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Love, Rosie

This lovely little dose of romance comes to us from Girlboss director Christian Ditter and is one of my unsung favourites in the genre.

The relationship between lifelong best friends Alex and Rosie has constantly been platonic, but as they grow older, they begin to wonder if they should take it further.

With the complications of love, sex and relationship drama, their friendship splinters and cracks, and can either form into a relationship or fall apart altogether.

It’s a beautifully shot film with great leads in Lily Tomlin and Sam Claflin. They have a subtle, unique chemistry and both come into their own on screen here.

It’s one you’ve probably never heard of, but you’ll never forget it after your first viewing.

4/5 Stars

Basic

John Travolta & Samuel L. Jackson reunite nine years after Quentin Tarantino hit Pulp Fiction for this bombastic thriller.

Travolta plays plays a D.E.A. agent tasked with investigating the disappearance of a crude, unorthodox Army Ranger Drill Sergeant and part of his time after a training exercise goes wrong.

Many of the complaints leveled against the film come the convoluted script from James Vanderbilt.

The scribe, known for The Rundown, Zodiac, and The Amazing Spider-Man actually forces the audience to pay attention here, lest they become lost in the shuffle.

The acting is superb, from Jackson and Travolta to incredible supporting turns from some of my favourites, Giovanni Ribisi and Taye Diggs.

With a huge twist and payoff at the end, you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled, but this is a film worth investing in.

4/5 Stars

Galveston

From actress-writer-director Melanie Laurent comes this brooding, gloomy tale of a hit-man who avoids a set-up and goes on the run with a young prostitute along for the ride.

This revenge thriller is written by Nic Pizzolatto, and based upon his own novel. He’s most famous for the first season of series True Detective, and here he captures crime, infamy and raw emotion with an impressive lens once again.

Ben Foster – from Hell or High Water, The Messenger and Alpha Dog – turns in another truly fantastic performance as dying killer-for-hire Roy. Foster is such a tightfisted force at this point in his career than I’m unsure he’s capable of a bad performance.

Co-star Elle Fanning is equally fantastic here, and the two put on quite a show for discerning viewers.

4/5 Stars

FYRE

This incredible documentary about the major concert that wasn’t is one of the best Netflix originals put to screen so far.

It looks at entrepreneur Billy McFarland’s dream of holding a major, luxurious music festival on Bahamian island Great Exuma, and the fraud that the man inflicted on the whole world.

The film begins with the dreams McFarland and rapper Ja Rule had to put on the festival in 2017 to the eventual downfall, social media and news outcry and conviction of McFarland of fraud after the festival turned out to be fake.

To watch this journey into the mind of a sociopath is so interesting, and anyone looking for a lens into how this all happened should be satisfied here.

4.5/5 Stars

Santa Clarita Diet

This wonderful dark comedy about a mother who becomes a zombie, and the work her family does to keep the secret.

Sheila and Joel, a real estate agent couple in Santa Clarita, California, see their life take a turn when Sheila begins eating neighbours and clients.

Joel – played with wonderful, bizarre brilliance by Timothy Olyphant – does all he can to help his wife and keep normalcy.

Olyphant and Drew Barrymore are charming and hilarious here, and if you can handle some gruesome fun, you should check this out. The third season is premiering this week.

4/5 Stars

New Releases To April 5, 2019:

Jane the Virgin, season 5

Suits, season 7

15 August, Netflix original film

McQueen

The Highwaymen, Netflix original film

Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series

Fifty Shades Darker

Les Miserables (1998)

Memoirs of a Geisha

Snatches

Billy Elliot

The Hulk

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Part 2

Unicorn Store, Netflix original series

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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