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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.
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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

No Holds Barred

RLJ Entertainment's new Blu-ray for No Holds Barred begins with what seems like dozens of trailers for movies starring pro wrestlers from the WWE talent pool. Each flick went direct to home video, but once upon a time — aka 1989 — one had to go to the multiplex to catch such a spectacle.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0
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None November 18th, 2010

Some reviews are respectful examinations of a movie's successes and failures. Others are simply death panels. Guess which kind this is?

Brothers Colin and Greg Strause ("Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem"), a pair of crackerjack effects wizards, really want "Skyline" to be the foundation on which a popular franchise can be constructed ... and they come close. All that's missing are believable acting, a coherent script, a budget, imagination and an audience willing to fork over the cost of admission to sequels.

On second thought, forget it.

Eric Balfour (TV's "Haven") and Scottie Thompson (TV's "Trauma") are a couple from New York who are visiting an old pal (Donald Faison, TV's "Scrubs") who's made it big in some business or other on the left coast when the City of Angels is attacked by space aliens that look like the offspring of the creatures from "Independence Day" and something out of H.P. Lovecraft.

Who, if anyone, will find the courage to fight the good fight? Who, if anyone, will get out alive? Who, if anyone, gives a flying doughnut?

Yes, it's every bit as bad as you've heard, with an ending that is no ending at all, but just the setup for an anticipated sequel. If you thought "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" was lousy, this one will have your movie club forming a suicide pact. It's a Drano cocktail for the eyes.

This, my children, is as bad as mainstream genre cinema gets. "”Doug Bentin
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