Thursday 24 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 July 10th, 2008


Reviewer's grade: D+

Los Angeles-based heroic crime fighter "Hancock" is bitter, drunk and all but washed-up. Only occasionally does Hancock (Will Smith "I Am Legend," "The Pursuit of Happyness") wake from his stupor, stumble through the air and attempt to save the day. And when he does, he ends up causing more damage than good.

But when Hancock saves the life of a idealistic public-relations expert Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman, "Juno") who is hell-bent on making the world a better place, the once-super superhero finally commits to cleaning up his act and lets Embrey repay his debt with a little media training and public-engagement coaching.

While sort of a funny premise for a superhero movie, Smith doesn't have the charm or charisma to convince. The always-enjoyable Bateman is perfectly cast, but it's sad to see him star in such a cinematic sinkhole. His hilarious delivery, dialogue approach and timing are just absorbed by the vacuous performance of both Smith and the lifeless Charlize Theron, who plays Embrey's wife and comes across as boring as she is blonde. PG-13

"”Joe Wertz

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