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Escape from Tomorrow

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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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A Christmas Carol

None November 19th, 2009


If "A Christmas Carol" is Disney's present to holiday moviegoers, I'm tempted to ask for a gift receipt. The motion-capture animation may look nifty "” and ever more so in 3-D "” but the story moves at a glacial pace that tries the patience of all ages.

Charles Dickens' classic tale has been made and remade so many times that I don't see the point in doing it again, even in this new technological format. Robert Zemeckis is a gifted filmmaker, but after "The Polar Express," "Beowulf" and now this, one hopes he's gotten the computerized cartoons out of his system and will return to live action.

Jim Carrey ("Yes Man") plays Ebenezer Scrooge "” as well as the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come "” in the story of seasonal redemption. With the exception of a little clowning around as Past's candle, he pretty much plays them straight. For such a physical comic, he's given little to do in that department until the third act, when Scrooge shrinks to insect size for an out-of-place slapstick sequence.

All of the criticism about Zemeckis' past motion-capture films hold true here "” namely, people's faces still look creepy and dead behind the eyes. Of particular unsettling nature is Scrooge's employee, Bob Cratchit (Gary Oldman, "The Unborn"), who looks like Mad magazine mascot Alfred E. Neuman.

More worrisome is that, for a family film, the bleak, boring "Carol" is a lump of coal in your stocking, complete with a phony, unearned Hallmark Card of an ending."”Rod Lott

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