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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.
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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.
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Kung Fu Panda

None June 12th, 2008


Reviewer's grade: C

Dreamworks Animation delivers a colorful, cleverly designed but highly predictable flicker for der kinder in which Jack Black voices a panda in ancient China who wants to be the kung fu Dragon Warrior and save his village from the wrath of Tai Lung (Ian McShane), a leopard who' s escaped after 20 years imprisonment and has a redwood-sized chip on his shoulder.

Yes, this is another of those children's movies the moral of which is that you can do anything you want to do if you only believe in yourself. Yeah, tell that to the people who win the Darwin Award each year for destroying themselves in some spectacularly moronic pursuit of the impossible.

Black's voice, with its childish earnestness, fills the soundtrack, but listen for Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross and James Hong as well. Dustin Hoffman, as the master trainer, is his usual wonderful self. PG

"”Doug Bentin

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