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A Hilary Swank space series & the original Bourne trilogy: 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.

The Bourne Trilogy

Excepting the Jeremy Renner Bourne movie and the fourth one, the original trilogy flicks are absolutely masterful pieces of action filmmaking.

Bourne Identity, Supremacy and Ultimatum are classic actioners with a character Matt Damon made iconic.

Centred on a man who wakes up with terrible amnesia, a gun and fake passports, the Bourne films are about trying to figure out who he is.

The arc of the three films is incredible, and with direction that’s top-notch, this is a trilogy worth binging.

4/5 Stars

Jaws

Perhaps one of the best films of all time, I recently saw Jaws at Cineplex on the big screen for the first time. It didn’t disappoint.

This shark movie proves that the greed of people on this small coastal tourist town of Amityville may prove to be their downfall.

Stuck between keeping beaches open to allow tourists to come, and the ultimate safety – but economic downturn – for everyone, Chief Brody is pressured to keep beaches open when he knows in his gut there’s a problem at sea.

When the shark – the effects still hold up 40 years later – rears his ugly head, we panic and shriek as an audience. The score, the direction from Steven Spielberg, and the terrifying sequences are among the best put to film.

The acting from Roy Schieder, Richard Dreyfuss, and especially Robert Shaw as fisherman Clint is top-notch.

This is a film you won’t forget, and it’s worth a revisit every chance you get.

A Star Is Born

One of my favourite films of the last five years, this remake of A Star Is Born showed the world Lady Gaga was a world-class actress, and that Bradley Cooper was incredible behind the camera too.

Cooper directs this incredible film about a troubled rock star who meets a young singer and helps her catapult onto the A-list.

But as his own problems – including a serious alcohol problem – threaten to become his downfall, his own career begins to spiral.

The two musicians are deeply in love, but can their love withstand his self-destructive behaviour?

With tour-de-force performances from Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, original songs that make for a showstopping soundtrack, and enough emotional resonance to stop anyone in their tracks, this is a classic.

4.5/5 Stars

Interstellar

The exploration of space became a focus of auteur Christopher Nolan’s incredible work Interstellar.

It centres on a team of explorers who go through a wormhole in space and try to save humanity.

Nolan creates an ambitious, beautifully-shot film with a grandiose nature that cannot be ignored.

His cast, including Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Timothee Chalamet, John Lithgow, and Ellen Burstyn is top-notch.

It’s a beautiful ensemble and an absolutely larger-than-life film exploration that you won’t soon forget.

4/5 Stars

Away

This fantastic new Netflix show is about an American astronaut who joins a mission that could very well mean her death.

She leaves a husband and daughter behind as she joins other astronauts from across the globe.

Hilary Swank is incredible here, in the best role she’s had in at least 10 years. I’ve always been a fan of Josh Charles, and he gets some room to flex his acting prowess as well.

The characters are well-drawn and three-dimensional, and we begin to care for all involved very quickly.

This is a show that starts off deliberately slow, but picks up pace quickly. Strap yourself in and enjoy the ride.

4/5 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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