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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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Whip It

None October 8th, 2009

flick. "Whip It" is nothing you haven't seen before, but the dramedy is feisty, charming and beautifully acted.

Ellen Page ("Smart People") is Bliss Cavendar, a 17-year-old waitress languishing in small-town Bodeen, Texas. She yearns for more out of life, but doesn't know what, except that it doesn't include the beauty pageants she is forced to compete in by her uptight mother (Marcia Gay Harden, "The Mist").

Bliss' purposelessness ends the moment she stumbles on roller derby. She checks it out in Austin one evening, and is intoxicated by the theatricality of it, from the campy stage names to the hard-charging action. She tries out for a team called the Hurl Scouts, wins a spot and skates her way into a double life as Babe Ruthless.

Roller derby adds a bit of spice to the proceedings, but screenwriter Shauna Cross, adapting her own novel, rolls from clich

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