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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.
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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.
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The Ex

None May 17th, 2007


Reviewer's grade: C-

Alas, a wonderfully tasteless premise and a talented cast mean little without a killer instinct. The comedy sets up some irresistible targets, but what promises to be a bloodletting winds up as little more than a manicure. Zach Braff stars as Tom Reilly, whose inability to hold down a job leads him and his wife (Amanda Peet) to Ohio, where Tom takes a job at the touchy-feely advertising firm of his father-in-law (Charles Grodin).


Complications ensue when Tom's workplace mentor, the wheelchair-bound Chip Sanders (Jason Bateman), mounts a campaign of terror, sabotaging Tom's budding career in hopes of rekindling an old high-school romance with Tom's wife. So much potential, such little payoff.


"The Ex" appears poised to skewer political correctness, male insecurity and New Age-y business practices, but the filmmakers lack the confidence of their own nastiness. Only Bateman, blessed with the script's meatiest role, has an opportunity to strut (or roll) his stuff. His Chip is a diabolical mix of arrogance and creepiness. PG-13


- Phil Bacharach  


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