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Canada Day releases for your binging pleasure: The biggest and best on Netflix

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

Hey folks. Just a heads up the following picks are up to and include the Monday, July 1 holiday, so you may not see a few of these hit the streamer until that day. But rest assured, there’s a ton of content to keep you satisfied this weekend.

From Dusk Till Dawn

This full-on bonkers Robert Rodriguez film is one of the most insane, devilishly enjoyable of the 1990’s.

A total genre mash-up where the less you know, the better, it stars George Clooney in an off-the-cuff, totally awesome role as a criminal on the run with his unhinged brother (Quentin Tarantino).

They hole up in a truck stop after unleashing chaos, but there are dark secrets lurking in the shadows that are far beyond any evil they could ever imagine.

Don’t read the reviews. Don’t watch the trailer. Don’t inform yourself. Like the Sixth Sense, if you’ve gone this far in life without knowing the twist, you’re in for one heck of a ride.

5/5 Stars

The Avengers

This beautiful, sprawling superhero flick that brought Marvel’s best together came out seven years ago.

Yes, seven years ago. Upon review, while it doesn’t reach the incredible cinematic heights of sequels Endgame or Infinity War, this laid the groundwork for some of the best superhero films of all time.

Bringing together Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor and more, it also brings the stars under these suits together in a fantastic ensemble.

What really makes this original film pop, though, is the writing and direction from Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator and sci-fi nerd Joss Whedon, a consistently satisfying helmer.

It’s a great movie, and one you probably haven’t seen in a while. Endgame, the fourth in the Avengers series, hits BluRay in August. Maybe a re-watch of this gem is worthwhile beforehand.

4/5 Stars

Jackie Brown

This Quentin Tarantino classic doesn’t get enough cred, and I’m so happy it’s finding a home on Netflix.

Probably his least-seen film, Jackie Brown is a send-up of classic blaxploitation films, and finds Pam Grier in a career-defining role.

It reteams Tarantino with Samuel L. Jackson as well, in a more muted performance than Pulp Fiction, but a heck of a fun one nonetheless.

Tarantino is known for bringing fading screen greats back to their former glory, and he gets incredible work from Bridget Fonda, Robert Forster, and Michael Keaton. With strong support work from Robert De Niro and even a cameo from Chris Tucker, this is a stacked cast.

The script, from a pulpy Elmore Leonard crime novel, it really fantastic. Check this one out for sure if you like Tarantino.

4/5 Stars

Spider-Man: Homecoming

We’re in a post-Avengers world, and the new Spider-Man flick arriving in theatres next week will be the first since the epic conclusion Avengers: Endgame.

As many superheroes’ stories changed in Avengers, Spider-Man still has so much story left to tell.

This film is the first in the most recent reboot of the series, and finds Peter Parker trying to balance high school with the perils of web-slinging. Tom Holland is the best, most talented Parker ever, and this is a fantastic re-introduction to the universe.

With Avengers alum Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Peter’s mentor, there is some real bromance going on here. Throw in a really interesting villain performance as the Vulture from Michael Keaton, and we have a pretty great superhero flick.

Try this out ahead of Spider-Man: Far From Home, and you’ll be ready what that film drops this month.

4/5 Stars

When They See Us

The four episodes of this searing mini-series based on a true story make for some of the best, most poignant television I’ve ever witnessed.

Five teen boys from Harlem are, through police interrogation, evidence tampering and aggressive tactics, put on trial for a rape they did not commit in the 1990’s.

The fact this is a true story makes things even more difficult, and the performances from the young stars here are among the best I’ve ever seen from actors under 20.

Parents and lawyers, played by such names as John Leguizamo, Vera Farmiga, Niecy Nash, Michael Kenneth Williams, Joshua Jackson and Felicity Huffman are all literally incredible.

The work and cast assembled by auteur Ava DuVernay are truly unbelievable, and this cannot be missed.

5/5 Stars

New Releases To July 2:

  • Girlfight
  • Life As We Know It
  • Dope: Season 3
  • Instant Hotel: Season 2
  • Anne With An E: Season 2

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




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About the Author: Jordan Parker

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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