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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.
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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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Max Payne

None October 30th, 2008


Reviewer's grade: B

"Max Payne" begins in an act of violence, continues through zillions more, and ends on another one. So how can it be one of the most boring films of the year?

It's the same old revenge plot. Payne is a police detective whose wife and baby son have been murdered. Arriving home 10 minutes too late to prevent the crime, Payne killed two of the home invaders and the third one escaped. As soon as you meet the entire cast you'll know who the third man is. I'm not being cynical. You'll know.

Accompanied by a female assassin out to avenge the murder of her sister, Payne cracks the case in a week when the police department couldn't do it in months.

The script is by first-timer Beau Thorne and the direction is compliments of John Moore. Mark Wahlberg is Payne. A big payne. His attraction as a film star continues to elude me since he has no charisma and strides through his movies like an unsmiling figure animated by stop motion. He can be intense without being in the least believable, no mean trick. He's like the guy in semipro local theater who is described as being good because he's not quite as amateurish as everyone else. Mila Kunis is the assassin, Beau Bridges is the retired partner of Max's cop dad, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges is the honest cop, and Chris O'Donnell is the sniveling coward. Figured it out yet? At least the computer-game-based movies of German

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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