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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.
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

None July 19th, 2007


Reviewer's grade: B+

The fifth installment of the "Harry Potter" franchise finds Harry and company at a bad moment in their lives: under the threat of a war with evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) all while facing pubescent misery and the wizarding equivalent of the SATs.


Long gone are the days of blithely flying around on brooms, worrying about Quidditch and Snape's potions final. Our little wand-wielders are growing up. While full of good performances, top-notch special effects and enough British character actors for two or three Shakespeare companies, new director David Yates has a little too much essential material to work with in adapting J.K. Rowling's book.


There are too many essential characters, plots and subplots to handle (even in almost two-and-a-half hours), leaving many sections feeling incomplete, confusing or unsatisfying. Still, for fans of the series it's a must-see. For those not familiar with the other four films, "Phoenix" will be be a puzzling exercise in frustration. PG-13 


"”Mike Robertson  


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