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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

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.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0
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None August 2nd, 2007


Reviewer's grade: B


Fifty years in the future, the sun is dying. Mankind's only hope is Icarus, a spaceship that will fly to the sun and, hopefully, reignite the dying star. There are no guarantees, and given the high potential for mechanical failure and human screw-ups, they may not even get far enough to find out if the thing works.


Director Danny Boyle ("28 Days Later," "Trainspotting") and writer Alex Garland ("The Beach") team up to produce this sharp study in human nature and the way people react under pressure, isolation and the constant threat of sudden death. Though studded with horror elements, "Sunshine" owes more to "2001: A Space Odyssey" than "Aliens."


The scope is as broad as Kubrick's film: It's more concerned with the big questions about human survival in the long run than the survival of a single protagonist. With a solid, well-chosen cast and writing, direction and stunning visual effects that provide reinforcement to the underpin-nings of the story rather than the flash-and-dazzle of most outer-space movies, "Sunshine" is a rare spot of cinematic illumination. Hurry and see it before AMC clears the screen to make space for "Underdog." R


"”Michael Robertson  


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