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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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Vicky Cristina Barcelona

None August 21st, 2008


Reviewer's grade: B+

Woody Allen fans can breathe easy. Not only is "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" a return to form for the writer-director, it might just be his best movie since 1994's "Bullets Over Broadway." Bathed in the golden-hued splendor of the titular Spanish city, the film tackles themes near and dear to the Woodman's heart, particularly the dichotomy between the need for stable relationships and the desire for a life of passion.

Vicky (Rebecca Hall) is pragmatic, sensible and engaged to be married. Her best friend, Cristina (Scarlett Johansson), is impulsive and adventurous. When the pair of American tourists in Spain meets up with a seductive painter (Javier Bardem), the women must come to grips with their contradictory views of love and sex -- and that's before the arrival of the painter's tempestuous, beautiful ex-wife.

The picture is a modern-day fable punctuated by smart dialogue, gorgeous scenery (both human and inanimate) and a storyline charmingly divorced from the real world. PG-13

"”Phil Bacharach

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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