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Escape from Tomorrow

With Escape from Tomorrow, one fears the story behind the movie would loom larger than the movie itself. Luckily, that is not the case. After all, it opens with a decapitation on Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster.
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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.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

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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Fast & Furious 6

Not so ‘Fast.’

Rod Lott May 22nd, 2013

Right down to the dramatic shot of the cast members walking in a single row toward the camera, the title sequence for Fast & Furious 6 feels every bit like that of a TV series. It’s only natural, given how episodic this entry is — all it lacks is the “Special Guest Star” credit. (But on that note, don’t leave as soon as it ends.)

Against all expectations, 2011’s Fast Five was a blast; turning the wheel sharply away from gearhead porn to head into heist-fueled high jinks proved a creative, critical and commercial success, so who can blame returning director Justin Lin for dishing out more of the same?

Not I, but he adds so much more that the result is a mess — a temperately enjoyable one, but a mess all the same. The mess opens Friday.

With the promise of full pardons, the team headed by Toretto (Vin Diesel) and O’Conner (Paul Walker) is called back into action by federal agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and his new partner (Haywire’s Gina Carano) to stop a madman (Immortals’ Luke Evans) from assembling some billion-dollar super-weapon. On that baddie’s team is Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Toretto’s girlfriend presumed to have died in the fourth chapter.

None of that matters; it’s all fuel to get to the big action scenes. But with half a dozen more major characters on top of that, Lin piles subplots atop subplots, to the point where some pieces are moved across the board not for strategic purposes, but stalling.

In big-and-dumb films such as F&F6, I’m willing to play along with extending a metaphorical finger to the laws of gravity ... provided I can tell what’s going on. This time, overly frenzied editing and spatial disorientation make that problematic. —Rod Lott

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