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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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Speed Racer

Rod Lott May 12th, 2008



Reviewer's grade: D+

I still remember the stretch of Interstate 44 I was driving on in 1995 when the news came over the radio waves that the animated classic "Speed Racer" was due to make the jump (cue the Mach-5 sound effect) to the movies, with Johnny Depp in the lead and Nicolas Cage as long-lost brother Racer X.

Oh, what might have been, because oh, the pileup that is the Wachowski brothers' vision. With an almost complete reliance on green-screen effects that make the film look like it took place in the Internet world of Second Life, the film stalls 10 minutes in.

I can understand why a young whippersnapper like up-and-comer Emile Hirsch signed on to a big-budget project like this, but can Susan Sarandon's electricity bill really be that high? Sure, it looks cool, but as your mother told you, looks aren't everything (even in this case). —Rod Lott   

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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