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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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The Young Victoria

None December 31st, 2009

You probably know Queen Victoria best by those 19th-century photographs of her, that stout and gloomy dowager draped in black. "The Young Victoria," a ravishing docudrama, goes beyond those enduring images, presenting a youthful and spirited Victoria long before she put the Victorian in the Victorian Era.

Emily Blunt ("The Devil Wears Prada") portrays our titular heroine who would become the United Kingdom's longest-serving monarch. Lengthy text in the film's beginning explains how Victoria, as a young princess, is caught between various camps vying for power. Her mother, the Duchess of Kent (Miranda Richardson), keeps the girl on a royally short leash, even forbidding her daughter to read popular books or venture down a staircase without holding an adult's hand.

All the while, the Duchess and her dastardly advisor, Sir John Conroy (Mark Strong, "Sherlock Holmes"), scheme to usurp Victoria's power if she should ascend to the throne before reaching the age of 18. The obstinate queen-to-be resists their efforts, however, and in 1837 she is crowned after the death of her uncle, William IV (Jim Broadbent, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"). Victoria banishes her mother and Conroy to forgotten corners of Buckingham Palace, but the new queen is beset by other forces out to manipulate her. Politically inexperienced and a touch na
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