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Out from the depths of the cancelled Lethal Weapon series comes the affable Seann William Scott.
The man known for playing jock buffoons with hearts – including in American Pie, Road Trip and every other raunchy 2000’s comedy until 2008 – disappeared from the scene for a while, his age barring him from the typecast roles he used to inhabit.
But with thriller Bloodline, Scott takes on the biggest challenge of his career. As mild-mannered Evan, he plays a father and husband who will do anything to keep his family and friends safe and happy.
The only problem is the doting dad and guidance counsellor is a homicidal maniac by night, leaving a moral conundrum in place as he solves the tumultuous lives of his students in a criminal manner.
He’s absolutely fantastic here and proves he’s no one-trick pony. While it does go through the motions, it’s also amazing to see his transformation.
This is the role of Scott’s career, and he makes this indie film his own.
This film – about a security team fighting for their lives against terrorists in Libya – is Michael Bay’s most polished effort as a director.
The action auteur has made a career of making things explode and having his films saved by interesting actors and performances. With 13 Hours, it’s the transformation and performance of John Krasinski.
Krasinski – of The Office fame – is completely shredded and in action hero mode, and he absolutely nails it. Along with Pablo Schneider and James Badge Dale, the cast make a great team.
The action is solid, gritty and the tone of the film is spot on. While it’s not Bay’s best film, it’s definitely his most mature. Discerning moviegoers will definitely enjoy this one.
To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
This sequel to the smash-hit Netflix rom-com is just as adorable and funny as the original.
Now that Lara Jean and Peter are a couple, their new romance could be thwarted when a previous recipient of one of her old love letters comes knocking.
Lana Condor is hilarious and infinitely sweet here – building on her rapport with Noah Centineo from the original. Centineo, the king of Netflix comedies, is handsome and charming as ever.
New to the proceedings is Jordan Fisher as John Ambrose, a past crush who becomes a thorn in Peter’s side. Holland Taylor – of Two And A Half Men fame – is also hilarious as a senior at the retirement home John Ambrose and Lara Jean volunteer at.
Overall it’s a sequel that matches the original and still separates itself enough to be enjoyable in its own right.
Director Karyn Kusama exploded onto the scene with Michelle Rodriguez film Girlfight in 2000. However, she’s been dormant for years. But with The Invitation, she showed everyone just what she was capable of.
This slow-burn thriller revolves around a man and his friends accepting an invitation to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife. But with the reunion comes old pain to the surface. Not everything stays in the past here, and Kusama exploits it.
Logan Marshall-Green – of The O.C. fame – is an absolute force. He’s the king of indie thrillers, and he proves once again here that he’s an actor with capabilities well beyond what you’d expect from his CW drama beginnings.
As tensions ratchet up and things continually look less like they seem, we’re given a thriller that’s both surprising and intensely interesting. One of my favourite discoveries, it’ll hit you hard.
Locke & Key: Season One
This horror series – based on the comic book series written by Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill – comes to Netflix and conjures up quite a scare.
The Locke family moves to their ancestral home after the murder of the patriarch, but they soon realize the home is full of magical powers – none of them for the greater good.
Darby Stanchfield – of Scandal fame – is the mother Nina, where the three children are played by Connor Jessup (Closet Monster), Emilia Jones, and Jackson Robert Scott, who played the terrifying Georgie in IT.
The acting is top-tier, with lesser-known brother Aaron Ashmore also part of the proceedings – but the show suffers from two very different plotlines.
It’s part CW high school drama and part horror anthology, and the latter is where the show really works. Shot in Lunenburg, it’s a beautiful show with great cinematography.
It has massive potential, and a second season may just capitalize fully on that.
Jordan Parker's weekly film reviews can be found on his blog, Parker & The Picture Shows.