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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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No Holds Barred

RLJ Entertainment's new Blu-ray for No Holds Barred begins with what seems like dozens of trailers for movies starring pro wrestlers from the WWE talent pool. Each flick went direct to home video, but once upon a time — aka 1989 — one had to go to the multiplex to catch such a spectacle.
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Knights of Badassdom

In 2008, the third act of the guy comedy Role Models used LARPing — live-action role-playing, that is — as a backdrop for our protagonists' lessons learned. Today, Knights of Badassdom extends that half-hour into a full feature, to the point where viewers are left not smiling, but exhausted. 
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Switched on

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Confession of Murder

Seventeen years after slaying 10 women and getting away with it, the charismatic serial killer Du-sok (Park Si-hoo) comes clean with a Confession of Murder, in this 2012 South Korean crime thriller. He does so by publishing a book that dishes all the grisly details.
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None March 30th, 2007


Reviewer grade: D+

Settling into an implausible movie thriller is a bit like checking into a cut-rate motel room: Keep your distance and everything looks OK. Only on closer inspection will you notice the sooty walls and God-knows-what on the bedspread. It certainly doesn't pay to look too closely at "Shooter," a lunkheaded action-thriller in which characters alternate between inexplicable ignorance and unbelievable brilliance. Mark Wahlberg stars as Bob Lee Swagger, a former top-secret government marksman who is called out of retirement to help thwart an assassination plot on the president.


But you don't need to be Oliver Stone to smell a patsy cooking on the grill, and soon enough Bob Lee is framed for the attempted assassination. Lots of thrillers demand some suspension of disbelief, but the preposterousness here might just require leaving your brain at the concession stand. But the movie doesn't work as junky fun, either, since "Shooter" is so desperate to be taken seriously. Peppered with simplistic references to Iraq and 9/11, this is political intrigue as imagined by people who aren't intrigued by very much. R


"”Phil Bacharach 

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