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A slasher classic and Denzel’s best in years: This week’s best and biggest on Netflix

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3:10 To Yuma

This incredible remake of the classic 1957 western of the same name is one of the best, most prolific films of the 2000s.

Scoring two Oscar nods for Original Score and Sound Mixing, you can live, breathe and feel this movie, and it has so much truly going for it.

The story of a rancher instructed to hold a captured outlaw awaiting a train to court in Yuma becomes a game of cat-and-mouse as the two push against each other.

Directed by the capable James Mangold – who would go on to make Wolverine and Ford Vs. Ferrari – this is a well-captured film, and it’s breathtaking to watch.

The acting from Russell Crowe, Christian Bale and especially Ben Foster is nothing short of spectacular.

This is a movie that will come out guns blazing and never let up.

4.5/5 Stars

American Psycho

There’s no doubting the insane, sadistic nature of this adaptation of a Bret Easton Ellis novel, but it’s also one of the zaniest serial killer films ever assembled.

Directed by Mary Harron, there’s not quite anything like it in movieland, and it will go down as one of the most shocking American films ever made.

Christian Bale gives the performance of a lifetime as yuppie Patrick Bateman, corporate banking executive by day, serial killer by night.

This riff and satire on capitalism and wealth, as well as the ideal American dream, is side-splittingly funny while at the same time horrific. Bale makes this movie.

It’s his show, and he’s reason alone to watch this 20-year-old flick.

4/5 Stars

Blade Runner

Completely dismissed and misunderstood upon its 1982 release, this sci-fi tilt has become an absolute classic over time.

Harrison Ford stars in this incredible piece about a blade runner trying to terminate four replicants who stole a chip from space. They have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Sound confusing? Well, it is, and you’re going to have to pay attention. But it is most definitely worth it.

Rutger Hauer gives a fantastic performance as a villain and Ridley Scott directs this beautiful film with a firm grasp.

It’s a true masterpiece, but one you have to really pay attention to in order to truly appreciate it.

4/5 Stars

Captain Phillips

This is Tom Hanks’ second-best role of the 2010s – right behind his turn as Mr. Rogers – and it’s a movie that is incredible taut and tense in every frame.

This true story of Captain Richard Phillips, and his push back against Somali pirates who hijack his ship in 2009.

It was the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years, and the story is absolutely enthralling. It’s made all the better by the fact director Paul Greengrass is at the helm.

Greengrass is known for Bourne movies, United 93, and Green Zone. It’s one of the best of the decade, and it’s largely because of his sure hand.

While Hanks is wonderful, and unexpected performance from newcomer Barkhad Abdirahman in a supporting performance made of gold really stands out. He’s incredible as the head of the pirates, and it’s a showing to behold.

All in all, this is some really well-wrought entertainment for your viewing pleasure.

4/5 Stars

Fences

This family drama showcases Denzel Washington better than we’ve seen him in 20 years.

The Oscar winner is complex and difficult as a working-class African-American father who raises his family in the 1950s using tough love.

He’s hard on his sons, difficult with his wife, and drinks a bit too much while working a job he truly hates.

It’s his most layered portrayal since Training Day, and the fact he also directed this effort is a huge testament to his abilities.

The screenplay, from the August Wilson play, is nothing short of fantastic. With crisp dialogue and rich characters, this study of human emotion and family dynamics hits home.

Washington, Viola Davis – who won an Oscar here – and young Jovan Adepo are all larger than life.

This is one you can’t miss out on. It was one of the best of 2016.

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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