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William Friedkin spends a lot of time in his 2013 memoir discussing why Sorcerer didn't click with critics and audiences even though he believes it to be better than his previous film, The Exorcist. Now that Warner Home Video has reissued Sorcerer on Blu-ray, we can see what Friedkin's fuss is all about.
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Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

Welcome to the coastal resort of Broadchurch, population … oh, who can keep track, what will all the corpses? Yes, Broadchurch is yet another British television procedural involving the search for a murderer in a quaint little town, just like the limited series The Fall and Top of the Lake.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Essentially part five in the ridiculously profitable horror franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones continues the found-footage conceit of the other films. The difference is instead of the scares taking place in rich white suburbia, they do so in a junky apartment complex on a largely Latino side of Oxnard, Calif.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Holy Ghost People

Holy Ghost People examines two sisters whose bond is torn — but by what? After her sibling has been missing for more than a year, Charlotte (Emma Greenwell, TV's Shameless) intends to find out.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0
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Jane Eyre

A good adaptation of one of world literature’s essential novels

Doug Bentin April 13th, 2011

Perhaps the reason so many adult women became enthralled by the romance of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan is because they never read “Jane Eyre,” which could reasonably be called “Twilight” for grown-ups.

Starring Mia Wasikowska (“The Kids Are All Right”) as Jane, and Michael Fassbender (“Inglourious Basterds”) as Rochester, this new version emphasizes the novel’s Gothic elements: gloom, melancholy, suspicion and someone creeping through the halls of Thornfield Manor after dark. Director Cary Fukunaga (“Sin Nombre”) and screenwriter Moira Buffini (“Tamara Drewe”) provide an intensity of emotion and fear that is palpable.

Jane is a young woman who becomes the governess in the home of Edward Rochester, a brooding, cynical man saddened by something mysterious in his past. He tells Jane, his intellectual equal, that he was not always as she sees him now, and Fassbinder does a fine job of playing the formerly happy man buried under years of disappointment and coldness. The two of them fall in love, but his past keeps them from marrying.

Excellent in support are Judi Dench (“Nine”) as the housekeeper; Jamie Bell (“Jumper”) as St. John Rivers, the India-bound missionary in love with Jane; and newcomer Amelia Clarkson as a young Jane.

This is a good adaptation of one of world literature’s essential novels, made even better by its re-creation of the Gothic atmosphere that has been thrilling readers for 164 years. Then, for an entertaining triple feature, go home and watch “Rebecca” and “I Walked with a Zombie,” two clever variations on a theme.

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