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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

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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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None May 15th, 2008


Reviewer's grade: C+

Writer/director David Mamet ("Spartan,"  "Heist," "State and Main").  casts Chiwetel Ejiofor ("American Gangster," "Children of Men") as the owner of a judo dojo in Chicago who gets involved with a cynical movie star (Tim Allen, "Wild Hogs"), a loan shark (David Paymer), an emotionally distraught lawyer (Emily Mortimer, "Lars and the Real Girl"), a crooked mixed martial arts promoter  and other paving stones on the road to hell in this tale of suicide, graft, bribery, treachery, and betrayal.

Mamet, who began life as a playwright, has always given us more talk than the classic  directors of whom he reminds us by his chosen themes, but this picture is his talkiest"”and much of the talk is about upholding the honor of the warrior's code. It's ennobling, but in 2008 it also seems more than a little na"ve.

"Redbelt" is only mediocre Mamet, but that puts it ahead of most contemporary movies. Better to sit through three screenings of this than 10 minutes of the godawful "Speed Racer." R

 "”Doug Bentin

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