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A shark movie extravaganza and Animal Kingdom returns: This week’s best and biggest on Netflix

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The Meg

This movie was one of my most anticipated since I heard about its inception.

Jaws is in my top five films, and Deep Blue Sea is my absolute guilty pleasure. I grew up on creature features, so to see this come to fruition was a dream.

A group of scientists – led by Jason Statham – exploring the Marianas Trench discover and let loose a Megalodon. The huge shark begins raising hell all over the sea.

With supporting performances from a scene-stealing Rainn Wilson (The Office’s Dwight), and a diverse cast including Bingbing Li, Cliff Curtis, Winston Chao and Ruby Rose, this was a whole lot of fun.

There’s terror in the water in this feature, and excitement is abound every second. It’s a heck of a good time.

4/5 Stars

Broken City

Any time you put Mark Wahlberg in a crime thriller, there’s a high percentage chance you’ll be thoroughly entertained.

While Broken City doesn’t rank among his best, he’s convincing as ex-cop Billy Taggart – now a private detective – who stumbles upon a conspiracy entangling Mayor Nicholas Hostetler.

Wahlberg and co-star Russell Crowe (as the Mayor) are convincing and entertaining, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, an actress who doesn’t work enough, adds an elegance to the proceedings.

The plot is a little formulaic, and it plays out exactly as you expect, but watching Crowe and Wahlberg struggle for power is worth it.

3.5/5 Stars

The Night Clerk

This indie will never go down as anyone’s favourite film of all time. But for the sheer weirdness factor, you can’t go wrong with the imaginative Night Clerk.

Writer-director Michael Cristofer wrote The Witches Of Eastwick, and has directed such controversial films as Body Shots and Original Sin. Maybe best known for his work on Angelina Jolie TV-movie Gia, he’s always been a provocateur of sorts.

The Night Clerk doesn’t always reach heights like that, but it’s suitably creepy and incredibly effective at points.

Tye Sheridan – known as the kid from Joe and recent star of Ready Player One – gives his most layered performance yet as Bart, a hotel backshift worker with Asperger’s.

He set up cameras in the hotel rooms and watches guests interact – purportedly to learn their gestures and how to communicate effectively – but when he witnesses a murder, all bets are off.

Now the prime suspect, he must convince a snarling detective, played by John Leguizamo, things aren’t what they seem.

It’s endlessly weird and sometimes derivative, but Tye Sheridan is reason enough to dive in.

3.5/5 Stars


Perhaps one of the most incredible, jarring documentaries I’ve seen in years, Disclosure hit me hard.

The film that takes a hard look at Hollywood’s portrayal – and the stigma – of transgender people on screen over time is unflinching.

It connects the dots to how our media, and the things we see, have affected trans people in America, attitudes toward them, and most importantly, how they feel about themselves.

Using film clips, unending interviews and amazing insight, it’s Laverne Cox leading the proceedings as we get colour commentary from people in all segments of the entertainment industry.

It’s awe-inspiring, and I defy you not to rethink at least three movies or shows you loved that you now realize contained problematic material.

This is so educational, and should be required, comprehensive viewing. This is such an important conversation, and now it’s put to screen.

5/5 Stars

Animal Kingdom

Based on the exceptional Australian film of the same name, this explosive series is one of the best shows on television.

Animal Kingdom brings the action to Southern California instead of Australia, and follows the Cody family, a group of armed robbers who make their expensive living off crime.

Led by their matriarch Smurf – Ellen Barkin, in a resurgent performance – they constantly try to make huge scores, but the underlying secrets and issues in the family threaten to destroy them from the inside.

With dynamite performances from Shawn Hatosy, Scott Speedman, young Finn Cole, and an eclectic, committed supporting cast, this is prime entertainment.

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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