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Review: 'Parker' a stretch, but Statham makes it work

4:21 PM, Jan. 30, 2013
Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez navigate the dangerous but thrilling real estate business in 'Parker.'
Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez navigate the dangerous but thrilling real estate business in 'Parker.'
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"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 ...

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