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This has been affectionately seen as one of the absolute coolest movies of my teens – a Matrixesque actioner with a heck of a plot.
Following a loser office worker who finds out he’s the son of a professional assassin, it was a coming-out party of sorts for James McAvoy, the Englishman previously known for dramas.
This full-tilt, guns-blazing flick starred a sultry Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman, and is to this day one of the most watchable, fun movies of the last 15 years.
For a fun, mindless day in, start with this guilty pleasure of a film.
Girl On The Third Floor
I don’t know how it happened, but with this flick former wrestler C.M. Punk has become an onscreen force.
This horror film – somehow loved by critics and hated by IMDB users – shows there are consequences to everyone’s actions.
When tattooed, burly Don begins working to restore an old home for his wife and incoming child to move into, he soon learns about the terrible things that happened in the structure.
But when he also meets neighbourhood temptress Sarah – he lets temptation get the best of him and finds himself with a stalker. This movie pulls no punches in making sure everyone gets their due.
It’s bloody, violent and one heck of an interesting time.
It’s Denzel Washington’s most entertaining – though not his best – film in the last 10 years.
He’s known for incredible thrillers and elevating them with his acting prowess, and as a fugitive being guarded in a safe house that becomes compromised, he’s fantastic.
Washington teams with a game Ryan Reynolds here, and the two have awesome chemistry. Add veteran actors Sam Shepherd and Brendan Gleeson, and we have a pretty great ensemble cast.
It’s action-packed, full of intrigue and entirely intense, and you’ll love every second.
This is one of the most compelling movies of the 2000’s that no one ever seems to remember.
It begins with a well-worn struggle between a rookie FBI agent and his boss, but you will not see even half of the twists coming.
It’s taut, with a career-best performance from Ryan Phillipe and a showcase for the venerable Chris Cooper.
This story of loyalty, lies and how to know who’s on your side is a tense drama, and one you need to see immediately.
Ready Player One
This huge homage and nod to pop culture is one of the most entertaining movies I’ve seen in years.
With easter eggs aplenty, director Steven Spielberg creates a modern classic. This video game-style film follows Wade, who plays character Parzival in a virtual reality world called OASIS.
In a post-apocalyptic time where people would rather be in a game than deal with their lives, an unexpected event pits everyone against each other.
The creator of the OASIS dies, and post-humously challenges all players to find his Easter Egg, unlocking his fortune and control of Oasis.
Parzival chases this with help of friends Aech, I-R0k, and Arrt3mis in a film with all the romance, action and intrigue of all your Spielberg favourites.
This one is a really cool film, and worth a look for sure.
Jordan Parker's weekly film reviews can be found on his blog, Parker & The Picture Shows.