Monday 28 Jul

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 25th, 2007


Reviewer's grade: B

Terror is a tricky business. When a suicide bomber does his thing in a crowded Moroccan plaza, a top CIA officer is among those killed. This forces young agent Douglas Freeman (Jake Gyllenhaal) to step into the role as torture overseer.


Because of the terror attack, the United States goes wild, and snags an Egyptian-born, great dad and husband Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally) from the airport, exporting him to Morocco for some "interrogation" about the bombing. His wife, Isabella (Reese Witherspoon), understandably, goes berserk, and knows he should have been on a plane home. She fights the good fight at home, enlisting help from an ex (Peter Sarsgaard) who works for a senator. They try to get answers out of CIA head Corrine Whitman (Meryl Streep), as agent Freeman grows increasingly convinced El-Ibrahimi knows nothing of the attack.


Not much is left to the imagination, which is a pity, but "Rendition" is an effective political thriller that illustrates some creepy concerns with our response to terror. R


"”Joe Wertz

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