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Morning Glory

As a journalist, it can sometimes make me cringe to watch movies about the everyday lives of reporters. It’s hard to see and identify that much with a film.

But with Morning Glory, it’s the screenplay and performances that really make this all so accessible.

Rachel McAdams is an absolute joy as a television producer for a flailing cable morning news program that’s on the brink of cancellation. When her co-host clash and refuse to get along, she must right the ship however she can.

Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford are absolutely hilarious, and Ford’s self-aware, smug performance as a grumpy old newsman who thinks his job is beneath him is a treasure.

With Patrick Wilson as the love interest and Jeff Goldblum as McAdam’s wary boss, this is an absolute gem.

4/5 Stars

Detroit

Kathryn Bigelow is a dynamite director, and her fact-based telling of the 1967 Detroit race riots is stunning.

This story of police corruption and blatant racism is eye-opening and infuriating, and the performances make it that much better.

Johnny Boyega is incredible here and proves he’s worth his salt, while sinister performances from Ben O’Toole and Will Poulter are also great.

If you ask me, Detroit is proof enough Poulter would have made an incredible Pennywise in IT, despite the controversy that got him ousted from the role.

This is a well-acted, searing drama that everyone should see. Once you do, you won’t be able to forget it.

4.5/5 Stars

Starred Up

This brutal meditation on prison, reform and how to tame someone who’s known violence all their life is incredible.

It revolves around Eric, 19, who ends up in a series of brutal scraps in prison. Therapy and advice from his also-incarcerated father are all he has, but that may not be enough to pull him out of his trajectory.

The performance from Jack O’Connell – from Unbroken and the 300 sequel – is terrifying and insane. But Ben Mendelsohn is the best thing about this film, and proves once again he’s part of the Hollywood elite.

It’s a difficult watch, but you certainly will be rewarded.

5/5 Stars

Road To Perdition

This gangster tale rife with sophistication and intrigue is one of Tom Hanks’ most surprising, intelligent pictures.

The direction from Sam Mendes is elegant and sure-handed. With an Oscar for best cinematography, it’s a truly gorgeous flick.

Tom Hanks is enigmatic in the lead, and Teen Wolf star Tyler Hoechlin – only 15 at the time of shooting – is impressive. A supporting role from Paul Newman also surprises.

This is a rich endeavour and one you’ll savour until the end.

4/5 Stars

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

I can’t even begin to describe all the reasons I love this comedy.

It’s insane, hilarious, endearingly silly and has a go-for-broke comedy style you can’t help but appreciate.

Will Ferrell gives a career-best comedic performance as Ron Burgundy, a sexist, racist, and misogynist anchor in San Diego who hosts the top-rated news broadcast in the area.

But his life is upended when a woman joins the team, in the name of diversity in a world where the workplace is seen as no place for women.

Directed by Adam McKay – whose gone on to direct big titles like The Big Short and Vice – and host of career-high supporting turns from Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner, this is one of the funniest movies of all-time.

5/5 Stars

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  • The Spy: Netflix Original
  • Elite: Season 2
  • Dragon’s Den: Season 13

Jordan Parker's weekly film reviews can be found on his blog, Parker & The Picture Shows




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Jordan Parker is a freelance journalist & public relations student. He's been a movie nerd since he was old enough to walk, and the first movie he saw in theatres was Beauty & the Beast.
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