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This Oscar-nominated feature is a bone-chilling mystery with the sensibilities of old school noir and the pedigree of a huge period piece.
Angeline Jolie gives the performance of a lifetime as a grieving mother who spars with the L.A.P.D. when they bring home a child who isn’t her missing child.
This intricate, twisty thriller is directed to perfection by great Clint Eastwood, and cinematographer Tom Stern got an Oscar nod for his work here.
It’s one of the best-plotted films I’ve seen in a long time, and I’ll be revisiting it this weekend for sure.
Crazy, Stupid, Love
This remarkable romantic-comedy is one of my favourite films to watch when I need a pick-me-up.
When a middle-aged man is left by his wife, he befriends a young, suave womanizer, who teaches him the art of picking up women. The story is so much more complicated than that, but to tell you is to ruin the hilarious surprises.
With a flair from This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman – on here as the writer – and a cast including Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Kevin Bacon, this is a pure joy to watch.
It’s the most memorable romantic-comedy of the 2010’s, and I could re-watch it 1,000 times and never get bored. It’s a true gem.
This film about the interviews post-Watergate scandal between British journalist David Frost and disgraced former president Richard Nixon is immersive.
Under the sterling direction of pro Ron Howard, this David and Golaith back-and-forth is one of the best films based on a true story.
It’s also an acting master-class, with Frank Langella commanding the entire screen as Nixon, until Michael Sheen finally spars and takes the reins. With a supporting cast including Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell, Rebecca Hall and Oliver Platt, this one is packed with talent.
It’s a searing drama and has all the potency of the best journalism features out there.
Though perhaps it’s not the best film in Jennifer Lawrence’s canon, she strikes a serious chord as ballerina Dominika Egorova, who is recruited to the Russian intelligence service.
But what she doesn’t know is she must use her body and sexuality as a weapon, often to her detriment. She targets a C.I.A. agent, but the relationship between the two could cause rifts in both nations.
While incredibly difficult to watch – featuring extensive sequences of graphic sex – this is a film that is not for everyone.
However, to see a fearless Lawrence in her darkest role yet is worth it, if you can stick through it.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
In the vein of Riverdale, the charming tale of Sabrina The Teenage Witch has been taken on a dark turn in this Netflix adaptation.
Now into its third season, the story of Sabrina, half-human, half-witch, and her struggle with balancing both worlds is a devilish delight.
With an incredible young cast – and Kiernan Shipka absolutely slays as Sabrina – this show is equal parts terrifying and fully entertaining.
It goes places you’ll never expect, but you’ll enjoy every second of the journey.
Jordan Parker's weekly film reviews can be found on his blog, Parker & The Picture Shows.