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Leave No Trace
This critically-lauded drama drew raves for director-writer Debra Granik, young star Thomasin McKenzie, and veteran actor Ben Foster.
The film, about a father who camps out and lives off the land with his 13-year-old daughter, sees them both caught up in the social services system when they’re found in an urban park.
As daughter begins regular schooling and father is forced to stop living off the land, they find it difficult to adjust to their new surroundings.
Nominee for Gotham, Film Independent and a winner as a Top Ten Independent Film of 2018 from the National Board of Review, this one is a keeper.
The film that catapulted Christian Bale as a serious actor into the mainstream, American Psycho is the adaptation of the snarky, twisted Bret Easton Ellis novel.
Following a wealthy banker in New York City, the film follows the debutante man during his off-hours, as he kills women he meets around town.
Bale is incredible in this schizophrenic, insane, passionate role, though the movie is not for everyone.
It’s a satire about high-life living, and about the audience’s fascination with violence, and it stands as a cult classic.
With the new, certified rotten and critically-maligned Hellboy reboot in theatres, some may be wishing for some respite.
Well, folks, the best cure for the blues over the new flick is to revisit an old friend.
The original 2004 Hellboy take is on Netflix, and it certainly holds up.
Gruff, grumpy and perfect Sons of Anarchy star Ron Perlman stars as the demon Hellboy, raised after being rescued from Nazis.
He’s a defender against dark and evil forces set to destroy the world, and with visionary, Oscar-winning writer-directore Guillermo del Toro on board with proceedings, it’s a frenzy of fun.
Forget the 2019 version exists: You’ll always have this.
John Carpenter’s Vampires
This bloody, full-blown B-movie, schlocky horror great is everything you want from low-grade, popcorn frightfests.
James Woods (yes, that guy) stars as vampire hunter Jack Crow, who travels with his team to abandoned churches and dark corners all over the globe to rid the world of vampires.
Directed by the king of horror John Carpenter, it follows Crow as he tries to escape a super-vampire following an attack that kills almost his entire team.
With Woods and Daniel Baldwin aboard, it’s an eclectic, interesting cast in a movie you can’t take too seriously.
A must-see for any horror lover, Vampires his a gem in the rough. Watch it at sundown.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
This war-time drama – centering on a 19-year-old coming back from Iraq – is a difficult watch, but a necessary one.
As Billy goes on a victory tour with his comrades, flashbacks show what really happened out there.
There is a large chasm between actual events and what the American public is led to believe.
Directed by Brokeback Mountain auteur Ang Lee with elegance and grace, it’s underrated and emotional.
Stars Joe Alwyn, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin & Chris Tucker all turn in wonderful performances in a film you won’t likely forget.
New Releases To April 22, 2019:
- The Happytime Murders
- A Fortunate Man (Netflix Original Film)
- Cuckoo Season 5
- Someone Great (Netflix Original Film)
- Weed The People
Jordan Parker's weekly film reviews can be found on his blog, Parker & The Picture Shows.