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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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Battle for Terra

None May 7th, 2009

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At first, Stanton is suspicious of the Terrans, but as Mala shows him kindness, he warms to the planet.

Stanton returns to his mother ship and we learn that the humans on it have been wandering the galaxy for generations, looking for a suitable planet to colonize. It seems war and environmental mismanagement destroyed Earth, forcing mankind out into the stars.

Stanton tries to tell Gen. Hemmer (Brian Cox, "The Water Horse") that the Terrans will likely help them, but Hemmer is of the manifest destiny, us-vs.-them mind-set that has characterized colonialist foreign policies for so long.

What follows is a showdown that takes a different shape than one would expect. The Terrans seem helpless and naive, but we find they have a violent past of their own.

While it has its preachy parts, "Terra" balances its warm and fuzzy environmentalism with some thought-provoking statements about antiauthoritarian individualism, balance between nature-worship and the protection of self-interest, and the folly of thinking the power of force can be completely banished in favor of hanging out with sky whales.
"”Mike Robertson

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