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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.
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Death Race

None September 4th, 2008


Reviewer's grade: F

In "Death Race," Jason Statham ("The Bank Job," "War") stars as Jensen Ames, an honest man who never had a fair chance in life. In a dystopian future in which the United States economy has collapsed and work is scarce, Ames still manages to support his wife and baby daughter working in a steel foundry. As (bad) luck would have it, on the day the foundry closes, his wife is murdered, and on top of losing his job, Ames is framed for it. He finds himself in prison on the menacing-sounding Terminal Island, surrounded by unsavory types. Worst of all is Warden Hennessey (Joan Allen, "The Bourne Ultimatum," "The Upside of Anger"), who runs the Death Race, a no-holds-barred, pay-per-view racing extravaganza that keeps the corporate coffers full.

Based on B-movie producer Roger Corman's 1975 hit "Death Race 2000," the current incarnation disposes of all the goofy charm that made the original a cult classic. Gone is the network commentary, which provided the social satire and parody of American consumerism and love for spectacle. Instead, we're treated to the very thing the original was making fun of: a loud movie where people get their heads knocked off, are burned alive by napalm and get drilled through by sharp, metal wheel spikes. R

"”Mike Robertson

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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