Author: Luke Parker

About Luke Parker

Luke is a passionate young writer who loves film not only for its entertainment value, but because it acts to him as a transport into vast new worlds. Described by many as an old soul, his musical interests lie mainly in the hands of the Fab Four, and his preference for movies does not sit in one decade alone. Simply put, his favorite type of film is a good one. You can find the complete anthology of Luke’s work at his website Dr. Filmlove, where his reviews range from "Taxi Driver" to "Jackass."

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Lost in Translation (R)

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Amidst the frantic confusion of the Japanese city lifestyle, two lost people are able to find each other and form a communion that is so genuine, it manipulates itself into a piercingly attractive tragedy. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson play those two souls who, as they bounce around their Tokyo hotel in the middle of […]

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Delusion (NR)

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“Delusion” wraps itself up entirely into what it wants to become, but in doing so, mistakenly suffocates under the pressure of its own desires. There is a definite presence of failure here; each element of the film conflicts with the others: the performances don’t match up, the dialogue is weak, and worst of all, it’s […]

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Whiplash (Short, NR)

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Damien Chazelle’s mesmerizing short film “Whiplash” is made up of what may very well be the 18 most intense minutes of my life. A full-length feature was released a year later, and although it is certainly grades above its predecessor in practically every respect, the 2013 short is nonetheless an astounding achievement that is able […]

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Manchester by the Sea (R)

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Over the course of the last six or seven months, I have watched a man who I revere suffer through two great losses – father first, then mother. Though he is a strong person, much stronger than I, and can hold himself together in a nonchalant manner incomprehensible to me, I have observed what the […]

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Bandits (PG-13)

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Director Barry Levinson’s “Bandits“ is a rare achievement. As a comedy, the laughs are certainly there; but as an action film, it’s rather dull; and as a romance, the characters make the love triangle dislikable and uncomfortable. And yet, it somehow manages to navigate through the colossal mess it makes to form an above-average entertainment. The […]

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Jackie (R)

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Jackie Kennedy, from the first moment we lay eyes on her, embodies loss. Accompanied by Mica Levi’s haunting score, she walks across her exclusive grounds a defeated person and a broken woman. It only takes one look into her aching eyes to know what has already happened, and what we are about to experience. This […]

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Rope (NR)

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Rupert: After all, murder is – or should be – an art. Not one of the ‘seven lively,’ perhaps, but an art nevertheless. And as such, the privilege of committing it should be reserved for those few who are really superior individuals. Brandon: And the victims: inferior beings whose lives are unimportant anyway. Rupert: Obviously.

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Unforgiven (R)

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Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” plays out around the same time the Wild West was growing tame. The now-scarce gunslingers are the subjects of legends and folk tales told around the bar over drinks; and as a deflating species, the ones that can be found are followed by novelists for their stories, and are feared by just […]

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La La Land (PG-13)

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Director Damien Chazelle has now spent two films successfully implementing jazz music back into the motion picture business, while also giving his audience the opportunity to define the jazz genre for themselves. His 2014 masterpiece, “Whiplash,” was among the best of the year, and now with “La La Land,” he has split the arrow. Though […]

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Café Society (PG-13)

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Woody Allen has thrived with, what really is, one character for the majority of his decades-long career.  Like anything that can be compared, repeating a personality can be placed onto a spectrum: on one end, you have characters like Chaplin’s Tramp, who can be put into any situation any number of times, and never grow […]

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