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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

Fantastic Fest: 'A Lonely Place to Die'

George vs. gorge.

By Rod Lott September 25th, 2011
With "A Lonely Place to Die," we have an excellent example of why I neither climb mountains nor go hiking. In the Australian film by director Julian Gilbey (the dreadful "Doghouse"), five bikers (two couples and one fifth wheel), tummies full of smoked-mackerel-and-egg sandwiches, have just embarked on their high adventure when one hears a muffled cry for help.

It's coming from a pipe poking out of the ground. Digging into the earth, the hikers find a little girl, alive, scared and speaking only Croatian. They assume someone with sinister motives put her there and, given the pipe that allowed her to breathe, would be coming back for the girl. They are correct, and they learn this the hard way, because they fail to get out of the peaks and into peace quick enough.

Gilbey's man-vs.-man-vs.-nature tale, however, has no such speed problem. It moves at a consistently rapid pace until the third act, when its "Deliverance"/"The Most Dangerous Game" hybrid throws some new characters into the act to shave the remainder down to a more conventional crime edge. All along the way, however, Melissa George ("30 Days of Night") is our guide, being at once maternal (protecting the kid) and masculine (kicking ass). It's a rather physical role, not to mention mostly stripped of vanity, and George wholeheartedly accepts the challenge.

So should you, for solid suspense. —Rod Lott

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