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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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Flight of the Red Balloon

None July 24th, 2008

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In "Flight of the Red Balloon," Simon (first-timer Simon Iteanu) and his scattered-but-well-meaning mother, Suzanne (Juliette Binoche, "Bee Season," "Dan in Real Life"), are trying to get along two years after Simon's father left their Parisian home for Montreal. It isn't clear why he ditched, but it is clear that his absence has left a big domestic vacuum for Simon and his puppeteer mum.

So Suzanne hires Song (Fang Song, also making her cinematic debut) to help manage Simon and keep things from falling apart. Most of the action takes place in the family's small apartment and the apartment downstairs, occupied by Marc (prolific French actor Hippolyte Girardot), a freeloading pal of the missing father.

As an homage to "The Red Balloon," an Academy Award-winning short film of 1956 by Frenchman Albert Lamorisse, director Hsiao-hsien Hou has expanded on the older film's elements of the little boy and the red balloon, building a more fully detailed story around them. multiplex. "Flight of the Red Balloon" screens exclusively Thursday through Saturday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. NR

"”Mike Robertson

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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