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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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No Holds Barred

RLJ Entertainment's new Blu-ray for No Holds Barred begins with what seems like dozens of trailers for movies starring pro wrestlers from the WWE talent pool. Each flick went direct to home video, but once upon a time — aka 1989 — one had to go to the multiplex to catch such a spectacle.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

Knights of Badassdom

In 2008, the third act of the guy comedy Role Models used LARPing — live-action role-playing, that is — as a backdrop for our protagonists' lessons learned. Today, Knights of Badassdom extends that half-hour into a full feature, to the point where viewers are left not smiling, but exhausted. 
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

Switched on

Not everything on television has to appeal to mass audiences. In fact, with the further fractioning of viewership thanks to alternatives like Netflix and VOD, more series can afford to become more niche. Here are five examples of shows both past and present — and new to DVD and/or Blu-ray — that encompass some of the more outrageous ideas ever to go beyond boardroom discussion.
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

Confession of Murder

Seventeen years after slaying 10 women and getting away with it, the charismatic serial killer Du-sok (Park Si-hoo) comes clean with a Confession of Murder, in this 2012 South Korean crime thriller. He does so by publishing a book that dishes all the grisly details.
04/02/2014 | Comments 0
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None December 27th, 2007


Keira Knightley and James McAvoy star in this adaptation of Ian McEwan's best-selling novel about lies and betrayal ruining three lives, set just before and just after the outbreak of World War II. What begins looking like a stuffed-shirt movie about a veddy, veddy upper-class English family and its relationship with the college-educated son of the housekeeper turns into study of jealousy and the possibility of atonement for the lies of a child.


Director Joe Wright ("Pride & Prejudice") handles the beaches of Dunkirk with the same all-encompassing eye that sees bad behavior at a suffocating country estate. Christopher Hampton's script is a marvel of adaptation. How will the Oscar voters be able to choose between this and "No Country for Old Men"?


Romola Garai, Vanessa Redgrave and newcomer Saoirse Ronan all portray the lying girl at different ages, and for once, this stunt is perfectly acted. The narrative is twisted and you'll think for days about what you saw, or think you saw, or couldn't possibly have seen. R


"”Doug Bentin 


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