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On the Basis of Sex
This incredible telling of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s story is one of those movies that just never received the attention it rightly deserved.
We see the future Supreme Court Justice’s struggle for equal rights and her legal prowess, and the telling of her story is absolutely mind-blowing.
Director Mimi Leder — known for working on television shows like The Morning Show, The Leftovers and Shameless — is a formidable talent who brings it all to this one.
Felicity Jones is wonderful in the starring role, and though he’s embattled off-screen, Armie Hammer gives the best turn of his career as husband Martin.
With a cast shored up by Justin Theroux, Sam Waterston, and Kathy Bates, it’s a star vehicle all-round.
This is a film that teaches without ever being preachy, and it’s an underrated gem.
This remake turns up the blood and shocking, grotesque nature. And while it doesn’t capture the spirit of the original, it’s also terrifying.
Writer-director Fede Álvarez — who also did the spectacular Don’t Breathe — ratchets up the tension here.
The story of a group of friends visiting a remote cabin, and their discovery of a book that summons demons to them, is one of the scariest films of the last 10 years.
No one can replace Bruce Campbell, original director Sam Raimi and the original trilogy. But this iteration goes in a different, more dark direction.
Jane Levy gives a stalwart performance here, and it’s a scream queen turn to be remembered.
It isn’t high on plot, but if you’re looking for chills and thrills, you’ll love this one.
Why Did You Kill Me?
This true-crime documentary gives an inside look at the death of a young woman and the family’s fight to figure out the truth.
When 24-year-old Crystal Theobald was killed in a gangland shooting, her entire family struggled to figure out why.
Her mother and other family members use social media to solve the case, much to the chagrin of local police.
But there are factors. Police wonder if it was a revenge killing, due to the not-so-stellar pasts of Theobald’s family, and there are questions about turf wars also.
This is an interesting, mile-a-minute true story that will please all crime aficionados.
This sci-fi tilt was one of my absolute favourite movies last year, mostly due to the incredible atmosphere.
Co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead — working on a hugely satisfying script from Benson — create an almost dystopian world that’s hard not to find wondrous.
The movie revolves around paramedic partners who come across a series of deaths related to a new drug. But this isn’t any drug: It transports people to other places in time and threatens to close the loop, leaving them there forever.
Anthony Mackie, one of my favourite working actors, and Jamie Dornan gives hugely impressive performances here — and their work elevates the already wonderful script.
This is destined to be a genre cult classic, and I can’t wait for you to see it.
The Woman in the Window
This remake of the classic film is an interesting — albeit tonally uneven — film that is a cut above the average thriller.
It follows an agoraphobic woman who lives in her home in New York, where she spies on her neighbours.
But in this Rear Window reminiscent film, she witnesses a murder across the street. When she attempts to report it, she’s met with skepticism from police as those across the street deny the incident.
Our heroine’s most difficult journey is to figure out if she can trust her own mind and instincts.
Directed by celebrated Darkest Hour, Atonement and Pride & Prejudice auteur Joe Wright, he infuses this film with a signature style.
The cast, led by Amy Adams and featuring Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore, Anthony Mackie, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry and Fred Hechinger, features some hard-hitting performances.
It may skip along on some familiar plot beats, but it’s a stylishly done film that will allow you to be entertained by a smart feature.
Jordan Parker's weekly film reviews can be found on his blog, Parker & The Picture Shows.