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A cheerleader classic and a Netflix blockbuster: This week's best and biggest on Netflix

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Check out Jordan Parker's 'The week's best and biggest on Netflix' every Friday on HalifaxToday.ca.

Project Power

From the directorial team that brought you the frenetic, intense Nerve comes this big-budget, high-concept blockbuster.

Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman have put together an intense actioner about a pill that gives the users incredible powers for five minutes – for better or worse.

No one knows what their power is until they try, leaving a New Orleans cop, a teen drug peddler and an ex-soldier to team up in order to stop the spread of the pill.

Jamie Foxx brings huge star charisma to this movie, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt delivering his most entertaining turn in years. However, it’s the young Dominique Fishback who absolutely steals this film with a star-making turn.

This isn’t the most intelligent film of 2020, but with stark visuals, a gritty sensibility and a game cast, it’s certainly a lot of fun.

3.5/5 Stars

Bring It On

If you don’t love this cheerleading cult classic, I’m not sure if we can be friends.

It is majorly cheesy and a whole lot of fun, and it’s an iconic little piece of rom-com cinema.

This story of a high-ranking high school cheer squad who realize their previous captain was stealing and appropriating routines from the all-black inner city squad makes for an incredibly fun movie.

Director Peyton Reed – who went on to direct Ant-Man – does an admirable job with material that certainly isn’t top-notch. It’s not a dynamite script, but it’s certainly one of the better 2000’s comedies, and it’s really fun.

Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford and especially Gabrielle Union give all-star performances and make this so absolutely worthwhile.

4/5 Stars

Man Of Steel

It may not hold a candle to a certain Christopher Reeve classic, but I will always be thankful for this film.

After all, it introduced me to the fantastic Henry Cavill, who I consider to be a stark, intense and wonderful Superman.

Director Zack Snyder has gotten a lot of hate since some failed DCU efforts, but taking a look at 300 and Man Of Steel will remind you just what he’s capable of.

From a stellar screenplay by Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy scribe David S. Goyer comes the Superman movie we truly deserve after the 2006 misfire Superman Returns.

It’s darker, it’s gritty, and it features an all-star cast. Cavill, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Diane Ladd and Kevin Costner as the Kent parents, and a key villain role from Michael Shannon make this a must-see.

It’s pure popcorn entertainment with a brain, and that’s exactly what you’re looking for sometimes.

4/5 Stars

We’re The Millers

Perhaps one of the most surprising comedies of all time, We’re The Millers made my jaw drop and left my cheeks aching from laughter in 2013.

This is the hilarious story of a long-time pot dealer who assembles three people in his life to act as a fake family so he can sneak a huge shipment across the border into Mexico.

Jason Sudeikis, who I always have time for, is the lead, and I dare say he’s the least impressive of the bunch. Jennifer Aniston is absolutely wonderful as a stripper he hires from a club he frequents, and Emma Roberts is wonderful as the fake daughter.

But it’s Will Poulter – who catapulted into stardom with roles in The Revenant and The Maze Runner following this – who is the best of the cast. He is unabashedly going full-tilt, and his character is so well-developed.

This is a raunchy, no-holds-barred ride, and it’s a whole lot of fun if you don’t mind potty mouths.

4/5 Stars

Sweet Magnolias

This isn’t an incredible Netflix original, but this southern-set comedy goes down like a glass of fresh iced tea.

Created by Sheryl J. Anderson, the writer and producer of hit 2000’s show Charmed, it’s a sweet little show about the trials and tribulations of three female best friends in South Carolina.

One is going through a messy divorce, one is trying to keep her restaurant afloat, and the other wonders if she let her career as a lawyer take too much time from her personal life.

The three are best friends, and decide to open a spa together in their little town. It’s a lovely show, and it’s great if you just want easy entertainment.

With winning performances from JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliott, and Heather Headley, as well as nice support turns from Justin Bruening, American Pie’s Chris Klein and the younger sibling, Jamie Lynn Spears, this is a lovely little ride.

3.5/5 Stars

Jordan Parker's weekly film reviews can be found on his blog, Parker & The Picture Shows.


About the Author: Jordan Parker

Jordan Parker is a freelance journalist and runs entertainment firm Parker PR. He's been a movie nerd since he was old enough to walk.
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