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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 November 22nd, 2007


Reviewer's grade: A-


Robert Zemeckis returns to his monster-loving roots "” he was one of the producers of HBO's "Tales from the Crypt" "” with this gaudy, rambunctious re-telling of the old epic tale of a boastful warrior who kills a monster, becomes a king, loses his soul to lust, and then redeems himself by adopting a more selfless heroism. Zemeckis uses an updated version of motion-capture animation "” think Gollum and King Kong "” to bring the story to life.


Ray Winstone stars as Beowulf, Anthony Hopkins is the king who urges him to go a-monster-slayin', Robin Wright Penn is the queen who wouldn't mind trading Hopkins' flab for Winstone's abs, John Malkovich is the king's advisor, Brendan Gleeson is Beowulf's friend, Crispin Glover is the monster Grendel, and Angelina Jolie is Grendel's mother, a demon who can assume a pleasing shape for seducing heroes.


The film is a wild ride with a dragon-battling sequence to die for, courtesy of a sometimes tongue-in-cheek screenplay by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary. Catch it in its 3-D incarnation if you can. The splendor is worth the extra time and money. PG-13


"”Doug Bentin


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