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A modern Meryl Streep classic and Mortal Kombat come to the streamer: 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

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

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi

In what many would consider his best effort, action spectacle director Michael Bay creates an intense, deeply involving film in 13 Hours.

Based on a true story, it's about an attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, and the team that tries to understand what's happening.

An Oscar-nominee for Best Achievement In Sound Mixing, the film is stunning visually as well.

John Krasinski – best-known at the time for playing Jim on The Office – got absolutely jacked for the lead, and showed his dramatic chops.

The ensemble also features Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa, Alexia Barlier, and David Costable.

I love this movie, and it represents huge growth for a director who's brought the box-office prowess with Bad Boys, Transformers and Armageddon, but never as much depth as can be found here.

4/5 Stars

It's Complicated

This adorable romantic-comedy comes from writer-director Nancy Meyers, an Oscar-nominee and absolute treasure.

The woman responsible for Something's Gotta Give, The Holiday, and What Women Want makes a fabulous film with two adorable lead performances.

Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin star as a divorced couple who rekindle a romance while attending their son's college graduation. But he's remarried, and she has a budding romance with someone else.

As Jane and Jake, our two leads are absolutely hilarious, and Steve Martin is also wonderful as Streep's new, unsuspecting beau.

With John Krasinski, Lake Bell, Mary Kay Place, Rita Wilson, Weeds star Hunter Parrish and Zoe Kazan, it's a stacked cast.

I find myself coming back to this one time and time again when I need a pick-me-up, and I adore just how good it is as pure, escapist entertainment.

4.5/5 Stars

Space Jam

I'll be honest and say that Space Jam isn't an objectively good movie, but for nostalgic glee, it's a crowd-pleaser for the whole family.

The Looney Tunes seek the help of retired NBA star Michael Jordan to help them win a basketball game and win their freedom, and the gang get into plenty of hijinks and hilarity along the way.

Director Joe Pytka keeps it just campy enough that this one never feels like it's taking itself too seriously.

With our favourite Looney Tunes, wonderful NBA cameos, Seinfeld's Wayne Knight, and Bill Murray, it's a delight of a movie.

I laugh each and every time I watch it, and I'm definitely no longer in the film's demographic. For a surefire good time, revisit this one.

3.5/5 Stars

Emily The Criminal

There are few actresses of the last decade who are more universally-adored than Aubrey Plaza.

She stole our hearts in Parks & Recreation, and was gave fantastic performances in The To-Do List, Ingrid Goes West, and the severely underrated Black Bear.

With Emily The Criminal, she showcases just how incredible she can be in a dramatic role, and single-handedly makes this one worth seeing.

The crime drama from debut writer-director John Patton Ford follows a woman who just can't seem to catch a break. Emily has debts and a dark past, and soon becomes involved in credit card scams to try to gain a new life for herself.

But the consequences of falling back into shady dealings may prove to be her undoing.

Plaza pairs with Sons Of Anarchy alum Theo Rossi, and the two are magnetic. While it it's the most groundbreaking film, it's a skilfully crafted effort that serves as fun, intelligent adult cinema.

3.5/5 Stars

Mortal Kombat

This wildly popular 1990s video-game got a 2021 update, and I have to say it didn't disappoint.

While the franchise is little more than full-on fighting between fantasy villains, it's been a nostalgic piece for people of my generation for years.

With two unsuccessful – and frankly, terrible – films, this one was due for a reboot. Director Simon McQuoid makes a thoroughly entertaining action movies for the masses, and HBO Max found a huge hit with this one.

It's a well-cast endeavour this plays into fan service and its B-movie sensibilities just enough, with particularly fun turns from Hiroyuki Sanada, Lewis Tan, Josh Lawson, Jessica McNamee and Mehcad Brooks.

I really, really love this movie, even if it's big, loud and dumb. It's also a whole lot of fun, and sometimes that's exactly what you need.

4/5 Stars

Content Warning: Trailer below approved for mature audiences

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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