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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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City Island

None May 6th, 2010

Farce, by definition, is an extended manipulation of crazy, unrealistic situations. Like slapstick, farce is all mistaken identities, misunderstandings and wacky cover-ups; but unlike slapstick, good farce contains darkness and danger.

"City Island" is, at its core, a farce. At the same time, the film pads that core with elements of faux-tragedy and family comedy to create an entertaining, if somewhat forgettable, hybrid.

"City Island" is set on, well, City Island, a small sliver of the Bronx that juts into the innermost part of Long Island Sound. Vince Rizzo (Andy Garcia, "New York, I Love You"), takes some time to explain that it's the kind of place where houses are passed through generations, and newbies are suspect. Vince is old City Island, and shares the house his grandfather built with his wife, Joyce, (Julianna Margulies, TV's "The Good Wife"); daughter, Vivian (Dominik Garc
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