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A John Carpenter classic and Locke & Key returns: This week’s best and biggest on Netflix

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

Stardust

Perhaps one of the most surprising, fantastical films I've seen in the last few years, Stardust absolutely blew me away.

The closest I could compare it to is The Princess Bride, one of my all-time favourite films. It's no classic like that film, but it sure is a heck of a good time.

It follows a young man who, determined to win the love of a woman above his social stature, decides to retrieve a fallen star from a magical land to woo her.

Directed by Matthew Vaughn – now known for Kingsman and Kick-Ass – early in his career, it has an amazing style and visual flair.

The cast is lovely, from a young Charlie Cox to Claire Danes and Sienna Miller. They're joined by Henry Cavill, Ian McKellon's voice narrating the affair, Ben Barnes, Peter O'Toole, Mark Strong, Michelle Pfeiffer, and a scene-stealing Robert De Niro.

It's honestly the most fun I've had with a film in a long time, and I was absolutely enthralled.

4/5 Stars

Locke & Key

The long-awaited second season of Locke & Key is here, and it couldn't come at a better time.

The Netflix series follows the Locke siblings, who are left navigating a difficult world after their father is murdered. They move with their mother into an ancestral home, and soon discover magical keys that could have a connection to their father's demise.

Starring Scandal alum Darby Stanchfield, the incredible Canadian actor Connor Jessup, young Jackson Robert Scott, and Coda's Emilie Jones, it's a wonderful, well-suited group.

With Kevin Durand on-hand for season two, you can also expect all kinds of scenery-chewing.

This is the perfect spooky Halloween series, and one that isn't too scary for 12 and up.

4/5 Stars

Sinister

This above-average horror tilt is helped hugely by the presence of its A-list star.

Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke is a true crime writer who finds a box of old home movies in his new home. Upon investigation, he realizes that there's a connection between the tapes and the murder he's researching.

As he tracks the serial killer, he begins to notice unnerving occurrences that may threaten the safety of his own family.

Hawke steals the show here, and he's joined by strong performances from Juliet Rylance, James Ransome and young Michael Hall D'Addario.

It's not perfect, but it's involving and scary enough to give you thrills.

4/5 Stars

About A Boy

One of the most surprising little films is this adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel, an adorable little coming-of-age tale.

It follows an immature, childish man who learns a thing or two about being an adult when he forms a bond with a neighbouring boy.

If you had told me Chris and Paul Weitz – the brothers behind American Pie – would make this amazing film just three years later, I would have laughed.

But the brothers create something wonderful here, and give a platform for Hugh Grant to prove he's more than a pretty face.

Throw in an incredible adapted screenplay from brother Chris and Oscar nominee Peter Hedges, and you have this wonderful film.

Nicholas Hoult stars as a young boy, and Toni Collette is also on board for this comedy that's way better than it has any business being.

4/5 Stars

The Thing

One of the best genre movies ever made has come to Netflix, and I can't wait to revel in every single second of it once again.

John Carpenter – of Halloween fame – helms a complete masterclass here in The Thing.

When a research team in Antarctica becomes the prey of a shape-shifting alien, they go into survival mode.

Kurt Russell gives a nuanced performance, and he's joined by Keith David in a wonderful, intense turn. In fact, all of the acting is top-notch here, and only adds to the proceedings.

It's a scary, surprising and absolutely riveting movie you won't be able to forget afterwards.

4.5/5 Stars

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 and runs entertainment firm Parker PR. He's been a movie nerd since he was old enough to walk.
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