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A sci-fi movie that will blow your mind and the Kissing Booth is open for business again: 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 Kissing Booth 2

While it doesn’t retain all the adorable, amiable power of the original, The Kissing Booth 2 still has plenty of charms.

It catches us back up with Elle and her handsome boyfriend Noah – showing their struggles with long distance now that Noah is in Boston. With jealousy abound, insecurities awoken and a new guy trying to steal Elle’s heart, there’s plenty new to enjoy here.

The cast is as wonderful as ever, and Joey King is watchable in just about anything. Joel Courtney and Jacob Elordi are great as well, but newcomer Taylor Zakhar Perez is scene-stealing as a new love interest.

It’s overlong at over two hours, and doesn’t necessarily seem like it’s a needed sequel, but it’s fun enough for fans of the original.

3.5/5 Stars

Stand Up Guys

Sometimes when you bring three incredible actors together, that’s all you need to make something great.

Stand Up Guys is an interesting, thoughtful gangster picture that allows Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin chew the scenery together, and that’s more than enough.

The story follows aging three gangsters who come back together for one last party before one final assignment – one of the fellas has to kill another.

Fisher Stevens hit it big with documentary The Cove, winning an Oscar, and he shows his flair for the dramatic here. The character actor crafts a really fantastic film.

But the way these three thespians come together and make this a must-see picture is what really makes this film worth a look.

4/5 Stars

Smallfoot

This movie is – by and large – incredible levels of cute and gets by on its immense lovability. It’s just a huge bag of fun.

Smallfoot follows a Yeti who becomes convinced that scary creatures known as “humans” exist in the play on Bigfoot lore.

The voice cast is diverse and wonderful, from Channing Tatum and James Corden to Zendaya, Common, Danny DeVito and even LeBron James.

Equal parts funny as sweet, helmers Karey Kirkpatrick and James Reisig bring a whole lot of fun to this topsy turvy flick.

The best you can hope for with a kids' movie is some wonderful escapism, and Smallfoot does its job in spades. Both you and your children will absolutely adore it.

4/5 Stars

The Predator

I’ll let you know most critics disagree with me here, but I thought this update on the classic Arnie flick Predator was an absolute, carnage-filled blast.

The Predator franchise has had its many ups and downs, but with Iron Man and Lethal Weapon writer Shane Black at the helm, I think the series was in wonderful hands.

Sporting a hard-R rating, an all-star cast and some incredible special effects, it’s one heck of an action tilt.

Boyd Holbrook stars as a mercenary who sends an artifact home, only to have his young son (played by wonderful Oscar nominee Jacob Tremblay) open it and unleash the predator in the suburbs.

With help from his mercenary friends – including Moonlight’s Trevante Rhodes, the hilarious Keegan-Michael Key and a rare comedic turn from Punisher star Thomas Jane – this boasts an eclectic cast.

Also on board is the always-welcome Olivia Munn as a scientist, Game Of Thrones star Alfie Allen, and Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown as the villain.

It’s politically incorrect – I’ll give the critics that – but it does exactly what it sets out to.

4/5 Stars

Upgrade

Logan Marshall-Green has been steadily building his resume since his days on FOX teen drama The O.C., and has become a reliable actor who I love.

Here, he stars in the sci-fi film from writer-director Leigh Whannell, the man responsible for Saw, Insidious and the recent remake of The Invisible Man.

He’s a well-known horror auteur, and with Upgrade, he shows a considerable range and a wonderful penchant for sci-fi.

The film set in the near-future sees technology control everything, much to the chagrin of Grey Trace, who wishes things went back to the old days.

When his wife is murdered, he must seek revenge, and begins using technology to his advantage to do so.

This is a truly incredible piece of film, and it certainly holds up. It’s worth a watch from everyone.

4.5/5 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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