Wednesday 30 Jul

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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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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