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Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

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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.
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Holy Ghost People

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The Final Season

None October 18th, 2007


Reviewer's grade: C-


Who writes letters to Hollywood producers asking for, maybe demanding, that a new inspirational sports movie "based on a true story" be released to theaters every other month? This glut of sappy heart-tuggers has gotten so bad, we're now faced with an equal overload of movies parodying them.


This tale of high school baseball in Iowa is not the least of these flicks, but that's mainly because the actors playing the two coaches "” the old legend and the new kid "” are Powers Boothe at his most genial and Sean Astin, an amiable young guy. Astin really seems to know the game, which helps, and he goes a long way toward making the formulaic tale of a team wanting to win the state championship before their school winds up on the bottom of a consolidation merger as watchable as it is. Rachael Leigh Cook is along for looks.


 There are no hugely dramatic moments, which is just as well for Cook and Astin. If you're trapped into seeing it, you'll survive with your brain cells intact "” but avoid the trap if you can. PG


"”Doug Bentin 

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