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The Big Short
From the director of Anchorman and every other silly comedy you’ve seen in the last decade starring Will Ferrell comes this hilarious, provocative, intensely brilliant look at the financial collapse.
The right, I said it. Adam Mckay’s The Big Short is absolutely brilliant. This movie is for anyone who never learned a thing about the financial collapse in the U.S. because they couldn’t follow the numbers, including myself.
It’s so entrancing and well-written that you’ll feel like a genius at the end. It’s a rare film that teaches you and entertains you.
With a stellar cast, including Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Brad Pitt and Steve Carell, it truly is a wonderful flick.
Nobody puts Baby in a corner, and those famous words have kept this film iconic since the 1980s.
The Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey romance features lovely dancing sequences and some really awesome chemistry between the leads.
When Frances “Baby” Houseman falls for her dance instructor Johnny Castle at a resort, tensions erupt.
This is a huge vehicle for the two stars, and one of Swayze’s biggest hits, next to B-movie Road House.
It’s really one you have to see in all its cheesy, adorable glory.
The Blind Side
Sandra Bullock took an average tale inspired by a true story and turned it on its head with her Oscar-winning turn as mother and champion of her new family addition Michael Oher.
This tells the true story of the homeless boy who became a first-round NFL draft pick with the support of the family he chose.
The Michael Lewis book was incredible, and translates well to the screen, with Bullock anchoring the whole thing.
Quinton Aaron and Tim McGraw give great supporting performances in this stellar sports movie that boasts tons of heart.
Though it never quite reaches the height of Marty Scorsese classic Goodfellas, this story about mobsters and gambling tells a brutal, enthralling tale.
When two best friends come up together in the business as a casino executive and his enforcer, they end up fighting over turf, money, and the executive’s beautiful, troubled wife.
While Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci are absolutely breathtaking here, and James Woods gives a stellar supporting turn, this film belongs to Oscar nominee Sharon Stone, in a career-best turn as a drug addicted wife.
This film is one of my favourites and a genre great worth every bit of praise.
This movie about the world of acapella came in the midst of Glee fever and spawned two sequels, for good reason.
The girl-power flick is hilarious, heartwarming and features some characters you’ll never forget.
At the centre of it all is Becca, played wonderfully by the multi-talented Anna Kendrick. She helps take a university acapella group out of the stone age and infuses it with some new beats and rhythm.
With hilarious performances from Brittany Snow, the ever-lovable Rebel Wilson, Workaholics star Adam Devine, and a wonderful, soulful performance from Ben Platt, this one is music to my ears.
New Releases To September 16:
- Bill Burr: Paper Tiger
- Evelyn: Netflix Original
- Head Count
- Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea: Netflix Original
- The Chef Show, Volume 2: Netflix Original
- Edge Of Darkness
- The Other Woman
- Homeland: Season 7
Jordan Parker's weekly film reviews can be found on his blog, Parker & The Picture Shows. Catch a full 10 days of FIN International Film Festival content there starting September 11.