Wednesday 23 Jul

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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None June 7th, 2007


Reviewer's grade: B-

As underdog sports flicks go, "Gracie" is earnest, well-acted and occasionally rousing. Those are all commendable attributes, but they don't completely make up for the fact that it's an underdog sports flick, and therefore, subject to that genre's wheezy predictability. Still, the film is more heartfelt than most; that heart-on-the-sleeve aesthetic pushes it beyond its formulaic conventions.


Based on the real-life experiences of actress Elisabeth Shue (who co-produced the movie along with brother Andrew Shue, both of whom appear), "Gracie" stars Carly Schroeder as a 15-year-old tomboy old living in New Jersey circa 1978. After the tragic death of her brother, Gracie resolves she will follow his footsteps and play on the varsity soccer team, but her pursuit is met with derision by everyone, especially her stubborn dad.


Director Davis Guggenheim keeps the storytelling tight and the pace galloping, with Schroder and Mulroney outstanding as daughter and father. If only "Gracie" weren't built on a checklist of sports-picture clich

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