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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 Namesake

None April 12th, 2007


Reviewers' grade: A-
In chronicling two generations of an Indian American family, "The Namesake" mines the divide between cultural identity and assimilation.

Our story begins in 1977 with the arranged Indian marriage of scholarly Ashoke Ganguli (Irfan Khan) and beautiful Ashima (Tabu). They move to New York, struggling with this strange new world and raising two children. Their oldest is a boy they name Gogol (Kal Penn) in honor of 19th-century Russian writer Nikolai Gogol, with whom Ashoke feels a special bond. Gogol the son chafes against the odd name and the Bengali parents he views as hopelessly out of step.

Based on the Jhumpa Lahiri novel, the film boasts the expansiveness of a good novel. If "The Namesake" occasionally shoehorns in too much, director Mira Nair still excels for her sensitivity and delicately rendered characters. It helps that the acting is superb. Bollywood superstars Khan and Tabu turn in captivating performances, while Penn ("Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle") demonstrates a solid dramatic side. PG-13 -Phil Bacharach

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