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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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None July 26th, 2007

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Reviewer's grade: A-

Watching John Travolta dance in a fat suit and muumuu may not sound like a good time, but it has its charms, as does the movie he does it in. He stars as the mother of a Baltimore high school student in 1962 whose great ambition is to dance on the local television equivalent of "American Bandstand."


But while young Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) is a bundle of joy, she's also a bundle of chub and none of the media powers who be want her to appear on the show. What's a girl to do? Christopher Walken is Father Turnblad and his song with Travolta is one of the movie's highlights. The funny Amanda Bynes is Tracy's best friend, James Marsden is the host of the show and Michelle Pfeiffer loses the catsuit to be just plain catty as the racist TV station manager. Zac Efron (if your daughter's in junior high, ask her who he is) is the program's heartthrob; Brittany Snow is Pfeiffer's cute, blonde (read "snotty") daughter.


Look, too, for Queen Latifah and Elijah Kelley. It's more lightweight than Juan Diaz, but it's energetic, fun and harmless. It may make some stars, but it won't make Baltimore a vacation destination. PG


"”Doug Bentin


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