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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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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

None November 29th, 2007


Reviewer's grade: A


A noir thriller with an almost gleeful cruel streak, "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" is a riveting return to form for 83-year-old director Sidney Lumet, whose credits include "Dog Day Afternoon," "Network" and "Prince of the City." In this, his 45th feature-length picture, Lumet sharpens his knives on some stuff ripe for melodrama: family resentments and the desperation of corrupt souls.


Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke star as Andy and Hank Hanson, brothers with some serious money troubles and some misguided notions about how to get more. Andy is a vicious schemer who isn't as smart as he thinks. Hank is a born loser.


Together, the siblings decide to rob their parents' jewelry store tucked away next to a Foot Locker in a cookie-cutter strip mall. It's a bad idea, but only the first of many. Marked by great performances (especially Hoffman) and an unforgiving fatalism, "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" is magnificent. R


"”Phil Bacharach 



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