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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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