Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez navigate the dangerous but thrilling real estate business in 'Parker.'
"Parker" roars into a dull January and enlivens the movie landscape, and thank the action-movie gods because we needed a little something to wake us from our winter slumber.
Based on a novel in a series by Richard Stark, the alter ego of the late, great Donald E. Westlake, the film is basically a heist-and-payback movie. But it's made with such skill and smarts that it stands above such eye-rolling blow-'em-up fare as Arnold Schwarzenegger's "The Last Stand," its main competition at the box office.
As played by the ever-stoic Jason Statham, Parker is more antihero than hero: He operates on the ...