Published Jan 25, 2013As the weekend approaches, we at Exclaim! want to make sure you know what you're getting into before going to the theatre. Take a look at the Recently Reviewed section for a full list of reviews of new films, music, and concerts, and check out this week's film highlights below.
First up in this week's roundup is Taylor Hackford's Parker. It seems Jason Statham (The Expendables, The Transporter) has found himself in another "action hero badass" role as Donald E. Westlake's titular criminal, Parker. The film follows Parker on his quest for revenge after he is double-crossed by his partners when a heist goes wrong. Featuring Jennifer Lopez (Monster-in-Law, Shall We Dance), Nick Nolte (Gangster Squad, The Company You Keep), and Emma Booth (The Boys Are Back), you'd think Parker would be able to live up to its hype, but our reviewer suggests otherwise.
Marlon Wayans is up to his usual tricks with his latest project, A Haunted House. The Paranormal Activity spoof features Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and girlfriend Kisha (Essence Atkins) documenting their life after Kisha moves in. Rife with fart jokes, sex jokes, and racial stereotypes, this film seems to have met its lowbrow requirements.
Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's psychological horror Resolution is the only film this week to earn Exclaim!'s mark of excellence. The film takes a similar approach to The Cabin in the Woods, focusing on Michael (Peter Cilella), who has handcuffed his best friend, crack head Chris (Vinny Curran), to the wall of a remote cabin to force him through a seven day detox. What happens next is a combination of horror references and Benson and Moorhead's unique approach to the "inherent selfishness of people trying to exert control over the lives of others."
Eric Khoo's documentary Tatsumi focuses on Japanese manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. The documentary is divided into five short stories covering everything from Tatsumi's pornographic graffiti style to incest, dismemberment, and personal tragedy. Lastly we have Igor Drljaca's Krivina. The film follows Toronto immigrant Miro on his search for his friend who he hasn't seen since the Bosnian Civil War. Dealing with themes of alienation and post-war identity, Drljaca attempts to explore the nature of identity itself.
To read the full reviews of these picks and more, check out the Recently Reviewed section at Exclaim.ca.