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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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None October 14th, 2010

"Red" coasts by on a lunkheaded charm that earns goodwill, even for an action-comedy that skimps on both serious thrills and big laughs.

Still, its cast of old pros "” including Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and a machine gun-toting Helen Mirren "” is having such a fun time playing dress-up and waving weapons and cracking wise, only the most hardhearted moviegoer could resist.

That isn't to say the film, which opens in theaters Friday, is irresistible, exactly. Think about the story line too much, as in "at all," and its idiocy quotient rockets off the charts.

Loosely based on a graphic novel, "Red" is one of those flicks where fierce gun battles and booming explosions don't draw a single police officer, where gunfire in CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., doesn't attract the attention of even a somewhat curious spook.

Willis ("The Expendables") stars as retired CIA operative Frank Moses, whose quiet bachelorhood is shattered when he's targeted for assassination by a shadowy government conspiracy. After his home is obliterated by gunmen, Frank and his would-be love interest (Mary-Louise Parker, TV's "Weeds") hit the road to reunite with a handful of his old spy coots for one big final mission.

It's not the most novel plot, but director Robert Schwentke ("The Time Traveler's Wife") imbues things with an agreeably sloppy wit and playfulness. Parker is sexily ditzy, Malkovich cops his impenetrable weirdo bit, and veterans like Richard Dreyfuss ("Piranha 3D") and 93-year-old Ernest Borgnine have a chance to join the party.

"Red" is a goof that works in spite of itself.
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