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James McAvoy’s 24 personalities are on full display in Split, and a John Singleton classic hits the streamer: The week’s best and biggest on Netflix

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Mile 22

This raw, potent thriller was thrashed upon its release, and yet it remains one of few action films from 2018 that actually remains in the forefront of my thoughts.

The film re-teams Mark Wahlberg with director Peter Berg, as the two have found success together prior with Patriot Day, Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon.

Here, they trade true stories for FBI drama and the cosmic weight of being freed up to tell a fictional tale allows Wahlberg to let loose.

He’s unhinged here, and dare I say, gives his best performance since The Departed as a hothead intelligence officer suffering from PTSD.

The elite marksman is tasked with moving a police officer with sensitive intel out of Indonesia, with threats, double-crossing and sights marked on them the whole time.

It’s high-octane and a heck of a good time, with a Hollywood mainstream performance from foreign-language The Raid’s Iko Uwais. A few more turns like this and he’s destined to reach fame in America also.

4.5/5 Stars

Split

M. Night Shyamalan has been in the dog house for years. After The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable showed early promise, a string of misfired landed the director in the shadows with other Hollywood outcasts.

But with Split – a spiritual sequel to Unbreakable – he proves he’s still got a ton of stories left to tell.

The Oscar nominee puts together an incredible film about a man with 24 personalities who kidnaps three girls.

Playing the man – in a career-defining role – is James McAvoy, who is impossible to take your eyes off.

The attention to detail, effective plotting and horrifying turn from McAvoy make for Shyamalan’s best film since 2000’s The Sixth Sense.

With Split sequel Glass hitting Blu-ray, it’s about time you got caught up on this modern classic.

4/5 Stars

Boyz n the Hood

I’d like to pay tribute to director John Singleton with this pick, as he recently suffered a stroke.

The man is a film legend, and this one may just be his very best.

The film, which earned Singleton two Oscar nominations, follows three young men in the ghetto of L.A., and the struggles they go through to make a life for themselves.

With explosive performances by Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Angela Bassett, it’s one of the most emotional, heartfelt films I’ve witnessed.

Singleton put his heart and soul into this one, and it shows.

4/5 Stars

Wonder Woman

Finally, a DC Studios film worth the price of admission.

Wonder Woman is not only an incredible showcase for Gal Gadot, but the study of the character and her origins is near-flawless.

This is an empowered movie that’s more interested in character development than action, and the attention to detail shows.

It revolves around Wonder Woman – Diana – who goes to earth with a crash-landed pilot (Chris Pine) to fight a war.

The film benefits greatly from a directorial presence that isn’t the bombastic Zack Snyder, who serves only as producer here.

The subtleties and intricacies of this beautifully made, well-shot, superbly acted comic book film can be attributed to Monster director Patty Jenkins, who has the gravitas to make this work on all levels.

This is a film made by a woman, with strong female actors and a wonderful lead, and it’s accessible to everyone. It’s a true work of art, and the best DC film yet.

4.5/5 Stars

The Choice

Maybe I’m biased, but I love a potent love story based on a Nicholas Sparks novel.

From A Walk To Remember to The Notebook, he’s never let me down, and the film adaptations rarely do either.

I had never read The Choice going into the film, but I wasn’t disappointed. The first thing about this is the casting is perfect.

Benjamin Walker has this aura to him that’s impossible to ignore, and the way he and Teresa Palmer interact makes for palpable chemistry.

The story of neighbors in a small town who eventually become lovers is beautiful, gripping and will hit you right in the feels.

3.5/5 Stars

New Releases To April 30, 2019:

  • Bonding (Netflix Original Series)
  • Street Food (Netflix Original Series)
  • Yankie (Netflix Original Series)
  • Little Women (1994)
  • Burning
  • Anthony Jeselnik: Fire in the Maternity Ward (Netflix Original Comedy)

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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