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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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None October 2nd, 2008


Reviewer's grade: C-

Sam Rockwell stars as Victor Mancini, a 30-something who works as a guide at a reconstructed colonial village. His best friend Denny (Brad William Henke) works with him and they both have the same two problems "” their boss, Lord High Charlie (Clark Gregg, who also wrote the script and directed), who peppers his speech with "thees" and "thou hasts," and the fact that they are both sex addicts. Denny masturbates 15 times a day, which is more often than some people exhale, and Victor will screw any woman who, well, exhales at least 15 times a day.

Victor's mother Ida (Angelica Huston) is in a long-term care hospital and the cost is killing Victor. To make some extra cash he runs a unique scam: he pretends to be choking in upscale restaurants and he allows rich people to save his life. He then makes sure they feel responsible for his continued well-being by sending him cash. Victor's life with Ida becomes complicated when she, mistaking him for an old lawyer friend of hers, tells him that the man he's always thought was his father, wasn't.  There's a real chance that I've missed the point of "Choke," which is based on the Chuck Palahniuk novel.

Maybe I'm not supposed to believe any of it, or, if I do, find any social redemption in it "” that it's all just nihilistic fun "” but I'm not sure it works on that level, either. No matter how you look at it, it's either too much or too little. R

"”Doug Bentin

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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