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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.
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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.
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The Bourne Legacy

The spy franchise is 'Bourne' again with a new leading man.

Phil Bacharach August 14th, 2012

Just because you don’t have Jason Bourne, Matt Damon or a Robert Ludlum novel to crib from doesn’t mean you can’t still wring some thrills out of the Bourne franchise. With the dog days of the summer box-office season comes The Bourne Legacy, a respectable spy actioner, even if it falls short of the standard set by its predecessors.

Director Tony Gilroy, who penned the previous Bourne films and wrote this one with his brother Dan, jump-starts the series by beginning — sorta — where 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum left off. The events of that film have prompted U.S. intelligence honchos to scrap a super-clandestine spy program by way of killing off a small group of secret agents.

But one of the targeted agents, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner, The Avengers), eludes extermination. He sets out to get some desperately needed experimental meds (it’s complicated), a task that forces him to seek help from a scientist (Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea) who is also at risk of being whacked by spooks.

Legacy has some not-so-secretive problems, mostly some weird shifts in tone. Gilroy spends the first 30 minutes trying to mimic the globe-trotting and dizzying pace of the Bourne trilogy before finally settling down. The final 20 minutes, a climactic motorcycle chase through the bustling Filipino streets of Manila, veers from eye-popping spectacle to eye-rolling overkill. And the ending coda feels like it stumbled in from a Roger Moore-era James Bond flick.

But sandwiched in between is a satisfying popcorn flick with some terrific set pieces, especially a shooting spree in a research lab and a subsequent interview between its sole survivor and a psychologist. Gilroy knows how to ratchet up suspense, and he has an appealing hero in Renner.

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