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Netflix: What’s new? What’s worth it?

Netflix: What’s new? What’s worth it?
29 Jul
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Daddy’s Home 2

The 2015 original about a step-father (Will Ferrell) who goes head-to-head with the biological father (Mark Wahlberg) for affection from the kids was a comedic misfire.

With terrible timing, poor slapstick jokes and a lazy script, I thought it was one of the most underwhelming films of that year.

But with this sequel — bolstered by the grand chemistry of the returning leads — things are redeemed.

It follows the two men, now friends, who try to get through the holidays when both their fathers visit.

John Lithgow and a hilarious, gruff Mel Gibson are polar opposites, and by far the best part of this sequel.

It’s a feel-good film that packs a lot of funny.

4/5 Stars

S.W.A.T.

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This fantastic action flick marked the early period in Colin Farrell’s career when he was more rugged, handsome action star than serious thespian.

Here, he’s a hot-headed recruit to an elite police squad run by a veteran officer (Samuel L. Jackson).

It’s just smart enough to manage and doesn’t take itself too seriously either. With a game cast that also includes Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J, Josh Charles and one of A-lister Jeremy Renner’s first big roles, it’s better than anyone could have expected.

The thrills are aplenty, the action is awesome, and there’s a killer soundtrack. It all makes for a heck of a time.

4/5 Stars

Please Give

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This little indie gem follows a New York City couple who fight endlessly with the granddaughters of the elderly woman in the apartment they own.

Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt are affable and uniquely human as landlords planning to renovate, redecorate and expand upon the eventual death of the woman next door they rent to.

Seeing their slightly predatory, matter-of-fact nature, granddaughters Rebecca (Rebecca Hall) and Mary (Amanda Peet) continue a complicated relationship with the couiple next door.

This is a sweet, darkly funny film that’s too quirky for many mainstream audience, but may surprise you if you give it a spin.

3.5/5 Stars

The Foreigner

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After a seven-year hiatus since his last live-action hit, Jackie Chan is back with this action-drama, and he’s in form like we haven’t seen him in years.

He provides depth and an emotional core to the film as a man whose daughter is killed by IRA bombers in terrorist attack,

The film plays out like a riddle as Chan’s character blazes, kicks butt and takes no prisoners throughout the film as he tries to get the name of the people who killed his daughter.

He runs face-to-face with reformed IRA member-turned government official, Liam Hennessy, who he becomes convinced had something to do with it.

Pierce Brosnan, at the best he’s been in years, is a great villain here, and Chan turns in the most dramatic performance of his career.

4/5 Stars

Cargo

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This Netflix original about a man trying to find salvation and sanctuary for himself and his child during a zombie epidemic in Australia is a must-see.

Martin Freeman is known to Americans as a supporting player in franchise films like The Hobbit, Black Panther and as the star of FX series Fargo.

But he takes top billing in this largely solo effort as the father trying to secure safety, and he’s absolutely stunning.

This is a story of isolation and turmoil, and a zombie movie unlike many you’ve seen before.

4/5 Stars

Source: http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/1586998-netflix-whats-new-whats-worth-it

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