2017

    Mudbound is the kind of film that doesn’t just come along every day. What sets it apart from racial films like Birth of a Nation or 12 Years A Slave is that it gets its message through within the beautiful subtleties of great filmmaking. Missing are the racial slurs that have dogged these types of […]

  • REVIEW: 12 Strong a war film with more heart than brawn

    REVIEW: 12 Strong a war film with more heart than brawn

    Fatigue for real-life war films is beginning to set in for me. I can only watch so many “based on a true story” fare before I long for some well-written fiction. But don’t discount 12 Strong as just another genre piece: It’s truly a feat of heroism and heart that shouldn’t be missed. It tells […]

  • REVIEW: Disaster Artist a satirical gem

    REVIEW: Disaster Artist a satirical gem

    This is a film that’s so good, it makes you want to immediately see the terrible film it was based on, if only to keep the dream alive a little longer. James Franco is incredible playing real-life director and actor Tommy Wiseau, whose film The Room became one of the worst films of all time […]

  • REVIEW: The Post is more footnotes than substance

    REVIEW: The Post is more footnotes than substance

    If you’re going to make a movie in which the audience knows the ending — for the love of God, make it a fun ride to the conclusion. This story of the Washington Post’s fight to publish The Pentagon Papers and their battle for the freedom of the press is a pot-boiler that spends more […]

  • REVIEW: Tonya Harding biopic foul, endlessly funny

    REVIEW: Tonya Harding biopic foul, endlessly funny

    Satirical, bitingly funny films like I, Tonya live and die by how game the performers are to give it all. U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding is infamous, and anyone with an eye on the news in 1994 will surely remember the case. Margot Robbie — the beauty in Tarzan and Wolf of Wall Street — […]

  • REVIEW: Star Wars presents a bold franchise vision

    REVIEW: Star Wars presents a bold franchise vision

    The Disney acquisition of the Star Wars franchise has introduced a whole new generation to the sci-fi classics. Newly-made films The Force Awakens and Rogue One have reinvigorated the love and passion that has been burning inside cinephiles since the original in 1977. Though The Force Awakens may have caused a mass hysteria around this […]

  • REVIEW: Fifty Shades frustratingly falls flat

    REVIEW: Fifty Shades frustratingly falls flat

    Here comes the final chapter in the erotic, repulsive film trilogy based on the Fifty Shades books. This film — inexplicably popular to the droves of women sure to fill theatres everywhere — isn’t just a terrible outing. The story of BDSM-obsessed billionaire Christian Grey and his sub relationship with his now-wife Anna isn’t just […]

  • REVIEW: Jumanji delights, dazzles in wonderful reboot

    REVIEW: Jumanji delights, dazzles in wonderful reboot

    In a film era when reboots and long-gestating sequels reign supreme, somehow, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, manages to be both, and be far better than anyone expected. It’s a whole lot funnier than the 90’s original, and with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart’s undeniable chemistry, this is one of the most enjoyable films of […]

  • REVIEW: Sam Rockwell is a revelation in biting Three Billboards

    REVIEW: Sam Rockwell is a revelation in biting Three Billboards

    There is nothing outright funny about the subject manner in Oscar hopeful Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. In fact, a story about a mother’s fight to have her local police department take more immediate action her murdered daughter’s case could be a damn good drama. But here, director Martin McDonagh finds comedy in even the […]

  • REVIEW: It’s musical greatness and grandiose set-pieces for The Greatest Showman

    REVIEW: It’s musical greatness and grandiose set-pieces for The Greatest Showman

    Not since 2002’s Chicago have I tapped my toes, hummed the tunes and bopped my head with such delight in the theatre. The Greatest Showman is not Oscar material, and that’s why it’s only nominated in Best Original Song, but it may just be the most inspirational and aspirational movie of the year. Hugh Jackman […]