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Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

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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.
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Nancy Drew

None June 21st, 2007


Reviewer's grade: C


For the first Nancy Drew movie on the big screen in nearly 70 years, writer/director Andrew Fleming and co-writer Tiffany Paulsen decide to give the spunky teen sleuth the "Brady Bunch Movie" treatment. Nancy (Emma Roberts) is an anachronism, a goody-goody with a penchant for penny loafers and taffy pulls. So when she and her widower father (Tate Donovan) rent a rundown mansion in Los Angeles, our plucky protagonist endures the ridicule of the mean girls at her new high school.


Thankfully, there is a murder mystery for Nancy to solve. Not so thankfully, she does so with the help of an insufferably obnoxious 12-year-old named Corky (Josh Flitter). Fleming made a great movie once about teenaged girls, the 1999 Watergate flick (and misleadingly titled) "Dick."


"Nancy Drew" could have used some of the snappy humor of that earlier motion picture. Instead, we get a muddle that is too unfunny for a comedy and too dull for a whodunit. PG


"”Phil Bacharach


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