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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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None March 1st, 2008


Reviewer's grade: B


As the latest sports comedy to star the great Will Ferrell, "Semi-Pro" is more than semi-funny, although not one that goes the distance. It's just like his other ball-oriented (in both senses of the phrase) laughers in that a hopelessly inept underdog rises to the top, but here's something completing different: an R rating.


Raunchy only in language, the film is rife with locker-room talk that will cut into some of Ferrell's moviegoing fan base, but some of the dirty stuff is worth the trouble. OutKast's André Benjamin and "Cheers" star Woody Harrelson may fill out the rest of the team lineup, but let's be clear that this is Ferrell's vehicle all the way, and it finds him doing what he does best: making a fool of himself for our enjoyment.


The jokes may not all hit - and this one's more spotty than usual - but scenes in which he wrestles a bear or plays with a loaded gun are among the funniest you're apt to see this season. R



-Rod Lott   


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