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A Stephen King instant classic and a Robin Williams favourite: This week's best and biggest on Netflix

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Check out Jordan Parker's 'The week's best and biggest on Netflix' every Friday on HalifaxToday.ca.

The Glass Castle

Brie Larson gives another incredible showing in this true story about a young woman who revolts against her live-off-the-land parents.

The dysfunctional family proves too much for Jeannette (Larson), who becomes an ad executive and embodies everything her family protests against.

Told partially through flashbacks, it follows her imaginative, alcoholic father Rex (Woody Harrelson, in incredible form) and artist, free-spirit mother Rose Mary (Naomi Watts) as they try to provide a whimsical life for their children, even while they struggle to hold down jobs and provide basic necessities.

This story of the family you’re born with, and whether you’re truly better off without parents you disagree with, is a tearjerker and an incredible book-to-film adaptation.

4/5 Stars

Awakenings

Any time Netflix adds a Robin Williams film, I’m all over it. He was a brilliant comedian and incredible actor gone too soon.

One of his most underrated dramatic works was this little gem, a forgotten film that netted a Best Picture, Best Writing and Best Actor nomination in 1991.

Here, Williams works with the nominated Robert DeNiro in a tale about a new drug that comes on the market which may revive encephalitis epidemic victims.

Directed by Penny Marshall (Big, A League Of Their Own), this is a heartfelt tale.

4/5 Stars

IT

Stephen King’s famous horror novel about a murderous clown in a small town is given a fantastic reboot with this 2017 film.

Set in 1989, it follows a band of misfit kids who endeavour to destroy a monster lurking in their sewers after it kills one of their siblings.

IT takes the form of Pennywise, a terrifying clown, and he unleashes havoc on small Maine town, Derry.

Bill Skarsgard is truly unsettling as Pennywise, and this is the scariest film of the decade. With Chapter Two coming to theatres September 6, 2019, it’s time to see this one – whether for the first time or a revisit.

4.5/5 Stars

The Beguiled

This tale of intrigue, sexual awakening and betrayal is another stellar entry from writer-director Sofia Coppola, even if it isn’t as effective as it could have been.

It follows the residents of an all-girls school in Virginia during the American Civil War, who find a wounded soldier at their doorstep and take him in.

However, a kind act soon leads to dissent among the girls, young and old, and the soldier finds himself in peril.

What makes this a worthy entry are the amazing performances from Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman, and Colin Farrell. They elevate the material to new heights.

3.5/5 Stars

Blow

This true-story crime drama about one of the best-known drug smugglers in American history is one of my favourite films of the millennium.

Johnny Depp gives a unique, idiosyncratic take on George Jung, the man who worked with the cartel and Pablo Escobar to establish cocaine in the U.S. in the 1970s.

Depp, along with Penelope Cruz as his wife, makes the film, and his every move is magnetic. It’s a thrill-ride with a ton of intrigue.

This film lays the groundwork for so many crime films with drug ties that came after. It’s an incredible biopic of a strange man.

4/5 Stars

New Releases To September 1:

  • Elena
  • For The Birds
  • Geostorm
  • Letters To Juliet
  • Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups
  • Premonition
  • Second Act
  • The Book Of Henry
  • The Dark Tower
  • Family Guy: Season 17
  • The Walking Dead: Season 9

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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