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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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Madea Goes to Jail

None February 26th, 2009


"Madea Goes to Jail" is a puzzler. It doesn't fit into any convenient genre category, and it doesn't even try. If you've ever been to a drag show, you'll recognize the wink-at-the-audience performance style of the title character, who only appears in about 25 percent of the movie. Sandwiched in there is a fairly serious melodrama about escaping prostitution and being true to one's social roots.

"Madea" is really two movies. The far shorter of the two involves Madea (writer, director and producer Tyler Perry) going around causing trouble and finally, after many taps on the wrist, landing in the slammer. The other movie, which could have been titled "Rudy: The Reluctant Whore," stars Keshia Knight Pulliam (who played Rudy Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" as a little girl) as Candace, a once-respectable young woman who has fallen into an unhappy existence on the streets.

During a preliminary hearing for a prostitution charge, Candace runs into Joshua (Derek Luke, "Notorious"), who knew her before her current trouble, and is now an up-and-coming assistant DA assigned to prosecute her case. Because of his bias, he hands the case over to his fianc

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