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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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Charlie Bartlett

None February 28th, 2008

de: D+

This high school dramedy made by a middle-aged man whose father is a movie producer is a first feature for its director, and its grasp on reality couldn't be any less firm if its hands were made of Crisco. Charlie Bartlett (Anton Yelchin, "Alpha Dog") is a rich kid attending a public high school for the first time. The school, of course, looks like a cross between a daycare facility at 3 p.m. and a prison for the criminally insane.


The new kid decides to make friends by selling prescription drugs. Forget the name "Heath Ledger" and this may strike you as funny. He begins dating the principal's daughter (Kat Dennings, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin"). High jinks ensue.


The dialogue never hits the high-water mark of "Juno," the characters all carry too much baggage to be likable, and the director keeps flashing back to a 1971 cult movie called "Harold and Maude," which I've always hated. Even theft from "Rock 'n' Roll High School," a 1979 cult movie I've always loved, doesn't make up for it. R


"”Doug Bentin 

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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