Author: Jordan Parker

  • 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 […]