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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 December 10th, 2009


Tolstoy's famous observation that all happy families are alike, but all unhappy families are unhappy in their own way is referenced in "Brothers," when retired career Marine Hank Cahill (Sam Shepard, "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford") comments that every family has its own problems. His ne'er-do-well son Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal, "Rendition") echoes his thought in a mumble, which ignites the older man's constant rage, simmering below the surface.

The other son, Sam (Tobey Maguire, "Spider-Man 3"), also a Marine, is about to be deployed to Afghanistan, leaving at home a wife, Grace (Natalie Portman, "New York, I Love You"), and two young daughters, troubled Isabelle and perplexed Maggie (Bailee Madison, "Bridge to Terabithia," and Taylor Geare, "Four Christmases").

Tommy has just been released from prison, serving time for what we later learn was armed robbery. Hank thinks he's a loser uncommitted to anything in life, including his own well-being.

Sam was the high school football star who married the cheerleader "” which Grace recognizes for the clich

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