Author: Jordan Parker

  • REVIEW: Father Figures brings back Owen Wilson, but not in classic form

    REVIEW: Father Figures brings back Owen Wilson, but not in classic form

    Father Figures is your perfect Showtime afternoon movie. It’s light, it’s simplistic, and it can be a lot of fun. But when you look at the credits of the talented cast, this certainly won’t be a standout for any of those involved. Perhaps most disappointing is that this is Owen Wilson’s return to leading man […]

  • REVIEW: Molly’s Game scribe Sorkin deals a perfect hand in directorial debut

    REVIEW: Molly’s Game scribe Sorkin deals a perfect hand in directorial debut

    Aaron Sorkin has toiled and told some of the greatest Hollywood tales in recent memory. The screenwriter was behind The West Wing, A Few Good Men, The Social Network, Moneyball and Steve Jobs. Now — pulling double duty as a first-time director and the screenwriter — he turns in an ambitious, invigorating first effort behind […]

  • REVIEW: Plummer, Scott work movie magic in All The Money In The World

    REVIEW: Plummer, Scott work movie magic in All The Money In The World

    Ah, the film that Kevin Spacey almost ruined. When magnificent director Ridley Scott surgically removed the embattled Spacey from his latest picture, he recruited Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer to replace him. After a series of reshoots on this J. Paul Getty kidnapping picture, this film was released just in time for Christmas. Trust me when I […]

  • REVIEW: Den of Thieves is an actor’s heist flick

    REVIEW: Den of Thieves is an actor’s heist flick

    Part New Jack City, part Heist, but with one of the pinache, this cops-and-robbers caper is the first big surprise of 2018. Gerard Butler’s career is resurrected in his first great role since Law Abiding Citizen nearly a decade ago. He’s smug, loathsome and brutal as corrupt cop Nick O’Brien. He gives chase to a […]

  • REVIEW: Hostiles is brutal, brilliant

    REVIEW: Hostiles is brutal, brilliant

      When critics and audiences look back at the 2017-18 awards season, this Western will be the film they grossly underestimated. Christian Bale gives his best performance since his Oscar-winning turn in The Fighter. His quiet gravitas and screen presence as Army Captain Joseph Blocker is captivating. He is tasked with escorting a notorious Cheyenne […]

  • John Mahoney’s underrated gems

    Sadly, two-time Golden Globe nominee John Mahoney died Sunday. He was 77. His publicist Paul Martino confirmed the news to the Hollywood Reporter. The actor — who was also a Tony award winner — was best known for playing the cantankerous father on hit sitcom Frasier. But he definitely enjoyed a number of tasteful, impressive film […]

  • A movie lover’s manifesto

    I still remember my first time in a cinema seat. As Disney’s Beauty & the Beast glittered and glowed to life in my local Fredericton, N.B. theatre, my two-year-old body was overcome with a sensation I can only equate to wonderment. The fear of the growling beast, the magnificence of beautiful princess Belle were not […]