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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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Death Sentence

None September 1st, 2007


Reviewer's grade: B+


The lesson of "Death Sentence": You mess with Kevin Bacon's family, he's likely to burn you to a crisp. Bacon sizzles in this essentially ugly tale of score-settling, as a well-to-do family man who becomes unhinged when one of his sons is slain by gang members, and the guys plan to go after his other kid and his wife (Kelly Preston) next. When the courts fail him and the police "” or at least detective Aisha Tyler "” can't help him, he takes matters into his own hands "¦ usually by their hair, all the better to smash their heads into concrete floors or metal dumpsters.


From "Saw" director James Wan, this "Death Wish"-style slice of exploitation will sicken many with its refusal to cut away from the gore, but there's art behind its bloodthirsty facade. Plus, Bacon invests so much into his harried suburban dad that he's fully credible and, against your better judgment, wholly sympathetic. You'll want to pummel his adversaries right along with him. R


"”Rod Lott 


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