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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.
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No Holds Barred

RLJ Entertainment's new Blu-ray for No Holds Barred begins with what seems like dozens of trailers for movies starring pro wrestlers from the WWE talent pool. Each flick went direct to home video, but once upon a time — aka 1989 — one had to go to the multiplex to catch such a spectacle.
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Knights of Badassdom

In 2008, the third act of the guy comedy Role Models used LARPing — live-action role-playing, that is — as a backdrop for our protagonists' lessons learned. Today, Knights of Badassdom extends that half-hour into a full feature, to the point where viewers are left not smiling, but exhausted. 
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Switched on

Not everything on television has to appeal to mass audiences. In fact, with the further fractioning of viewership thanks to alternatives like Netflix and VOD, more series can afford to become more niche. Here are five examples of shows both past and present — and new to DVD and/or Blu-ray — that encompass some of the more outrageous ideas ever to go beyond boardroom discussion.
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

Confession of Murder

Seventeen years after slaying 10 women and getting away with it, the charismatic serial killer Du-sok (Park Si-hoo) comes clean with a Confession of Murder, in this 2012 South Korean crime thriller. He does so by publishing a book that dishes all the grisly details.
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None April 26th, 2007


Reviewers' grade: C

A suspense-thriller does not need big plot twists to work its nail-biting magic; half the fun can be watching the inevitable unfold. Still, predictability isn't much of a selling point, and chances are you'll figure out the central mystery of "Fracture" long before its midway point.


Anthony Hopkins does a variation on his Hannibal Lecter shtick as Ted Crawford, a brilliant engineer who shoots his wife in the face because she's been having an affair with a police detective. The case is assigned to hotshot Assistant District Attorney Willy Beachum (Ryan Gosling), who assumes he can wrap up a guilty plea and get busy with his new job at a cushy private law firm. No such luck.


Arrogant Willy soon finds himself in a cat-and-mouse game with a cunning mastermind who get his jollies toying with the judicial system. Hopkins and Gosling are excellent, but they cannot acquit a script so meandering, dimwitted and glaringly implausible. R


"”Phil Bacharach 


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