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DVD reviews

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.
05/06/2014 | Comments 0


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

R&R Q&A with Laura Vandervoort

Supergirl talks ‘The Entitled.’

By Rod Lott September 7th, 2011

One of the better direct-to-DVD films of the season is the kidnapping thriller “The Entitled,” starring Ray Liotta. Its female lead, Laura Vandervoort, better known for her on-the-tube roles in “Smallville” and “V,” talked with us about the movie, her coke-snorting character in it, and the downside of being in bikinis on camera.

R&R: Were you disappointed that “The Entitled” skipped theaters?

Vandervoort: Of course. We had hopes that it would make it to theaters, but hopefully, people will take a look at it. It's unfortunate. It's a tough little business we're in, but I'm really proud of the film.

R&R: It reminded me partly of “The Lookout,” and I didn’t remember this until a couple days later, but you were in that movie, too.

Vandervoort: That's funny. That was a film that I was really, really proud to be a part of, and it also didn't get as much attention as everyone hoped. I thought it was a fantastic, and of course, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has gotten even better as the years have gone on.

R&R: Do you have a preference between doing movies and TV ?

Vandervoort: Kind of 50/50. I love to do series because you can stay in one spot, and you have that constant work, and you get to know your character and your cast, like "V" did for me or "Smallville." And with a movie, you get a chance to work with new actors every month or two months, and you get a chance at a new character and give it your all. But two months, it's over, and it's hard to leave and walk away. But honestly, I love them both.

R&R: Since you brought up “V” and “Smallville,” have those made you the poster girl of the Comic-Con crowd?

Vandervoort: I just got back from Dragon*Con in Atlanta, and as always, the conventions are a world in themselves. They really appreciate "Smallville" at these conventions, and the sci-fi fans are loyal and knowledgeable of your work. I don't know about "poster girl," because there are lots of women in sci-fi today, and I'm just lucky to be up there with them and getting these jobs.

R&R: Which was more uncomfortable for you: wearing the Supergirl costume in “Smallville” or wearing almost nothing in "Into the Blue 2"?

Vandervoort: Uh, hmmm ... "Into the Blue 2" was kind of its own thing. You know, it was shot in Hawaii, and in Hawaii, you wear bathing suits, so that's what we were in most of the time. I took that role because of how strong she was and saves the day ... but it was uncomfortable to show that kind of thing onscreen. With Supergirl, at the beginning, she was very immature and naive, and they had her dressing like a 16-year-old in short shorts and belly tops. I was lucky enough that she became more mature and got some more clothes on by the end of the season. If I had a choice, I'd try to persuade people to have the characters a little more presentable because it's more comfortable, but you have to do what's right for the character.

R&R: Speaking of character, how close are you to your character in “The Entitled”?

Vandervoort: I didn't like her. But I was doing so much sci-fi and playing aliens and doing these ethereal, extraterrestrial characters that it was fun for me to just play a 19-year-old rich, coke-snorting party girl. It was good for the audience not to see me as an America superhero — to play a girl who's not as strong, who needs saving. I don't feel close to her at all, but I understand where she came from. I'd like to do more gritty films where I'm not dressed to the nines. I try and mix it up. —Rod Lott

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