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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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The Joneses

None April 22nd, 2010

gadgets, furniture, food, drink, clothes and whatever to feel equal.

At first, Steve has a hard time wrapping his head around the mission. This is his first "family," and he finds himself trying to form actual bonds with his coworkers, who have done this before and understand not getting attached is paramount. Kate is especially adept at keeping her eye on the prize, eventually leading Steve down the wide road through the land of easy pickings.

One knows going in what's going to happen: The carefully constructed false front created by the Joneses will slowly crumble. As the situation deteriorates, it illustrates that manipulating people takes a toll not only on the manipulated, but on those doing the manipulating.

All the same, watching the devolution play out is tense and compelling. While one wouldn't exactly call this an A-list cast, it is competent and chosen to work against expectation to create a certain level of unpredictability. Longtime character actors Gary Cole ("Extract") and Glenne Headly ("Kit Kittredge") turn in solid, sympathetic performances as Larry and Summer, the neighbors trying to keep up with the Joneses. They start off as peripheral comic relief, but grow increasingly human as they desperately compete with what's essentially the shadow of an idea.

While "The Joneses" is, again, essentially predictable, it still manages to show that the business of selling is somewhat like a virus. We might think we're inoculated against its charms, but it always finds a way to convince us a bigger TV, new shoes or sweet ride will silence whatever angst ails us. "”Mike Robertson
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