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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 January 19th, 2008

Reviewer's grade: B+

Godzilla, meet the Blair Witch. As a mash-up of old-fashioned monster flicks and low-budget indie filmmaking, "Cloverfield" hinges on a gimmick, but, as gimmicks go, it's shlocky fun and "” best of all "” effective. The central conceit is that we watch the events unfold from the limited perspective of a camcorder. Sure, the novelty owes more than a little to 1999's "The Blair Witch Project," but whereas that flick used the "found footage" shtick to create the illusion of menace, "Cloverfield" uses it to heighten the sense of urgency. And it works.

With a gigantic monster smashing New York into smithereens, we follow a small group of upwardly mobile 20somethings as they struggle to survive amid collapsed skyscrapers, decimated bridges and mass hysteria.

In the end, the enigmatically titled "Cloverfield" is still subject to B-movie conventions, particularly with cardboard characters, but it pulls through as a slam-bang ride rife with chills and thrills. PG-13

"”Phil Bacharach  

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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