Luke Parker

Luke Parker
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Luke Parker is an award-winning film critic and columnist based in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Sonic having human teeth and white hands were the least of these film's problems. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2020
3.5/5 85% VFW (2020) I had a lot of fun with it because [the cast] had a lot of fun with it. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2020
5/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) A stirring romantic saga. It effortlessly blends the lives of a painter and her subject as if they were two colors on a palette. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2020
2.5/5 40% Downhill (2020) In the shadow of [Force Majeure], Downhill is simply uninspired. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2020
4/4 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Each directorial step feels distinguished, deeply coated with thematic purpose. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
2.5/5 41% Waiting for Anya (2020) It's defanged...there's a strange disconnect between the horrors of the situation and what the film is presenting. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
4/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) An impressive ensemble piece...a carnival of carnage. - VoiceBoxOffice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
3/4 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) The film strikes oil over and over again, shaping a sharp narrative around a typically chained character and impressively grating a DCEU well that's felt tapped for years. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
3.5/4 91% What Did Jack Do? (2020) It's simply an excursion of style, one which deserves as many logical rematches as your brain can handle. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
84% Les Misérables (2020) It makes a scrupulous and successful effort to repurpose a Lincoln-era novel for the modern times. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
9/10 100% White Lie (2019) As a timely testament to our willingness to validate and support rather than investigate, White Lie is both insightful and terrifying. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
5/10 81% Porno (2019) Porno is often genuinely funny whenever it decides to not be horrifically repulsive, which it is far too much of the time. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
2.5/4 47% Underwater (2020) Its current proudly flows in the same direction as Hollywood's greatest and quirkiest monster movies. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
1.5/4 14% Dolittle (2020) Dolittle impresses neither the kid (who may giggle), the adult (who will grunt), nor the kid inside the adult (who never shows up). - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
2.5/4 83% Just Mercy (2020) While there's something to be said for a historical film that articulates its timely purpose and connection so coherently...Just Mercy's spoon-fed approach is not only unappreciated, uncreative, and unartistic, but degrading as well. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
3/4 89% 1917 (2020) 1917 is an atmospheric appendage of tragedy, horror, soul, and devastation, one whose...evident obsession with technique often overrides other important factors of the creative body. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
92% Togo (2019) There is something deeply spiritual and sentimental in witnessing two great partners...nearing the end of their journey together. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
3/4 80% A Hidden Life (2019) Its throbbing narrative basks, and basks, and basks in the nefarious interference of belief...and that sort of ambition, while well-fostered, runs the serious risk of driving audiences towards indifference of its reigning principles. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
2.5/4 70% Bombshell (2019) Fair and balanced. Ha! - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2019
3/4 97% The Garden Left Behind (2019) It's easy enough to make a film that elicits the target that comes with this seemingly and shamefully cursed set of demographics, but it's much harder to present that story as innately and gracefully as The Garden Left Behind - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
3/4 76% Richard Jewell (2019) Wading through a pool of snap-happy reporters and bloodthirsty gumshoes, it is a timely and polarized tale of trial-by-fire accusations. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
10/10 95% Marriage Story (2019) With a persistent and frankly remarkable sense of compassion...[Baumbach elects] the more mature stance that there are simply no winners in divorce. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
100% Meet Me In St. Louis (1944) Three quarters of a century later, the film still beckons the miracles of love and family; it's a fine-tuned, pastel romp, worthy of its place among the best of the big brass Hollywood musicals. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
2.5/4 83% Queen & Slim (2019) A protruding lack of realism turns a great deal of the film's authenticity sour. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
4/10 27% A Million Little Pieces (2019) While its well-founded intentions and creative intuitions are palpable, not even a tortuously acrobatic performance from Aaron Taylor-Johnson saves A Million Little Pieces from consistently sober storytelling. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
9/10 96% The Irishman (2019) Handled cautiously and confidently by a pioneering troupe of filmmakers whose legacies were all bred from such mafiusu affairs, The Irishman greets the screen like an old, longed-for friend. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
7/10 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Regressive in both its structure and tone, Ford v Ferrari thrillingly finishes its race to the cinematic past, though it had to pump its brakes a few times to get there. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/4 99% For Sama (2019) It is here, in the youth's reactions to the turmoil surrounding them that Waad exposes the underlying, strikingly unexplored devastation at hand. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
3/4 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) [Doctor Sleep's] biggest fault in entering an arena of bickering and strong-minded visions is that it only offers a few of its own. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
2.5/4 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Miller, whose work at the helm of Deadpool saw a pleasant balance between action and comedy, cannot groom the three-man-teamed screenplay to satisfy as anything other than a well-executed, if cyclic game of cat and mouse. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
9/10 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Blazingly and brilliantly over the top, Jojo Rabbit's total dismissal of subtlety is its most ferocious ally and, only occasionally, its most frustrating foe in the war against hate. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
4/4 92% The General (1927) Artistic perfection. [February 19, 2019] - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
4/4 98% The Wizard of Oz (1939) The words in both its melodies and dialogues have become a part of the vernacular, and their simply-put lessons ("there's no place like home") still ring true. [February 4, 2019] - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
10/10 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) One of the year's best, Bong Joon Ho's Parasite is an absurdly masterful dissection of division and greed, and a thunderously assorted filmgoing experience. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
6/10 91% QT8: The First Eight (2019) Unapologetically proud, QT8: The First Eight examines Tarantino from a blissful far, scratching thoughtfully and thoroughly at his creations, yet hardly scraping at the core of his creative or controversial nature. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
6/10 91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) A simple and simply satisfying seal, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will, in no way, tarnish the alchemic legacy of its TV precursor, though it doesn't do much to enhance it. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
8/10 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) The blaxploitation response to The Disaster Artist, Dolemite Is My Name not only features a glorious lead performance, but also an artist's intrinsic desire of production and splendor that only Hollywood can provide. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
8/10 93% Monos (2019) Elegant and entrapping, muddy and magnificent, Monos is a thrilling, if ambiguous endeavor of guerilla warfare, human nature, and adolescent anarchy. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3.5/4 85% The Shining (1980) [The Torrence's] night of anarchy, spearheaded by Nicholson's ferocity, has become one of cinema's most iconic and deranged events. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/10 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Rambo: Last Blood proves that the time and place for muscly, muddy military machoism has long passed us. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
4/10 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Edward Norton mines political relevance in some areas of noir-drenched New York and completely ignores it in others. As a result, Motherless Brooklyn becomes Chinatown's outshined, ugly stepbrother. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
8/10 97% Knives Out (2019) By proudly relaying the classic whodunit form, Rian Johnson's Knives Out returns to thrilling glory a genre whose cover has felt blown for a very long time. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
1.5/4 82% Judy (2019) Not even Renee Zellweger can hide the indelible fact that Judy comes far from even reaching the rainbow. - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
9/10 68% Joker (2019) A macabre masterpiece, Joker's social relevance may be disputed for years, but the film and its star may never be denied the grandeur of their cinematic revolution. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
8/10 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Any hint of sappiness in the neighborhood is squashed by Hanks' paralyzingly delightful turn as Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
10/10 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) A rebirth for both actor and director, Pain and Glory sees Banderas and Almodóvar at the peak of their electric, heart-wrenching capabilities. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
7/10 94% Honey Boy (2019) While it takes a few too many cues from similar coming-of-age tales, Honey Boy offers audiences an egoless dissection of Shia LaBeouf's side of his own story. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
9/10 90% The Lighthouse (2019) The Lighthouse boasts and thrives off of a maritime rap battle between Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattison, whose claustrophobic journey together towards madness is among the sickest and most memorable collaborations in recent memory. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
5/10 67% The Banana Splits (2019) The Banana Splits Movie is a peculiarly fresh nostalgia trip and has just the right amount of gore to make this otherwise by-the-numbers slasher a surprisingly amusing experience. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) The journey...is slow, deliberate, and well thought out, spending most of its time on drawing questions out of the audience than making an action-filled juggernaut. [February 1, 2018] - Dr. Filmlove's Film Reviews and Ratings EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019